On the 9th October:
A visit to Chew Valley Lake seeing 7 Green Sandpipers, 3 Ruff, 3 Greenshank, c30 Dunlin, 6 Little Stints, a Golden Plover, 3 Red-crested Pochard, 2 Black Terns, 3 Yellow Wagtails and 4 Stonechats.
A visit to Steart where we saw 7 Stonechats, a Whinchat, a Tree Sparrow, lots of Linnets and Goldfinches, a few waders including c25 Bar-tailed Godwits, 2 Peregrines and 2 Chilean Flamingoes which appeared to be a pair. Then we went to the northern side of the Huntspill River seeing the 2 flamingoes again and an increase in small waders including a Little Stint. From there we drove to Cheddar Reservoir where there were 2 Greenshank, a Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Little Stints, 27 Dunlin, 6 Ringed Plovers, 10 Snipe, a Ruff, a Black Tern and a Buff-breasted Sandpiper.
All day on St. Agnes where there were fewer birds, with only singles of most species, the best were 5 Wheatears, 106 Oystercatchers, a Jack Snipe, 3 Spotted Flycatchers, a Whinchat, a Redstart, a Black Redstart, 2 Turtle Doves, a Tawny Pipit, 2 Yellow Wagtails, 2 Firecrests and a Pied Flycatcher.
A brighter, sunnier day and less windy, we took the boat to St. Mary's and around the island we saw a Merlin, a Common or Scarlet Rosefinch, a male Bluethroat, a male Snow Bunting, a Redstart and at the pool on Lower Moors a Lesser Yellowlegs.
Back on St. Agnes we saw a Tree Sparrow, a Firecrest and 14 Sanderling.
Drawing of Lesser Yellowlegs by Laurel Tucker.
A weekend in Norfolk, after an overnight drive we arrived very early at Cley where we saw a Glaucous Gull, 30+ Common Scoter, c33 Brent Geese and 3 Common Terns.
Then we went to Wells Woods where there were 3 Pallas's Warblers which we spent sometime watching, they were all different in the brightness of their plumage.
Then we watched a Radde's Warbler for a long time which gave good views, disappearing and reappearing, as it fed low down near the woodland floor, there were possibly 2 birds.
Also seen were 50+ Blackcaps, 20+ Garden Warblers, 200+ Goldcrests, 4 Chiffchaffs, 10 Willow Tits, 2 Redstarts, a Pied Flycatcher, a Yellow-browed Warbler, a Whinchat, 2 Lapland Buntings, 12 Redpolls, 3 Siskins, 10+ Bullfinches, 20+ Redwing, a Fieldfare and a Treecreeper.
Drawing of Glaucous Gull by Laurel Tucker.
All day on St. Agnes where we saw a Water Rail, 12 Stonechats, 4 Pied Flycatchers, 9 Chiffchaffs, 2 Willow Warblers, 3 Whinchats, a Spotted Flycatcher and a Subalpine Warbler, on Gugh there was a Wheatear and 3 Yellow Wagtails.
A visit to Chew Valley Lake seeing the usual ducks, grebes and gulls, also 5 Ruff, a Little Stint and 11 Goosanders.
Another visit to Northwick Warth where with the waders were 2 Curlew Sandpipers, a Knot and a Golden Plover.