Sunday, 21 January 2018

21-1-18 Sunday - Rain

In Bristol, Jane Eyre weather all day ('There was no possibility of taking a walk that day...The cold winter wind had brought with it clouds so sombre, and a rain so penetrating,. that further out-of-door exercise was now out of the question.')

Bird order is IOC, BOU and Birdtrack, using 2018 BOU names. Copies of Avon list in Information Sites

Long-tailed Duck
possible Iceland Gull
Black Redstart
Brambling (recent record)
Hawfinch

21-01-18 Purple Sandpiper, Battery Point (Robert Hargreaves) 

BRISTOL
Bishopston garden: 2m Tawny Owl heard calling last night. Blackcap m ('Looks a bit forlorn, sheltering under the holly, but it's very wet out there.')

St Andrews Park:
25 Starling, 20 Redwing, 1 Mistle Thrush, 1 Dunnock, 3 Chaffinch, 1 Goldfinch

SOUTH GLOUCESTERSHIRE

Damery:
Little River Avon -1Dipper
Oldbury:
I  (m) Black Redstart
Aust Warth:
At dusk: 1 possible Iceland Gull (seen briefly and poorly), 3 Short-eared Owl (3.00 pm)

NORTH SOMERSET
Portishead: 
21-01-18 Purple Sandpiper, Battery Point, Portishead (Brian Thompson)
Battery Point: 4 Purple Sandpiper

Bay:  14 Turnstone, 1 Redshank, 1 Rock Pipit

21-01-18 male Linnet on feeder, Portishead (Pete Evans)
Redcliff Bay garden: 10 Greenfinch, 1Linnet (first in garden for a number of years) 
Also 2m 1f Blackcap regular + 1 f Brambling with Chaffinches about a week ago


mid January, fem Brambling, Portishead (Pete Evans)
Clevedon:
Black Redstart (f) on rocks by pier
21-01-18 Black Redstart, Clevedon Pier (Brian Thompson)
Clevedon-Yeo: 
1 Barnacle Goose with Canada Goose flock (Dowlais), 300 Dunlin, 50 Redshank

BELOW M4 and BANES

A garden visitor we'd all welcome
21-01-18 Hawfinch, Marshfield (Denise Whittle)
Marshfield garden:
Great Spotted Woodpecker, 11 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Nuthatch, 1 Hawfinch, 20+ Goldfinch  


21-01-18 Jackdaw (Talkingtobears)

Keynsham, garden in ST6567:
1 Woodpigeon, 2 Collared Dove, 1 Magpie, 8 Jackdaw, 1 Blue Tit, 1 Blackcap, 5 Starling, 3 Blackbird, 1 Robin, 3 Dunnock, 2 Chaffinch, 14 Goldfinch


RESERVOIRS

Barrow Tanks:
Long-tailed Duck still at Tank no.1 


BOC Trip to Exe Estuary, next  Sunday  28th January
Still places available on the coach, dep 8.00am. Details on the side bar. 
Please contact BOC Membership Secretary, Judy Copeland.

2017 Avon Bird Report
We are still missing descriptive notes or photographs for quite a few of the local rarities seen last year. In order to make the 2017 report as complete as possible, if you saw any of the birds on the list below can you please let us have some confirmatory notes as soon as possible. These didn't appear on the blog

Thanks
Rich Mielcarek
Caspian GullPresent 2/3/2017 Chew Valley Lake (CVL), Villice
Cattle Egret2 11/2/2017 Winterbourne, Moorend, R Frome
Goshawk1 8/7/2017 Wickwar, Lower Woods
Great White Egret1 21/4/2017 New Passage / Northwick Warth
Hawfinch1 16/12/2017 Hanham Court, Avon Bank
Hawfinch2 28/12/2017 Hanham Court, Avon Bank
Hawfinch1 30/11/2017 Tortworth, Court
Lesser Spotted Woodpecker1 3/4/2017Tortworth, Michael Wood, Little River Avon
Red-breasted MerganserPresent 5/1/2017Chew Valley Lake (CVL)
Ring-billed GullPresent 8/1/2017Chew Valley Lake (CVL)
Turtle Dove2 1/6/2017Bristol, Sea Mills, Sylvan Way
Waxwing1 17/1/2017Aust
Waxwing20 14/01/2017 Bristol, Fishponds, Staple Hill, CO-OP
Whooper Swan1 26/10/2017 Clevedon-Yeo (Cl-Y), Clevedon Pill
Willow Tit 21/12/2017 Radstock, Cycle Track
Yellow-browed Warbler1 15/10/2017 Winterbourne

