Saturday 22 October 2022


This lone Fieldfare was in the Bristol Schools field. Another flock of c30 birds was over the top fields.

Oddly mild weather this morning, with a southerly breeze and increasing cloud cover, following some clear skies. Orcombe Point counts included 4 Little Egrets, c30 Fieldfares, 3 Redwings, 6 Goldcrests, 4 Chiffchaffs, 1 Reed Bunting, 10 Stonechats, 1 Dartford Warbler, 21 Stock Doves (the first movement this autumn), c90 Goldfinches, c25 Chaffinches, 1 Snipe, 16 Jackdaws, 20+ Pied Wagtails, c80 Meadow Pipits and a handful of Blackbirds, Robins and Song Thrushes.
Nearby, in Maer Valley - 1 Yellow-browed Warbler, 5+ Chiffchaffs, 3 Goldcrests, 6 Siskins, c40 Starlings, 1 Coal Tit and a Black Redstart.
Off Mudbank - a first-winter Yellow-legged Gull, 1 Red-breasted Merganser, 15 Sanderling, 520+ Dark-bellied Brent Geese, 2 Pale-bellied Brent Geese, 22 Redshank, 2 Greenshank, 50+ Teal, 2 Bar-tailed Godwits, 24 Turnstones, 3 Dunlin, 2 Knot, 2 Ringed Plovers, 7+ Great Crested Grebes, 125+ Black-tailed Godwits and 235+ Curlew.

This Black Redstart popped up briefly on the roof of Maer Farm.

Yellow-browed Warbler - Maer Valley - another dreadful photo to add to my collection of 'dreadful Yellow-browed Warbler shots'. It was unbelievably hard to see in its chosen sallow clump, never daring to feed anywhere near the edge, but remaining deep in cover, in near darkness, giving itself away by occasional excitable bouts of calling.

 First-winter Yellow-legged Gull - Mudbank.

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