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Sat 30th October 2010

Posted on November 14, 2010 at 4:20 PM

This is the final entry about my birding trip to the UK over half-term - If you'd like to read it from the start, scroll down to Sat 23rd October and work upwards.

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Scilly Trip 2010 - day eight

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I had to be at the airport around lunchtime, so I had a few hours to kill, so I thought I would visit the RSPB Reserve at Aylesbeare Common, not least because there had been a Great Grey Shrike there recently. It was quite a large area to cover however and I couldn't find the shrike. But it was pleasant enough with plenty of woodland andheathland birds around - quite a few Dartford Warblers, multiple Jays and Coal Tits, plus a couple of Great Spotted Woodpeckers.

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Aylesbeare Common, Devon

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Dartford Warbler, Aylesbeare Common

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I had a breakfast/lunch in a tea shop in Topsham - a very pleasant village - and flew back to Guernsey early afternoon. In the end I had a pleasing trip - one new bird, and I'd say 5 other proper rarities. And the bonus was that there was nothing rare in Guernsey whilst I was away. So the only thing I missed was Rosie and the children!

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Categories: 2010 Autumn