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On the 7th October:


A visit to Chew Valley Lake where we saw 19 Spotted Redshank, 2 Greenshank, a Common and 4 Green Sandpipers, a Wood Sandpiper, a Ruff, 61 Snipe, a Little Ringed Plover, a Wheatear and 2 Whinchats.


All day on St. Agnes, where we saw a Firecrest, 2 Spotted Flycatchers, 3 Whinchats, 2 Pied Flycatchers, a Turtle Dove, the American Golden Plover, a Wheatear, a Redstart, 3 Yellow Wagtails and saw the Red Kite flying from Gugh across to St. Mary's. We spent some time trying to see a Bobolink, which, unfortunately, had to be flushed from dense braken, but on occasions would sit on a close wall or on top of the braken before disappearing again. A new bird for us.


All day on St. Agnes, overnight at storm with gale-force winds, in the morning sunny, still windy and cold. Around the island the highlights were 15 Sanderling, 5 Firecrest, 2 Spotted Flycatchers, 2 Red-breasted Flycatchers, a Turtle Dove, a Redstart, a Pied Flycatcher and the Yellow-billed Cuckoo.


A drive to Bideford in Devon, to film a juvenile Rose-coloured Starling, which frequented the roof tops and gardens of a housing estate with a loose flock of around 60 Starlings. Also seen were 2 Ravens and a Sparrowhawk.


A return to Northwick Warth and this time I did see a Dartford Warbler, possibly two birds, a 1st Severnside record. Also seen wa a Wheatear, a Chiffchaff, c300 Dunlin, a Knot, 2 Snipe, Redshank and Curlews, and c200 Teal.


A return to Blagdon Lake to film the male Lesser Scaup which was with the Tufted Duck flock.


A drive north to the Severn Way just south of Berkeley, where along the riverside path was a very tame Wryneck.

Wryneck 04a, Severn Way, south of Berkel
Wryneck 07a, Severn Way, south of Berkel



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