Tuesday, 17 January 2017

17 Jan '17 Tuesday - Caspian Gull

Misty and dull for most today, some good birds about nonetheless

Cattle Egret still at Toghill Farm nr. Wick
Ring-necked Duck, Black-necked Grebe, Caspian Gull and Common Scoter at CVL
Eider still on Marine Lake WsM
Long-tailed Duck still on Barrow Tank no.3

17-1-17 Garden Goldcrest (Allan Chard)
Fishponds garden:
2 Goldcrest, Blue & Great Tit

Almondsbury, Aztec West:
1 Egyptian Goose

Anchor Head: 4 Oystercatcher
Grove Park: 2 f Blackcap
Knightstone Island: c.15 Oystercatcher, c.30 Dunlin, c.60 Redshank
Magistrate's Court: 1 m Black Redstart
Marine Lake: 1 f Eider
Raglan Place: 1 f Black Redstart

17-1-17 Curlew (Alan Gilbert)
from BOC walk at Portishead - no purple sandpipers today
Backwell Lake:
2 Egyptian Goose and also about Shoveler, Pochard, Tufted Duck, Goosander, Green Woodpecker, Song Thrush, Chaffinch, Greenfinch, Goldfinch

Hanham Woods:
3 Mallard, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, Several Blue Tit, 3 Great Tit, 6 Long-tailed Tit

Toghill Farm, Wick:
2 Cattle Egret (they move about. Seen from the main road to Wick and from the road with the entrance to Toghill Farm today. Please view only from the road though)

17-1-17 Cattle Egret (Raoul Chandrasakera)
Bath, Haycombe:
14 Linnet, 4 Bullfinch, 44 Yellowhammer, 1 Reed Bunting

Newton St Loe:
3 Mute Swan, 25 Teal, 21 Goosander, 2 Coot, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Kingfisher, 2 Stonechat, 3 Bullfinch

Barrow Gurney Reservoirs:
2 Wigeon, 2 Teal, 3 Pochard, 1 Long-tailed Duck, 1 Goldeneye, 4 Little Grebe, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Buzzard, 2 Common Sandpiper, 25 Meadow Pipit

Compton Dando:
1 Dipper

1 Dipper

1 Dipper
17-1-17 Dipper at Publow (Chris James)

Chew Valley Lake:
8 Bewick's Swan, 12 Scaup, 2 Common Scoter, 3 Great White Egret, 40 Snipe, 2 Common Sandpier, 1 Green Sandpiper, 2 ad Mediterranean Gull, 1st-w Caspian Gull (in roost)

17-1-17 Mystery Gull (Keith Vinicombe)
Been around CVL for a little while

17-1-17 Mystery Gull (Keith Vinicombe)
Any ideas? Suggestions welcome
Bittern Trail (in front of dismantled Bernard King hide):
1 Water Rail, 1 Jack Snipe, 30+ Common Snipe
Villice Bay:
1 Black-necked Grebe
17-1-17 Kingfisher (Bob Brewer)
Heron's Green:
2 Green Sandpiper
Herriotts End:
1 Goosander
Denny Island:
1 Ring-necked Duck

Reports: Bob Brewer, Robert Capel, Raoul Chandrasakera, Allan Chard, Teresa Chard, Anne Crow, Geoff Dring, Rob Emery, David Gibbs, Alan Gilbert, Chris James, Glen Maddison, Dave Nevitt, John Thorogood, Keith Vinicombe, blagdonlakebirds, nslbirding, opsbirding, severnsidebirds, TBOSG

Monday, 16 January 2017

16th Jan 2017 Monday

Not very nice - overcast with rain in some areas.  Not a lot of birders out, unsurprisingly.

16/01/2017 Raven over Bristol ('Lee' on Twitter)
(negative report - no sign of Waxwings at Fishponds today)

16/01/2017 Redwing at Brimsham Park, Yate (Christopher Teague)
Wick to Lansdown:
Cattle Egrets at Toghill Farm still.
Single Sparrowhawk

Clevedon Pier:
f. Black Redstart.

16/01/2017 One of many Redshanks at Uphill (Simon Williams)
Eider still on the Marine Lake.
m Black Redstart in the car park at Weston-super-Mare Police Station (cheeky too, on the car roof).

Anchor Head:
1 Purple Sandpiper.

3 Black Redstart - 2 f in the Cove and a male at the cafe
16/01/2017 Black Redstart (f) Brean Down Cove (Thomas Winstone)
45 Red-legged Partridge, 2 Buzzard, 200 Lapwing, 3 Kestrel (all very damp) 
and 15 Corn Bunting.
16/01/2017 Kestrel Marshfield (Dan - twitter)
Bristol Airport:
60 Golden Plover early this morning.

