On the 13th June:

1976

A visit to a very quiet Chew Valley Lake except for a Greenshank and a Grasshopper Warbler trapped by the ringers.

1982

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. 

1984

In California leading an Ibis Tours group, 2 new birds, a new mammal and 2 new reptiles seen today.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

California Gull. 

1989

In Kansas on a sound recording trip for the BBC series 'Land of the Eagle'. 1new bird seen today.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bobwhite. 

1991

In Kazakhstan on a Sound Recording trip for the BBC series 'Realms of the Russian Bear'. 

a new amphibian seen today.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ibisbill. 

1993

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.

1997

In northwest Spain on a sound recording trip to the Picos de Europa mountains.

2014

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.

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