Saturday, 9 January 2021

09-01-2020 Saturday - Short-eared Owl

Cold, overcast, dry but very dull.  Light wind.  Obviously most people are confined to barracks in Bristol!

Jack Snipe
Mediterranean Gull
Lesser Spotted Woodpecker
Short-eared Owl
Black Redstart

Mediterranean Gull at Shirehampton (Robert Proctor)

Bristol Zoo:
Firecrest, 15+ Redwing.

Firecrest near the Zoo (Serena Sweeting)

Coombe Dingle garden:
Blue Tit, Great Tit, 3 Blackcap (2m, 1f), 1 Nuthatch (new to this garden), Blackbird, Robin, Wren, Chaffinch, 1 Greenfinch, Goldfinch.

Peregrine (Ian Loats)

Cumberland Basin:
1 m. Wigeon, 1 Redshank, 2 Common Sandpiper, 10 BH Gull. 1 Peregrine, 8 Magpie, 10 Carrion Crow, 4 Great Tit, 3 Blue Tit, 5 LT Tit, 1 Wren, 10 Starling, 30 Redwing, 1 Robin, 3 Chaffinch.

Downend - garden:
Long-tailed Tit, Wren, Robin, Dunnock, Goldfinch

Eastville Park:
2 Canada Goose, 8 Mute Swan, c.30 Mallard, 50 Feral Pigeon, 4 Coot, 4 Moorhen, c.80 BH Gull, 1 LBB Gull,1 Cormorant, 1 juv Grey Heron, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Jay.

Stoke Park, Duchess Pond:
1 Mute Swan, 6 Moorhen, 1 Grey Heron

St Anne's:
2 Long-tailed Tit - loving coconut feeder

St George:
Long-tailed Tit, 1 Blackcap (f)

Mallard, Feral Pigeon, Woodpigeon, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Redshank, BH Gull, Herring Gull, 1 LBB Gull, Cormorant, Magpie, Carrion Crow, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Long-tailed Tit, Goldcrest, Nuthatch, Redwing, Robin, Dunnock, 1 Grey Wagtail, Goldfinch.

1 Kestrel

Redland garden:
6+ Herring Gull, 2 Magpie, 3 Carrion Crow, 3 Redwing, 8+ House Sparrow.

3 Mallard, lots of Woodpigeon, 2 Common Sandpiper, 2 Redshank, c. 120 BH Gull, 1 Mediterranean Gull (in river opposite Lamplighter’s), 1 Common Gull, several Herring Gull, 2 LBB Gull, c.6 Cormorant, 3 Grey Heron, 1 Buzzard, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, several Magpie, Jackdaw, Carrion Crow, 1 Blue Tit, 7 Great Tit, 2 LT Tit, 2 Wren, c.25 Starling, 6 Blackbird, several Robin, 1 Stonechat, flocks of House Sparrow, 1 Rock Pipit (on shore below Lamplighter’s), 1 Chaffinch, several Goldfinch.

Goldcrest (Craig Lewis)
Three Brooks NR:
3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Jay, 1 f. Blackcap, Goldfinches, Goldcrests, 2 Nuthatch, 3-4 Bullfinch, 2 Chaffinch, 8 Siskin (new at this site for the observer).

Blackcap in Yate (Martin Wightman)


09-01-21 Redwing & Fieldfare Almondsbury (VĂ©ra Carpenter)
14 Woodpigeon, 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Jay, 2 Wren, 200-300 Fieldfare and Redwing (mainly Redwing), c.12 Chaffinch, 3 Greenfinch, 6 Goldfinch.

09-01-21 Redpoll Itchington (Heather England)

2 Blackcap (f+m), 1 Fieldfare - guarding the apple stocks, Greenfinch, 3 Lesser Redpoll

09-01-21 Starling Yate (Chris Teague)
Yate -

Woodpigeon, Collared  Dove, Magpie, 3 Blackcap (1f+2m), Starling, 3 Redwing, Robin, 2 Chaffinch, Goldfinch, 

Aust Warth:
1 Water Rail. 1 Short-eared Owl. 

09-01-21 Little Egret Little Stoke (Vic Savery)
Little Stoke:
1 Little Egret - roosting by my lock-up

New Passage - garden:
1 Blackcap (f) Greenfinch


Clevedon pier:
Redshank, Black Redstart

Clevedon - Dowlais shore and pool:
30 Wigeon, 3 Teal, 14 Shoveler, 12 Goosander (5 m.), 40 Oystercatcher, 1 Ringed Plover, 50 Curlew, 5 Turnstone, 2 Knot, c.1000 Dunlin, 1 Jack Snipe, 4 Snipe, 155 Redshank, pr. Stonechat, 2 Rock Pipit. 

Coal Tit singing in a garden.

Blackcap pair in a Twerton garden (Jean Tye)


Oldland Common:
2 Tawny Owl - calling

Lesser Spotted Woodpecker

Bath, a Twerton garden:
Woodpigeons, 1 Collared Dove, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, Magpies, Blue and Great TIts, 3 Blackcap (2 m., 1 f.), 15 Starling, House Sparrows, 8+ Chaffinch, Goldfinches.  Redwings on berry bushes down the road.

Little Egret (unusual in this area), Kingfisher (Cam Brook), c.100 Redwing, c.70 Pied Wagtail.

Locked down. 

Message to all photographers 
As editor on the Avon Bird Report I am asking for photos for the next edition. I would welcome any bird shots taken in Avon in 2020 for possible publication in the next Report. In the first instance low resolution versions are OK. Please send to the following e-mail account: I look forward to seeing your photos. Harvey Rose

Reports:  Jon Angell, Nancy Barrett, Dru Brooke-Taylor, Vera Carpenter, Stephen Curtis & Carol Rushton, Barry Dursley, Heather England, Paul Francis, Alastair Fraser, Lee Gardiner,  Dai Hare, Andy Leggatt, Craig Lewis, Ian Loats, Gary Magill, Nic Marie, Michael Moxon, Lisa Presland, Robert Proctor, Gill Sapsed, Vic Savery,  Serena Sweeting, Chris Teague, Jean Tye, Martin Wightman.