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On the 10th October:


A trip to Weymouth, starting at Radipole Lake seeing 18 Bearded Tits, 5 Stonechats, 3 Black Terns, 22 Bar-tailed Godwits, 2 Water Rails, 4 Kingfishers, a Cetti's Warbler, 3 Bramblings and an adult Mediterranean Gull.

At Ferrybridge there were 7 more Bar-tailed Godwits, 8 Knot, 100+ Dunlin and Ringed Plovers, 6 Sandwich Terns and a Little Gull.

Then we went to Portland where we saw 3 Purple Sandpipers, an Eider, 4 Sandwich Terns, 2 Common Scoter, a Gannet, 6 Razorbills, Guillemots, 2 Wheatears and a Little Owl.

Then we drove east to Chapman's Pool near Worth Matravers where the ringers had trapped a Radde's Warbler, we arrived shortly before they released the bird and had good views before it disappeared into the undergrowth, then only briefly seen flying between bushes.

Mediterranean Gull. 

Mediterranean Gull 13a, Radipole, 10_10_


Starting on St. Agnes we saw a Turtle Dove, a Whinchat and then watched a Rustic Bunting for sometime.

Later, we caught the boat to Tresco where we saw a Red Kite, a Firecrest, 2 Pied Flycatchers, a Whinchat, a Redstart, a Black Redstart, a Wheatear, Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Ravens and at the Great Pool 3 Greenshank, a Spotted Sandpiper, 2 Dunlin and 2 Little Stints.

Back on St. Agnes we saw a Peregrine and 3 Pied Flycatchers.

Drawing by Laurel Tucker. 

Rustic Bunting, LAT, St Agnes, 10_10_79.


A wet, becoming windy again day on St. Agnes, where we saw 2 Firecrests and a good selection of waders on the beach including at least 10 Sanderling. At low tide we walked over to Gugh seeing the Isabelline Shrike again. Back on St. Agnes few birds, but we did see a Lesser Whitethroat, a Turtle Dove, a Red-breasted Flycatcher and a Spotted Flycatcher.


A visit to Chew Valley Lake where the highlights were 2 Spotted Redshank, a Greenshank, a Little Stint, 2 Grey Phalaropes, 2 Kingfishers, an Arctic and a Black Tern.


Overnight near Wells-next-the-Sea, in the morning we returned to Wells Woods seeing one of the Pallas's Warblers and the Radde's Warbler again. Although still lots of other warblers, there were not as many as yesterday.

Later, we went to Holkham Woods seeing 5 Egyptian Geese in the damp fields, in the woods 3 Pied Flycatchers, 2 Treecreepers, 10 Chiffchaffs, a Siberian Chiffchaff, a Spotted Flycatcher, 5 Marsh Tits, 7 Willow Tits, 2 Redpolls, 3 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, a Reed Warbler, 3 Stoats, a Whitethroat, another Pallas's Warbler, a Willow Warbler, 11 Siskins, 2 Yellow-browed Warblers, c50 Blackcaps, 20+ Garden Warblers, 200+ Goldcrests, 20+ Bullfinches, 8 Fieldfares, 100+ Redwings, a Great Grey Shrike and a

Short-eared Owl.


All day on St. Agnes seeing 7 Chiffchaffs, 3 Pied Flycatchers, a Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Blackcaps, a Reed Warbler, a Willow Warbler, a Redstart, a Yellow Wagtail and an immature male Rose-breasted Grosbeak.


The transmission of my first and only radio programme on Radio 4, featuring friend Julian Hector and library sounds of South Atlantic birds and animals.


In Portishead Bay there was a Yellow-legged Gull, then a visit to Portbury Wharf where there was a Jack Snipe on the foreshore, flushed by Crows.


A visit to Frampton Court Lake where there were 2 Great White Egrets, 2 Little Egrets, 2 Grey Herons, 6 Cormorants and a few ducks and swans.

Great White Egret 181010-1, Frampton.jpg
Great White Egret 181010-2, Frampton.jpg



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