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On the 6th September:


The start of a two week holiday, beginning at Portland where the best was a Ring Ouzel, 2 Wheatears and a Whinchat. Then we went to Radipole Lake, which was quiet, but we did see 2 Black Terns and a Little Gull.

Returning to Portland we covered it more thoroughly seeing a Pied Flycatcher, 5 Rock Pipits, a Corn Bunting, an Ortolan Bunting, 4 Wheatears, 2 Whinchats, a Spotted Flycatcher and lots of Turtle Doves

Then we returned to Radipole Lake where there were now 7 Little Gulls, still the 2 Black Terns, 4 Water Rails and a Spotted Crake, a new bird for us.

Drawing of Spotted Crake by Laurel Tucker. 

Spotted Crake, LAT, Radipole, 6-9-75.jpg


On a recce tour of Spain, no new birds today.


An evening visit to Chew Valley Lake seeing 4 Spotted Redshank, 4 Greenshank, 3 Ruff, a Common and 8 Green Sandpipers, 10 Snipe, 8 Ringed Plovers, a Little Ringed Plover, 2 Common Terns, 6 Sandwich Terns and 4 Garganey


On a birding trip to Spain.


A visit to Severn Beach seeing c300 Dunlin, c80 Ringed Plovers and 4 Curlew Sandpipers.


A drive to the Marshfield area where there was an immature Red-backed Shrike. Watched for sometime as it caught grasshoppers and bumble bees, on view for most of the time.

Red-backed Shrike, Marshfield,



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