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On the 6th July:


Overnight at Burn Banks at the northern end of Haweswater, in the morning on a look around this area we saw lots of Redpolls and Willow Warblers, 3 Buzzards, 30+ Swifts, a Cuckoo, 16 Spotted Flycatchers, 2 Treecreepers, 2 Blackcaps, a Pied Flycatcher with a juvenile, 5 Redstarts a single male and a pair with 2 juveniles, 8 Wood Warblers, 5 Tree Pipits, 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers and a Reed Bunting.

Later we drove south to Wet Sleddale Reservoir where we saw a Dipper, a Common Sandpiper, 27 Red Grouse including 8 juveniles, 2 Wheatears, 4 Twite, 2 Ravens, 2 Golden Plovers, a Merlin, a Snipe, 4 Curlew, 3 Oystercatchers and many Meadow Pipits and Skylarks.


In the morning I drove the hire car to North Berwick Harbour where we unloaded the sound equipment and supplies for an overnight stay on Bass Rock, then drove back to the hotel where we were able to leave the car. From the harbour we saw Sandwich Terns, Gannets, Eiders, Red-breasted Mergansers, Puffins and Arctic Terns.

Landing on Bass Rock we hauled our stuff up to the Old Lighthouse which was to be our base, not a great place to stay as the floor was covered in droppings and there was an overwhelming smell of ammonia. The rest of the day we spent viewing the Gannet colony, all 55,000 pairs, also seeing Guillemots, Razorbills, Puffins, Kittiwakes, Shags and Fulmars.

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Gannets on Bass Rock

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At Severn Beach today there were 5 Storm Petrels


A visit to Slimbridge where I saw 4 Avocets with 6 chicks, 2 Little Egrets, 4 Oystercatchers, 7 Green Sandpipers and lots of ducks and geese with chicks.



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