On the 21st November:
A visit to Barrow Tank 3, where there a few ducks and 18 Great Crested Grebes, in the trees around the reservoir we saw lots of tits, a Treecreeper, 3 Tree Sparrows and 2 Bullfinches. Then to Chew Valley Lake where there were lots of duck, including 24 Goosanders, also another Tree Sparrow.
A visit to Cheddar Reservoir where there was a Long-tailed Duck, 7 Goldeneyes and lots of other ducks and Coots.
In Madagascar on a BBC sound recording trip, 1 new bird and 1 new reptile seen today.
Still sound recording at Snettisham in Norfolk, where on a walk alongside the pools we saw the 4 Little Auks again, also 4 Black-necked Grebes, 4 Red-breasted Mergansers and the usual ducks and waders.
Then we drove to Blakeney Marsh seeing an Arctic Redpoll with a flock of c120 Linnets, Twite and Goldfinches. From there to Wells Woods where we saw 5 species of tit, a Treecreeper and 2 Chiffchaffs. At Norton Marsh there were 2 Barn Owls, 3,000+ Brent Geese, Wigeon, Golden Plover, Lapwing, Curlew, Snipe, Redshank and a female Hen Harrier.
In Central France on a sound recording trip.
A return to West Huntspill, this time seeing 2 Richard's Pipits, also 2 Green Sandpipers, a Little Egret, a few other waders and 3 Ravens.
A visit to Slimbridge seeing 18 Bewick's Swans, lots of ducks and geese but only 2 White-fronted Geese and 100+ Wigeon, 5 Redshank, a Jack Snipe, a Snipe, a Water Rail and 12 Cranes.