Reports: Karle Burford,  Pete Evans, Richard Giles, Pete Hazelwood,  Robert Hargreaves, Nick Hawkridge, Jon Mortin, Fiona Neate, Talkingtobears, Gary Thoburn, Brian Thompson, Denise Whittle,  BlagdonlakebirdsCVRSNSL-BirdingOpsbirdingSevernsidebirdsTalkingtoBearsTBOSG

Saturday, 20 January 2018

20-1-18 Saturday - Corn Bunting

Temp 5 to 6 ℃. Wind very low as cyclone passed slowly over. Misty rain most of the day

Bird order is IOC, BOU and Birdtrack, using 2018 BOU names. Copies of Avon list in Information Sites

Long-tailed Duck
Black-necked Grebe
Grey Plover, Jack Snipe
Firecrest 
Hawfinch
Corn Bunting

BRISTOL

Cabot Circus, roof car park:
60+ Pied Wagtail

Horfield Common, from Bishop Rd:
2 BH Gulls, 3 Herring Gull, 1 LBB Gull, 41 Wood Pigeons, 4 Collared Doves, 9 Magpies, 6 Crows, 13 Blue Tits, 6 Long-tailed Tits, 2 Wrens, 32 Starlings, 9 Blackbirds, 24 Fieldfares, 5 Redwings, 7 Robins, 16 House Sparrows, 1 Dunnock, 2 Pied Wagtails, 2 Chaffinches, 2 Greenfinches, 43 Goldfinches

Long Wood and Hermitage Wood:
15 Woodpigeons, 1 Jay, 4 Magpies, 4 Jackdaws, 12 Carrion Crow, 17 Blue Tits, 9 Great Tits, 11 Long Tailed Tits, 1m Blackcap, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Wren, 1 Treecreeper, 7m 2f Blackbirds, 1 Robin, 6m 6f Bullfinches (enjoying the old Blackberries), 7 Goldfinches

20-1-18 Hawfinch, St Annes (Wildwood Photography)
Oldland, St Annes Churchyard:
6 Hawfinch

Redland garden:
2 m/f Blackcap

St Andrews Park:
1 Jay, 4 Long-tailed Tit, 30 Redwing, Goldfinch

SOUTH GLOUCESTERSHIRE

20-1-18 Corn Bunting, OPS (Peter Hazelwood)
Oldbury Power Station, WeBS:
47 Wigeon, 54 Mallard, 7 Teal, 1 Water Rail, 54 Lapwing, 146 Curlew, 135 Dunlin, 1 Jack Snipe, 19 Snipe, 16 Redshank + 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4 Goldcrest, 32 Blackbird, 8 Stonechat, 1 Corn Bunting

New Passage/Northwick Warth:
52 Shelduck, 73 Oystercatcher, 300 Lapwing, 70 Curlew, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 30 Redwing, 1 Mistle Thrush, Bullfinch, 35 Goldfinch 

Hoar Gout (VOSA pool):
6 Teal overhead, 8 Tufted Duck, 2 Coot, 1 Cetti's Warbler

Sea Mills, WeBS:
2 Shelduck, 31 Mallard, 1 Buzzard, 6 Snipe,  2 Common Sandpiper, 60 Redshank, 62 BH Gull, 3 Herring Gull

NORTH SOMERSET
20-1-18 Blackcap in the gloom, Portishead (RH)
Portishead, gdn:
3 Long-tailed Tit, 2 m/f Blackcap, 6 Greenfinch

Clevedon gdn:
1 f Blackcap (1m 19th)

Backwelll Lake:
20 Mute Swans, 1 Muscovy Duck (courting a Swan), 4 Shoveler, 2 Gadwall, 16 Tufted Ducks,  4 Cormorants (4-6 resident here for 2 weeks), 1 Water Rail, 20 BH Gulls, 1 LBB Gull, 1 Kingfisher, 2 1 drumming Greater Spotted Woodpecker 

Clevedon-Yeo:
1 Barnacle Goose with Canadas (cafe K Seymour), 60 Shelduck, 110 Wigeon, 20 Teal, 2 Water Rail, 5 Oystercatcher, 400 Lapwing, 15 Grey Plover, 6 Ringed Plover, 80 Curlew, 20 Turnstone, 30 Knot, 3,000 Dunlin, 1 Snipe, 150 Redshank, 10 Skylark, 20 Greenfinch

Weston-Super-Mare, Balmoral Way:
1 Blackcap, 1 Firecrest, 1 Hawfinch

Churchill School, 19th:
1 Little Egret on bus to school in Haywood, 1 Treecreeper in Spanish, 6 3m/3f Bullfinch in Physics