Barrow Gurney Res:
Long-tailed Duck still on Tank 3

Blagdon Lake (WeBS survey):
Highlights: 1343 Teal, 2 Pintail, 13 Goosander, 1 Little Egret, 1 Green Sandpiper.  Early signs of spring: Great Spotted Woodpecker heard drumming, Mistle Thrush singing.

Chew Valley Lake:
2 Bewick's Swan, ad m. Ring-necked Duck still reported off Denny Island (pager).

2 Scaup (m and f) and 5 more off the north end of Denny Island. 2 Goldeneye, 3 Goosander.

26 Goldeneye (off Nunnery stones), 1 Great White Egret (scoped at Moreton), 3 Goosander.

Heron's Green:
1 Great White Egret, 1 Little Egret, 1 Green Sandpiper.

Herriotts End:
14 Shelduck, 8 Pintail, 1 Great White Egret, 1 Grey Wagtail.

Reports: Trevor Ford, Bailey Frazer, Jason Hanney, Adrian Hockey, Ian Stapp, Chris Teague, Dave Webber, Dan White, Simon Williams, Thomas Winstone, blagdonlakebirdsCVRSnslbirdingopsbirdingsevernsidebirdsTBOSG

Sunday, 15 January 2017

15th Jan '17 Sunday - Long-tailed Duck

2016 Avon Bird Report

As work starts on producing the 2016 Avon Bird Report, some sightings need clarification or will be lost to the report. The list below is of rare birds for which a description has not been given. Should any of these sightings be yours (or you know who's they were) we would appreciate you contacting us on bocbirds@gmail.com

Caspian Gull 1 19/07/2016 Chew Valley Lake (CVL)
Cattle Egret 1 02/11/2016 Weston Moor
Cattle Egret 1 19/11/2016 Chew Valley Lake (CVL), Heron's Green, South Bay
Cattle Egret 9 29/12/2016 Chew Valley Lake (CVL)
Siberian Chiffchaff 1 13/12/2016 Keynsham, Duck Pond
Long-eared Owl 1 26/12/2016 New Passage / Northwick Warth
Slavonian Grebe 1 27/12/2016 Chew Valley Lake (CVL)
Waxwing 1 19/11/2016 Worle, Summerhouse Pub
Waxwing 21 04/12/2016 Weston-super-Mare
Yellow-browed Warbler 1 18/12/2016 Bristol, Castle Park
Yellow-browed Warbler 1 19/12/2016 Bristol, Castle Park
Yellow-browed Warbler 1 20/12/2016 Bristol, Castle Park
Yellow-browed Warbler Present 21/12/2016 Bristol, Castle Park

Some sun today, a little rain, but not too cold

15-1-17 Cattle Egret at Toghill (Allan Chard)
Waxwings at Fishponds
Yellow-legged Gull at Portbury wharf
Cattle Egrets at Toghill Farm
Long-tailed Duck at Barrow Tanks
Bewick's Swans, Ring-necked Duck and Black-necked Grebe at Chew Valley


Fishponds, Forest Road:

10 Waxwing (7 yesterday), inc one with a red , white and green leg ring, one yesterday may have had two white leg rings? Crow had a lovely time chasing them today!

41 Greenfinch by Morrisons, exceptional numbers for here, 1 Blackcap (Market Sq)

15-1-17 Collared Dove in Bristol (Jonathan Mortin)
St Andrews Park:
2 Collared Dove, 1 Redwing

Stockwood Open Spaces:
1 flyover Cormorant, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 2 Jay, 14 BH Gulls, 1 Collard Dove,
1 Goldcrest, 15+ Blue Tit, 10 Great Tit, 3 Treecreeper, 10 Fieldfare, 8 Robin, 2 m Chaffinch,
5 Bullfinch, 2 Reed Bunting

Aust Wharf:
1 Water Rail, 4 Jack Snipe

New Passage/Northwick:
8 Mute Swans, 24 Canada Geese, 54 Shelduck, 600 Wigeon, 90 Teal, 30 Gadwall, 13 Shoveler, 18 Tufted Duck, 1 Little Grebe, 2 Little Egret, 1 Peregrine, 1 Water Rail, 190 Oystercatchers, 1 Golden & 8 Grey Plover, 350 Lapwing, 111+ Knot, 800 Dunlin, 2 Snipe, 280 Black-tailed Godwit, 120 Curlew, 80 Redshank, 40 Turnstone, 1 ad Mediterranean Gull, 40 Redwing, 1 Cetti’s Warbler, Water & Rock Pipits,

Severn Beach, Orchard pools: 
1 Gadwall, 1 Little Egret, 2 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Bullfinch, 7 House Sparrow (the Shop)

Chittening Warth a.m:
Mitchell's Salt Rhine:
30 Gadwall, 1 Teal, 40 Dunlin, 1 Snipe, 40 Redshank, 40 Turnstone, 1 Cetti's Warbler
Stup Pill:
8 Redshank, 3 Black-headed Gulls.

