On the 16th March:

1975

A visit to Pagham Harbour where the best birds were 2 Spotted Redshank, a Purple Sandpiper and a Slavonian Grebe.

1980

A walk in Leigh Woods were we saw 5 species of Tits, including 8+ Marsh Tits, 2 Nuthatches and heard more, 4 Treecreepers, 3 Jays, 4 Mistle Thrushes, Goldcrests, 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, a female Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, but only heard a Hawfinch.

1983

A morning visit to Chew Valley Lake where we saw 2 Chiffchaffs, a female Smew, 12 Goosander, 14 Goldeneye, 2 Long-tailed Ducks, 70 Ruddy Ducks, 48 Wigeon, 2 Sand Martins, about 50 Fieldfares and 15+ Redwings.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Drawing of Smew by Laurel Tucker. 

1986

In Pakistan, 3 new birds and 1 new mammal seen today.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo: Chinkara Gazelle. 

1990

In Kenya along the coast, 4 new birds today. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo: Crab Plovers. 

1993

Another trip to the New Forest, this time to record woodland atmospheres, where the best birds were 6 Hawfinches.

1996

Overnight at Paul's in Norfolk again, in the morning we went to Holkham Park to look for a reported Black-throated Thrush, we didn't see it, but, we did see a Lesser Spotted Woodpecker.

We returned to Nottingham and this time, after a bit of a wait, finally saw the Cedar Waxwing with around 300 Waxwings, a 1st British record, the birds were sat in trees by crossroads near the city centre, a bit distant, but through the telescope good views for around 15 minutes and then the flock flew off. On the way home we visited Coton Lake at Lea Marston where there was a male Ferruginous Duck.

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