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On the 1st February:


A visit to Berrow where on the beach we saw about 10 Knot, 6 Wigeon and 3 White-fronted Geese, in the reedbed was a Snipe and around the bushes were lots of Fieldfares and a few Redwings, 4 Corn Buntings, a female Blackcap, Bullfinches, Goldfinches, Greenfinches and a female Hen Harrier flew over.

At Brean, in the bushes at the top of the beach was a flock of Tree Sparrows, a few Chaffinches and 2 Goldcrests; on the beach a flock of Dunlin and a Bar-tailed Godwit.


In Tanzania, in Ngorongoro Crater, where we spent the whole day seeing lots of birds and mammals, but the only new birds were 2 Black-winged Plovers. 















Photo: African or Cape Buffalo with Cattle Egret.


In North Island New Zealand, today the boat from the Poor Knights Islands back to the mainland.








Photo: Australian Gannet.


An evening visit to Battery Point in Portishead, where I saw 100's of Black-headed Gulls, 100+ Herring Gulls, a few Lesser Black-backed Gulls and an adult Mediterranean Gull.


A return to Catcott to record Wigeon and Lapwing. There were 200+ Wigeon, Pintail, Mallard, Gadwall, Teal, Shoveler, around 1,000 Lapwing, a Black-tailed Godwit and a Peregrine.

Later I went to Westhay to record the Starling roost again, I heard 3 Cetti's Warblers and 4 Water Rails, saw 8 Goosanders and 7 Goldeneyes, and, 1,000,000+ Starlings.


A mild, grey morning and I decided to go to Battery Point in Portishead as it was a 13+ metre high tide.

I was surprised that I couldn't find one Purple Sandpiper, although I did see 2 Rock Pipits.

Then I went to Chew Valley Lake, where it was rainy and windy, so I didn't spend much time there. At Heron's Green Bay the best birds were 3 male and 4 female Goosander and a Black-necked Grebe.










Photo: Rock Pipit on the beach at Portishead. 


An evening visit to Aust Warth where eventually a Short-eared Owl showed, each time it flew it was chased by a female Kestrel, both birds landing in the grass close to each other. The Kestrel 'shaddowing' the owl so it could steal its prey.

Female Kestrel sat in grass on Aust Warth.


It started snowing at Elm Lodge, Cam, late the previous evening when at about 11.45pm I saw my first Fox for the site, having only heard them several times before. It continued snowing all morning, reaching a depth of 6 inches or more in places, on the feeder I saw the male Bullfinch again and heard it singing, later there was a female Common Pheasant feeding beneath the feeder, a new bird for my site list.

Common Pheasant 02, female, Elm Lodge, 1
Common Pheasant 03, female, Elm Lodge, 1

Female Common Pheasant

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