Saturday, 28 November 2020

28-11-20 Saturday - Dusky Warbler

Gloomy and chilly all day. Bristol temperatures 6-10°C

Bewick's Swan, Long-tailed Duck
Great Northern Diver
Dusky Warbler
Black Redstart

28-11-20 Dusky Warbler, Chew Valley Ringing Station (Rich Andrews)

This bird appears to be only the third record for Avon, and a first for CVL [ Source: Birds of Avon, An Annotated Checklist - see sidebar]. It has just missed the chance to appear in the new book Birds of Chew Valley Lake, which is being launched next Tuesday - see bottom of this post for details of how to attend.


Garden - 1 male Blackcap, 3 Fieldfare

St Werburgh's:
Great Spotted Woodpecker on back garden bird feeder, Grey Wagtail by stream under Church Path and Goldcrest foraging in Yew tree nearby. Big noisy flock of House Sparrows in hedge behind Miners' Arms pub


Oldbury Power Station:
1 f Black Redstart

New Passage/Northwick:
200 Black-tailed Godwit, male and female Merlin (together), Firecrest

1 flyover Woo0dcock, Redwing

Chipping Sodbury:
Garden - 1 f Blackcap

1 Dipper


2 Raven, 1 Mistle Thrush, 1 Song Thrush, 5 Redwing

Moor Lane – 1 Buzzard, 55 Starling (both occupying same tree!), 5 Fieldfare.

Youngwood Lane – 5 Little Egret (fly-over, assume to Backwell Lake?), 1 Sparrowhawk.

28-11-20 a consolation Goldcrest, Sand Point (Karen Jayne)

Sand Point/Bay:
3 Chiffchaff, 2 Firecrest, 9 Goldcrest, 5 Fieldfare, 13 Redwing  (No sign of Pallas's Warbler today).


No reports


Barrow Tanks:
Long-tailed Duck, Great Northern Diver both still present

Blagdon Lake:
2 Bewick's Swan still present

Chew Valley Lake

Chew Valley Ringing Station:
Dusky Warbler

Book Launch on Zoom, Tuesday 1st December at 7.00pm 
Link to book launch:
(live from 6.45pm) 

Birds of Chew Valley Lake
Ecology – History – Tales

          by Keith Vinicombe 

Editor John Rossetti will describe the scope of the book and show some of the beautiful photos and artwork assembled for this exciting project. 

The book is a beautifully produced hardback of 450 pages, with over 300 illustrations including photographs, 26 commissioned original paintings from Ray Scally and over 70 drawings from the late Laurel Tucker, many of which are published for the first time. 

Pre-order at 20% off  (£19.95 + £5 p + p = £24.95) from

Reports:  Rich Andrews, Pete Bryant,  Chris Craig, Adam Cross,  Andy Davis, Barry Dursley, Richard Giles and Fiona Neate, Paul Gregory, Geoff Hardman, Karen Jayne,  Brian Lancastle, John Lewis, Harry Mac, Nigel Milbourne, Jean Oliver,  Dean Reeves,  Birdguides