Chipping Sodbury Common:
1 Dipper

Portbury Wharf:
5 Mute Swan, 4 Canada Goose, 18 Shelduck, 10 Wigeon, 25 Gadwall, 20 Teal, 2 f Pintail (briefly before flying off to the estuary), 24 Shoveler, 2 m Pochard, 13 Tufted Duck, 6 Cormorant, 2 Little Grebe,
1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel, 1 Water Rail, c.60 Lapwing, c.25 Common Snipe (inc the melanistic bird),
1 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Curlew, 1 Redshank, 2 GBB Gull, 25 Common Gull, 1 Yellow-legged Gull (at 15:30. No sign of Little Gull), 3 Cetti's Warbler, 40 Redwing, 6 Song Thrush, 2 Stonechat (pair),
6 Bullfinch.
Oak tree on Wharf Lane:
2 pair Little Owls
Drove Rhyne to the west of Royal Portbury Dock Road:
swimming Water Rail, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Cetti's Warbler

15-1-17 Purple Sandpiper (Jason Williams)
Portishead Lake and Battery Point:
1 Greylag Goose, 15 Tufted Duck, 2 m Pochard, 100+ Mallard, 8 Cormorants (Marina), 3 Purple Sandpiper, 6 Rock Pipit

15-1-17 Cormorants at Portishead marina (John Clark)
1 Mute Swan, 46 Canada Goose, 20 Shelduck, 120 Wigeon, 10 Teal, 12 Mallard, 2 f Goosander, 3 Little Egret, 3 Buzzard (All up Yeo, one a sub-adult), 1 Kestrel, 33 Oystercatcher, 35 Grey Plover, 95 Lapwing, 4 Ringed Plover, 110 Curlew, 34 Turnstone, 1400 Dunlin, 200 Redshank (120 at Kenn + 80 up Yeo), 2 Snipe, 60 BH Gull, 3 LBB Gull, 2 Herring Gull, 2 Raven, 12+ Skylark, 2 Rock Pipit

Lox-Yeo Valley:
1 Treecreeper, 1 Grey Wagtail

Woodspring Bay, Yeo – Banwell, WeBS:
1 Mute Swan, 2 Canada Goose, 75 Shelduck, 67 Mallard, 134 Wigeon, 160 Teal, 8 Shoveler,
40 Lapwing, 40 Grey Plover 68 Curlew, 1 Knot, 1300 Dunlin, 168 Redshank (almost all in Banwell inlet), 9 Snipe (at Banwell mouth), 61 BH Gull       Unusually no Oystercatchers!

Uphill, WeBS: 
98 Mute Swans,  30 Canada Geese, 21 Shelduck, 26 Mallard, 91 Teal, 3 Wigeon, 2 Little Grebe,
89 Oystercatcher, 15 Ringed Plover, 35 Lapwing, c.1000 Dunlin, 58 Curlew, 300+ Redshank,
60 BH Gulls, 1 Common Gull, 1 Peregrine, 1 f  Black Redstart

15-1-17 Kestrel (Peter Coslett)
2 Raven over 8am, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 10+ Long-tailed Tits, 1 Nuthatch, many Goldfinch
1 Kestrel (Shire Hill)

15-1-17 Cattle Egret (Wayne Tucker)
Wick to Lansdown:
Cattle Egrets at Toghill Farm

2 Buzzard, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Common Gull, 6 BH Gull, 2 Stock Dove, 50 Redwing, 3 Skylark, 4 Meadow Pipit, 1 Greenfinch (male trying a bit of song on previous territory),  9 Yellowhammer

Newton St Loe:
32 Teal, 28 Goosander (record count), 5 Cormorant, 3 Heron, 4 Buzzard, 2 Coot, 1 Stock Dove,
1 Collared Dove, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 20+ Long-tailed Tit, 3 Skylark, 6 Redwing, 1 Mistle Thrush, 1 Stonechat, 2 Pied and 1 Grey Wagtail

15-1-17 Long-tailed Duck (Gill Sapsed)
Barrow Tank 3:
1 Long-tailed Duck, 1 f Goosander, 1 Common Sandpiper

Blagdon Lake:
2 Egyptian Geese, 2 Lapwings, 13 Goosanders, 18 Great Crested Grebes

Chew Valley Lake:
2 ad Bewick's Swans, 8 Pintail, Goldeneye, 14 (6m) Scaup, 1 m Ring-necked Duck, 1 Great White Egret, 1 Black-necked Grebe, 4 Green Sandpiper, 3 Common Sandpiper, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Green Woodpecker, Raven
Bittern Trail:
Be warned that due to work on the Bittern trail the gate to Bernard King hide is locked - but Ring-necked Duck, can be viewed from two areas where reeds are cut down below second picnic site

15-1-17 Cattle Egret (Lee Gardiner)
Catch them before they leave Toghill
Not the photo competition but photos for the Avon Bird Report

Dear Photographer

This is a request for photos for possible inclusion in the next Avon Bird Report.