20-1-18 Sparrowhawk, Bleadon (Bill Hewitt)
Bleadon:
1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Buzzard, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Blackcap, 1 Stonechat, 1 Greenfinch

Bleadon Levels:
Unconfirmed reports of 2 Short-eared Owls

BELOW M4 and BANES

Marshfield garden:
 1 Hawfinch briefly
20-1-18 Buzzard, Siston (TtB)
Siston Common in ST6674:
1 Buzzard, 2 Tawny Owl (early), 1 Magpie, 2 Robin, 2 House Sparrow, 1 Dunnock, 2 Chaffinch, 1 Hawfinch, 1 Bullfinch

Keynsham, garden in ST6567:
1 Pheasant (roaming the streets on 19th), 1 Woodpigeon, 2 Collared Dove, 1 Magpie, 2 Jackdaw, 1 Blue Tit, 4 Starling, 2 Blackbird, 2 Robin, 3 Dunnock, 2 Chaffinch, 3 Goldfinch

20-1-18 Blackcap, male, Bath (Brian Martin)
Bath, Bloomfield:
2 m/f Blackcap

RESERVOIRS

Barrow Tanks:
1 Greylag Goose, 7 Shoveler, 3 Gadwall, 18 Mallard, 7 Teal, 11 Pochard, 71 Tufted Duck, 1 Long-tailed Duck, 2 Goldeneye, 16 Little Grebe, 7 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Little Egret, 3 Cormorant, 55 Coot, 10 Snipe, 2 Common Sandpiper

Blagdon Lake, 19th:
Black-necked Grebe

Chew Valley Lake, 18th
Dam:
3 Goldeneye, 5 Goosander
Woodford:
(1m) Scaup, 9 Goldeneye, 6 Goosander, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Treecreeper, 2 Song Thrush, 2 Bullfinch
Herons Green:
3 Goldeneye, 13 Lapwing, 1 GBB Gull, 25 Pied Wagtail
Moreton:
7 Wigeon, 1 Lesser Scaup, 8 Goldeneye, 2 Goosander, 2 Jay, 2 Raven, 6 Long-tailed Tit, 3 Bullfinch
Herriotts:
8 Shelduck, 3 Pintail, 1 Peregrine

Out of Avon:
Forest of Dean, Soudley Ponds:
15 Mandarin Duck, 1 Little Grebe, 1 Moorhen, 1 Raven, 1 Nuthatch, 1 Grey Wagtail, 5 Hawfinch (Parkend)

Out of UK:
Bob Brewer in India

2017 Avon Bird Report
We are still missing descriptive notes or photographs for quite a few of the local rarities seen last year. In order to make the 2017 report as complete as possible, if you saw any of the birds on the list below can you please let us have some confirmatory notes as soon as possible. These didn't appear on the blog

Thanks
Rich Mielcarek

Caspian Gull Present  2/3/2017  Chew Valley Lake (CVL), Villice
Cattle Egret 2  11/2/2017  Winterbourne, Moorend, R Frome
Goshawk 1  8/7/2017  Wickwar, Lower Woods
Great White Egret 1  21/4/2017  New Passage / Northwick Warth
Hawfinch 1  16/12/2017  Hanham Court, Avon Bank
Hawfinch 2  28/12/2017  Hanham Court, Avon Bank
Hawfinch 1  30/11/2017  Tortworth, Court
Lesser Spotted Woodpecker 1  3/4/2017 Tortworth, Michael Wood, Little River Avon
Red-breasted Merganser Present  5/1/2017 Chew Valley Lake (CVL)
Ring-billed Gull Present  8/1/2017 Chew Valley Lake (CVL)
Turtle Dove 2  1/6/2017 Bristol, Sea Mills, Sylvan Way
Waxwing 1  17/1/2017 Aust
Waxwing 20  14/01/2017  Bristol, Fishponds, Staple Hill, CO-OP
Whooper Swan 1  26/10/2017  Clevedon-Yeo (Cl-Y), Clevedon Pill
Willow Tit  21/12/2017  Radstock, Cycle Track
Yellow-browed Warbler 1  15/10/2017  Winterbourne

Reports: John Budd, Sean Davies, Geoff Dring, Lee Gardiner, Anthony Goodwin, Paul Gregory, Robert Hargreaves, Peter Hazelwood, Bill Hewitt, Robin Lambert, Brian Martin, John Martin,  Jon Mortin, Andy Middleton, Jean Oliver, George Rabin, Patrick Richards, Trevor Riddle, Tony Scott, Howard Taffs, Martin Tayler, Denise Whittle, Blagdonlakebirds, CVRS, NSL-Birding, Opsbirding, Severnsidebirds, TalkingtoBears, TBOSG

Friday, 19 January 2018

19-1-18 Friday - Lesser Scaup

 Cool out, but warm in sun out of wind. Odd showers around.

