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Blagdon Lake Birds



Summary of Year 2020

The covid-19 pandemic that led to the lake being closed from the end of March until June was the undoubted story of the year. As a consequence, birding was limited at that key time for Spring migrants. Nevertheless, the year turned up a reasonable variety of species, thanks in no small part to the low water level from late summer through to December. There is no doubt that Blagdon was the poor relation in terms of local rarities, compared with Chew Valley Lake and Cheddar Reservoir, but there were a few welcome sightings. The overwhelming disappointment of 2020 was the behaviour of (trespassing) visitors who descended on the site during and after the first lockdown, and then, to a lesser extent, for the remainder of the year.   / to be continued

 

Site bird list year to 31st Dec. 2020:

 

Categories A, B and C

  1. Red-legged Partridge*
  2. Pheasant
  3. Canada Goose
  4. Greylag Goose
  5. Mute Swan
  6. Bewick's Swan
  7. Egyptian Goose
  8. Shelduck
  9. Garganey
  10. Shoveler
  11. Gadwall
  12. Wigeon
  13. Mallard
  14. Pintail
  15. Teal
  16. Red-crested Pochard*
  17. Pochard
  18. Tufted Duck
  19. Scaup
  20. Common Scoter
  21. Goldeneye
  22. Goosander
  23. Ruddy Duck
  24. Nightjar [Subject to acceptance by AOG Rarities Committee]
  25. Swift
  26. Cuckoo
  27. Feral Pigeon
  28. Stock Dove
  29. Woodpigeon
  30. Collared Dove
  31. Water Rail
  32. Moorhen
  33. Coot
  34. Little Grebe
  35. Great Crested Grebe
  36. Slavonian Grebe
  37. Oystercatcher
  38. Avocet
  39. Lapwing
  40. Golden Plover*
  41. Ringed Plover
  42. Little Ringed Plover
  43. Black-tailed Godwit
  44. Turnstone
  45. Ruff
  46. Curlew Sandpiper
  47. Sanderling
  48. Dunlin
  49. Little Stint
  50. Snipe
  51. Common Sandpiper
  52. Green Sandpiper
  53. Redshank
  54. Wood Sandpiper
  55. Greenshank
  56. Black-headed Gull
  57. Little Gull
  58. Mediterranean Gull
  59. Common Gull
  60. Great Black-backed Gull
  61. Herring Gull
  62. Yellow-legged Gull
  63. Lesser Black-backed Gull
  64. Common Tern
  65. Arctic Tern
  66. Great Northern Diver
  67. Cormorant
  68. Little Bittern [Subject to acceptance by BBRC]
  69. Cattle egret
  70. Grey Heron
  71. Great White Egret
  72. Little Egret
  73. Osprey*
  74. Sparrowhawk
  75. Marsh Harrier
  76. Red Kite
  77. Buzzard
  78. Barn Owl
  79. Tawny Owl
  80. Kingfisher
  81. Great Spotted Woodpecker
  82. Green Woodpecker
  83. Kestrel
  84. Hobby
  85. Peregrine
  86. Jay
  87. Magpie
  88. Jackdaw
  89. Rook
  90. Carrion Crow
  91. Raven
  92. Coal Tit
  93. Blue Tit
  94. Great Tit
  95. Skylark
  96. Sand Martin
  97. Swallow
  98. House Martin
  99. Cetti's Warbler
  100. Long-tailed tit
  101. Willow Warbler
  102. Chiffchaff
  103. Sedge Warbler
  104. Reed Warbler
  105. Blackcap
  106. Garden Warbler
  107. Lesser Whitethroat
  108. Whitethroat
  109. Goldcrest
  110. Wren
  111. Nuthatch
  112. Treecreeper
  113. Starling
  114. Blackbird
  115. Fieldfare
  116. Redwing
  117. Song Thrush
  118. Mistle Thrush
  119. Spotted Flycatcher
  120. Robin
  121. Whinchat
  122. Stonechat
  123. Wheatear
  124. House Sparrow
  125. Dunnock
  126. Grey Wagtail
  127. Pied Wagtail
  128. Meadow Pipit
  129. Rock Pipit
  130. Chaffinch
  131. Bullfinch
  132. Greenfinch
  133. Linnet
  134. Lesser Redpoll
  135. Goldfinch
  136. Siskin
  137. Reed Bunting

Categories D and E

  1. Bar-headed Goose

  * species reported to me