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On the 11th May:


Overnight at Dungeness, in the morning we saw a Ringed Plover, 3 Wheatears, a Garden Warbler, 2 Whinchats, a male Ring Ouzel, 30+ Common Terns, lots of House Martins, 2 male Black Redstarts, 2 Velvet Scoters, a first summer Kittiwake and 2 Red-throated Divers

Then we drove to Rye Harbour where we saw another Whinchat, a Wheatear, 4 Curlew, 50+ Oystercatchers, 10+ Shelduck, 2 Green woodpeckers, a Ruff, a summer plumaged Grey Plover, 7 Redshank, 25 Bar-tailed Godwits, 2 Little Terns, 40+ Common Terns, 2 first summer Little Gulls, 4 Whimbrel, 4 Ringed Plovers, 2 Dunlin and a Common sandpiper.

From there a drive to Tunbridge Wells Common where a walk through the woods produced a Jay, a Treecreeper, 2 Blackcaps, 2 Chiffchaffs, a Willow Warbler and a Wood Warbler, with another 3 heard. At Bough Beech Reservoir we saw a Woodcock, with another 3 Woodcocks seen at Limpsfield Chart.


An evening visit to Chew Valley Lake where over the lake were a 1,000+ Swifts, lots of Swallows and a few House Martins, apart from a few warblers we saw a pair of Cuckoos displaying, a Turtle Dove and a distant Hobby.


A late afternoon visit to Chew Valley Lake where we saw 30 Black Terns.


In Ontario, 14 new birds and a new mammal seen today.








American Robin. 


Leading a Wingspan Bird Tour to Point Pelee in southern Ontario. 2 new birds seen today.


In Tunisia, no new birds seen today.


In Virginia at Chincoteague Wildlife Refuge on a sound recording trip, no new birds seen today.


A flight from London to Moscow, on the start of a sound recording trip to Russia and Kazakhstan.


I started the day in Abernethy Forest seeing lots of Chaffinches and Siskins, also Pied Wagtail, Scottish Crossbill, a Redstart, Coal Tit, Crested Tit, Willow Warbler, Great Spotted Woodpecker and Roe Deer.

Then to Findhorn Valley seeing Wheatear, Meadow Pipit, Ring Ouzel, Red Grouse, Black-headed and Common Gulls, Lapwing, Curlew, Oystercatcher, Common Sandpiper, Golden Plover, a Peregrine, 3 Buzzards, Kestrel, Pied and Grey Wagtails, 2 Common Terns, Red Deer and Arctic Hare.


On a filming and sound recording trip to the Ukraine for a series called 'Living Europe'.


A trip to Chew Valley Lake hoping to see a reported Savi's Warbler but there was no sight or sound of it. But, I did see a Night Heron fly from the reedbed on Herriott's Pool to the trees at the back of the pool, there was also a Bittern 'booming' from the reedbed on the lake side and 2 Hobbys, at Heron's Green there was a male Scaup. Later, on the Mendips at Priddy Pools I saw and listened to a Grasshopper Warbler.


A very grey, misty day and a quick trip to Portbury Wharf, where there were 2 Caspian Terns, probably male and female.

Pair of Caspian Terns.


More photos here.

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