Bird order is IOC, BOU and Birdtrack, using 2018 BOU names. Copies of Avon list in Information Sites

Lesser Scaup, Long-tailed Duck.
Jack Snipe
Cattle Egret
Hawfinch

BRISTOL

Horfield:
2 Herring Gull, 3 BH Gull, 21 Wood Pigeon, 4 Collared Dove, 19 Magpie, 2 Crow, 6 Blue Tit, 1 Wren, 12 Starling, 2 Blackbird, 1 Fieldfare, 1 Redwing, 6 Robin, 22 House Sparrow, 1 Dunnock, 1 Greenfinch, 3 Chaffinch, 37 Goldfinch

Redland (garden):
3 Redwing

SOUTH GLOUCESTERSHIRE

Oldbury Power Station:
Ad & 1st-w Kittiwakes went upriver over Tidal Res

Littleton WeBS: 
8 Shelduck, 110 Wigeon, 95 Teal, good Dunlin flock again (c1500) but wildfowl nos still low, 35 Curlew, 1 Jack Snipe, 14 Snipe, 27 Redshank, 11 Rock Pipit

19-1-18 Dunlin at Littleton (John Martin)

19-1-18 Shelduck at Littleton (John Martin)
Aust:
Short-eared Owl very briefly at Aust before a Kestrel saw it off towards NP

Pilning:
1 Common Gull

Severn Beach (Garden):
1 Blackcap
19-1-18 Blackcap in Severn Beach garden (Rod Holbrook)
Severn Beach (Orchard Pools):
2 Mute Swan, 4 Gadwall, 4 Coot, 1 Water Rail (calling), 2 G.S.Woodpecker, 1 Green Woodpecker

Oldland, St Annes Churchyard:
Hawfinch

Lower Woods:
1 Sparrowhawk male, 1 Tawny Owl, 3 GS Woodpecker, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Raven, 2 Marsh Tit,
2 Treecreeper, many Redwing, 2 Mistle Thrush, 2 Bullfinch both female.

Wick:
Greenway Farm :
1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 1 Jay, 2 Goldcrest, 1 Treecreeper, 5 Fieldfare, 30 Meadow Pipits

NORTH SOMERSET

Portbury Reserve:
Several Gadwall which appeared to be paired off. Quite a few Wigeon, Canada Geese on the larger pool. No Teal at all. Several Shelduck on the estuary. 1 Snipe on the saltmarshes. 1 Yaffle, which I’ve not seen there before. A Mistle Thrush singing loudly and I think territorially from the top of a tree. A few Redwing. Robins very visible everywhere - they’re largely noisy but hidden round where I live at the moment. 1 Chiffchaff preening. Cheered to see several Greenfinch - it’s often good for Greenfinch and did not disappoint. Some House Sparrows in some brambles by the little carpark. Dru Brooke-Taylor

Bleadon:
7 Goosander, 1 Grey Heron, 3 Buzzard, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Green Woodpecker, 
2 Blackcap, 7 Redwing,  2 Stonechat, 12 Meadow Pipit, 1 Greenfinch, 3 Reed Bunting

19-1-18 Stonechat at Bleadon (William Hewitt)
Langford:
2 (pair) Bullfinch

19-1-18 Bullfinch in Langford (David Goodliffe)
Puxton (South of Congresbury):
5 Mute Swan, 5 Mallard, 1 Little Egret, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 100+ Starling, 
200+ mixed Fielfare and Redwing, 2 (pair) Stonechat, 9 Meadow Pipit, 1 Bullfinch, 1 Greenfinch, 
12 Goldfinch.

