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On the 18th September:


Today we started on Portland where with Chris Heard we found an immature Montagu's Harrier, a new bird for us. Also seen was a Red-headed Bunting, treated and still treated as an escape, a Ring Ouzel, 9 Kestrels, 2 Pied Flycatchers, 6+ Garden Warblers, 3 Whitethroats, a pair of Redstarts and 5 Golden Plovers. At Ferrybridge there were 2 Turnstone, 4 Oystercatchers, 4 Golden Plovers and 2 Sanderling. 


An overnight drive to Birling Gap near Beachy Head, East Sussex, where we had come to see a male Sardinian Warbler, a new bird for us, initially we only had brief flight views, but, during the 4-5 hours we were there, we did see it perched in the open.

Also seen were 3 Wheatears, 5 Whinchats, a number of warblers including 14 Whitethroats, a Spotted Flycatcher, a Tree Pipit, 2 Golden Plovers and we found a Dotterel. On the sea there were masses of Gannets, lots of terns, c100 Kittiwakes and a Great Skua.

Later, we went to Dungeness where on an evening sea-watch there were 5 Black Terns, 18 Arctic Skuas and 2 Little Gulls.


A drive to Cornwall, to Stithians Reservoir again, for the Solitary Sandpiper, seeing it in better light and for longer. Later, we went to Marazion Marsh where after a lot of time and effort an Aquatic Warbler was flushed from the rough grass around the pools into bullrushes in-front of the main reed-bed, in view on and off for about 10 minutes. 


Another trip to Steart where the immature Sabine's Gull was still there, also seen were good numbers of waders, 15 Wheatears and 3 Yellowhammers. From there we went to Durleigh Reservoir seeing a Pectoral Sandpiper along with a Green and 3 Common Sandpipers. Then to Chew Valley Lake where the Wilson's Phalarope was still on show, also seeing 3 Green Sandpipers, 24 Ruff, 5 Greenshank, 19 Spotted Redshank, 3 Little Ringed Plovers, a Little Gull, 4 Common Terns and 2 Black Terns.


On the ferry from Le Harve to Portsmouth, at the end of a recce trip to Spain.


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


Leading a Wingspan Tour to Western Turkey.


On a filming trip to the Bosphorus, Turkey.


On a filming and sound recording trip to Zimbabwe, 1 new bird seen today.


A visit to Severn Beach for the high tide seeing 2 Little Stints, c100 Dunlin, 30+ Ringed Plovers and a Knot. At Northwick Warth there were 280 Knot, c180 Dunlin, c100 Turnstone, 50+ Curlew, 30+ Oystercatchers, c30 Redshank, 2 Ringed Plovers and a Curlew Sandpiper.



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