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On the 13th March:


A visit to Chew Valley Lake where the best birds were 75 Dunlin and 9 Ruff, with one coming into summer plumage. Then a walk around Stock Hill where we flushed 2 Woodcock and heard a Willow Tit.


A trip to Dorset, where our first stop was at Chickerell on The Fleet, where there was a Hoopoe, also around 30 Red-breasted Mergansers.

From there we went to Lodmoor seeing a Little Gull, 8 Greenshank, 9 Dunlin and about 60 Snipe. Then to Radipole Lake where we saw an adult Mediterranean Gull, Kittiwake and watched 2 Mute Swans mating with sub-adults looking on (photos below).

There were a few seabirds at Portland Bill, but it was quite except for an early Wheatear.


In Kenya in Tsavo West, 1 new bird and 3 new mammals today.











Photo: Fischer's Starling. 


Another drive to Nottingham and another attempt to see the Cedar Waxwing, although we saw about 230 Waxwings around the streets of the city, we kept missing the Cedar.

After several hours waiting around in Nottingham we left and went to nearby Bleasby Lakes where there was a male Redhead, a 1st British record. The bird was with other ducks on a small pool, so close all the time, at one stage it was seen displaying to a female Pochard, that's ducks for you!

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