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, 16_10_76.jp
Grey Phalarope 08a, Cheddar, 16_10_76.jp
Grey Phalarope 02a, Cheddar, 16_10_76.jp
Grey Phalarope 03a, Cheddar, 16_10_76.jp
Grey Phalarope 14a, Cheddar, 16_10_76.jp
Grey Phalarope 31a, Cheddar, 16_10_76.jp
Grey Phalarope 11a, Cheddar, 16_10_76.jp
Grey Phalarope 10a, Cheddar, 16_10_76.jp
Grey Phalarope 33a, Cheddar, 16_10_76.jp
Grey Phalarope 06a, Cheddar, 16_10_76.jp

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.