BLAGDON LAKE BIRDS

Eurasian Spoonbill



Eurasian Spoonbill Platalea leucorodia (Linnaeus, 1758)

Spoonbill Platalea leucorodia leucorodia (Linnaeus, 1758)

(Extremely rare PM)

  1. One, adult, 24th Oct. 2010 (R.M. Andrews, N.R. Milbourne.).
  2. One, probable adult, 22nd March 2014 (A. Chastney).
  3. One, 2nd cal. yr., 19th Sep. 2016 (N.R. Milbourne et al.).
  4. Two, 2nd & 3rd cal. yrs., 2nd Oct. 2016 (N.R. Milbourne et al.).

Rich Andrews rang me late in the afternoon of 24th October to tell me an adult Eurasian Spoonbill Platalea leucorodia was flying around at Chew Valley Lake and might have flown towards Blagdon. He rolled up while I was looking at the gull roost and said he'd called me 20 minutes earlier to warn me about the possibility of an approaching Spooner - my phone was at home. Doh! I said large birds like that take a surprising time to make the three mile flight and we might yet see it, and with that it flew through and off to the west at 1810 hrs.

Angler, and wildlife film-maker, Andy Chastney was out at Green Lawn early on 22nd March 2014 when he saw the second Eurasian Spoonbill for the lake. He wrote "I was fishing facing the North shore when I looked up to see a largish (sub-heron size) white bird over the water flying SSW at a height of about  80 - 100ft. First thought was of an Egret but as it turned west directly overhead I could very clearly see its long spoon-shaped bill and legs extended, flight pattern was not dissimilar to a heron but neck was extended. It headed towards the dam and looked to be gliding down, but I lost sight before I could say it landed for sure."

Bibliography (sources of information)

  1. Rose, Dr H.E. (ed.). Avon Bird Report, 2010. Avon Ornithological Group.
  2. Rose, Dr H.E. (ed.). Avon Bird Report, 2014. Avon Ornithological Group.

Updated 4 October, 2016.