• Black-winged Stilt - Paul Bowerman
    Black-winged Stilt - Paul Bowerman

Trip Reports

  • Sunday 31 July – Marshfield Leader: Nigel Kempson Sunday July 31st, 2022

    Despite July 2022 being the driest month in recorded history, five members turned up for a wet walk across the fields in the Rushmead Lane area. The stiff breeze kept the small birds in cover, making them difficult to see. We were treated to a constant background of Yellowhammer song but it was hard work to get more than this. We did have intermittent views of a mobile flock of small brown birds all the way round; when we finally caught up with it, they were House Sparrows rather than the hoped for Corn Buntings. The corvid numbers also seemed well down but we did find a flock of Starling on the corner by the farm. The highlights were distant views of two Red Kites and a young family of Stonechats in the corn. My thanks go to Alan Daniells for tallying up the list of 20 species seen. (Thanks to Nigel for leading) Nigel Kempson

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The Bristol Ornithological Club (BOC) was founded, in 1966, to promote, encourage and co-ordinate the scientific study of ornithology in all its branches in the Bristol area.

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  • To publish a monthly bulletin, entitled Bird News, and a journal Bristol Ornithology. *
  • Encourage beginners in ornithology, by assistance in the field and through special indoor meetings.
  • Support and assist conservation projects by active co-operation with local organisations.
  • Promote the special study areas at Chew Valley Lake .
  • Promote field research by co-operative and individual studies.
  • Hold regular indoor and field meetings throughout the year.

* Bristol Ornithology will take the form of papers and short notes by members, and a review of that year’s events and activities. Members also receive the Avon Bird Report (published jointly with the Avon Ornithological Group) which is a systematic list report of the birds of the area).

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