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On the 14th May:


A visit to Frampton-on-Severn where near the river we saw 2 Grey Partridges, a Turtle Dove, c30 Dunlin, a Little Stint, 2 Yellow Wagtails, 6 Whimbrel, a Ringed Plover, a Bar-tailed Godwit, 3 Wheatears, 3 Common Terns, 4 Reed Warblers, a Sedge Warbler, a Lesser Whitethroat and several Swifts. At the pools there were Blackcaps, Willow Warblers and Chiffchaffs and we heard a Cuckoo, a Tawny Owl and a Nightingale.


A visit to Leigh Woods where we saw 4 Wood Warblers, 3 males and a female, also a Hawfinch, 2 Nuthatches, 2 Blackcaps and heard Great Spotted and Green Woodpeckers.

We returned in the evening seeing 4 Wood Warblers again, but this time 2 males and 2 females, we saw the Hawfinch again, 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers and a Wood Mouse.









Painting of Wood Warbler


Laurel Tucker.


In Ontario, 1 new bird seen today.










Cedar Waxwing. 


Leading a Wingspan Bird Tour to Point Pelee in southern Ontario. 1 new bird seen today.


Overnight in Cambridge, in the morning we drove to John's cottage in Southwold to check on the teams progress. Later, we visited Minsmere seeing lots of the commoner birds including 20+ Avocets, 2 Turtle Doves and hearing 2 Nightingales.


In Tunisia, no new birds seen today.


In the Russia Far East, 19 new birds and a new reptile seen today.










1st summer Yellow-breasted Bunting. 


My last full day in Scotland, I returned to Cairn Gorm where I spent most of the time in the car park of the chair-lift. Here there were several Wheatears and 8 Snow Buntings which were singing at times. On the slopes I saw Meadow Pipits, 3 Red Grouse, 3 Arctic Hares, 4 Hooded Crows and in the stream a Dipper. On the way back to Nethy Bridge I saw a Long-eared Owl.


A visit to Chew Valley Lake where there were 100's of Swifts, a Hobby and an Osprey.


On a birding holiday to Turkey. no new birds seen today.


An evening visit to West Sedgemoor seeing 2 Nightingales and hearing another 2, also Blackcaps, Chiffchaffs, a Cuckoo and Bullfinches.


A visit to Severn Beach where there were 120+ Dunlin, 80+ Ringed Plovers, 4 Sanderling one of them in summer plumage, 2 Grey Plovers and 10 Turnstones.


















Video of summer plumaged Sanderling, also see here.

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