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On the 17th April:


A trip to Norfolk, at Cley we saw a Lapland Bunting, a male Hen Harrier, 5 Wheatears, about 50 Linnets, a Ruff, 15+ Redshank, 5 Turnstone, c40 Ringed Plovers, c25 Dunlin, c150 Golden Plovers and a Sandwich Tern.

On a drive around Morston and along the road to Stifkey we saw 4 Shore Larks, 40 Tree Sparrows, a Yellow Wagtail, c40 Linnets, c30 Skylarks, c50 Yellowhammers, c200 House Sparrows, 10+ Corn Buntings and 6 Red-legged Partridges.

Then we drove south to Surlingham Broad where we found a Cetti's Warbler and also saw 3 Willow Warblers, a Chiffchaff, a Marsh Tit, a Willow Tit, 6 Bullfinches and 8 Grey Herons.


A visit to Chew Valley Lake where there were still 4 Little Gulls, but now 3 adults and 1 1st summer, also a Cuckoo, 3 Common Sandpipers and a summer plumaged Dunlin.

From the lake we went to Priddy Pools on the Mendips and found 8 Common or Viviparous Lizards, 2 Adders, a Grass Snake, 4 Common Toads, a Tree Pipit, 3 Stonechats and 2 Kestrels.

Then to Cheddar Reservoir where of note were 

17 Common Sandpipers, a summer plumaged Dunlin and 3 Green Woodpeckers.








Photo: Common Lizard. 


A day trip to the New Forest, at Acres Down we saw 4 Willow Warblers, 2 Siskins, heard 2 Tree Pipits, 6 Sparrowhawks, a Kestrel, 4 Buzzards and 2 Goshawks.

At Beaulieu Road there were several Siskins and Redpolls, 2 Green Woodpeckers, 2 Woodlarks, 4 Willow Warblers, a Chiffchaff and 3 Nuthatches.

Near Beaulieu in a large patch of gorse we saw 4 Dartford Warblers.

The we went to Tantany Wood where there were 10 Marsh Tits, 6 Nuthatches, 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, a Treecreeper, 4 Roe Deers and a Wood Warbler.









Drawings of Goshawk and Woodlark

by Laurel Tucker.


An afternoon visit to Chew Valley Lake where we saw a summer plumaged Red-necked Grebe, 9 Swallows, an Arctic Tern, the adult Little Gull again, 6 Goldeneye, 8 Sand Martins, a White Wagtail and a male Garganey


Leading a Wingspan Bird Tour to Spain.


Co-leading a joint Wingspan/Ibis and Bristol Ornithological Club tour to Cyprus


In Arizona on a sound recording trip, no new birds, but a new mammal seen today.











Vermilion Flycatcher. 


In Zimbabwe on a filming and sound recording trip, 3 new birds and a new mammal seen today.

African Sedge Warbler, song - Nigel Tucker
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Another morning visit to Battery Point where there were still 5 Purple Sandpipers, 3 pairs of Rock Pipits and I saw 2 Whimbrel flying up the estuary.


A visit to Northwick Warth where I saw a few Skylarks, c40 Meadow Pipits, 10 Wheatears, a Common Sandpiper and a Peregrine. From there to Severn Beach where on the shore was a flock of c100 Whimbrel, on the sea 3 Gadwall, an Eider and 2 Common Scoter, all scarce birds on the Severn.


A visit to Kingston Seymour where the long staying Cattle Egret had reappeared, I saw it in a field with 2 Little Egrets. Then to Portbury Wharf where I could only see one Little Ringed Plover, on the pools there was a Goldeneye, and, a return from Severnside the long staying male Ringed-necked Duck.


On Herriott's Bridge at Chew Valley Lake where on the pool were 2 Common Sandpipers, a male and female Ring-necked Duck with the many Tufted Ducks and Shovelers, 2 1st summer Yellow-legged Gulls, lots of Swallows and Sand Martins and over the hill behind the lake c10 Buzzards.

Video of 1st summer Yellow-legged Gull, also see here.


A trip to Severnside, at Northwick village there was a Little Owl, at Aust Warth a Redpoll and 2 Chiffchaffs, at Northwick Warth the best were 2 Yellow Wagtails and 30+ White Wagtails.


A visit to Portbury Wharf, where there were lots of Blackcaps, also Chiffchaffs and Willow Warblers, Reed Buntings and a group of 6 Sand Martins.

Then to Northwick Warth were I saw a Swallow, 2 Common Sandpipers, 6 Little Ringed Plovers and 2 Wheatears.


Little Ringed Plover. 

Little Ringed Plover 190417-01 Northwick
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