A visit to a very quiet Chew Valley Lake except for a Greenshank and a Grasshopper Warbler trapped by the ringers.
An early morning drive to Langsett Moors on the edge of the Peak District in South Yorkshire, to see a male Marmora's Warbler, a 1st British Record.
The bird was very active despite the rather cold, overcaste day and we watched it for about 3 hours. On occasions it would leap about on the tops of the heather singing, sometimes calling, on 5 or 6 occasions it flew up in a song flight to a height of about 40 feet.
Also seen in the area was a Red Grouse, 7 Curlew, 3 Twite. a Cuckoo, 2 Whinchats, a Redstart, 12 Redpolls, 10 Willow Warblers, 2 Golden Plovers, 2 Crossbills, 2 Yellowhammers, a Grey Wagtail, a Chiffchaff and 60+ Meadow Pipits.
Drawing by Laurel Tucker.
In California leading an Ibis Tours group, 2 new birds, a new mammal and 2 new reptiles seen today.
In Kansas on a sound recording trip for the BBC series 'Land of the Eagle'. 1new bird seen today.
In Kazakhstan on a Sound Recording trip for the BBC series 'Realms of the Russian Bear'.
a new amphibian seen today.
A trip to the New Forest seeing Firecrest, Marsh Tit, 2 Woodlarks, Bullfinch, a Hobby, Curlew, Lapwing, a Dartford Warbler, 3 Woodcock and 2 Nightjars.
In northwest Spain on a sound recording trip to the Picos de Europa mountains.
On my way home from Looe, I called in to Bowling Green Marsh, seeing a 1st summer Ross's Gull, a 1st summer Little Gull, 2 1st summer Bonaparte's Gulls, 2 of the 5 Mediterranean Gulls that had been reported, a Common Gull and c500 Black-headed Gulls. Also, 7 Little Egrets, c30 Black-tailed Godwits and a Greenshank.
1st summer Ross's Gull.
1st summer Bonaparte's Gull.