Photos must (with a few exceptions) have been taken in Avon in 2016. I assume most of you use electronic recording now but paper prints/slides could also be considered. Ideally a fairly low resolution version should be sent in the first place via e-mail or on a CD, and if you use one of yours we can later ask you to send a high resolution version which in most cases should exceed 2mpc. There are basically two types of photo needed. First record shots of varying quality showing something unusual, for example the Guillemot at Charfield in Feb 2015, or a bird showing unusual plumage or behaviour. Secondly we are looking for good quality shots of any of our birds. Here we are looking for species not seen in recent Reports. So for example we would not publish another photo of a Purple Sandpiper or a Grey Phalarope, for instance, unless it was quite exceptional.

Our photo editor is Nigel Milbourne, but in the first instance could you please send you files to me at this e-mail address, and if CD's or prints to me at: Arncliffe, Coast Road, Walton Bay, Clevedon, BS21 7FW. I look forward to seeing your best photos sometime in the next few weeks.

Yours sincerely 
Harvey Rose (Editor ABR)

Reports: Phil Baber, Karle, Burford, Allan Chard, Teresa Chard, John Clark, Mark Coller, Peter Coslett, Lee Gardiner, Lesley Griffiths, Richard Hancock, Gary Hudd, Gary Hughes, Gareth Jones, John Martin, Nigel Milbourne, Giles Morris, Jonathan Mortin, Matt Rogers, Harvey Rose, Gill Sapsed, Tony Scott, Chris Stone, John Thorogood, Mrs TrellisNigel Tucker, Wayne Tucker, Denise Whittle, Sean Whyte, Jason Williams, Paul Williams, blagdonlakebirdsnslbirdingopsbirdingsevernsidebirdsTBOSG

Saturday, 14 January 2017

14th Jan '17 Saturday

A cold but sunny morning, clouding over later.  WeBS count weekend.

Robin of the day from 'Lisegirl'
(well, it's winter, isn't it)
Castle Park:
pr Peregrine, 60+ Greenfinch going to roost.

Montpelier Station:
f. Blackcap

Warmley Forest Park:
1 Buzzard, 2 Moorhen, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Mistle Thrush, 2 Goldcrest, 6 Long-tailed Tit, 4 Coal Tit, 2 Jay, 1 Raven, 8 Greenfinch, 9 Goldfinch, 3 Bullfinch.

Waxwing in garden at The Ridge this morning.

Cattle Egrets still at Toghill today (Christopher Teague)
Toghill (A420 east of Wick/north of Bath):
The 2 Cattle Egrets were still present today.

Oldbury Power Station:
1 Grey Plover, 2 Ringed Plover, 15 Oystercatcher, c20 Redshank, c200 Curlew, c1000 Dunlin, 300+ Lapwing, 7 Snipe, 2 Rock Pipit.

Littleton Warth (WeBS count):
40 Canada Goose, 4 Shoveler, Grey Heron, 4 Oystercatcher, 2 Grey Plover, 100+ Dunlin, 110 Curlew, Jack Snipe, 49 Redshank, 2 Turnstone, 2 Raven, 6 Rock Pipit. 

New Passage/Northwick:
3 Grey Heron, Snipe, Grey Wagtail, Redwing, Fieldfare, 16 Long-tailed Tit.

R Avon at Sea Mills:
1 Shelduck, 24 Mallard, 1 Sparrowhawk, 3 Grey Heron, 60 Redshank, 15 Dunlin, 4 Common Sandpiper, 20 Lapwing, 9 Snipe, 162 BH Gull, 5 LBB Gull, 2 Common Gull, 6 Herring Gull, 77 Woodpigeon (nr river), 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, pr Stonechat.

Portbury Wharf:
ad winter Little Gull still present on north lake.

Mouth of the Yeo: Teal, Wigeon, 8 Shoveler.  Peregrine chasing 1500 Dunlin. 10 Grey Plover, 15 Turnstone. Cetti's Warbler singing (Blake's Pool).

Eider on the Marine Lake, Weston-super-Mare (David Hughes)
f. Eider still on the Marine Lake.

Albino Blackbird at Uphill (Paul Cousins)
1 Kestrel, f. Black Redstart (on cliff face under the grafitti), albino Blackbird, 14 Song Thrush, 1 Redwing, 2 Goldcrest, 11 Dunnock, 4 Linnet, 9 Bullfinch.

