On the 14th August:

1976

A visit to Cheddar Reservoir, where the water level was very low, we saw a Black Tern, a Common Tern, a Garganey, 22 Snipe, 15+ Greenshank, 9 Common and 6 Green Sandpipers, c30 Dunlin, 4 Ruff, 2 Curlew Sandpipers, 4 Little Ringed Plovers and after around two hours searching, on an island about 300 yards out, we saw a White-rumped Sandpiper, a new bird for us. At first the bird was on its own, then later it was joined by the flock of Dunlin giving a good comparison.

From there we drove to Portland where in the Coast Guards garden there was a Western Bonelli's Warbler, another new bird for us. Also seen was a Pied Flycatcher, a Purple Sandpiper and from the bill a Great Skua, 4 Common Terns and 40+ Gannets.

1977

An early start from Cley to walk to Blakeney Point to see a Greenish Warbler, a new bird for us. The bird was seen in the suaeda on the approach to the point, not easy to see in the longer, thicker bushes, but good views were had when it went into the shorter, sparser lines of suaeda. Also seen was an Ortolan Bunting, 12+ Pied Flycatchers, 10+ Willow Warblers, 3 Icterine Warblers, 2 Wood Warblers, 2 Whitethroats, a Lesser Whitethroat, an immature Red-backed Shrike, 4 Whinchats and over the sea an Arctic Skua.

Back at Cley we saw a male Red-backed Shrike along the east bank.

1978

An evening visit to Chew Valley Lake seeing 9 Common and 7 Green Sandpipers, a Wood Sandpiper, a Spotted Redshank, 2 Greenshank, 3 Garganey, 3 Common Terns and a Kingfisher.

1979

An evening visit to Chew Valley Lake seeing 6 Common and 8 Green Sandpipers, 6 Greenshank, 2 Ruff, a Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Dunlin, a Ringed Plover, 2 Little Ringed Plovers, 4 comic terns and 7 Garganey.

2004

A visit to New Passage/Northwick Warth where with the usual waders were 6 Whimbrel, also a Black Tern and a Mediterranean Gull. At Severn Beach I saw c300 Dunlin and Ringed Plovers, 30+ Turnstone, 3 Knot and 2 Sanderling

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