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On the 8th October:


Another visit to Chew Valley Lake, where there were 2 Long-billed Dowitchers seen feeding in Herons Green Bay. Also seen were 30 Snipe, a Common and a Green Sandpiper, a Little Ringed Plover, a Golden Plover and 3 Spotted Redshank.

Then we went to Stock Hill on the Mendips seeing lots of Coal and Blue Tits, 4 Willow Tits, 2 Redpolls, 10+ Goldcrests and a Raven.

Drawings of Long-billed Dowitcher by Laurel Tucker

Long-billed Dowitcher, LAT 02, CVL, 8_10


All day on St. Agnes seeing 4 Firecrests, 3 Spotted Flycatchers, 3 Whinchats, 3 Wheatears, 4 Pied Flycatchers, 2 Redstarts, a Yellow-browed Warbler, a Tawny Pipit, a Black Redstart, 3 Yellow Wagtails and 4 Turtle Doves.

Yellow-browed Warbler, LAT, St. Agnes, 8
Tawny Pipit, LAT, St. Agnes, 8_10_79.jpg

Left: Yellow-browed Warbler, above: Tawny Pipit.

Drawings by Laurel Tucker.


Still very windy with frequent showers, we started on Gugh seeing the Isabelline Shrike again, also a Merlin, 8 Stonechats, a Whinchat, 4 Wheatears and a Raven. On St. Agnes another Whinchat, a Firecrest and 2 Spotted Flycatchers.


The start of a week staying on the Isles of Scilly, we took the Scillonian from Penzance to St. Mary's, on the crossing seeing Gannets, Kittiwakes, a Sooty Shearwater, 2 Arctic Skuas, a Great Skua and a Manx Shearwater.

From St. Mary's we took the boat to St. Agnes, where we were staying. We only had a short time before dark and on a quick look around the island we saw 80+ Turnstone on the beach and along the lanes 2 Pied Flycatchers and a Firecrest.


Back at Northwick Warth where I saw a Dartford Warbler again.



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