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On the 21st April:


A visit to Chew Valley Lake where there were a few martins, warblers and ducks, the best being 9 Common Sandpipers. Then we drove to Cheddar Reservoir where there were 16 Common Sandpipers, a Ruff, 3 Yellow Wagtails and an Arctic Tern. We returned to Chew Valley Lake where along the trees at the back of the reeds we saw a Long-eared Owl.


Leading a Wingspan Bird Tour to Spain, a new bird seen today.


The first day of leading a Wingspan/Ibis Bird Tour to Spain.


A trip to Chew Valley lake where the best birds were a male and female Garganey.


In Florida on a sound recording trip, 2 new birds and 6 new reptiles seen today.













In Zimbabwe on a filming and sound recording trip, no new birds seen today.

Rufous-naped Lark, song - Nigel Tucker
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An early morning in Portishead, at the Boating Lake there was a Common Sandpiper, then on the rocks at Battery Point 3 Purple Sandpipers, going north, during a one and a half hour watch, I saw 5 Whimbrel, 144 Swallows, 32 House Martins, 5 Sand Martins, lots of Meadow Pipits, Linnets and Pied Wagtails, 50+ Greenfinches and 4 Great Black-backed Gulls, on the grass of the promontory were 3 Wheatears.

Then I went to Portbury Wharf where there were lots of warblers, including 2 Grasshopper Warblers, the foreshore was quiet except for a group of 16 Whimbrel.


In the garden, in Portishead, there was a male Blackcap and a Willow Warbler. Then a visit to Northwick Warth where there were lots of Chiffchaffs, Willow Warblers, Blackcaps and Skylarks, c10 Whitethroats, 2 Lesser Whitethroats, 2 Goldcrests, 2 Sedge Warblers, 20+ Wheatears, a Redstart, 3 Yellowhammers, a Reed Bunting, a Tree Pipit, Meadow Pipits, lots of Swallows and Sand Martins, a few House Martins, a Little Egret, 2 Whimbrel and a Red-legged Partridge which is rare here.


A drive to Frampton with John Rossetti, then a walk south alongside the canal to a pool on the Wildfowl Trust's land where there was a flock of 17 Glossy Ibises, at the time the largest flock ever recorded in England, and the 2nd largest in the UK.


Also seen in this area were 30+ Black-headed Gulls, 3 Little Egrets, at least 2 Little Grebes, 2 Wheatears, a Yellow Wagtail, 2 Hobbys and 2 Hares.












Video of Glossy Ibises, also see here


Again in the garden in Portishead there was a Blackcap and a Siskin at the feeders.

Then an afternoon visit to Chew Valley Lake where in the area behind Herriott's Pool there was a female Woodchat Shrike.




Photos: Siskin and Woodchat Shrike.


Video of Woodchat Shrike, also see here


A visit to Frampton where on the marsh by the canal there were 2 Greenshanks, 6 Redshanks, 2 Little Egrets and a Spotted Redshank which was almost in full summer plumage.

From there I went to Slimbridge, where on the South Lake 3 of the 6 Black-winged Stilts still remained.

I watched the pair feeding together and mating, the other male kept its distance from them and often fed out of sight.



Photo: Right: Record of Spotted Redshank.



Video of Black-winged Stilts, also see here.




More photos of Black-winged Stilts here.


A visit to Stinchcombe Hill where there were lots of Skylarks and 2 Wheatears on one of the fairways.

Then to Chipping Sodbury Common where there had been a Ring Ouzel, which I missed by half an hour! I did see a Swallow, several Whitethroats and Lesser Whitethroats, Chiffchaffs, Blackcaps and 2 Whinchats.


Whinchat, Chipping Sodbury Common, 21_4_
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