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On the 14th April:


Leading a Wingspan Bird Tour to Spain, a new lizard seen today.


Co-leading a joint Wingspan/Ibis and Bristol Ornithological Club tour to Cyprus. 1 new bird seen today.


In Arizona on a sound recording trip, 4 new birds seen today.











Mexican Jay. 


An 850 mile day trip from Bristol to Scotland with Keith Vinicombe and Rick Andrews, driving overnight we reached Girvan, west of Glasgow, around mid morning and then 3 miles south along the coast we saw the 2 female Harlequin Ducks, new birds for all of us, they were in the sea, just off the rocks at the base of the cliffs, so looking down on them we had excellent prolonged views. There were only slight differences in plumage so we thought they were a 1st winter and a winter adult, and, as far as I know only the 6th and 7th British record. 

Also seen were Gannets, Fulmars, Eiders, 2 Swallows, Cormorants, Oystercatchers, a Peregrine, a Common Seal, Rock Pipits, Red-breasted Mergansers, Shags, Redshanks and Turnstones. It was not nice weather, dull, misty and damp, and as we were leaving it started to rain, so we started on the long drive home.


In Zimbabwe on a filming and sound recording trip, 1 new bird seen today.

Arrow-marked Babbler, calls - Nigel Tucker
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A visit to Chittening Warth where there was a female Merlin.

Then to Northwick Warth seeing 3 Wheatears, 2 Swallows, lots of Chiffchaffs, 2 Willow Warblers and on the Grebe Pond, there were 3 Little Grebes, a pair of Mute Swans, 4 Coot and a male Garganey.















Video of Garganey, also see here

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