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.
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.