On the 20th February:
A trip to Devon, starting at Braunton Burrows, where there were lots of waders including over 200 Golden Plover, we also saw a Brambling and on the sea a male and 9 female Red-breasted Mergansers.
We continued to Exmoor where we stopped at Chetsford Water. On a walk across the moors we saw a male Black Grouse, 2 Red Grouse and 6 Roe Deers. A stop at Dunkery Beacon produced a Stonechat and a Barn Owl.
In Kenya in Kakamega Forest. 9 new birds seen today.
Photo: White-bellied Go-away-bird.
A return to Egbury in Berkshire, see 14th, to record the winter Wren roost, but unfortunately there were fewer Wrens. In the local area I saw 2 Red-legged Partridges, Hares, a Nuthatch, around 30 Siskins with other finches, a Kestrel and a Tawny Owl.
Still in Norfolk, recording the Knot flock at their high tide roost. Later I drove along the coast to Wells, where in the harbour I saw 3 Little Grebes, a Red-necked Grebe and a Goldeneye.
My last day in Fiji on Taveuni, 1 new bird seen today.
At home in Portishead, where there were lots of birds coming to the feeders including a male Reed Bunting, a 1st for the garden.
In the morning recording waders at The Wash, then a drive to Holkham, where on the beach I saw around 12 Shore Larks, at least 2 Scandinavian Rock Pipits, Skylarks and Meadow Pipits.
At home in Portishead, where there were 4 Bramblings in the garden, an adult winter male, a 1st winter male and 2 female/1st winter female birds.
One or more birds were seen to the end of the month, with a female last seen on 15th March.
Also seen was a male Blackcap which stayed around until 18th March.
Video: Male Brambling on feeder.
Also see here.