Sunday 5 November 2023

05-11-23 Sunday - Great Northern Diver

Temp 8°C to 13°C - Largely a sunny day with some cloud, felt cold in the moderate breeze from the west. Gusts up to 25mph.

Goldeneye, Red-breasted Merganser
Great Northern Diver
Short-eared Owls
Bearded Tit
Water Pipit
Arctic Skua

The 2022 Avon Bird Report is now available. Members of the BNS and BOC will receive theirs soon, or see below for info on how to order a copy

-If you visit the Severn Estuary then please complete this 5-minute survey. Your feedback will play a vital role in protecting bird life on the estuary for generations to come!

-If you are interested in signing up to the upcoming BTO Winter Gull Survey, click here for more info- lots of survey sites along the coast in Avon as well as some inland sites.
05-11-23 Great White Egret, CVL (Lucy Masters)

No reports.
05-11-23 Short-eared Owl, Aust (Chris Teague)
05-11-23 Short-eared Owl, Aust (Lisa Presland)
Aust Warth:
1 Arctic Skua (Birdguides), 3 Short-eared Owl
05-11-23 Coal Tit, Wick (Paul Sadley)
150+ Woodpigeon, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Little Owl, 1 Raven, 1 Coal Tit, 1 Stonechat
05-11-23 Sparrowhawk, Wick (Paul Sadley)
Coalpit Heath:
1 green Parakeet- probably Ring-necked


Sand Point/Middle Hope:
30 Dunlin, 9 Kittiwake, 1 f Merlin, 24 Raven, 33 Skylark, 1 Chiffchaff, 18 Goldcrest, 665 Starling, 21 Redwing, 7 Stonechat, 26 Meadow Pipit, 1 Water Pipit, 124 Chaffinch, 7 Greenfinch, 35 Linnet, 5 Siskin, 1 Reed Bunting


1 Peregrine

Keynsham, STW:
1 Chiffchaff, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Mistle Thrush, 2 Redwing, 1 Grey Wagtail, 4 Meadow Pipit, 1 Linnet, 2 Goldfinch

450 Woodpigeon, 1 BH Gull, 4 Herring Gull, 1 Sparrowhawk, 21 Skylark, 70 Fieldfare, 3 Chaffinch, 8 Linnet

05-11-23 Great Northern Diver, Barrow (Les Gardiner)
Barrow Tanks:
c3000 Wood Pigeon- one flock SE, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Great Northern Diver, 2 Great White Egret

Chew Valley Lake

Bernard King Hide:
7 Goosander, 1 Red-breasted Merganser
05-11-23 Kingfisher, CVL (Lucy Masters)
2 m Goldeneye, 4 Great White Egret, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Kingfisher, Bearded Tit

Out of area:
East Harptree Woods: c40 Crossbill, 6 Siskin
Drifton Hill: 6 Red Kite, 5 Buzzard, 40+ Skylark, 100+ Fieldfare, several Corn Bunting, 20+ Linnet
Burnham-on-Sea: Kentish Plover 
Whelford Pools: Purple Heron


Copies of the 2022 edition of the Avon Bird Report are now available, the cover photo is below. It is of a Pallid Swift, one of three seen at Aust at about this time last year. and it was photographed by Mark Coller. The Report itself has 228 pages (including photographs and cover) and contains the usual items with two exceptions - an extensive weather report and a list of ringing recoveries which was not available from the BTO in time. There are two papers, one on a Ringed Plover study in the Avonmouth area by Lyndon Roberts and a second discussing the notable Avon records for the last five years by Andy Davis plus a note on 1952 sightings.

Members of BNS and BOC will receive copies in the next few weeks. Otherwise, copies are available from me at £10 plus £3.00 postage. If you want to buy a copy, and I hope many of you will, please e-mail me and I can send you payment and other details.

Harvey Rose (Editor) with e-mail address:

Reported by: 
Sean Davies, Lee Gardiner, Anthony Goodwin, Patrick Hancock, Matt Hull, Mike Jackson, Lucy Masters, Mike Moxon, Nick Page, Alan Piper, Lisa Presland, Paul Sadley, Jack Wylson blagdonlakebirds, CVRSopsbirdingsevernsidebirdsTBOSG