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On the 1st June:


A trip to Brean Down where the best birds were a Fulmar and a Kittiwake, we also saw 14 Rock Pipits and 25+ Whitethroats. From there we went to Worlebury Hill seeing a pair of Cirl Buntings, then to Stock Hill on the Mendips where we only heard 2 Redpolls and a Willow Tit.


Still on Guernsey, on a visit to The Marais we saw 2 Redshank, 2 Lapwings, 2 Yellow Wagtails and a male Blue-headed Wagtail only the 5th record for the island, also a Little Ringed Plover, a Green Sandpiper, a Spotted Flycatcher and a Reed Bunting. On the sea at Pleinmont there were c50 Gannets.


A return visit to Steart seeing the male Black-winged Stilt again, also of note was a Curlew Sandpiper, c100 Dunlin, c180 Ringed Plovers, 2 Knot, 31 Sanderling, 3 Turnstones, 3 Curlews, 10 Oystercatchers, a Cuckoo and 10 Yellow Wagtails.

At Cheddar Reservoir there were 10 Great Crested Grebes and 3 Common Terns, at Blagdon Lake a Garden Warbler, 6 Treecreepers, 5 Spotted Flycatchers and a Tawny Owl, in the open perched in a Pine Tree. At Chew Valley Lake there was a male Garganey.


Photos: Black-winged Stilt.


In Russian Far East on a Sound Recording trip for the BBC series 'Realms of the Russian Bear'.


My first full day sound recording seabirds on the Isle of May, I also saw 4 Wheatears, there were 4 pairs breeding on the island, a Swallow and a Long-eared Owl.



Photos: Seabird cliffs, Guillemots and Razorbill.




A visit to Slimbridge, mainly to the Rushy Hide, where there were 3 pairs of Avocets, 2 Cranes, 2 Little Egrets, 2 Oystercatchers and lots of Shelducks.


An early morning visit to the Newport Wetlands to see a Savi's Warbler, also there were several Bearded Tits, Cetti's warblers, Reed, Sedge and Willow Warblers, Chiffchaffs, Whitethroats and Reed Buntings.

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