Leigh and I headed South West this morning for Chew Valley Lake where another nemesis of mine a juvenile Sharp-tailed Sandpiper has been in residence for well over a week. A message from Rob Gill – who had left earlier but couldn’t spend the whole day birding – brought us the good news… still present.

We arrived about 09.30 and were soon enjoying good but distant views. Sorry for the poor quality video but what a bird!

Two Long-billed Dowitcher and a Spotted Sandpiper completed a quite excellent rare wader haul… the Sharp-tailed can even now be officially called a tart’s tick after Leigh saw it.

Tart's Tick

I left for Blagdon Lake – where we couldn’t find the Ring-necked Duck, feeling a bit like this…


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