Hellenge:
1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Buzzard, 2 Woodcock, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Kestrel, 2 Goldcrest

BELOW M4 and BANES

Marshfield:
14 Red Legged Partridge, 3 Buzzard, 2 Short-eared Owls hunting, 1 Peregrine,  numerous Fieldfare, Meadow Pipits & Skylarks, 4 Corn Bunting, 2 Yellowhammer

Wick, Greenway Farm:
2 Mallard, 1 Moorhen, 1 Magpie, 3 Jackdaw, 2 Blue Tit, 6 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Blackbird, 30 Redwing, 1 Robin, 20 Meadow Pipit, 3 Goldfinch

Bath, Bloomfield:
1 f Blackcap
19-1-18 Blackcap in Bloomfield, Bath (Brian Martin)
Newton St Loe:
4 Mute Swan, 8 Mallard, 33 Teal, 2 Goosander (M), 2 Grey Heron, 2 Cormorant, 1 Coot, 20+ BH Gull, 2 Raven, 20+ Long Tailed Tits in 3 flocks, 2 Nuthatch, 2 Treecreeper, 1 Song Thrush, 2 Mistle Thrush, 5+ Hawfinch, 3 Greenfinch

RESERVOIRS

Barrow Tank No.1:
Long-tailed Duck


19-1-18 Long-tailed Duck at Barrow (Lee Wildwood photos)
Chew Valley Lake
19-1-18 Lapwing sunbathing on Dam (George Stacey)
Dam:
1 f Scaup, 4 Goldeneye, 8 Goosander, 12 Lapwing, 1 Hooligan's Gull (car park)

19-1-18 Goldeneye at Chew Valley Lake (Ian Stapp)
Bittern Trail:
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker and small flock of Redwing, 2 Stonechat (Picnic2)


19-1-18 Bullfinch, Woodford (George Stacey)
Woodford:
6 Scaup (1M/5F off Nunnery), 7 Goldeneye, 5 Goosander, 1 Green Woodpecker, 12+ L TT, flock Fieldfare, 2 Song Thrush, 2 Dunnock, 3 Meadow Pipit (on the boat slipway), 6 (1f) Bullfinch, 

19-1-18 Meadow Pipit at Chew Valley Lake (Ian Stapp)
Herons Green:
2 Goldeneye, 4 Goosander, 3 GBB Gull

Moreton:
3 f Scaup, 1 Lesser Scaup (way out as usual), 6+ Goldeneye, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 G S Woodpecker, 3 Jay, 1 Cetti's, 12+ Redwing, 2 Grey Wagtail, 5 Bullfinch

Herriotts:
8 Shelduck, 5 Pintail, 1 Common Sandpiper

Other (Bickfield Lane):
1 Cattle Egret with 2 Little Egret


Avon Ornithological Group
We will shortly start planning for the 2017 AVON BIRD REPORT. If you have any local 2017 bird records you have not yet submitted can you let the BOC team have them by the end of the month please. Similarly if you have notes on any local rarities you have not yet submitted

Thanks
Rich Mielcarek
Chairman

Reports: Dru Brooke-Taylor, John Budd, Karle Burford, Anthony Cook, Mike Donne, David Goodliffe, Jeff Hazell, William Hewitt, Rod Holbrook, Mike Jackson, Brian Martin, Jon Mortin, Lisa Presland, Peter Hazelwood, Adam Rawson, Gareth Roberts, Tony Scott, George Stacey, Ian Stapp, Paul Williams, Blagdonlakebirds, CVRS, NSL-Birding, Opsbirding, Severnsidebirds, TBOSG

Thursday, 18 January 2018

18-1-18 Thursday - Mediterranean Gull

Temp 3 to 8 ℃. West wind to 18 mph. Cool out, but warm in sun out of wind. Odd showers around

Bird order is IOC, BOU and Birdtrack, using 2018 BOU names. Copies of Avon list in Information Sites

Lesser Scaup, Long-tailed Duck.
Black-necked Grebe
Grey Plover, Purple Sandpiper
Mediterranean Gull
Black Redstart
Hawfinch, Lesser Redpoll


18-1-18 Stonechat, Newton St Loe (NSL Birding)
BRISTOL

Hanham, Woodland by Chequers:
1 Buzzard, 2 Cormorant, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 8 Long-tailed Tit, 3 Nuthatch, 2 Robin

Oldland, St Annes Churchyard:
Hawfinch?

Redland garden:
1 m Blackcap

Stoke Park:
2 Moorhen, 4 Black Headed Gull, 1 Herring Gull, 7 Woodpigeon, 2 Greater Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Green Woodpecker, 11 Magpie, 27 Jackdaw, 5 Carrion Crow, 2 Raven, 12 Blue Tit, 11 Great Tit, 3 Long-tailed Tit, 19 Starling, 2m Blackbird, 3 Robin, 15 House Sparrow and 1m Bullfinch.

