23-30 October 2010
The enjoyment of a Scilly trip seems to get better each year, even if the birds are not top quality. The company is fantastic as always, the islands stunning - and even if the highlight was two birders falling backwards off the Newford Duck Pond bench, the laughs are as valuable as the rares. Oh, yes, we did see some birds - Spotted Sandpiper, Red-breasted Flycather, Greenshank and Dusky Warbler. There were others too, but not photos worth showing!
19 October 2010
This Red-necked Grebe at Cheddar Reservoir showed really well, albeit in rubbish light and late in the day. Still, must not grumble but I still do.
16 October 2010
The Green Heron at The Lost Gardens of Heligan. A great bird and well worth the trip.
11 October 2010
Solitary Sandpiper, Black Hole Marsh, Colyford. Great views of this wader and a welcome new bird. The Barn Owl was as stupidly tame as the sandpiper!
2 October 2010
Marsh Harrier at Greylake RSPB and Red-breasted Merganser at Cheddar Reservoir. Cheddar looks like it may pull in a good bird any day now - let's hope we get a good arrival of late autumn waders.