On the 9th September:
Overnight at Marazion, in the morning another visit to the marsh where the Little Stint was still present.
While we were there we met Miss S. Vere Benson the author of 'The Observers Book of Birds' which was first published in 1937, and, for many older birders was probably their first bird book on British Birds. At this time she was quite elderly but still enjoyed birdwatching and was a pleasure to meet.
At the marsh there were lots of Reed and Sedge Warblers, a Bar-tailed Godwit and we had a great view of a Spotted Crake at the base of the reeds, watching it preen for 10-15 minutes.
From there we went to Porthgwarra where the best around the bushes were 4 Yellowhammers and a Willow Warbler. We spent a short time doing a sea-watch seeing 80+ Gannets, 50+ Cormorants, 6 Fulmars, 3 Kittiwakes, 2 Sandwich Terns and a single Manx Shearwater.
Then to St. Ives and another sea-watch, where we saw 30+ Fulmars, c25 Manx Shearwaters, 5 Sandwich Terns, 40+ Gannets, 2 Guillemots, a Kittiwake and a Pomarine Skua, a new bird for us.
An evening visit to Frampton Lakes, where the best were 5 Greenshank, 2 Spotted Redshank and a Little Gull.
A day at Chew Valley Lake seeing 2 White-winged Black Terns, 15+ Black Terns, a Common Tern, 4 Little Stints, a Greenshank, a Spotted Redshank, a Common and 3 Green Sandpipers, 4 Wood Sandpipers, 3 Ruff, 2 Curlew Sandpipers, several Snipe and a Red-crested Pochard.
A return to Chew Valley Lake where we saw many of the same birds as yesterday, including the 2 immature White-winged Black Terns, 8 Black Terns, a Common Tern, 3 immature Little Gulls, a Wood Sandpiper, 3 Common and 5 Green Sandpipers, 14 Ruff, 3 Black-tailed Godwits, 19 Spotted Redshank, 30 Greenshank, 14 Snipe, 16 Dunlin, 20 Ringed Plovers, a Little Ringed Plover, a Kingfisher, 5 Yellow Wagtails, 3 Lesser Whitethroats and 2 Spotted Flycatchers.
On a recce tour of Spain, no new birds seen today.
On a birding trip to Spain.
Overnight the wind had been blowing westerly force 6-7, by morning it had dropped to southwesterly 4, we did a sea-watch from Pendeen from 6.45 to 10.30am seeing 100's of Manx Shearwaters - up to 4-500 per hour, 30+ Sooty Shearwaters, 5 Great Skuas, several flocks of 20-30 Little Terns, several groups of 3-10 comic terns, several flocks of 10-20 Sandwich Terns, 4 Sabine's Gulls, 3 Storm Petrels, a Leach's Petrel, 4 Arctic Skuas, a constant stream of Gannets, 2 Bar-tailed Godwits flying with the Gannets, a flock of 30 and a group of 4 Knot, 7 Common Scoter and several Fulmars and Shags.
On a filming and sound recording trip to Zimbabwe, 10 new birds and 2 new mammals seen today.
A visit to Chew Valley Lake where apart from a good selection of duck, there was a Black-necked Grebe, 3 Hobbies, 2 Garganey, 2 Common Sandpipers, a Yellow-legged Gull, a Little Egret, a Spotted Redshank, a Ruff and 2 Kingfishers.