Wednesday, 25 November 2020

25-11-20 Wednesday - Pallas’s Warbler

Light cloud and a gentle breeze - rain at first and then just murky. Max temp 9°C

Pallas’s Warbler
Marsh Harrier
Lesser Redpoll
Black Redstart


New Cut & Cumberland Basin:
1 Sparrowhawk - north past the Pumphouse, mobbed by Goldfinch

Brandon Hill:
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Jay, 9 Carrion Crows, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Redwing, 1 Grey Wagtail, 5 Lesser Redpoll - feeding in the birch

25-11-20 Grey Heron EP (Allan Chard)
Eastville Park:
1 Grey Heron

Fishponds - garden:
1 Grey Heron, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker

Henbury - garden:
1 Blackcap (f)

Redland/Westbury Park - garden
8 Fieldfare - gorging on apple


25-11-20 Black Redstart OPS (Craig Lewis)
Oldbury Power Station:

3 pos 4 Black Redstart (m + 2/3 f)

New Passage / Pilning Wetlands:
C.40 Canada Goose, 2 Mute Swan, 3 Shelduck, 6 Shoveler, 6 Gadwall, c.250 Wigeon, c.30 Teal, 2 Tufted Duck, 5 Moorhen, 6 Coot, 1 Little Grebe, c.170 Lapwing, 5 Curlew, c.50 Black-t Godwit, c.40 Dunlin, c.150 Redshank, 6 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 1 Mistle Thrush, 1 Stonechat, 3 Pied Wagtail.

Thornbury - garden:

1 Blackcap (m) - hope it stays!

25-11-20 Redwing Stanton Drew (Raoul Chandrasakera)


Portishead - garden
3 Jay, 2 Blackcap (f & m)

Yatton - Wemberham Lane:
1 Green Sandpiper - unusual here, 2 Peregrine on pylons - about a mile apart 

Sand Point Car Park area:
1 Pallas’s Warbler, 2 Firecrest


Broomfield - garden:
1 Tawny Owl - hooting at 10:40pm last night, 1 Blackcap (f)

25-11-20 Goldfingh Bath Mill (NSL- Birding)
Twerton - Bath Mill:
Busy feeders today - inc this nice part leucistic Goldfinch

Southgate - roost
c150 Pied Wagtail 

Redwing- in groups of 10 on the cycle path

25-11-20 Chiffchaff Stanton Drew (Raoul Chandrasakera)
Stanton Drew:

1 Chiffchaff, 1 Blackbird, plenty of Fieldfare and Redwing passing through, 


Chew Valley Lake

Heron's Green:
3 Great White Egret, 1 Marsh Harrier -wing tagged.

25-11-20 Stonechat CVL (Simon Isgar)

1 Stonechat

Reports: Raoul Chandrasakera, Allan Chard, Dave Child, Andy Davis, Robert Hargreves, Colin Hawkins, Simon Isgar, Craig Lewis, John Lewis, Brian Martin, NSL-Birding,  Lois Pryce, Trevor Riddle,  Rich Scantlebury, Matt Scott, Brian Speidel, Gary Thoburn

The following have all been on Birdguides but we have no idea of the observer(s) involved. If you saw any of these birds can you please supply some confirmatory notes of what you saw to otherwise the records will be lost
Species                                            Date                            Site
Wood Warbler                           03/08/2020              Chipping Sodbury, Common
Hoopoe                                       07/08/2020              Nailsea
Yellow-browed Warbler            01/10/2020              Wick St. Lawrence, STW
Yellow-browed Warbler            22/10/2020              Bristol, St Anne's Park

Copies are still available: please send your name, address 

and a cheque for £11.50 made out to AOG to:- 
Harvey Rose, Arncliffe, Coast Road, 
Walton Bay, Clevedon, BS21 7FW 
or email

The Report is the longest ever, at 216 pages
There are three papers: Waterbirds on Severnside, Barn Owls, and tits in the Gordano Valley, plus the usual items including the AWBS, BBS and ringing reports. The cover photo, by David Hughes, was taken at CVL last summer.

A note to photographers...
If you have any good bird pictures taken in Avon in 2020 that you would like to see published, these can be sent now, or any time up to the end of the year, to ABR e-mail address: