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On the 12th March:


A return to Cheddar, both to the gorge and the quarry, where we saw the male Wallcreeper again.


A day spent at Chew Valley Lake where there were 34 Wigeon, 23 Goosander, a female Long-tailed Duck, a female Smew, 14 Goldeneye, around 230 Ruddy Ducks, plus other ducks including 4 Shelducks. We also saw a 2nd summer Mediterranean Gull, 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 6 Chiffchaffs, 3 Treecreepers, 3 Water Rails, 12 Redwings, 61 Fieldfares and 8 Goldcrests.

One of the Goldcrests was giving some unusual calls, our attention was drawn by a Chiffchaff-like 'wheet', it also gave a Blackbird-like alarm call 'pink pink', a tit-like 'ptsieu' and a Robin-like warble all mixed in with a certain amount of Goldcrest song, eventually it began to sing a regular Goldcrest song.


In Pakistan, 2 new birds seen today.










Photo: Indian Roller. 


In Kenya in Tsavo West, 6 new birds seen today.











Photo: Black-faced Sandgrouse. 


A trip to Portland seeing the usual seabirds and 3 Redwings, a Black Redstart, 3 Wheatears and 2 Purple Sandpipers. At Portland Harbour there was a Black-necked Grebe, a Great Crested Grebe, 2 Common Scoters, Dunlin and Red-breasted Mergansers.


A return to the Peregrine watch point overlooking the Avon Gorge, this time seeing 7 Buzzards, 4 Sparrowhawks, 4 Ravens, 4 Peregrines and watched a female Goshawk displaying with a possible male in the distance.

Later went to Avonmouth, to the Sewage Treatment Works where there was a Great Grey Shrike.


After an overnight snow storm, a visit to Orchard Pools by Severn Beach, where there was a male and a female Mandarin Duck, which stayed to the other side of the pool and appeared timid. They were a 1st for the Severnside area.






Video of pair of 

Mandarin Ducks,

also see here.


A trip to the Forest of Dean with John Rossetti, where we saw 4 maybe even 6 Goshawks a couple of them displaying, also 10+ Buzzards, 4 Ravens, lots of tits, an Adder, lots of Nuthatches, 2 Stock Doves, 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 2 Grey Wagtails, 7 pairs of Mandarin Ducks and a Marsh Tit.

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