On the 10th February:
A visit to Ashton Court where in the woodland opposite the deer enclosure we saw a male Lesser Spotted Woodpecker.
A cold, dull day with almost continuous snow showers, heavy at times, at Chew Valley Lake there were lots of birds, the highlights being a male and 2 female Smew, 13 Goosanders, around 150 Wigeon, about 150 Ruddy Ducks, 60 White-fronted Geese, 9 Dunlin, a Yellowhammer, about 40 Stock Doves and a Bittern. At Blagdon Lake there was also lots of birds, the best being
16 Bewick's Swans and a male Smew.
A cold, sunny day at Chew Valley Lake, where we saw the Greater Sand Plover again, also 6 Dunlin. 200+ Lapwing, around 25 Goosander, a female Smew, 20+ Goldeneye and a Pink-footed Goose with the Canada Geese.
In The Gambia at Farafenni, then continued our trip eastwards on the River Gambia to Georgetown now called Janjanbureh.
9 new birds seen today.
Photo: Hooded Vulture.
In Kenya, in the Masai Mara, 2 new birds seen today.
Photo: Striped Kingfisher.
Snow still lying in the garden in Bristol, the male Blackcap returned to the feeders, Redwing and Fieldfare were still attracted by the food I had put out, and there was a Siskin with the finches, a scarce bird here.
In North Island New Zealand the last day on Little Barrier Island and in New Zealand. No new birds today.
At Snettisham, not such an early start as yesterday, I had time to view the pools before getting to the hide to record the Knot flock leaving. At the first large pool/lake there were 6 1st winter Scaup and a little further on a single male Scaup.
On the other pools I saw a male Red-breasted Merganser, 20+ Pochard, 12+ Goldeneye with several of the males displaying, Little Grebe, 2 Little Egrets and 2 Avocets, along with about 100 Greylag Geese.
At the hide I recorded the Knot flock leaving their high tide roost, various sized flocks taking off, often cicling over the pool before heading out to the mud-flats which were being exposed as the tide dropped.
After packing up the equipment, I had a wander around the area beyond the pools, seeing a Snow Bunting, a female Hen Harrier, a Merlin, 2 Barn Owls, 6 Red-legged Partridges, 3 Hares and lots of Rabbits.
Recording of Knot flocks taking-off from roost.
Video: Top: 1st winter Scaup, also see here.
Bottom: Goldeneye displaying,
also see here.
A return to Brimsham Park in Yate where I saw the 4 Hawfinches again and a fly over Peregrine.
Video: Hawfinch feeding on ground.
Also see here.
A visit to the Marshfield area, where I saw 2 Ravens, 6 Buzzards, Skylarks, around 20 Corn Buntings, 3 Yellowhammers, Pheasants and 100's of corvids.
Then went to Portbury Wharf where there were lots of common birds, the best being 2 male Bullfinches and 3 Goldcrests.
Photo: Corn Buntings.