Sunday 18th September 2011

  Had an afternoon visit to Chew Valley lake today, having watched England beat Georgia in the Rugby World Cup early this morning, and also admittedly, falling asleep while watching Wales win, even earlier on!
The hide at Stratford was nearly full, but i was still able to see a few bits from there:

Pectoral Sandpiper (1)
Little Stint (3)
Ruff (3)
Ferruginous Duck (Drake)
Black Tern (7)
Little Egret (3 at Stratford, 4+ at Herons Green)

Other than these, and the usual suspects, there were (in the wader flock), some Dunlin, Ringed Plover & Black-tailed Godwits. Also some early returning Pintail & Wigeon. Everything too far away for photos though! Lots of Hirundines during a heavy rain shower. The House Martins are still feeding youngsters near the shops in East Harptree, shame they wont be around much longer though!! Sadly, we didn't manage to see the juvenile Semi-palmated Sandpiper, which was seen in the wader flock from Stratford hide, before the flock was flushed, by an unseen raptor probably! Oh well, maybe next time.

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