On the 1st September:
On a visit to Chew Valley Lake we saw lots of waders, including a Wood Sandpiper.
A visit to Chew Valley Lake where we saw 13 Common and 5 Green Sandpipers, 28 Greenshank, 12 Spotted Redshank, 12 Dunlin, 3 Little Stints, 8 Ringed Plovers, 4 Little Ringed Plovers, 11 Snipe, 13 Ruff, 2 Black Terns, 25 Ruddy Ducks, a Black-necked Grebe and 3 Yellow Wagtails.
A trip to Chew Valley Lake to see a Temminck's Stint, but it had gone. We did see 14 Yellow Wagtails, 9 Spotted Redshank, 3 Common and 2 Green Sandpipers, 2 Little Stints, 15 Dunlin, 7 Snipe, a Kingfisher, 4 Ruff, 2 Greenshank, an Oystercatcher, 2 Curlew, a Black Tern, 3 Pintail and a Ring-necked Duck.
On a recce tour of Spain, 5 new birds today.
An overnight drive to Saltholme Marsh on Teesside, to see an immature Long-toed Stint, at the time a 1st British record, but after a review of a bird at Marazion Marsh, Cornwall present from 5th to 7th June 1970 has been accepted as the first.
Also seen were 11 Dunlin, 12 Curlew Sandpipers, 4 Ruff, 2 Black-tailed Godwits, 20+ Redshank, a Ringed Plover, 4 Curlew, 2 Whimbrel, a Merlin, a Sparrowhawk, 16 Swifts and 16+ Yellow Wagtails.
Photos: above: Long-toed Stint.
Drawing: above left: Long-toed Stint by Laurel Tucker.
Photo: left: Curlew Sandpiper.
A visit to Cheddar Reservoir where we saw 7 Spotted Flycatchers, 13 Willow Warblers, 3 Yellow Wagtails, lots of hirundines, c200 Teal, c500 Pochard, 4 Pintail, a Wigeon, a male and a hybrid Red-crested Pochard, 20+ Snipe, c20 Ringed Plovers, 18 Dunlin, a Ruff, 3 Greenshank, a Pectoral Sandpiper, 10+ Common and 2 Green Sandpipers and a Little Gull. Calling in at Chew Valley Lake on the way home we saw 3 Little Gulls and a Spotted Redshank.
On a birding trip to Spain with Rob Harvey.
We boarded the Cork to Swansea Ferry early morning and sea-watched on and off from 9am to 6.45pm seeing 3 Common Terns, 2 Sandwich Terns, Fulmars, Gannets, 3 Bottle-nosed Dolphins, Manx Shearwaters, 40+ Common Dolphins, 10 Guillemots, Kittiwakes, 2 Sooty Shearwaters, 3 Minke Whales, 7 Storm Petrels, a Great Skua and 11 Atlantic Whitesided Dolphins, new for me.