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Bird Watching (UK) - - Uk Bird Sightings August - Richard Miel­carek

HIGH­LIGHTS: Two Roseate Terns at New Pas­sage (28th) were the first county records since 2001. PORTISHEAD & CLEVEDON: There was a Great Skua (20th) and Storm Pe­trel (21st). Whim­brel, Bar-tailed God­wit and Lit­tle Stints were noted. Four Grasshop­pers War­blers were ringed (27th). An Osprey was seen (11th). SEVERNSIDE: There were four Storm Pe­trels (4th), six (21st) and two (22nd). There was a Ful­mar (4th), Great Skuas (13th, 20th & 22nd), a record 23 Shags (22nd), Gan­net (22nd) and Black Terns (21st, 22nd & 31st). There was a good pas­sage of Curlew Sand­pipers (from 20th), with Ruff (9th, 11th, 26th & 31st), Lit­tle Stint (25th) and Spot­ted Red­shank (31st). Gar­ganey (from 25th) was un­usual. There were Marsh Har­ri­ers (6th & 27th). THE RESER­VOIRS: A Gan­net at Blag­don (21st) moved to Chew (22nd-24th). Great White Egrets were at Blag­don (18th & 22nd) and Chew (19th & 21st-22nd). Blag­don hosted a Turn­stone (3rd), Gar­ganey (from 11th), Black-necked Grebe (from 22nd), Lit­tle Gull (23rd) and Knot (26th). Chew had eight Black, eight Lit­tle and 67 Common Terns, plus Wood Sand­pipers (3rd & 9th), Common Scoter (7th), Caspian Gull (9th), Marsh Har­ri­ers (16th-17th & 27th), three Gar­ganey (from 18th), Lit­tle Gull (19th-22nd), Black-necked Grebes (19th & 28th), Ruff (23rd) and Grey Plover (27th). WE­STON-SU­PER-MARE: Wood War­bler (9th) was un­usual. There were 25 Yel­low Wag­tails (31st). OTHER SITES: Red Kites were at Tort­worth (11th), Marsh­field (14th), Chew (15th) and Blag­don (17th). There was a har­rier sp. at Marsh­field (12th), a Pied Fly­catcher at Lower Woods (14th) and a Great White Egret over Sta­ple Hill, Bris­tol (22nd).

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