On the 19th September:
We started at Ferrybridge where there were 5 Little Gulls. At Radipole Lake there were 20+ Bearded Tits, 20+ Sedge Warblers and 6 Little Gulls.
On Portland we saw the Red-headed Bunting again, also 2 Yellowhammers, 3 Spotted Flycatchers and 3 Pied Flycatchers.
Then we went to Abbotsbury seeing 300+ Mute Swans, 3 Pintail, 3 Wigeon, 5 Gadwall and 5 Yellow Wagtails. After, we went to Moonfleet where there were a few waders and 2 Redstarts.
Little Gull at Ferrybridge
Spotted Flycatcher on Portland
A trip to Portland, but it was quiet, we only saw a Wheatear, a Whinchat, a Spotted Flycatcher, but, lots of Yellow Wagtails and a Blue-headed Wagtail.
Overnight in Kent, in the morning we went to Stodmarsh where we saw 11 Cetti's Warblers, 30+ Bearded Tits, lots of other warblers including a Savi's Warbler, a Turtle Dove and a Tree Sparrow.
Then we returned to Dungeness where on a sea-watch we saw 7 Little Gulls, 2 Black Terns, 8 comic terns, 4 Sandwich Terns, 5 Arctic Skuas and an immature Sabine's Gull, a new bird for us.
In the willows behind the shore we saw 2 Redstarts, a Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Whitethroats, 8 Wheatears, a Fieldfare, a Common Lizard, 2 Grass Snakes and we found a Wryneck.
Later, we went to Rye, where there was a good selection of waders, another Little Gull and 17 Grey Partridges.
Painting of immature Sabine's Gull by Laurel Tucker.
Leading a Wingspan tour to Turkey, 1 new bird seen today.
On a filming and sound recording trip to Zimbabwe, 1 new bird seen today.
A visit to Slimbridge where there were lots of Chiffchaffs. Most of the waders and duck were seen from the Zeiss Hide, as work was being carried out at other parts of the site. Significant birds seen were a Spotted Redshank with a small group of Black-tailed Godwits, a flock of c60 Knot, not a common bird this far upriver, 12+ Ruff, a Garganey, 2 Yellow Wagtails and 10 Common Cranes.