Juv Black-headed Gull in Stoke Park (Patrick Hardyman Richards)
SOUTH GLOUCESTERSHIRE


NORTH SOMERSET
18-1-18 Purple Sandpiper, Portishead (Karle Burford)
Portishead, Battery Point:
1 Purple Sandpiper

Clevedon Pier:
1 f/imm Black Redstart on rocks below the pier at 1130

Clevedon-Yeo:
2 Brent Geese, 20 Canada Geese, 4 Shoveler, 220 Wigeon, 75 Teal, 2 Little Egret, 5 Cormorant, 38 Oystercatcher, 160 Lapwing, 6 Grey Plover, 230 Curlew, 14 Turnstone, 100 Dunlin, 1 Snipe, 320 Redshank, 250 BH Gull, 8 Herring Gull, 3 LBB Gull, 12 Skylark, 1 Rock Pipit

18-1-18 Bullfinch, Bleadon (Bill Hewitt)
Bleadon:
1 Little Egret, 1 Sparrowhawk, 4 Buzzard, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Jay, 2 Blackcap, 1 (partial leucistic) Blackbird, 4 Bullfinch, 1 Greenfinch, 2 Reed Bunting

Bleadon Levels:
12 Shelduck, 9 Teal, 1 Little Egret, 2 Curlew, 20 Redshank, 2 Goldcrest, 1 Meadow Pipit


18-1-18 Dunnock, Langford (David Goodliffe)
BELOW M4 and BANES

Marshfield, garden:
1 Hawfinch

Wick, Greenway Farm:
2 Mallard, 1 Moorhen, 1 Magpie, 3 Jackdaw, 2 Blue Tit, 6 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Blackbird, 30 Redwing, 1 Robin, 20 Meadow Pipit, 3 Goldfinch

18-1-18 Linnet, Seven Acre Wood ( NSL Birding)
A row of trees were full like this
Newton St Loe:
32 Teal, 3 Grey Heron, 2 Buzzard, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Kestrel, 1 Jay, 4 Skylark, 18 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Goldcrest, 2 Fieldfare, 20 Redwing, 2 Stonechat, 1 Grey Wagtail, 4 Pied Wagtail, 12 Meadow Pipit, 10 Chaffinch, 3 Hawfinch, 2 Bullfinch, 100 Linnet, 40 Yellowhammer

Chew Magna:
3 Lesser Redpoll

RESERVOIRS
18-1-18 Long-tailed Duck, Barrow Tank 1 (Melvin Hedges)
Barrow Tank No.1:
1 Long-tailed Duck

Blagdon Lake:
2 ♂ Scaup, 2 Black-necked Grebe, 2 ad Mediterranean Gull

Chew Valley Lake
Dam:
3 Goldeneye, 5 Goosander

18-1-18 Treecreeper, Woodford (Ian Stapp)
Woodford:
6 (1m) Scaup, 9 Goldeneye, 6 Goosander, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Treecreeper, 2 Song Thrush, 2 Bullfinch

Herons Green:
3 Goldeneye, 13 Lapwing, 1 GBB Gull, 25 Pied Wagtail

18-1-18 Goldeneye, Moreton (Ian Stapp)
Moreton:
7 Wigeon, 1 Lesser Scaup, 8 Goldeneye, 2 Goosander, 1 Buzzard, 2 Jay, 2 Raven, 6 Long-tailed Tit, 3 Bullfinch

Herriotts:
8 Shelduck, 3 Pintail, 1 Peregrine

Good to see in Newton St Loe but not a wild bird, a Harris Hawk
Out of Avon:
Frampton, Sharpness Canal:
7 Mute Swan, 3 Tufted Duck, 1 Great Northern Diver, 150 Coot, 30 Lapwing, 1 Kestrel, 120 Rook, 2 Song Thrush, 2 Mistle Thrush, 12 Fieldfare, 50 Redwing, 6 Pied Wagtail, 1 Bullfinch

Avon Ornithological Group
We will shortly start planning for the 2017 AVON BIRD REPORT. If you have any local 2017 bird records you have not yet submitted can you let the BOC team have them by the end of the month please. Similarly if you have notes on any local rarities you have not yet submitted

Thanks
Rich Mielcarek
Chairman

Reports: Karle Burford, Teresa Chard, Andy Davis, Robert Hargreaves, Melvin Hedges, Bill Hewitt, Rod Holbrook, Jon Mortin, Lois Pryce, Patrick Hardyman Richards, Trevor Riddle, Harvey Rose, Nigel Sluman, Matt Scott, Tony Scott, Ian Stapp, Blagdonlakebirds, CVRS, NSL-Birding, Opsbirding, Severnsidebirds, TalkingtoBears, TBOSG

