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On the 16th October:


A visit to Cheddar Reservoir where we saw a Grey Phalarope, a Common Scoter, a Red-crested Pochard and an American Wigeon, a new bird for us.

Grey Phalarope 29a, Cheddar,
Grey Phalarope 08a, Cheddar,
Grey Phalarope 02a, Cheddar,
Grey Phalarope 03a, Cheddar,
Grey Phalarope 14a, Cheddar,
Grey Phalarope 31a, Cheddar,
Grey Phalarope 11a, Cheddar,
Grey Phalarope 10a, Cheddar,
Grey Phalarope 33a, Cheddar,
Grey Phalarope 06a, Cheddar,

Grey Phalarope.


An early morning checking several places on St. Mary's with the best bird a Black Redstart at the harbour. Then a boat to St. Agnes where we saw 2 Red-throated Pipits, new birds for us. Also seen were 11 Golden Plovers, a Grey Plover, a Long-billed Dowitcher, c30 Ringed Plovers, a Sandwich Tern, a Yellow Wagtail, 2 Firecrests, 2 Red-breasted Flycatchers, a Garden Warbler and 3 Siskins.

Back on St. Mary's we went to Pelistry seeing a Merlin, 19 Siskins, a Stonechat, a Whinchat and 3 Black Redstarts. Then to the Duck Pond where we saw a Rustic Bunting, a Pallas's Warbler and an Olive-backed Pipit. Finally, at Lower Moors we saw a Short-eared Owl.

Red-throated Pipit 02a, St Agnes, 16-10-
Red-throated Pipit 01a, St Agnes, 16-10-

Red-throated Pipit


All day on St. Mary's, at the Airport there were 2 Whinchats and at Porthcressa beach  2 Black Redstarts, a Firecrest, a Kittiwake and 60+ Gannets seen out to sea. From there to Peninnis where we saw 4 Wheatears, a Lesser Whitethroat, a Redstart and 3 Stock Doves. On the way to the Golf Course we stopped at the quarry seeing a Barred Warbler, a Redstart and a Merlin, and, on the Golf Course we found a Richard's Pipit. Later at Trenowth there was a Hawfinch and in Watermill Cove a summer plumaged Great Northern Diver


All day on St. Agnes seeing the Booted Warbler again, also 4 Ring Ouzels, 2 Redstarts, 3 Black Redstarts, 2 Wheatears, 2 Firecrests and a Merlin.


A very wet, windy day, at Chew Valley Lake there were 3 Spotted Redshank, a Ruff, an Arctic and a Common Tern, a Great Skua and a flock of 17 Snow Geese - presumably from Slimbridge.


Overnight in Cornwall, then a dawn to dusk sea-watch in St. Ives in a northwesterly gale, blowing force 8-9, probably the most noteworthy seabird events I can remember.

During the day we saw 10 Leach's Petrels, 47 Storm Petrels, 3 Roseate Terns, 19 Common Terns, 4 Arctic Terns, 2 Sandwich Terns, masses of Gannets, 48 Arctic Skuas, 28 Pomarine Skuas, 184 Great Skuas, 2 Long-tailed Skuas, lots of Kittiwakes, 3 Sabine's Gulls, 29 Manx Shearwaters, 5 Sooty Shearwaters, 3 Balearic Shearwaters, Fulmars, lots of Guillemots, masses of Razorbills, a Peregrine, 28 Grey Phalaropes, 2 Great Northern Divers, 2 Black-throated Divers, a Red-throated Diver, a Velvet Scoter and 5 Common Scoters.


In Tennessee on a BBC sound recording trip, no new birds seen today.


In the garden in Portishead there was a Jay, a female Brambling, a Merlin flew through and there was a late Comma.



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