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Thursday 3rd September

12 Canada Geese Branta canadensis flew off west over the dam in the morning, but there were 34 on the lake in the evening to roost.

From Friday 4th - Saturday 19th September I was away walking the Cotswold Way and Hadrian's Wall National Paths.

Saturday 5th September

Sean Davies reported seeing 2 Eurasian Oystercatchers Haematopus ostralegus and 5 Great Black-backed Gulls Larus marinus.

Saturday 12th September

Sean Davies saw 15 Barnacle Geese Branta bernicla, 2 Northern Pintail Anas acuta, a female Common Goldeneye Bucephala clangula and 2 Common Kingfishers Alcedo atthis.

Saturday 19th September

Sean Davies paid an early morning visit and saw a Whinchat Saxicola rubetra.

The WeBS count was carried out and Roy Curber told me they had seen a Northern Wheatear Oenanthe oenanthe at Green Lawn and a Yellow Wagtail Motacilla flava flavissima was heard in flight over Bell's Bush.

Sunday 20th September

A day of reaquaintance and lots of counting! Of the birds, I recorded: Eurasian Teal Anas crecca 45, Northern Lapwing Vanellus vanellus 16, Canada Goose Branta canadensis 34+, Barnacle Goose Branta leucopsis 18, Little Grebe Tachybaptus ruficollis 17, Common Goldeneye Bucephala clangula 1 female, Ruddy Duck Oxyura jamaicensis 1 drake, Great Black-backed Gull Larus marinus 2 adults & a juvenile, Eurasian Wigeon Anas penelope 12, Northern Pintail Anas acuta 4, Great Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo 40+. There was a Eurasian Nuthatch Sitta europaea calling at Ubley Hatchery. Other notes included a female Common Pochard Aythya ferina with a sky blue (?) nasal saddle with a black C on the front and what looked like CA on the sides. I am following up this record with the European scheme co-ordinator for more details. Hornets Vespa crabro and Migrant Hawkers Aeshna mixta were in evidence at Bell's Bush and there was a dead (road casualty) Grass Snake Natrix natrix between Bell's Bush barrier and Top End hide.

Monday 21st September

I found a juvenile Black-necked Grebe Podiceps nigricollis at 1356 hrs just off Bell's Bush, a most welcome surprise. There was a late Common Sandpiper Actitis hypoleucos on the dam, the adult Yellow-legged Gull Larus michahellis was on the Island, a female Common Goldeneye Bucephala clangula along the North Shore, a juvenile Eurasian Hobby Falco subbuteo calling continually (food begging?) in a tree viewed from North Shore, Eurasian Wigeon Anas penelope 32, Canada Goose Branta canadensis 51, Common Pochard Aythya ferina 33, Northern Shoveler Anas clypeata 38, Northern Pintail Anas acuta 1 and Mute Swan Cygnus olor 14 (12adults & 2 juveniles). I also recorded a Silver Y Autographa gamma, a migant day-flying moth at Orchard Bay and spotted a Honey Bee Apis mellifera nest in the knot of a tree at Top End.

Tuesday 22nd September

Butcombe Bay hosted a female Common Goldeneye Bucephala clangula, a singing Common Chiffchaff Phylloscopus collybita, Eurasian Jays Garrulus glanarius collecting acorns, a Eurasian Treecreeper Certhia familiaris and a few Hornets Vespa crabro. The Black-necked Grebe Podiceps nigricollis was at Burmah Road and I saw 5 Barn Swallows Hirundo rustica and 9 House Martins Delichon urbicum over the lake (with others over Holt Farm). A Water Rail Rallus aquaticus was squealing at Top End and other birds included 3 Gadwall Anas strepera, 17 Little Grebes Tachybaptus ruficollis, 15 Common Moorhens Gallinula chloropus, a single Eurasian Wigeon Anas penelope, the adult Yellow-legged Gull Larus michahellis and 3 Northern Lapwings Vanellus vanellus. I also saw a very late Meadow Brown Maniola jurtina at Bell's Bush.

Friday 25th September

Eurasian Teal Anas crecca 45, Barnacle Goose Branta leucopsis 18, Canada Goose Branta canadensis 90, adult Yellow-legged Gull Larus michahellis, Ruddy Duck Oxyura jamaicensis 3 and Northern Lapwings Vanellus vanellus 3 at Top End.

Saturday 26th September

Lapwings Vanellus vanellus 16, Barnacle Goose Branta leucopsis 18, the adult Yellow-legged Gull Larus michahellis and a drake Tufted Duck Aythya fuligula with a sky blue nasal saddle with black '34' from a French scheme. An even later Meadow Brown Maniola jurtina, or the same one seen on 22nd, at Bell's Bush.

Sunday 27th September

Barnacle Goose Branta leucopsis 18, Canada Goose Branta canadensis 103, adult Yellow-legged Gull Larus michahellis and a drake Common Goldeneye Bucephala clangula.

Wednesday 30th September

Adult Yellow-legged Gull Larus michahellis and 20 Northern Lapwing Vanellus vanellus.