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On the 18th December:


An overnight drive to St. Ives in Cornwall, where in the bay was the bird we had come to see, a 1st winter Laughing Gull, also there, was a 1st winter Iceland Gull, both new birds for us.

Also seen were 5 Great Northern Divers, 2 Eiders, c40 Turnstone, a Red-breasted Merganser, 2 Razorbills, lots of Gannets, 2 Kittiwakes, 2 Little Gulls, 2 Ravens, a Grey Wagtail and several Rock Pipits.

Later, in Carbis Bay there were another 2 Great Northern Divers and 2 Slavonian Grebes.

Photo: Rock Pipit.

Drawing of Laughing Gull by Laurel Tucker.

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Laughing Gull, LAT, St Ives,


On holiday in California, 10 new birds seen today.

Snow Geese. 

Snow Goose 01cc, Salton Sea,


In Australia on a sound recording trip, 5 new birds seen today.

Common or Brown Noddy. 

Common Noddy 04a, Michaelmas Cay, Aust,


A visit to Portbury Wharf where the highlights were 12 Bullfinches, 3 Water Rails, a male Ring-necked Duck and 2 Stonechats.


In the garden in Portishead were 3 Blackcaps, then at Battery Point I saw a Purple Sandpiper and 4 Turnstone.



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