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On the 21st September:


A drive from Weymouth to Rodbourne Sewage Farm in Swindon to see a Long-billed Dowitcher, a new bird for us. The only other birds there were 4 Snipe and a Green Sandpiper.

Later, we went to Chew Valley Lake where we saw 2 Little Ringed Plovers, another new bird for us. Also 2 Common Sandpipers, 2 Dunlin, 3 Snipe, 6 Greenshank, 3 Pintail, a Wigeon, 8 Gadwall, a Kingfisher, a Kittiwake and 7 Black Terns.

Long-billed Dowitcher. 

Long-billed Dowitcher 01a, Rodbourne, 21


A visit to Chew Valley Lake where there were lots of waders, including a Buff-breasted Sandpiper.


A visit to South Devon starting at Prawl Point where the best were 3 Spotted Flycatchers, a Pied Flycatcher, a Tawny Owl, c10 Ravens and 6 Stonechats. At Slapton Ley there were lots of duck and warblers, 5 Black Terns, c30 Dunlin, a Little Stint, a Spotted Redshank and we heard a Bittern.


An evening return to Chew Valley Lake, but the Wilson's Phalarope from yesterday had gone, a similar mix of waders in lower numbers, with new in, 4 Curlew Sandpipers.


A visit to Cheddar Reservoir where we saw the Wilson's Phalarope again, also 3 Little Ringed Plovers, 15 Ringed Plovers, 9 Dunlin, a Little Stint, 3 Spotted Redshank, 2 Greenshank, 7 Ruff, 3 Black Terns, 2 Sandwich Terns and a Red-crested Pochard.

At Chew Valley Lake we saw the other Wilson's Phalarope again, also 43 Ruff, 26 Spotted Redshank, 2 Greenshank, a Green Sandpiper, 13 Oystercatchers, 40+ Ringed Plovers, 22 Dunlin, 4 Little Stints, 23 Common Terns, 15 Black Terns, 2 Sandwich Terns and on Little Denny Island the long staying 2 Pectoral Sandpipers.


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.


A visit to Blagdon Lake where the highlights were, a Red-necked Phalarope, 3 Curlew Sandpipers, 14 Little Stints, 3 Dunlin, a Black-tailed Godwit and a Ruff. At Chew Valley Lake there were another 7 Little Stints and 3 Ruff.


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


A visit to Avonmouth, to one of the industrial parks, where in the ditches in the site there was a juvenile Glossy Ibis. The bird was ringed and, we later found out, it had come from Spain.


A visit to fields near Barrow Guerney where I had brief views of a juvenile Rose-coloured Starling, also seeing a Wheatear, 3 Chiffchaffs, 5 Ravens, a Whinchat, c40 Starlings, a Hobby and 2 Roe Deers.


Whinchat 02a, Barrow Guerney,


Staying with friends, Neil and Ella Hipkiss, in Looe, today drove south to Perranuthnoe on the east side of Mount's Bay with Neil, to see a Hudsonian Whimbrel which at the time was a new British bird for me. Also seen were 2 Curlew, 4 Whimbrel, 6 Bar-tailed Godwits, 10+ Turnstone, a Golden Plover, 3 Ravens and 16+ Shags.

Hudsonian Whimbrel 01a, Perranuthnoe, 21
Hudsonian Whimbrel 03a, Perranuthnoe, 21

Hudsonian Whimbrel



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