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On the 28th September:


Overnight in Cornwall, in the morning we went to Porthgwarra, only seeing a Sparrowhawk, 2 Chiffchaffs, 2 Goldcrests, a Grey Wagtail, a Bullfinch and several fledgling Dunnocks.

We returned to Stithians Reservoir, but it was very quite, the best being 2 Ruff and c10 Golden Plovers.

At Marazion Marsh it was similarly quite, but we did see a roost of 2000+ Starlings coming into the reeds.

Fledgling Dunnock. 

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An evening visit to Chew Valley Lake where we saw 10+ Black Terns, several comic terns and a Barn Owl.


 A trip to Berrow where on the beach were c180 Oystercatchers, 800+ Dunlin and Ringed Plovers, 17 Knot, 3 Little Stints and c25 Sanderling, in the dunes we saw 2 Wheatears and 2 Stonechats.

Then we went to Cheddar Reservoir where we saw the Wilson's Phalarope and Ring-necked Duck again, also seen was a Greenshank, 13 Dunlin, 7 Ringed Plovers, 3 Ruff, 3 Little Stints, 19 Pintail, c30 Wigeon, a Red-crested Pochard, a Common and a Black Tern.

Next stop was Chew Valley Lake, where there were lots of waders including 7 Curlew Sandpipers, 6 Spotted Redshank and 3 Little Stints, but their Wilson's Phalarope seemed to have gone.


A drive to Portland, to see a Blyth's Pipit which was seen in a weedy field alongside the east cliffs, a new bird for us. Also there were masses of Meadow Pipits and Swallows, 10+ Wheatears, Corn Buntings, 4 Whinchats, a Yellow Wagtail, lots of Linnets and Greenfinches and 8 Clouded Yellow Butterflies.



A visit to Chew Valley Lake where there were lots of duck and grebes, including a Black-necked Grebe.

A visit to New Passage seeing the Pectoral Sandpiper again, also 2 Curlew Sandpipers, a Little Stint, 200+ Dunlin, 40+ Redshank, 10 Knot, 80 Black-tailed Godwits, 40+ Curlew, 20+ Ringed Plovers, a Golden Plover, c200 Wigeon, c100 Teal and a Merlin.



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