On the 16th September:
Today we started on Portland, where there were only 3 Ortolan Buntings, and seeing the Barred Warbler and Pied Flycatcher again. New in was a male Red-backed Shrike, a new bird for us.
Calling in at Ferrybridge on the way back to Weymouth, we saw 30+ Common Scoter, another new bird, also 3 Black Terns, 3 Razorbills and saw a Ring-necked Parakeet which flew overhead then out to sea.
Overnight at Cley, in the morning it was quiet on the sea, so we went to Wells Woods where we saw a Garden Warbler, a Lesser Whitethroat, lots of Redpolls, a Treecreeper, a Green and 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 10+ Willow Tits, lots of Coal Tits and Goldfinches, 2 Bullfinches, a Pied Flycatcher and masses of Goldcrests.
Back at Cley there were 50+ Dunlin, 4 Bar-tailed Godwits, 3 Curlew Sandpipers, 15+ Ringed Plovers, lots of Redshank, a Spotted Redshank, 3 Little Stints and a Grey Phalarope. Also, Bearded Tits, masses of Yellow Wagtails, a Marsh Harrier, lots of duck, 2 Water Voles and a female Coypu with 4 immatures.
Another visit to Chew Valley Lake where now there was only one White-winged Black Tern, a Black Tern, 3 Common Terns, 2 Arctic Terns, 5 Spotted Redshank, 2 Greenshank, 2 Ruff, a Green and a Wood Sandpiper and a Kingfisher.
A trip to Steart where we saw a Whinchat, 30 Yellow Wagtails, 4 Wheatears, a Little Stint, lots of Curlew, 3 Black-tailed Godwits, a Greenshank, a Spotted Redshank, 2 Peregrines, a Sparrowhawk, a Merlin, 7 Wigeon, an escaped Bahama Pintail and 1000+ Shelduck.On the way back we visited Fry's Hill, overlooking Axbridge, again, this time seeing 4 Cirl Buntings and 2 Yellowhammers.
A drive to Cornwall, where at Stithians Reservoir there was a Semipalmated Sandpiper, a new bird for us. Also seen were 2 Ravens,
a Pectoral Sandpiper, a Curlew Sandpiper, 3 Golden Plovers, 8 Ringed Plovers and 6 Dunlin.
Drawings of Semipalmated Sandpiper by Laurel Tucker.
In France at the end of a recce trip to Spain.
Leading a Wingspan tour to Turkey, 1 new bird seen today.
On a filming and sound recording trip to Zimbabwe, no new birds seen today.
A visit to Northwick Warth where there were 6 Black-tailed Godwits, 4 Bar-tailed Godwits, 2 Knot, a Green Sandpiper, c80 Wigeon and lots of Swallows flying north into the wind. At Severn Beach there were c300 Dunlin and Ringed Plovers, 4 Curlew Sandpipers, a Little Stint, c80 Turnstone, a Wheatear and a Peregrine.
A visit to Slimbridge seeing 10 Ruff, 2 Green Sandpipers, a Snipe, 80+ Lapwing, c40 Black-tailed Godwits, several Redshank and lots of Black-headed Gulls.
A visit to Slimbridge seeing 12+ Ruff, 30+ Redshank, 100+ Black-tailed Godwits, 6 Snipe, 2 Green Sandpipers, 3 Curlew Sandpipers, a Red-breasted Goose with the Barnacle Geese flock and 8 Common Cranes.