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On the 27th July:


A visit to Chew Valley Lake where the best were 2 Greenshanks, 16 Common Sandpipers, a Ruff, 4 Green Sandpipers, 2 Ruddy Ducks, a Kingfisher, a raft of around 130 Great Crested Grebes, 2 Yellow Wagtails, a Grey Wagtail, a Barn Owl and a Little Owl.


The day started back at Chew Valley Lake seeing much the same as yesterday, except only one Little Ringed Plover and only 4 Black Terns. From there a drive to Stock Hill on the Mendips where we saw a Willow Tit, then across the road at Priddy Pools we saw a Grasshopper Warbler and heard another.


On the Galapagos Islands, a new mammal seen today.

Galapagos Fur Seal pup. 

Galapagos Fur Seal 03a, Santiago, 27_7_8


On a sound recording trip to Italy, to Stelvio National Park in the Alps.

Alpine Marmot. 

Alpine Marmot 04a, Italy, 8_97.jpg


A visit to Slimbridge where there was an adult Pectoral Sandpiper, which was seen well but kept disappearing for long periods. Also seen were 30+ Dunlin, a Little Stint, a Greenshank, 10+ Redshanks, Avocets, c20 Black-tailed Godwits, 7 Ruff, at least 12 Green Sandpipers, a Kingfisher, 8 Cranes, lots of Lapwings and Sand Martins.

Green Sandpiper 177-04, Slimbridge, 27_7
Green Sandpiper 177-03, Slimbridge, 27_7

Green Sandpiper



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