On the 16th December:
An overnight drive to Pagham Harbour to see a Greater Sand Plover, a 1st British record.
Also seen were 400+ Brent Geese, a White-fronted Goose, 200+ Knot, 100+ Grey Plovers, 50+ Redshank, 1500+ Dunlin, 100+ Ringed Plovers, a Little Stint, c50 Bar-tailed Godwits, 6 Avocets, c30 Shoveler, c100 Teal, 10 Pintail, 2 Red-breasted Mergansers, 8 Goldeneyes, c40 Wigeon, 4 Eider, a Merlin, a Kingfisher, a Kittiwake and a Barn Owl.
Drawing of Greater Sand Plover
by Laurel Tucker.
A cold, grey day at Chew Valley Lake, we started at the dam seeing a Scaup, then on Denny Island we saw the long-staying Greater Sand Plover and in the water 2 Long-tailed Ducks. From the north shore we went to Twycross where there were 20+ Dunlin and 3 Little Stints, here, we heard an unfamiliar call, in the grass by the water were c30 Meadow Pipits, 4 Water Pipits and a Red-throated Pipit. We watched the bird for 15-20 minutes during which time the flock moved to a more open area, before being flushed by a Sparrowhawk and landing in longer grass. Later, along the east shore we saw a flock of c15 Chaffinches with a Brambling and a Jack Snipe.
On holiday in California, 3 new birds seen today.
In Australia on a sound recording trip, 7 new birds, 3 new mammals and a new reptile seen today.