On the 7th September:


Overnight on Portland, in the morning we saw the Ring Ouzel and Spotted Flycatcher again, and there were 2 Corn Buntings. We left for a drive to Cornwall, arriving at Stithians Reservoir in the afternoon, there we met Bill Oddie for the first time, also seeing c20 Dunlin, 6 Ringed Plovers, 20+ Ruff, c40 Golden Plovers, 5-600 Lapwing, 2 Common and 2 Green Sandpipers, 2 Wood Sandpipers, 2 Curlew Sandpipers, 7 Little Stints and a Greenshank.


An evening trip to Chew Valley Lake seeing 2 Green Sandpipers, 6 Greenshank and 7 Spotted Redshank.


A visit to Chew Valley Lake where we saw 48 Dunlin, 2 Snipe, 3 Greenshank, a Spotted Redshank, 3 Green Sandpipers and we found a Buff-breasted Sandpiper

Continuing around the lake we saw 4 Common Sandpipers, a Little Ringed Plover, 2 Ruff, a Turnstone, a Little Stint, 15 Ringed Plovers and found 2 Pectoral Sandpipers.

Above & left: Pectoral Sandpiper, drawings by Laurel Tucker.

Later, we went to Cheddar Reservoir where there was another Buff-breasted Sandpiper, also 3 Little Stints, 8 Dunlin, 2 Ringed Plovers, a Greenshank, a Spotted Redshank and a Wood Sandpiper.

Drawing of Buff-breasted Sandpiper by Laurel Tucker.


On a recce tour of Spain, 3 new birds and a new mammal seen today.


On a birding trip to Spain.


A visit to Slimbridge seeing c20 Ruff, 17 Snipe, 30+ Redshank, 2 Green Sandpipers, 80+ Black-tailed Godwits, a few Avocets, lots of Teal, a Marsh Harrier and 2 adults and a juvenile Common Crane.



Juvenile Redshank



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