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On the 10th August:


Overnight on Portland, in the morning we did a sea-watch seeing c150 Gannets, 6 Common Scoters, a Balearic Shearwater - at the time a race of Manx, but now a full species and a new bird for us. We also saw a Great Skua and 21 terns, most of which were Common. Inland a lot of birds had left overnight, the best we could find was a Little Owl and a Wheatear.

On the way back to Bristol we stopped at Durleigh Reservoir where there were 15 Common, 13 Green and 5 Wood Sandpipers, 14 Little Grebes, 7 Garganey and a Black-necked Grebe, another new bird for us.


An evening visit to Cheddar Reservoir where there were c40 Dunlin, a Little Stint, 6 Little Ringed Plovers, 5+ Common Sandpipers, at least 2 Green Sandpipers, 5 Greenshank, 2 Ruff, 5 Garganey, a few other duck, 3 Wheatears and an Osprey, a new bird for us.


A drive to Prawle Point to see a Rufous Bushchat, but it had gone!

However, we did see 10 Whitethroats, 12 Stonechats, a Lesser Whitethroat, an Icterine Warbler, a Melodious Warbler, 2 Willow Warblers and a Wheatear.

Icterine Warbler drawing by Laurel Tucker. 

Icterine Warbler, LAT, Prawle Point, 10-


A visit to Slimbridge, just to the Rushy and Holden Walkway, seeing a Wood Sandpiper, a Common and 5 Green Sandpipers, 2 Avocets, Goldfinches and Linnets, and, a Peregrine.

Wood Sandpiper 180810-06, Slimbridge, 10
Wood Sandpiper 180810-07, Slimbridge, 10
Wood Sandpiper 180810-09, Slimbridge, 10
Goldfinch 180810-02, Slimbridge, 10_8_18

Wood Sandpiper and Goldfinch

More photos here.



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