Monday 7 November 2016


Great Spotted Woodpecker - Bristol Schools field. A Green Woodpecker is also seen from time to time in the same area.
Not much to report from this weekend. A brief visit to Orcombe Point early on Saturday produced just 3 Chiffchaffs and a grounded Redwing of note. About 300 Woodpigeons were counted but there were considerably more on Sunday morning when Nick and I estimated at least 3000 moving west early on. More notable for Orcombe was a significant finch passage that included c130+ Chaffinches, 4 Redpolls and 3+ Siskins. Also noted were 3 Goldcrests, 1 Curlew, c20+ Meadow Pipits and 5+ Skylarks.
With very little time to spare before dark this evening I raced around the Bristol Schools field and was surprised to flush a Snipe from a small dry weedy patch. Very little else present though.

Woodpigeons - last autumn, having first photographed and then painstakingly counted 20,000 woodpigeons, I vowed to just watch and enjoy them this year. The urge to quantify these movements however is strong.


  1. Another 2k or so woodies again this morning around 8-9 am. Unlike previous years they seem to be in smallish flocks of 200 or so. Wondered if it's the continued good weather, allowing them to move at will rather than all set off in fine weather together?

  2. Interesting theory Nick. There's still time for bigger movements. We'll have to see what happens. Much else going over?