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On the 16th May:


An evening visit to Chew Valley Lake where over the lake were c10,000 Swifts, c5,000 Swallows, c2,000 House Martins and 10+ Sand Martins, only a few ducks and 2 Common Sandpipers.

At Stock Hill on the Mendips we heard 2 Grasshopper Warblers, saw a Cuckoo and heard another, and, saw 3 Roe Deers.


Today our friend who was a member of the Mammal Society and has a licence to trap small mammals, brought more mammals to show us, so again, I took the opportunity to take a couple of photos.

Wood Mouse.

Field Vole.

Water Shrew.


In Ontario, 5 new birds, 2 new mammals and a new reptile seen today.












Leading a Wingspan Bird Tour to Point Pelee in southern Ontario.


A return to Minsmere, where of note was a Nightingale, a Stoat which was running along a fallen tree being mobbed by a Starling, the bird never getting very close, but giving Jay-like alarm calls continuously, calls not heard from a Starling before. Also seen were good numbers of waders, terns and warblers, including a Temminck's Stint, a 1st summer Little Gull, a Marsh Harrier, a Cuckoo, 2 Yellow Wagtails and 2 Bearded Tits.


In Tunisia, no new birds seen today.


Well before dawn, Dave Tombs and I were in position in the Berwyn Hills to record the sounds of Black Grouse lekking, 5 birds were seen and heard. Also in the area we saw a Merlin, 3 Curlew, Skylarks and Meadow Pipits and a Pied Flycatcher. On our return drive south on the B4391 we stopped at Pont Cwm Pydew seeing a Peregrine and 3 Wheatears, later at Abernaint we saw a Redstart.


In the Russia Far East, 3 new birds seen today.











Brown Dipper. 


On a birding holiday to Turkey. 2 new birds seen today.


A trip to Stock Hill on the Mendips, where there were lots of Willow Warblers and Whitethroats, 2 Tree Pipits, 2 Garden Warblers, a Cuckoo and the usual woodland birds.


A visit to Frampton Sailing Lake where there were 4 Black Terns, a Common Tern, a Yellow-legged Gull and 3 Greenshank. Later, at Severn Beach there were a few waders including at least 10 Sanderling.

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