On the 14th November:



A visit to Frampton Lakes seeing 3 Kingfishers, a Redpoll, 2 Willow Tits, a Marsh Tit and around 150 Mallard and Teal. Later, we met John and Kate Rossetti who had just found a White-rumped Sandpiper by the river, we headed to the area, but the very misty almost foggy conditions made even picking up Dunlin difficult. We were just about to give up when we heard a very distinctive call, and, in the same place that John and Kate had seen it the bird was just about visible, then it flew towards us, calling, passing only a few feet away and giving excellent views, it continued into the gloom and we didn't see or hear it again, even though we searched for some time.

Overnight near Gibraltar Point, in the morning we saw the American Redstart again, this time in better light, but it was windier and there were a lot more people, so the bird was only showing now and again. Also seeing 2 Mealy Redpolls and c10 Tree Sparrows.


In Ontario, mainly on holiday, with a couple days recording for the BBC. No new birds seen today.

Snowy Owl. 


In Madagascar on a BBC sound recording trip, 4 new birds and 4 new mammals seen today.

Female Souimanga Sunbird. 


In New Zealand on a BBC sound recording trip, no new birds seen today.

Alpine Weta. 


A visit to Chew Valley Lake seeing the usual duck, 2 Water Pipits and a Jack Snipe.



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