On the 20th July:
A day at Chew Valley Lake where notable birds were 16 Common Sandpipers, 6 Green Sandpipers, a Greenshank, 2 Kingfishers, a Goosander, a Grass Snake, a Marsh Tit, a Hobby, a female Ring-necked Duck, a Little Ringed Plover and a Barn Owl.
A visit to Chew Valley Lake, as soon as we arrived at Heron's Green Bay we spotted an adult White-winged Black Tern. We watched it flying around the bay for about 20 minutes, then it gained height and flew overhead, continuing to get higher the tern became a speck in the clouds heading west towards Blagdon Lake. Later, we looked for it there, but without success.
Drawings by Laurel Tucker.
Also at Chew were 100 Lapwing, 8 Common Sandpipers, 6 Green Sandpipers, a Kingfisher and we found a female Ruddy Shelduck, a 1st for the lake.
On a sound recording trip to the Picos de Europa Mountains in Northwest Spain.
At New Passage today were 3 Whimbrel and a female Common Scoter.
A visit to Slimbridge seeing c120 Black-tailed Godwits, c100 Redshank, a Ruff, at least 6 Green Sandpipers, 4 Avocets with 6 juveniles, 2 Grey Wagtails, 7 Little Egrets and the usual ducks and geese.