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On the 26th September:


A visit to Cheddar Reservoir where there were 100's of ducks, 1000+ Coot, 3 Snipe, 4 Ruff, a Common Sandpiper and a Wood Sandpiper.


A return to Cheddar Reservoir where we saw the Whiskered Tern again, this time with 4 Black Terns. Also seen were 18 Dunlin, 12 Little Stints, 2 Curlew Sandpipers, 7 Ringed Plovers, a Spotted Redshank, a Greenshank, a Ruff, a Snipe, 2 Grey Plovers, a Common Sandpiper, 2 Common Terns and lots of duck.

Then we learned of a Woodchat Shrike at Pagham and decided to go. We saw the bird along Marsh Lane, perched on one of the many posts surrounding a weedy field. We watched it catching large black beetles for the most part, from various perches around the field. A new bird for us.

Photos & drawing: Immature Woodchat Shrike. 

Woodchat Shrike 02a, Pagham, 26_9_76.jpg
Woodchat Shrike, LAT, Pagham,
Woodchat Shrike 03a, Pagham, 26_9_76.jpg
Woodchat Shrike 04a, Pagham, 26_9_76.jpg
Woodchat Shrike 05a, Pagham, 26_9_76.jpg


A drive to Plymouth, where in Milbay Docks there was a ship-assisted Snowy Sheathbill, from the South Atlantic. It had been here for several days and remained for a while, before being found dead of Botulism! Drawings by Laurel Tucker.

Snowy Sheathbill, LAT 01, Plymouth, 26-9
Snowy Sheathbill, LAT 02, Plymouth, 26-9


On a filming trip to the Bosphorus, Turkey.


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


A visit to Portishead seafront, where on the lake there was an adult and a juvenile Mediterranean Gull.


A visit to Chew Valley Lake where there was a Long-billed Dowitcher, 10+ Snipe, 2 Dunlin, a Common and 2 Green Sandpipers, a Little Egret, a Kingfisher, a Water Rail, 20+ Little Grebes and a Black-necked Grebe.



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