Goosander pair on Backwell Lake (Michael Thomas)
Backwell Lake:
18 Shoveler, pr Goosander, 1 Little Egret, 10 Common Gull.

A Chiffchaff and 2 Goldcrest with Long-tailed Tit flock.

Barrow Tanks (WeBS count):
42 Mallard, 13 Gadwall, 64 Teal, 2 Shoveler, 14 Pochard, 96 Tufted Duck, Long-tailed Duck (1W m. on nr 3 tank), 15 Little Grebe, 9 Great Crested Grebe, 161 Cormorant, 3 Grey Heron, 1 Little Egret, 157 Coot, 13 Snipe, 25 Lapwing, 2 Common Sandpiper.

Great White and Little Egrets at Chew (Ian Stapp)
Chew Valley Lake:
If all the reports are accurate, there are at least 2 male and 2 female Scaup still present.

Dam:3 Scaup (1m, 2f), 5 Goldeneye.

Bittern Trail:
drake Ring-necked Duck.

7 Goldeneye, 2 Goosander, 1 Kingfisher.

1 Great White Egret, 1 Black-necked Grebe, Common Sandpiper.

Heron's Green:
1 f. Goosander, 1 Bittern (10.50 briefly in reeds, left side of bay), 2 Scaup (2 m, 1 f), 1 Great White Egret, 1 Little Egret, 1 Green Sandpiper, ad Mediterranean Gull, 2 Stonechat. 

5 Bewick's Swan, 4 Goldeneye, 1 Buzzard, 1 Green Woodpecker,  2 Stonechat.

Herriotts Bridge:
2 Bewick's Swan (main lake), 16 Shelduck, 8 Pintail, 1 Great White Egret, 2 ad Yellow-legged Gull, 3 Reed Bunting.

Still a week to 21st January for Photo Competition entries

BOC Photo competition - open to BOC members, Deadline extended to 21st January
Entries for the 50th anniversary photo competition must arrive no later than Saturday 21st January 2017. They need to be posted to Richard Belson, 4 Birdlip Close, Nailsea, BS48 4TG. Entry is by print as in the BBC Countryfile calendar competition. Prints may be up to A4 size. On the back of each print please put the following information:
Class (class 1, Avon Bird Report area, class 2, club holidays and weekends)
File name (e.g. DSC1234.JPG)
Subject (English names of species is fine)
Photographer’s Name

Reports: Paul Cousins, Sean Davies, David Hughes, 'Lisegirl'. John Martin, Chris Perry, Michael Saffery,  Stuart Sammonds, Tony Scott, Ian Stapp, Chris Stone, Howard Taffs, 'Thomas', John Thorogood,  blagdonlakebirdsCVRSnslbirdingopsbirdingsevernsidebirdsTBOSG

Friday, 13 January 2017

13th Jan '17 Friday - Little Gull, Slav Grebe

Very cold today with the strong wind, no snow at the lake or on the hills, just a bit in the East

13-1-17 Marsh Tit in Banwell (John Thorogood)
Waxwing at Little Stoke
Marsh Tit, Blackcap and Siskin in gardens
Jack Snipe at Oldbury Power Station and Aust Warth
Little Gull at Portbury Wharf
Cattle Egret at Toghill Farm
Black-necked Grebe and Slavonian Grebe at Chew Valley

Clifton, Garden feeder near Zoo:
1st Marsh Tit in 20 years living there

13-1-17 Sparrowhawk in town (Allan Chard)
Fishponds, Garden:
1 Sparrowhawk, Goldcrests, Blackcaps
Little Stoke:
1 Little Egret in the trees, 2 Waxwing by playing fields, both unusual to be seen here

University West of England:
100+ Pied Wagtails to roost in trees outside Union shop

Oldbury Power Station:
Lagoon 3: 1 Jack Snipe, 35 Snipe, 6 Skylark

Littleton Warth:

Aust Wharf:
6 Teal, 100 Wigeon, 40 Redwing , 2 Buzzard, 1 Peregrine, 80 Lapwing, 22 Snipe sp. of which at least 6 were Jack Snipe, 6 Redshank

New Passage/Northwick:
11-1-17: 40 Canada Geese, 90 Teal, 300+ Wigeon, 11 Tufted Duck, just 50 Black-tailed Godwits, 
100 Knot, 200+Lapwing, 600 Dunlin, 1 Water Pipit (by 2nd sentry box)

13-1-17 Little Gull (Chris Stone)
Adult winter at Portbury Wharf
Portbury Wharf:
70 Shoveler, 55 Lapwing, 1 Little Gull (ad winter), 4 Bullfinch

