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On the 2nd September:


A visit to Chew Valley Lake where the best bird was a Spotted Redshank.


A visit to Frampton Lakes where there were lots of Swallows and martins, 2 Common Terns, 2 Kingfishers, 8 Grey Herons, 5 Cormorants, 13 Spotted Redshank, 5 Common and 8 Green Sandpipers, 5 Greenshank, 3 Snipe, 7 Ruff, a Redshank, a Golden Plover, a Little Gull, 3 Turtle Doves and 4 Willow Tits.


A trip to Portland where we saw 6 Redstarts, 13 Spotted Flycatchers, a Pied Flycatcher, 15 Wheatears, 13 Willow Warblers, 6 Garden Warblers, 16 Whinchats, 27 Yellow Wagtails, a Reed Warbler, 3 Corn Buntings, 4 Whitethroats, a Cuckoo, 4 Turtle Doves, a Kestrel, an Ortolan Bunting and a Melodious Warbler. On an early afternoon sea-watch there were 60+ comic terns, 5 Sandwich Terns and 4 Balearic Shearwaters.


A visit to Frampton foreshore where we saw 7 Wheatears, 50+ Curlew, 3 Kestrels, 2000+ Lapwing, an immature Osprey, a Little Owl, 22 Shelduck, lots of Mallard, 7 Gadwall, 140+ Teal, Redshank, 2 Greenshank, a Sparrowhawk and 2 Hobbies.

From there we went to Slimbridge where there was a Common Crane and we also saw a Peregrine. We returned to Frampton, this time to the lakes, where there were 2 Mandarin Ducks, 4 Red-crested Pochard, a Greenshank and a Kingfisher. Later, near dusk, we watched 2000+ Swallows coming into roost in the reeds around the pools on Frampton Green.


On a recce tour of Spain, 8 new birds today.


An evening trip to Chew Valley Lake seeing a female Ruddy Shelduck of unknown origin, a Common Tern, 10 Green Sandpipers, 8 Greenshank, 4 Ruff, 2 Spotted Redshank, 17 Snipe, 7 Dunlin, 9 Ringed Plovers, a Knot, a Garganey and 70+ Yellow Wagtails.


On a birding trip to Spain.


A visit to Chew Valley Lake with Tim Cleeves, John Rossetti and Sue Riley where we saw 21 Greenshank, 15+ Snipe, 10 Black-tailed Godwits, c35 Dunlin, c50 Lapwing, a Spotted Redshank, a Redshank, a Common and 5 Green Sandpipers, a Little Stint, a Knot, a Ruff, a Little Egret, a Yellow-legged Gull, 2 Little Gulls, 2 Garganey and 2 Hobbies. Later we went to Cheddar Reservoir where the best was a Common Tern, a Wheatear and 2 Yellow Wagtails.


A visit to Severn Beach for the high tide, seeing c300 Dunlin, c150 Ringed Plovers, 4 Curlew Sandpipers and 3 Sanderlings. Then to Northwick Warth where there was a Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Wheatears, c50 Linnets, 20+ Pied Wagtails, 220+ Knot, c40 Redshank, c20 Turnstone, 20+ Curlew and 2 Whimbrel. Below video of juvenile Curlew Sandpiper.


A return to Chipping Sodbury Common to see the Woodchat Shrike again, also seen were 3 Redstarts, 12+ Whinchats, 3 Lesser Whitethroats, 2 Whitethroats, 2 Chiffchaffs, 3 Yellow Wagtails, 40+ Goldfinches, 4+ Skylarks and a pair of Bullfinches.

Woodchat Shrike 170915, Chipping Sodbury
Woodchat Shrike 170923, Chipping Sodbury
Woodchat Shrike 170924, Chipping Sodbury
Woodchat Shrike 170925, Chipping Sodbury

Juvenile Woodchat Shrike.



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