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On the 27th August:


A Bank Holiday trip to Norfolk, starting at Holkham Woods and marshy areas in the adjacent fields, seeing 4 Spotted Flycatchers, a Treecreeper, several warblers, 2 Willow Tits, a Marsh Tit, a Cuckoo, a Golden Plover, Spotted Redshank and a Greenshank.

From there to Wells Woods where we saw 3 Treecreepers, 7 Redpolls, another 2 Willow Tits, more warblers, a Spotted Flycatcher, Yellowhammers and a Red Squirrel

Then we drove to Cley where around the reserve we saw 23 Curlew Sandpipers, 8 Avocets, 5 Black-tailed Godwits, 14 Ruff, a Greenshank, 6+ Spotted Redshank, a Sanderling, 17 Golden Plovers, a Little Ringed Plover, a Little Stint, 2 immature Ruddy Shelducks ?, a Purple Gallinule ?, c10 Yellow Wagtails and several Bearded Tits. Later we did a sea-watch from the beach seeing 3 Kittiwakes, 2 Arctic Skuas, 2 Sooty Shearwaters, a Fulmar, 3 Arctic Terns, 2 Gannets, 52 Knot, 48 Oystercatchers and 28 Dunlin.


A trip to Steart where we watched a Peregrine attacking a Sparrowhawk, 60 Grey Plovers, 80+ Black-tailed Godwits, 2 Greenshank, 40+ Redshank, c100 Curlew, 5 Knot, lots of Dunlin and Ringed Plovers, a Sanderling, 600+ Shelduck, 15 Yellow Wagtails, 2 Whinchats and 5 Wheatears. At nearby Durleigh Reservoir there were 19 Ringed Plovers, 27 Dunlin, 2 Curlew Sandpipers, 10 Common Sandpipers, 3 Ruff and a Greenshank.


On Cape Clear Island where there was a Pied Flycatcher by the cottage. New in was a Common Sandpiper on the pool, and, at the point, the sea was quiet with us only seeing a Wheatear, 9 Chough, 5 Ravens and 2 Manx Shearwaters. In the evening we took a boat trip from the harbour, seeing a few Manx Shearwaters, 4 Porpoises, 6 Common Dolphins, 30+ Storm Petrels and a Sooty Shearwater.


A visit to Severn Beach for the high-tide wader roost, where there were c250 Dunlin, c250 Ringed Plovers, 4 Sanderlings, 4 Knot and c20 Turnstones.

Video: Adult Sanderling moulting into winter plumage and a juvenile.


A walk around Chipping Sodbury Common seeing several Chiffchaffs and Willow Warblers, 6+ Whinchats, 2 Redstarts, 2 Lesser Whitethroats, 2 Whitethroats, 6+ Skylarks, 80+ Goldfinches and a male Bullfinch.

Whinchat 170803, Chipping Sodbury Common
Whinchat 170802a, Chipping Sodbury Commo




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