On the 18th November:
A day at Chew Valley Lake, starting along the north shore, where we saw a Bearded Tit and heard more, a Chiffchaff, a Redpoll, 3 Water Pipits and 3 Long-tailed Ducks, around the rest of the lake there were 62 Dunlin, 6 Green Sandpipers, 5 Goosanders and 77 Ruddy Ducks.
In the afternoon we rushed to the east shore where a Greater Sandplover had been found, we had good views until it was flushed by a Peregrine.
Then later, we went to Moreton Hide on the south shore seeing the Slavonian Grebe again and finding an immature male Blue-winged Teal, a 1st lake record.
Drawings of Greater Sandplover by Laurel Tucker.
In Madagascar on a BBC sound recording trip, 3 new birds seen today.
At WWT reserve at Caerlaverock to record Whooper Swans, saw c90 swans, c8,000 Barnacle Geese, a Brent Goose, a Goosander and lots of other ducks, also large flock of Lapwing and Golden Plovers.
A visit to Chew Valley Lake seeing lots of duck, a 1st year Peregrine, an adult Ring-billed Gull and a Kingfisher.
In New Zealand on a BBC sound recording trip, 1 new bird seen today.
A visit to Slimbridge seeing lots of waders, 7+ Buzzards, 2 Water Rails, a Cetti's Warbler and 4 Bewick's Swans.