On the 17th September:

1974

Today we started at Radipole Lake where we saw lots of Reed and Sedge Warblers, 12+ Bearded Tits, a Willow Tit, a Tree Pipit, 2 Kingfishers and 6 Little Gulls. From there east to Lodmoor where the best was a Spotted Redshank, a Greenshank and 4 Ruff.

Later, we went to Portland seeing the male Red-backed Shrike and a Wryneck again, and 3 Hoopoes, a new bird for us.

1975

Overnight at Cley, in the morning the only bird seen from the beach was the Glaucous Gull, so we decided to walk to Blakeney Point which only produced a Redstart, 3 Wheatears, a Whinchat, a Common Scoter and a few waders and terns. Later, from the hides at Cley we saw 2 Curlew Sandpipers, 4 Little Stints, a Green and 2 Common Sandpipers, a Buff-breasted Sandpiper feeding with a group of 5 Ruff, a Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Spotted Redshanks, a Little Ringed Plover and 2 more Whinchats.

1977

Another trip to see a Baird's Sandpiper, this time to Eye Brook Reservoir in Leicestershire, but again it had gone! There were a few waders there, including a Little Stint, and, lots of Teal.

Later, we drove north to nearby Rutland Water where there were masses of duck and gulls, and, we found a Grey Phalarope.

1978

A trip to Steart where we saw 18 Little Stints, c30 Spotted Redshank, c15 Knot, a Grey Plover, c500 Redshank, an Avocet, c70 Oystercatchers, c50 Black-tailed Godwits, c200 Curlew, 15+ Curlew Sandpipers, a Greenshank, lots of Meadow Pipits, 2 Wheatears and 1,000+ Shelduck.

Later, we went to Chew Valley Lake seeing 4 Wood Sandpipers, 8 Spotted Redshank, 15 Greenshank, a Black-tailed Godwit and a Black-necked Grebe.

1981

In France at the end of a recce trip to Spain.

1982

Leading a Wingspan tour to Turkey, 1 new bird seen today.

1983

Leading a Wingspan Tour to Western Turkey.

1988

On a filming trip to the Bosphorus, Turkey.

1998

On a filming and sound recording trip to Zimbabwe, no new birds seen today.

2000

A visit to Chew Valley Lake where there were lots of ducks, grebes and Cormorants. Also, 5 Black Terns, 8 Snipe, 2 Common Sandpipers, 2 Ruff, a Little Egret, a Hobby and a Slavonian Grebe.

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