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On the 12th September:


Overnight at Benacre Broad, in the morning there were fewer waders, but we still saw 4 Curlew Sandpipers, 2 Little Stints and 2 Spotted Redshanks, also 2 Wheatears and 19 Red-legged Partridges.

From there we went to Minsmere seeing 5 Curlew Sandpipers, 10 Spotted Redshank, 6+ Little Stints, 3 Whinchats and a Marsh Harrier. Then to Walberswick where the best was a male Eider, later we drove north to Cley.


A visit to Frampton, starting on the foreshore, where we saw good numbers of Curlew and Shelducks, 12 Redshank, a Greenshank, 2 Bar-tailed Godwits, a Common Sandpiper and 4 Wheatears. At the lakes there were 5 Greenshank, a Common and a Green Sandpiper, good numbers of duck and warblers, lots of Swallows and martins, a Hobby, a Willow Tit and 2 Little Gulls.


An evening visit to Chew Valley Lake, the 2 Pectoral Sandpipers were still there, at each end of the lake. Also seen were 2 Common and 3 Green Sandpipers, 3 Little Ringed Plovers, 3 Ruff, 5 Greenshank, 11 Spotted Redshank, 25 Snipe, a Little Gull, 7 Black Terns and a Common Tern.


On a recce tour of Spain, no new birds seen today.


Leading a Wingspan tour to Turkey, 2 new birds seen today.


Leading a Wingspan Tour to Western Turkey, 1 new bird seen today.


On a birding trip to Spain.


On a filming and sound recording trip to Zimbabwe, a new mammal seen today.



A visit to Weston-super-Mare Sewage Works where there was an immature White-winged Black Tern, also a Black Tern, a Green Sandpiper, 2 Ruddy Ducks, lots of gulls, a Little Egret and a Great White Egret.

An early morning drive to Weymouth, to Lodmoor, to see a Stilt Sandpiper and a Least Sandpiper, both new British birds for me.

Later, on Portland I saw a Wryneck in the Obs. Quarry and on the way home a Red Kite from the M5 near Bridgewater.

Stilt Sandpiper 02a, Lodmoor,
Stilt Sandpiper 01a, Lodmoor,

Stilt Sandpiper with Black-tailed Godwits.

Least Sandpiper 04a, Lodmoor,
Least Sandpiper 03a, Lodmoor,

Least Sandpiper.



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