We returned to Portland for the weekend, seeing the Alpine Accentor again, also a Swallow, 2 Willow Warblers, 9 Corn Buntings, a Blackcap, a Wheatear and a Stonechat. In the pond in observatory garden we saw 2 Palmated Newts, and from the bill 4 Bottle-nosed Dolphins, which were new mammals for us.
At Portland Harbour and Ferrybridge there were 60+ Red-breasted Mergansers, a Black-throated Diver, 22 Turnstone, 40+ Ringed Plovers, 6 Dunlin and a Sanderling. Radipole Lake was quite, but we did see 2 Cetti's Warblers, Bearded Tits and a Water Vole.
Leading a Wingspan Bird Tour to Spain, a new bird and a new reptile seen today.
Co-leading a joint Wingspan/Ibis and Bristol Ornithological Club tour to Cyprus. 1 new bird seen today.
A trip to Blagdon Lake where the best birds were a few Chiffchaffs and Willow Warblers, a Swallow and a Grasshopper Warbler.
In Arizona on a sound recording trip, 1 new bird seen today.
In Zimbabwe on a filming and sound recording trip, no new birds seen today.
A visit to Chew Valley Lake where there was an Osprey, lots of ducks including Ruddy Ducks, Goldeneyes and 2 Pintail, over 200 Swallows and a House Martin. Also, Chiffchaffs and Willow Warblers, 2 Wheatears and a female Ferruginous Duck.
Walking down the garden to the car in Portishead, I saw a heron flying towards me from the direction of the estuary, it circled a couple of times and then flew low overhead, a Night Heron, an amazing garden tick, it disappeared inland.
Then a drive to Severn Beach where there was a Raven, 2 Common Terns, 6 Mallard, c30 Ringed Plovers and a Whimbrel.
A brief visit to New Passage, where in the distance on Northwick Warth there was a Stone-curlew, most of the time it stood motionless, occasionally walking and once it flapped its wings. Also seen was a summer plumaged Golden Plover, 10+ White Wagtails, 4+ Yellow Wagtails and with them an Ashy-headed Wagtail, over the pools were 10+ Swallows and on the tideline 30+ Redshank and 4 Dunlin.
Stone-curlew taken by Karle Burford.
Ashy-headed Wagtail taken by Paul Bowerman.