A wild day with SW gales gusting up to 55 mph, frequent torrential downpours and occasional hail. Some brighter spells, mainly in the afternoon. A spectacular show of storm-driven seabirds on the Severn with Gannet counts breaking local records. Temp 10°C.Jack Snipe
2 Herring Gull, 2 Woodpigeon, 1 Jay, 2 Magpie, 2 Carrion Crow, 3 Blue Tit, 1 Great Tit, 1 m. Blackcap, 1 Robin, 2 Blackbird, 1 Dunnock.
Stoke Park, Duchess Pond:
5 Canada Goose, 2 Mute Swan, 14 Mallard, 1 domestic Mallard, 2 Buzzard, 7 Moorhen, 6 Coot, 12 Black-headed Gull, 1 flyover Cormorant, 3 Buzzard, 1 GS Woodpecker, 2 Jay, 12 Magpie, 16 Jackdaw, 9 Carrion Crow, 1 Coal Tit, 1 LT Tit, 2 Nuthatch, 1 Treecreeper, 1 Greenfinch, 3 Goldfinch.
2 imm. dark morph Pomarine Skua (4:15 p.m.)
Portishead Battery Point (8:45-10:30 a.m.):
106 Gannets (discontinuous watching over 3 hours, largest party was 38), 1 Bonxie with ten Gannets at noon. (Probably also 1 Fulmar and some Kittiwakes, but too much of a stretch at the distance).
1 m. Wheatear at Dowlais.
1 Black Redstart (back in the garden, after going AWOL yesterday)
Weston-super-Mare - airfield:
Chew Valley Lake
6 Cattle Egret flew west over the road.
Reports: Nancy Barrett, Paul Bowerman, Di Bunniss, Derek Clarke, Judy Copeland, Chris Craig, John Croxton, Jane Cumming, Stephen Curtis & Carol Rushton, Andy Davis, Paul Gregory, Brian Lancastle, John Lewis, Lisa Presland, Phil Quinn, Steve Richardson, Nigel Sluman, Marcus Smith, Howard Taffs, Martin Wightman, Paul Williams, blagdonlakebirds, CVRS, nslbirding, opsbirding, severnsidebirds, TBOSG