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On the 11th September:


Overnight near Great Yarmouth, in the morning we returned to Breydon Water seeing the Greater Yellowlegs again. Then a visit to Benacre Broad where we saw c10 Little Stints, c100 Dunlin, c50 Ringed Plovers, 6 Ruff, 2 Common Sandpipers, 3 Wood Sandpipers, 6 Curlew Sandpipers, 10 Spotted Redshank, a Little Ringed Plover, 6+ Redshank and lots of ducks.


A drive to Cheddar Reservoir where the best were 7 Greenshank, a Spotted Redshank, 3 Grey and 2 Yellow Wagtails. Then to Steart where there were lots of waders, 3 more Yellow Wagtails and 2 Whinchats.  At nearby Durleigh Reservoir there was an immature Little Gull and along the Huntspill River 2 more Whinchats.


An evening visit to Chew Valley Lake where we saw the 2 White-winged Black Terns again, 5 Black Terns, 6 Spotted Redshank, 2 Green Sandpipers, 10 Greenshank, 5 Dunlin, 4 Curlew Sandpipers, 2 Ruff, 3 Wood Sandpipers, a Little Stint and a Red-crested Pochard.


We left Bristol on a warm, sunny afternoon and drove to Stithians Reservoir in Cornwall, where it was cool and cloudy. We had come to see a Solitary Sandpiper, a new bird for us.

Also seen was a Pectoral Sandpiper, 2 Little Stints, c30 Dunlin, 40+ Ringed Plovers, c40 Golden Plovers, 3 Greenshank, 2 Ruff, a Green Sandpiper and a Barn Owl.

Solitary Sandpiper, drawing by Laurel Tucker.

Solitary Sandpiper, LAT, Stithians, 11_9
Solitary Sandpiper 04a, Stithians, 11_9_
Solitary Sandpiper 07a, Stithians, 11_9_


On a recce tour of Spain, 2 new birds seen today.


Leading a Wingspan tour to Turkey, arriving Istanbul early evening.


Leading a Wingspan Tour to Western Turkey.


On a birding trip to Spain.


On a filming and sound recording trip to Zimbabwe, 3 new birds and 2 new mammals seen today.


A day in Devon, starting at Bowling Green Marsh seeing c20 Black-tailed and 4 Bar-tailed Godwits, a Whimbrel, a Common Sandpiper, lots of ducks and a Barn Owl. Continuing down Bowling Green Lane to the River Exe I saw 300+ Dunlin and Ringed Plovers, 2 Curlew Sandpipers, Redshank, Curlew, Whimbrel, 2 Grey Plovers and a Little Egret. At Dawlish Warren there were several Chiffchaffs and Willow Warblers, a Wheatear and a Wryneck.



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