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On the 21st December:


A day spent at Steart where there were 3 Merlins, we watched two of them chasing a Skylark which one of them caught in the air. Also seen were 2 Peregrines, a Kestrel, a male Hen Harrier, c6000 Dunlin, 60 Redshank, 30 Oystercatchers, 50 Shelduck, 10 Wigeon, 12 Teal, c200 Curlew, 20 Bar-tailed Godwits, 8 Knot, 6 Ringed Plovers, c3000 Lapwing and a Weasel.


A visit to Chew Valley Lake where there were the usual birds, of note were 1000+ Lapwing and c225 Dunlin, also good numbers of duck with c1000 Teal and a male and a female Smew.


A visit to Chew Valley Lake where of note were 4 Bewick's Swans, 9 Goldeneyes, 30 Goosanders, c75 Dunlin and a Green Sandpiper. Later, at Stock Hill on the Mendips there were 16 Siskins, 2 Marsh Tits, 28 Redpolls, 4 Treecreepers and 59 Bramblings


On holiday in California, no new birds seen today.

Ring-billed Gull. 

Ring-billed Gull 02aa, La Jolla, Califor


In Australia on a sound recording trip, 1 new bird seen today.

Sooty Tern.  

Sooty Tern 08a, Michaelmas Cay, Aust, 18


A male Brambling in the garden in Portishead, with a flock of c12 Greenfinches.



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