4 Cormorants on H & W pontoon

Backwell Lake:
15 Mute Swans, 9 Canada Geese. 3 Gadwall. 48 Mallards, 36 Shovelers, 4 Tufted Ducks, 6 Pochard, 2 pair Goosanders. 1 Cormorant., 4 Little Egret. 1 Grey Heron, 1 Water Rail (16.30), Coots, Moorhens, 1 Kingfisher, 2 Common Gulls, 100 BH Gull, 34 Woodpigeon
Sadly no Bittern seen today, but numbers of duck rose through the day

Clevedon-Yeo, WeBS:
3 Mute Swan, 48 Canada Goose, 80+ Shelduck, 180 Wigeon, 60 Teal, 20 Mallard, 24 Oystercatcher, 18 Grey Plover, 70 Lapwing (all at Dowlais), 2 Ringed Plover, Curlew, 24+ Turnstone, 1400 Dunlin (800 at Kenn, 600 atYeo), 160 Redshank (80 at both Kenn and Yeo), 5 Snipe, 250 BH Gull, 10 Herring Gull, 8+ Skylark

13-1-17 Greenfinch in Nailsea (Mike Thomas)
Nailsea, St Andrews Close, garden Field Maple:
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 10 Goldfinch, 6 Greenfinch, 1 Siskin

Bleadon garden;
2 pair Blackcap
13-1-17 Bullfinch in Banwell (John Thorogood)
Banwell, garden:
2 Great Spotted Woodpecker (m & f), 2 Nuthatch, 1 Marsh Tit, 10 Long-tailed Tit, 3 Bullfinch (2m 1f)

Lansdown to Wick:
2 Cattle Egrets at Toghill Farm,1510, 400+ Golden Plover (Lansdown RC entrance)

13-1-17 Pied Wagtail (Robert Hargreaves)
Roosting by the Apple store at Southgate, Bath
500 Pied Wagtail roosting at night in a tree outside the Apple Store
Haycombe Cemetery:
100's of Fieldfare and Redwing on  the trees, 27 Yellowhammer

Twerton garden:
2 Jay, 4 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Blackcap, 2 Chaffinch

Newton Park:
21 Teal, 23 Goosander (11m) now on lake of Bath Spa Uni., 1 Water Rail

1 Kestrel

1 Sparrowhawk

Stanton Prior:
200+ Rooks & Jackdaw in fields

Blagdon Lake:
Mute Swan 'BJB', 7 Goldeneyes, 8 Goosanders,  27 Grey Herons, 17 Great Crested Grebes,
1 Little Stint, 1 Common Sandpiper, 500 Common Gulls (roost at Chew), over 1000 BH Gulls,
a handful of GBB Gulls, a few more Herring Gulls, over 1000 Jackdaws, c.150-200 Redwings

January has provided lean pickings! I've yet to see or hear a Green Woodpecker, Stock Dove, Collared Dove or Kestrel at the lake 

Details of the Mute Swan Yellow 'BJB' on Blagdonlakebirds (BLB?)

13-1-17 Scaup with a  Pochard, Moreton (Ian Stapp)
Chew Valley Lake:
8 Scaup, 2 Goldeneye,   2 Little Grebe


2 Scaup, 2 Goosander , 2 Bullfinch (car park) 

Nunnery Point:
1 Black-necked Grebe, 1 Slavonian Grebe at the South end of Denny Island

Heron's Green:
1 Little Egret (pond), 1 Great White Egret, 1 Buzzard, 1 Raven, 10 House Sparrows

13-1-17 Bewick's Swans at Moreton (Ian Stapp)
8 Bewick's Swans (3 Cygnets), 50 Teal, 3 Goldeneye, 20 Tufted Duck, 3 Scaup (1 with a Pochard close to hide, 2 in entrance to Herons Green bay), 15 Pochard, 2 Goosander, 1 Great White Egret, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Tawny Owl (Cottage car park fly over calling), 2 Ravens, 12 & 8 Long-tailed Tit, 30 Fieldfare (stubble field), 25+ Chaffinch

13-1-17 Goldeneye at Moreton (Ian Stapp)
West Harptree:
2 Buzzard

Herriotts End:
18 Shelduck, 10 Pintail (8 on pond 2 on lake), 1 Reed Bunting 

13-1-17 Pheasant in the Sun, Moreton (Ian Stapp)
Still over a week to 21st January for Photo Competition entries

BOC Photo competition - open to BOC members, Deadline extended to 21st January
Entries for the 50th anniversary photo competition must arrive no later than Saturday 21st January 2017. They need to be posted to Richard Belson, 4 Birdlip Close, Nailsea, BS48 4TG. Entry is by print as in the BBC Countryfile calendar competition. Prints may be up to A4 size. On the back of each print please put the following information:
Class (class 1, Avon Bird Report area, class 2, club holidays and weekends)
File name (e.g. DSC1234.JPG)
Subject (English names of species is fine)
Photographer’s Name

