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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.

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