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On the 20th August:


A weekend in East Anglia, starting at Benacre Broad in Suffolk where we saw a Purple Sandpiper, 2 Red-backed Shrikes - a male and an immature, 9 Wrynecks, 3 Ruff, c15 Dunlin, c10 Ringed Plovers, 3 Little Stints, a Knot, a Sanderling, a Common and a Green Sandpiper, 20 Turnstones, 6 Redshank, a Red-necked Phalarope, a Wood Sandpiper, 3 Whimbrels, a Marsh Harrier, 7 Kittiwakes, an adult Mediterranean Gull, an Arctic Skua, 15 Wheatears, 2 Redpolls, good numbers of warblers, 2 Redstarts, a Whinchat, 3 Yellow Wagtails, a Pied Flycatcher and 20 Tree Sparrows.

Red-backed Shrike. 

Red-backed Shrike, Benacre Broad, 20_8_7


The day started back at Chew Valley Lake where there was an increase in bird numbers, we saw the 9 Little Ringed Plovers again, also 21 Ringed Plovers, 14 Dunlin, 7 Ruff, 17 Greenshank, 15 Common and 17 Green Sandpipers, a Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Spotted Redshank, 15 Snipe, 2 Kingfishers, c60 Black Terns, 12 Common Terns, 11 Garganey, 7 Yellow Wagtails and a Tree Sparrow.

From there we drove to Portland where there was an immature Woodchat Shrike. Later we did a sea-watch seeing 17 Common Scoters, 10 Balearic Shearwaters, lots of Gannets, several terns and an Arctic Skua.


A visit to Chew Valley Lake where birds of note were 12+ Black Terns, 23+ Common Terns, 5 Spotted Redshank, 9 Greenshank, 74 Ringed Plovers, 52 Dunlin, a Ruff, 5 Little Ringed Plovers, a Kingfisher and a Water Rail.


A brief visit to Northwick Warth where there were 2 Hobbies, 3 Kestrels, a Sparrowhawk, 2 Wheatears and 30+ Linnets.



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