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HIGH­LIGHTS: A White-tailed Ea­gle at Blag­don (28th) was the first lo­cal record since 1927. A Pal­las’s War­bler at Salt­ford (23rd) was the sec­ond county record.

PORTISHEAD & CLEVEDON AREA: There was a Guille­mot (2nd), Ring Ouzel (11th), two Bewick’s Swans (19th), two Spoon­bills (19th), a Bearded Tit (19th) and a Jack Snipe (20th).

SEVERNSIDE: The most in­trigu­ing record was a swift species (25th). There were two Cranes (7th), a Great White Egret (8th), two Avo­cets, two Yel­low-browed War­blers (7th-9th), with another (21st-22nd), a Firecrest (8th), Snow Bunt­ing (10th), Black Red­start (25th) and Ring-necked Para­keet (29th).

THE RESER­VOIRS: A late Com­mon Tern was at Bar­row Gur­ney (7th-10th). Up to 24 Great White Egrets moved be­tween Blag­don and Chew. Blag­don held two Spoon­bills (2nd), a Spot­ted Red­shank (4th), Pec­toral Sand­piper (6th-16th), eight Scaup (from 19th), a Red-crested Pochard (27th) with two (from 29th) and four Bewick’s Swans (from 27th). Chew held a Ring-necked Duck (from 15th), Fer­rug­i­nous Duck (17th-18th), Man­darin (20th), three Black-necked Grebes (from 12th), a Spot­ted Crake (from 9th) and four Jack Snipe. A Yel­low-browed War­bler was trapped (8th and 16th), with it, or another (13th). A Siberian Chif­fchaff was trapped (29th). Bearded Tits were present (from 3rd).

WE­STON-SU­PER-MARE AREA: There were Yel­low-browed War­blers (9th, 10th and 28th-30th), two Ring Ouzels (11th), a Firecrest (18th), Black Red­start (25th) and Great Grey Shrike (25th).

OTHER SITES: Hoopoes were at Tort­worth (10th) and Churchill (28th). A Golden Oriole was at Dur­d­ham Down (15th). A Ring Ouzel was in Yate (9th). Three White-fronted Geese were at Lit­tle­ton (23rd) and three uniden­ti­fied terns flew past Thorn­bury Yacht Club (24th). Red Kites were at Bradley Stoke (5th), Ni­b­ley (6th), Bad­minton (11th) and Bath (23rd). Richard Miel­carek

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