On the 4th September:
An overnight drive to Norfolk, by first light we were looking at the sea in Hunstanton, seeing 2 Great Crested Grebes, a few Sandwich Terns, a Great Skua, an Arctic Skua and on the beach Oystercatchers, a Grey Plover, a Dunlin and a Sanderling.
From there we drove to Holme, where near the car park we saw the bird we had come for, a Fan-tailed Warbler, a first British record. Mainly seen in flight, but it was very distinctive, it flew from reeds and landed back into them, only once did it land in the open, very briefly, before returning to the reeds.
Also seen was a Marsh Harrier, 12 Dunlin, a Redshank, a Ruff, 2 Snipe, a Little Stint, 4 Wheatears, a Wryneck, a Lesser Whitethroat and a Barred Warbler.
Later, we drove to Cley where we saw a Glaucous Gull, 3 Arctic Skuas, a Whimbrel, a Common Scoter, a Fulmar, lots of terns and a few waders.
Snipe at Holme.
A day of dips! Firstly we went to Rainham Marshes but there was no Baird's Sandpiper, we did see 7 Little Ringed Plovers, 2 Cuckoos, a Curlew Sandpiper, a Little Stint and a Pygmy Shrew, which was a new mammal for us.
Then we drove to Rye Harbour for a Little Bittern, but it had gone. the best here were 5 Sanderling, a Little Stint and 3 Whinchats. Then at Dungeness we saw c50 Kittiwakes, c65 Black Terns, c35 comic terns and 2 Little Gulls.
On a recce tour of Spain, 1 new bird today.
A day at Chew Valley Lake seeing 2 Spotted Redshank, 5 Greenshank, 5 Ruff, 11 Dunlin, 4 Ringed Plovers, a Little Ringed Plover, 2 Common and 5 Green Sandpipers, 5 Snipe, a Black-necked Grebe, a Kingfisher, a good selection of warblers, 6 Yellow Wagtails and 2 Whinchats.
A visit to Chew Valley Lake again, it was still windy, so only a few waders, now 4 Little Gulls, 3 Black Terns, 2 Common Terns and 3 Arctic Terns.
A day at Chew Valley Lake where there was a Grey Phalarope, 4 Common and 3 Arctic Terns, a Black Tern, an immature Sabine's Gull and a Black-necked Grebe. Also lots of duck, grebes and a couple of waders.
On a birding trip to Spain.