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

17-1-18 Wednesday - Redpoll

Temp 0 to 8 ℃. West wind to 24 mph. Bit's of snow around, very cold wind but dry and bright

Today's blog has been done in the new order being adopted by the IOC, BOU and Birdtrack, using the 2018 BOU names. Avon list under Information Sites, two versions

Black-necked Grebe
Black Redstart
Brambling, Hawfinch, Redpoll
Corn Bunting

BRISTOL

Old Lloyd’s building opposite M Shed Bristol harbour:
11 Mute Swan (Harbourside), 1 Black Redstart @ 13:45

17-1-18 Hawfinch, St Anne's Ch (Wildwood Photography)
Hengrove, Airport Road:
Redpoll

Oldland, St Annes Churchyard:
Hawfinch

St Andrews Park:
10 Redwing

Lockleaze - Concorde Cycle path:
9 Wood Pigeons, 2 Collared Doves, 6 Magpies, 10 Carrion Crows, 2 Ravens, 5 Blue Tits, 3 Great Tits, 2 Wrens, 30+ Starlings, 4m 1f Blackbirds, 2 Robins, 14 House Sparrows, 1 Dunnuck,1f Bullfinch and 4 Goldfiinches.


SOUTH GLOUCESTERSHIRE

Frampton Cotterell:
2 Buzzard

Yate, Kingsgate Park:
3 Tufted Duck, 10 Gadwall, 1 Peregrine, 1 f Blackcap 

Chipping Sodbury Common:
2 Wigeon, 2 Lapwing, 1 Peregrine, 3 Stonechat

NORTH SOMERSET

Portishead Marina:
2 Cormorant
17-1-18 Mute Swan, Kenn Moor (Higgy)
Anyone know about the eating habits of Swans?


Kenn Moor:
51 Mute Swan, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Buzzard, 200 Starling (1000 yesterday)

17-1-18 Blackcaps in Langford (David Goodliffe)
Langford:
2m + 3f Blackcap

17-1-18 Long-tailed Tit, Bleadon (Bill Hewitt)
Bleadon:
1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Buzzard, 2 Green Woodpecker, 10 Long tailed Tit, 2 Blackcap, 3 Redwing, 4 Bullfinch, 2 Greenfinch, 1 Reed Bunting

BELOW M4 and BANES

Marshfield, Drifton Hill:
30 Red-legged Partridge, 1 Sparrowhawk, flock Blackbird, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Stonechat, 20 Chaffinch, 6 Bullfinch, 15 Linnet, 10 Goldfinch, 20 Corn Bunting (Tormarton Rd), 4 Yellowhammer

Keynsham, Manor Road Playing fileds:
23 BH Gull, 150+ Rook, 50+ Starling

Keynsham garden:
4 Woodpigeon, 2 Collared Dove, 4 Jackdaw, 2 Blue Tit, 1 Great Tit 4 Starling, 2 Blackbird, 1 Dunnock, 2 Chaffinch, 5 Goldfinch

Burnett:
3 Grey Heron, 3 Buzzard, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Green Woodpecker, 3 Raven, 10+ Blue Tit, 10+ Great Tit, 8 Long-tailed Tit, 12 Goldcrest, 30+ Fieldfare, 5 Redwing, 7 Robin, 6 Dunnock, 1 Grey Wagtail, 2 Pied Wagtail, 100+ Chaffinch, 1 Brambling, 1 Bullfinch, 2 Linnet, Siskin heard, 20+Yellowhammer

RESERVOIRS

BlagdonLake:
2 Black-necked Grebe, 1 Common Sandpiper
Chew Valley Lake
17-1-18 Pied Wagtail, Dam (TtB)
Dam:
3 Goldeneye, 1 Pied Wagtail

Woodford:
3 Goldeneye, 2 Coal Tit, 5 Bullfinch

17-1-18 Kestrel & Black Headed Gull, Herons Green (Ian Stapp)
Herons Green:
8 Shoveler, 1 Goosander, 1 GBB Gull, 1 Kestrel

Moreton:
1 Lesser Scaup, 5 Goldeneye, 1 Goosander, 1 Kestrel, 1 Peregrine, 1 Jay, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 12 Long-tailed Tit, 3 Bullfinch
17-1-18 Reed Bunting, Herriotts (Ian Stapp)
Herriotts:
7 Shelduck, 4 Pintail, 3 Tufted Duck, 1 Pied Wagtail, 2 Reed Bunting

