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Spoonbill, Portbury Wharf

New for all sorts of my lists, this bird has been reported several times recently before I connected with it this afternoon. The most surprising of these lists is this year’s on-foot, which has raced up to 98 in the month since I added redpoll. Also today, the nature reserve had a common gull; last week a kingfisher zipped along the rhyne behind Homebase; and before that was a
Portbury merlin.

I remember that day: a loose hide shutter smashed me on the head. Not much damage to the bonce but my teeth still feel weird.

My Wharf list also stands at 98. I wonder what will be the next two species. I haven’t had Mediterranean gull yet and maybe one of the local ringed plovers could drop in. That’s my guess.

Not much else has been happening. My last trip was a double dip on the Black Down pallid harrier and Chew Valley spotted sandpiper. Yesterday evening Amy King gave the Bristol Ornithological Club an excellent talk on Somerset’s crane reintroduction. That would be a good day out. In fact I’m off to Steyning next week and I like to drop down to the Dorset coast and drive along; the birds favoured spot of Aller Moor, between Bridgwater and Langport, would be on my way.

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