Dawn till dusk today netted 95 species - a really good total but with just a little more luck and better use of time the ton was definitely on. So near and yet so far!
Hambridge - Barn Owl (1st bird seen at c0645)
Shapwick Heath - Great White Egret, Marsh Harrier
Westhay Moor - Goosander, Lesser Redpoll (in short supply elsewhere)
Wookey Hole - Dipper, Nuthatch, Treecreeper
Ebbor Gorge - Marsh Tit
Cheddar Reservoir - Red-crested Pochard, Goldeneye
Brean Down/Axe Estuary - Lapland Bunting, Water Pipit, Jack Snipe
Durleigh Reservoir - Great Northern Diver
Stolford - Little Gull, Common Scoter, Scaup
Steart - Little Owl
Missing Black Redstart, Twite and Peregrine at Brean and the Richard's Pipits at Stolford (all seen earlier). Running out of light and a higher than expected tide at Steart so no Dunlin, Knot or Grey Plover. And not a sniff of a Song Thrush or Pheasant all day!
Still a good fun day out.
Impressive effort Julian - well done, especially given the windy conditions.
Too late now but a 5 minute stop (literally) at the Main Entrance to Steart Marshes (which you drove past) should have readily nailed Pheasant, Song Thrush and probably Peregrine too.
Happy New Year!
I have been looking for that Dipper for ages and I only live 50 meters from the river. Typical!