Pied Avocet

Pied Avocet Recurvirostra avosetta (Linnaeus, 1758)

Avocet Recurvirostra avosetta (Linnaeus, 1758)

(Extremely rare PM)

Avocet, Butcombe Bank © Mike Noel-Smith, 2017

  1. One, not aged or sexed, 6th Nov. 2006 (R.M. Curber et al.).
  2. One, not aged or sexed, 29th Dec. 2017 (M. Noel-Smith, photo & video). It is likely that this bird escaped from Bristol Zoo.

The first record for the lake, was of a bird found by Roy Curber at Burmah Road on a foggy autumn afternoon. Unfortunately, it left overnight, despite the low water level.

The second record was of a bird on Butcombe Bank in high water conditions that stayed long enough for the observer, Mike Noel-Smith, to get a couple of shots and a video clip on his phone before it flew off towards the North Shore.

Bibliography (sources of information)

  1. Rose, Dr H.E. (ed.). Avon Bird Report, 2006. Avon Ornithological Group.

Updated 2 January, 2018