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On the 18th April:


We spent the night in a bus shelter near Minsmere, in the morning on the reserve we saw 2 possibly 3 male Marsh Harriers, 4 Sandwich Terns, a Twite, a Bearded Tit, a good selection of waders including a Spotted Redshank, and 2 Bitterns.

We then headed inland to the Brecklands, at Santon Downham there were 100+ Bramblings, a Marsh Tit, 6+ Redpolls, a Tree Pipit, a Siskin and we found a dead Long-eared Owl.

At Wheeting we saw 12 Wheatears, 4 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 2 Lapwing, 2 Red-legged Partridge, a Green Woodpecker, 3 Crossbills, a Cuckoo, a Fieldfare, 4 Bramblings and eventually we saw 2 Stone Curlews.

We returned to the area between Santon Downham and Brandon, this time seeing 200+ Bramblings, a Stoat, 2 Woodcock and

2 Woodlarks.


A walk in Leigh Woods where there was a pair of Hawfinches plus 2 single birds, 10+ Nuthatches, 2 Marsh Tits, 2 Great Spotted and 2 Green Woodpeckers, 2 Bullfinches, a Willow Warbler, 3 Chiffchaffs and 3 Treecreepers.


An evening trip to Frampton where at the pools we saw 6 Willow Warblers, 8 Chiffchaffs, 5 Blackcaps, 3 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 

a Nightingale, a House Martin, 7 Swallows, 70 Tufted Ducks, 2 Shoveler, 12 Great Crested Grebes, 2 Gadwall, 4 Ruddy Ducks, 8 Cormorants, a Yellowhammer, several Bullfinches and 2 Curlew.

At Frampton estuary we saw 90 Curlew, a Grey Plover, 4 Yellow Wagtails and 2 other flava wagtails which had slaty grey heads and upper mantle, a prominent white eye-stripe, white throat and upper breast and yellow belly, possibly Spanish Wagtails? Also seen was a White Wagtail, a Little Ringed Plover, 3 Dunlin, 6 Redshank, 6 Shelduck, 3 Gadwall and a pair of Mandarin Ducks.


Leading a Wingspan Bird Tour to Spain, a new bird seen today.


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


In Arizona on a sound recording trip, 1 new bird and 1 new mammal seen today.











Montezuma Quail. 


In Zimbabwe on a filming and sound recording trip, no new birds seen today.

Crested Barbet, pair dueting - Nigel Tucker
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Saw a Sparrowhawk sat on top of one of the feeder stands in the garden at Cam. After a while it flew down and took a House Sparrow out of the hedge. It dropped to the ground for a moment and then flew off up the garden.

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Sparrowhawk 03, Elm Lodge, 18-4-21.jpeg
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