Reports: Derek John Angell, Allan Chard, John Clark, Chris Craig, Chris Duck, Robert Hargreaves, Peter Hazelwood, William Hewitt, Robin Lambert, Glen Maddison, Pete Maxfield, Nigel Milbourne, Jon Mortin, Katrina.Pailing, Harvey Rose, Tony Scott, Ian Stapp, Chris Stone, Mike Thomas, John Thorogood, Mrs Trellis, Wayne Tucker, Denise Whittle, blagdonlakebirds,  nslbirding, opsbirding, severnsidebirds, TBOSG

Thursday, 12 January 2017

12th Jan '17 Thursday

Cold, dull and damp today and not much to report.

On the bright side, it should be less than 2 months before the first of the spring migrants start to arrive.

12-1-17 Blackcap (Allan Chard)
A good day for birding through the kitchen window
Fishponds garden:
2 Blackcap - please keep your wintering blackcap records coming in

Willsbridge Mill:
2 Wood Pigeon, 3 Jay, 10 mixed flock of Blue and Great Tit, 4 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Dipper, 2 Robin

12/01/2017 Mrs Blackbird: been sitting for 5 days, in a sheltered courtyard in Bath (Glen Maddison)

Timsbury garden:
1 Blackcap

11-1-17 Wawing (Martyn Hayes, TBOSG)
1 of 41 in Cheltenham yesterday

Reports: Alex Carlisle, Allan Chard, Teresa Chard,
blagdonlakebirds, nslbirding, opsbirding, severnsidebirds, TBOSG

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

11th Jan '16 Wednesday - Long-tailed Duck

A bit brighter today, still cold in the wind and it was getting stronger through the day

11-1-17 Cattle Egret (DaveHughes)
Flying between fields at Toghill
Cattle Egret at Toghill
Long-tailed Duck still at Barrow
Scaup and Great White Egret at Chew Valley Lake

2 at Lawrence Weston Road, 1 at VOSA pool

Stockwood Open Spaces:
1 Collared Dove, 1 Green and 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 15 Blackbird, 6 Fieldfare, 3 Bullfinch

Dyers Common, Severn Estuary:
9 Shelduck, 2 Shoveler, 1 Little Egret, 1 Kestrel mobbing a seated Buzzard, 3 Curlew, 2 Redshank, 2 Pied Wagtail, 6 Linnet, 2 Greenfinch, 11 Goldfinch

Backwell Lake, midday:
15 Mute Swan, 38 Shoveler, 4 Tufted Duck, 1 Grey Heron, 230 BH Gull, 5 Common Gull
This evening's Little Egret roost - 16
It was looking like a count of 7 when at least 9 came in together at 17.06 - quite a sight in the gloom!

11-1-17 Cattle Egret (Mark Coller)
Early in the morning
Wick, Toghill:
Cattle Egret, 1 Peregrine

Barrow Tanks:
1 f Long-tailed Duck still at Barrow no.3 Tank. Spending 97.8% of its time underwater!

Blagdon Lake:
9 adult Mute Swans, 1 Egyptian Goose, 3♂ Northern Pintails, 2 pairs of Goosanders, 13 Little Egrets, 1 Common Kingfisher, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Peregrine

11-1-17 Bewick's Swan (Ian Stapp)
Have come over to Moreton
Chew Valley Lake:
7 (4m 3f) Scaup, 2 Goldeneye, 2 Little Grebe (I heard there were 6 Scaup seen from the Dam earlier in the day)
11-1-17 Bullfinch (Ian Stapp)
Enjoying the sun at Woodford
4 Bullfinch (Car Park),  3 Goldeneye

11-1-17 Common Sandpiper at Villice (Bob Brewer)
1 Common Sandpiper

11-1-17 Green Sandpiper at Moreton (Bob Brewer)
Heron's Green:
3 Great White Egret, 2 Little Egret, 1 Stonechat (pond)

11-1-17 Goosander (Ian Stapp)
Preening at Moreton among the Teal
5 Bewick's Swans, 1 Green Woodpecker, 6 Redwing, 1 Treecreeper, 2 Reed Bunting, 1 Stonechat, 2 Meadow Pipit, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Kingfisher, 2 Goosander, 2 Goldeneye, 1 Green Sandpiper, 25+ Chaffinch, 1 Bullfinch

11-1-17 Great White Egret at Herriott's (Bob Brewer)
Herriotts End:
4 Shelduck, 5 Pintail, 1 Bittern, 1 Great White Egret, 11 Reed Bunting   (I heard a Bittern was seen earlier in the morning briefly)

