Tuesday, 12 January 2021

12-01-21 Tuesday - Firecrest

 Thick cloud and a gentle breeze, raining on and off. Really gloomy 9°c max

Barn Owl, Little OwlMerlin

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Message to all observers
If you have not already submitted all your 2020 bird records to the BOC, or added them to Bird Track, can you please send them, preferably on a spreadsheet, to avonbirds@hotmail.co.uk as soon as possible. This is so they can be included in the information used to produce the 2020 Avon bird report.


Bishopston -garden:
2 Herring Gull, 2 Carrion Crow, 2 Coal Tit, 3 Blue Tit, 2 Great Tit, 4 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Blackbird - hot pursuit, 1 Redwing - yeeha, 2 Robin, 1 Dunnock

City Cente - lunch time stroll:
10 Mute Swan, 18 Mallard, Feral Pigeon, 3 Woodpigeon, 6 Moorhen, Black-headed Gull, Herring Gull, 1 Cormorant, 3 Carrion Crow, 4 Starling, 2 Pied Wagtail

Clifton Down, Zoo Bank: 
Woodpigeon, Herring Gull, Magpie, Jackdaw, Carrion Crow, NO FIRECREST, 1 Blackcap (f), 2 Firecrest, 1 Goldcrest - in the holly - late record, Redwing, Song Thrush - sub-song from the middle of some bushes by the park keepers

12-01-21 Mute Swan EP (Allan Chard)
Eastville Park:

6 Mute Swan (f&m + juv), 8 Coot, 1 Little Grebe, 1 Kingfisher, 2+ Song Thrush plus lots of singing from the park regulars (but not rls thank goodness) - is it spring?

Henleaze - Garden:
2 Blackcap (f&m)

Hotwell to Ashton Court, taking in Clarken Combe and the Fallow Deer Park:
Mallard, Woodpigeon, Moorhen, 1 Common Sandpiper, Black-headed Gull, Herring Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Cormorant, 2 Buzzard, Kestrel, several Jay, Magpie, Jackdaw, Rook, Carrion Crow, 2 Raven, Coal Tit, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Long-tailed Tit, Wren, Nuthatch, Treecreeper, Blackbird, Redwing, Song Thrush, Mistle Thrush, Robin, Dunnock, 2 Chaffinch, Goldfinch

Sea Mill - River and harbour:
15 Mallard, 5 Woodpigeon, 28 Lapwing, 1 Curlew, 12 Redshank, Black-headed Gulls, 1 Common Gull, 2 Herring Gull, 2 Lesser Black-back Gull, 3 Grey Heron, 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Jay, 6 Magpie, 3 Carrion Crow, 17 Jackdaw, 2Coal Tit, 4 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Goldcrest, 5 Starling, 3 Blackbird, 1 Robin, 2 Stonechat

12-01-21 Blackcap St George (Lee Gardner)
St George - garden:
1 Blackcap (f)

Stockwood - garden:
1 Blackcap (m)

Westbury-on-Trym -garden:
1 Blackcap (m)


No reports - unless the sound of a harmonica suits?


Clevedon /Yeo - Dowlais:
6 Shoveler, 7 Goosander, 98 Lapwing, 8 Turnstone, 100 Dunlin, 10 Redshank, 1 Peregrine (m)


1 Barn Owl, 1 Little Owl, 1 Merlin, 20 Corn Bunting

Longwell Green:
2 Blackcap (f&m)

12-01-21 Goldfinch Keynsham Garden (Ian Stapp)
Keynsham - garden:

4 Woodpigeon, 2 Collared Dove, 20 Black-headed Gull and 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Magpie, 5 Jackdaw, 2 Rook, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Coal, 5 Blue Tit, 17 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Blackcap (f & m), 3 Blackbird, 1 Song Thrush,  4 Chaffinch, 2 Greenfinch (f & m), 40+ Goldfinch, 2 Wren, 2 Robin, 7 House Sparrow, 2 Dunnock  

Bath - Bloomfield:
1 Blackcap (f) - - have been common in my garden. Frequently one or more on the feeders and some aggressive behaviours to other birds eg tits. Now they are more periodic visitors. Apart from a dearth of crab apples this year the level of food is about the same as in the past. Does anyone else have that experience?

all locked down - unless you're a local angler of course.

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: blacktgodwit@gmail.com I look forward to seeing your photos. Harvey Rose

Reports: John Barnett, Jo Baron, Dru Brook-Taylor, David Campbell, Allan Chard, Roger Edmondson,  Lee Gardiner, Pete Harrison, Nick Hawkridge, Simon Mackie, Brian Martin, Jean Oliver, Rich Scantlebury, Ian Stapp, Nigel Stickland, Howard Taffs Bri Thompson, Keith Vinicombe