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On the 16th August:


A day at Chew Valley Lake seeing 11 Common and 7 Green Sandpipers, a Wood Sandpiper, 45 Ringed Plovers, 6 Dunlin, 7 Ruff, 2 Redshank, a Greenshank, a Spotted Redshank, 3 Turnstone, 2 Little Ringed Plovers, 2 Kingfishers and a  Ring-necked Duck.


A day trip on the Pembroke Dock to Rosslaire Ferry, on the outward journey we saw 200+ Manx Shearwaters, 10+ Fulmars, 25+ Gannets, 100+ Common Terns, 2 Roseate Terns, 80+ Kittiwakes, 10+ Shags, Guillemots and Razorbills.

On the return journey there were 6 Common Dolphins - a new mammal for us, 2000+ Manx Shearwaters, 30,000+ Gannets seen on and around Grassholm, 30+ Fulmars, Kittiwakes, 150 comic terns and 3 Great Skuas.

Manx Shearwater 02a, Irish Sea, 16-8-81.
Manx Shearwater 03a, Irish Sea, 16-8-81.

Manx Shearwaters.


In Portishead I watched a juvenile Hobby chasing House Sparrows, then it landed briefly in the pear tree before flying off. Then I went to Chew Valley Lake where the Slavonian Grebe remained and there was a Black-necked Grebe, both still showing some summer plumage. Also, there was a Common and 2 Green Sandpipers, a Turnstone, 3 Little Egrets and 2 Yellow-legged Gulls.


An early start at Slimbridge to see a 1st year Citrine Wagtail, but it didn't show.

Later on the South Lake and Tack Piece I saw 200+ Black-tailed Godwits, c30 Redshank, a Spotted Redshank, 4 Ruff and 4 Green Sandpipers. Earlier 3 Snipe were seen flying over the car park.

The wagtail was re-found later, but only briefly.

Spotted Redshank, Slimbridge,



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