11-1-17 Bewick's Swans at Moreton (Bob Brewer)
Reports: Bob Brewer, James Butcher, Teresa Chard, Chris Craig, Andy Davis, Robert Hargreaves, Dave Hughes, Lois Pryce, Tony Scott, Ian Stapp, Mike Thomas, Mrs Trellis, Dan White, blagdonlakebirds, CVRS, nslbirding, opsbirding, severnsidebirds, TBOSG

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

10th Jan '17 Tuesday - Cattle Egret

Dull but mostly dry today, chilly in the wind

10-1-17 Cattle Egret (Martyn Hayes, TBOSG)
Identified today but been around for a while
2 Cattle Egret have been found on Tog Hill Farm just outside Wick (grid ref: ST722 725)
A female Long-tailed Duck was new in on Barrow Tank No.3
Waxwing seen in the area today, all in Bradley Stoke

Not a bird but...
10-1-17 Otter in Eastville Park, Bristol (Allan Chard)
Been a number of sightings along the River Frome lately
Finzel's Reach:
1 Peregrine devouring a pigeon
Stockwood Open Space:
1 Collared Dove, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Jay, 20 Blackbird, 6 Fieldfare, 50+ Redwing, 1 Chaffinch, 4 Bullfinch

(BTO Low Tide Count) 113 Wigeon, 54 Teal, 330 Lapwing, 120 Curlew, 800 Dunlin, 14 Snipe, 1 Peregrine, 110 Fieldfare
10-1-17 Common Gull (Bill Hewitt)
Heron's Green, CVL

Portbury Wharf:120 Wigeon, 34 Teal, 66 Shoveler, 1 Peregrine, 110 Lapwing, 1 melanistic Common Snipe, 1 Goldcrest c.75 Linnet

Kenn Moor:
2 Teal, 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Buzzard, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 10 Long-tailed Tit, 100 Fieldfare, 1 Song Thrush, 200 Redwing, 1 Grey Wagtail,  50 Chaffinch, 50 Goldfinch

Bradley Stoke,:
Bailey's Court: 2 Waxwing
Willow Brook Centre: 2 Waxwing
10-1-17 Waxwing in Bradley Stoke (Rob Hargreaves)
Looks like there a still quite a few berries left

Wick, Tog Hill (ST722 725):
2 Cattle Egret

Newton St Loe:
2 Mute Swan, 16 Teal, 13 Goosander, 2 Cormorant, 2 Coot, 2 Goldcrest, 2 Nuthatch, mixed flock of Fieldfare & Redwing, 10 Meadow Pipit
10-1-17 Goldcrest (Wayne Tucker, NSLBirding)
Newton St Loe
Barrow Gurney Reservoirs:
15 Gadwall, 45 Teal, 1 Long-tailed Duck (Tank No. 3), 123 Cormorant, 106 Common Gull, 2 Great Black-backed Gull, 3 Lesser Black-backed Gull

Blagdon Lake:
1 Egyptian Goose, 13 Goosander, 13 Lapwing, 1 Little Stint, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Kingfisher, 6 Bullfinch

Compton Martin:
3 Marsh Tit
10-1-17 Goosander (Ian Stapp)
Lots about today at Blagdon and Chew
Chew Valley Lake
3 Scaup, 2 Goldeneye, 2 Goosander
4 Goldeneye, 5 Goosander, 2 Great White Egret, 5 Fieldfare, 20+ Redwing, 9 Bullfinch

10-1-17 Little and Great White Egret (Sean Whyte)
'Just' 7 GW Egrets around Chew today
1 Common Sandpiper
Heron's Green:
3 Little Egret, 3 Great White Egret, 1 Buzzard, 1 Green Sandpiper, 50+ mixed flock of Jackdaw & Crow, 1 Stonechat
10-1-17 Cetti's Warbler (Ian Stapp)
with ring
4 Goldeneye, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Buzzard, 1 Water Rail, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Green Woodpecker, 15+ Long-tailed Tit, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, 10 Redwing, 2 Stonechat

10-1-17 Green Sandpiper (Bob Brewer)
Moreton, CVL
Herriotts End:
7 Bewick's Swan, 16 Shelduck, 13 Pintail, 2 Great White Egret, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Grey Wagtail, 2 Reed Bunting

And just over the border...
10-1-17 Black Redstart (George Stacey)
at Brean today
Reports: Bob Brewer, James Butcher, Allan Chard, Teresa Chard, Chris Craig, Jane Cumming, Rob Hargreaves, Martyn Hayes, Bill Hewitt, Andy Middleton, Jon Mortin, Trevor Riddle, George Stacey, Ian Stapp, Chris Stone, Wayne Tucker, Sean Whyte, blagdonlakebirds, nslbirding, opsbirding, severnsidebirds, TBOSG