On the 30th August:

1980

A day at Chew Valley Lake seeing 4 Common and 13 Green Sandpipers, 43 Ringed Plovers, 16 Dunlin, a Curlew Sandpiper, 14 Ruff, 7 Snipe, 11 Greenshank, 17 Spotted Redshank, 6 Common Terns, 6 Black Terns, a Little Gull, a Cuckoo, 3 Kingfishers, a Hobby, 2 Garganey, a Ring-necked Duck and a Temminck's Stint.

1992

A visit to Chew Valley Lake where there was a Hobby, 4 Arctic Terns, 3 Black Terns, 2 Bar-tailed Godwits, a Knot, 5 Ringed Plovers, a Black-necked Grebe and 3 Garganey.

1996

On Cape Clear Island where it was still, warm, calm and sunny with no new arrivals, the Spotted Flycatcher was still there and I also saw 12 Chough, 6 Ravens, 2 Kestrels, a Sparrowhawk, a Peregrine and Hooded Crows.

2003

The day started at Portbury Wharf where there were good numbers of common birds including a Lesser Whitethroat, a Greenshank and 2 Kingfishers. From there I went to Severn Beach where in the fields behind the seawall was a juvenile Red-backed Shrike

Then to Chew Valley Lake where an immature White-headed Duck had been found, possibly acceptable in the future? Also seen were 2 Black-tailed Godwits, a Green Sandpiper, 5 Greenshank, 3 Ruff, 9 Snipe and 4 Ringed Plovers.

2005

A visit to Northwick Warth where there were 174 Knot and a Kingfisher. At Severn Beach in the high-tide wader roost there were c350 Dunlin, c120 Ringed Plovers, a Knot, 2 Turnstones and a Curlew Sandpiper, also along the beach was a Little Egret.

2010

A visit to Chew Valley Lake where the best was a Mediterranean Gull and 5 Little Egrets. From there I went to Channel View Bay, south of Clevedon and walked along the seawall, seeing a few waders, mainly Dunlin and Ringed Plovers, a Little Egret, a Garden Warbler, a Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Whitethroats, 4 Wheatears and 7 Whinchats.

2014

A visit to Northwick Warth to see a Wood Sandpiper, there were a few other waders, also lots of Pied Wagtails, c20 Yellow Wagtails, 3 Wheatears, a Whinchat and 2 Little Egrets.

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