17-1-18 Tufted Duck, Herriotts (TtB)
Avon Ornithological Group

We will shortly start planning for the 2017 AVON BIRD REPORT. If you have any local 2017 bird records you have not yet submitted can you let the BOC team have them by the end of the month please. Similarly if you have notes on any local rarities you have not yet submitted

Thanks

Rich Mielcarek
Chairman

Reports: Paul Clack, John Clark, Mark Coller, Lee Gardiner, David Goodliffe, Patrick Hardyman Richards, Robert Hargreaves, Bill Hewitt, Higgy, Jon Mortin, Jean Oliver, Chris Perry, Ian Stapp, Blagdonlakebirds, CVRS, NSL-Birding, Opsbirding, Severnsidebirds, TalkingtoBears, TBOSG

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

16th January '18 Tuesday - Woodcock


Very cold wind today, dry and bright so two out of three must be OK. Weather worsened in afternoon - dark clouds and hail in parts of Bristol.

Woodcock
Hawfinch

A nice splash of colour on a dull cold day
16-01-2018 Grey Wagtail, CVL (George Stacey)

BRISTOL

BAWA Sports field, Southmead Road: c120 LBB Gulls, 12 Rook
Greystoke Ave (Southmead, by Aldi) : c 50 Carrion Crow
16-01-2018 Dipper, Eastville Park (Martin Taylor)

Eastville Park:
1 Dipper, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Grey Wagtail

Stoke Park:
1 Snipe, 2 Stonechat

St Andrews Park:
10 Goldfinch

Finzels Reach/ Castle Park/Harbourside:
6 Mute Swan, 1 Cormorant, 2 Peregrine


SOUTH GLOUCESTERSHIRE
Thornbury:
1 Woodcock 

Lower Woods, Wickwar
2 Pheasant, 1 Sparrowhawk (f), 2 Buzzard, 22 Woodpigeon, 1 Jay, 3 Rook,1 Carrion Crow,2 Coal Tit, 2, Blue Tit, 3 Great Tit, 8 Long-tailed Tit,2 Goldcrest, 4 Wren, 4 Nuthatch ,3 Treecreeper, 16 Blackbird, 60 Redwing, 10 Robin


NORTH SOMERSET
16-01-2018 Rock Pipit, Clevedon (Brian Thompson)
Clevedon-Yeo:
2 Dark-bellied Brent Goose (Dowlais)

Bleadon:
2 Buzzard, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Jay,  2 Blackcap, 7 Redwing, 4 Bullfinch, 3 Greenfinch, 3 Reed Bunting

Langford:
16-01-2018 Song Thrush, Langford (David Goodliffe)

BELOW M4 & BANES

Keynsham:
Garden in ST6567 - 3 Woodpigeon, 2 Collared Dove, 1 Magpie, 1 Jackdaw, 1 Carrion Crow, 1 Black Cap, 2 Starling, 2 Blackbird, 1 Robin, 1 Dunnock, 2 Chaffinch, 3 Goldfinch

Oldland:
St Anne's Church - 1 Kingfisher, 2 Hawfinch, 4 Bullfinch, 5 Greenfinch. (No sign of RN Parakeets)


Marksbury:1 Buzzard, 150+ Crows / Jackdaws ( Maize field)


RESERVOIRS:

Blagdon Lake:2 drake Scaup off Butcombe Bank


Chew Valley Lake
16-01-2018 Goldeneye pair off the Dam, CVL (George Stacey)
Dam:
2 Goldeneye, 1 Common Sandpiper

Bittern Trail or Hollowbrook:
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Grey Wagtail

Woodford:
4 Goldeneye,  1 Raven, 1 Song Thrush, 2 Bullfinch

Heron's Green:
1 Goldeneye 1 Buzzard, 1 GBB Gull
Moreton:
16-01-2018 Bullfinch Pair, Moreton, CVL (Ian Stapp)

1 Scaup (F), 8 Goldeneye,  2 Goosander, 1 Little  Grebe , 6 Fieldfare, 4  Bullfinch

Herriotts:
8 Shelduck (pond), 3 Goldeneye (lake side)


Reminder: BTO Regional Conference: 
The BTO would love to meet you at the Regional Conference in Bradford on Avon on March 18th,so book your place at http://bto.org/events 


Reports: Ken Carruthers, David Goodliffe, William Hewitt, Nigel Milbourne, Jonathan Mortin, Lois Pryce,  Matt Scott, Nigel Sluman, George Stacey, Ian Stapp, talkingtobears, Martin Taylor, Brian Thompson, blagdonlakebirdsCVRS,   nslbirding,   opsbirding,  severnsidebirds,   TBOSG