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On the 28th August:


A visit to Frampton Lakes where we saw 5 Grey Herons, 12 Spotted Redshank, 8 Greenshank, 3 Black-tailed Godwits, a Common and 3 Green Sandpipers, 5 Snipe, 2 Ruff, 2 Dunlin, 3 Kingfishers, 2 Pintail, 2 Shoveler, 12 Pochard, lots of Gadwall, c100 Teal, 2 Garganey, a pair of Red-crested Pochard, 8 Cormorants, a Little Gull, warblers and 3 Marsh Tits.


Firstly a trip to Steart where there were lots of warblers, good numbers of waders, 6 Yellow Wagtails and 4 Whinchats. Then to Chew Valley Lake seeing 8 Greenshank, 3 Common and 10 Green Sandpipers, 6 Snipe, a Spotted Redshank, 2 Ruff, a summer plumaged Knot and 3 Black Terns.


Overnight in Cley, in the morning we did another sea-watch the highlights being 6 Arctic Skuas, 4 Fulmars, a Great Skua and 6 Gannets. Later we moved to Salthouse where we did an early afternoon sea-watch, the highlights were 14 Arctic Skuas, lots of terns, 3 Whimbrel, 7 Sanderling, 22 Knot, 2 Curlew Sandpipers and a Black Tern.

On the way home we called in at Wisbech Sewage Farm where we saw 45 Curlew Sandpipers, 60 Dunlin, 25 Ringed Plovers, 28 Ruff, a Little Stint, 5 Knot, 3 Little Ringed Plovers and a Red-necked Phalarope.


A drive north to Frodsham Marsh in Cheshire, with Tim Cleeves and Roy Smith, we had come to see a reported Pectoral Sandpiper which turned out to be an adult Sharp-tailed Sandpiper, a new bird for all of us.

Also seen were 400+ Dunlin, 100+ Ringed Plovers, 8 Ruff, 2 Little Stints, a Curlew Sandpiper, 100+ Lapwing, 2 Greenshank, 6+ Yellow Wagtails and 6 Wheatears.


On Cape Clear Island, where on a walk along the cliffs on the west side of the island I saw Hooded Crows, 6 Ravens, 12 Chough, Rock Doves and lots of wagtails and pipits.

Later, on my way to the point to join the others, I past an inlet and small harbour, where I had excellent views of a Basking Shark swimming almost all the way into the harbour, in clear water, before returning to the open sea. At the point it was still quiet for seabirds, due to the calm, clear, sunny weather, but we did see a few Manx Shearwaters, 8 Common Dolphins, 4 Porpoises, 3 Grey Seals, 2 Great Skuas and 2 Sooty Shearwaters.


A filming visit to Severn Beach for my estuary film, at high tide there were 500+ Dunlin with a leucistic Dunlin, 500+ Ringed Plovers, c100 Knot and a few Turnstone.


A trip to Frampton, where on the marsh along from Splatt Bridge was a Marsh Sandpiper, a 1st Gloucestershire record. Never very close it still gave excellent views, also on the marsh were 8 Greenshank, 6 Ruff and a Kingfisher.



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