On the 23rd October:


A day on St. Mary's, starting at the Golf Course seeing a Golden Plover, 6 Snipe, a Ruff and a Dotterel. Then to Holy Vale where we again had brief, but good views of the Blackpoll Warbler, also seeing a Spotted Flycatcher, 12 Chiffchaffs, the Rose-breasted Grosbeak again, 4 Water Rails and a Red-breasted Flycatcher, a new bird for us.

From there we went to Salakee where there was a Merlin, 4 Blackcaps, c40 Linnets, c20 Greenfinches and a Scarlet or Common Rosefinch, another new bird for us.

Then to Porthelick where we saw a Spotted Redshank, 3 Greenshank, 7 Snipe, a Redshank, a Whimbrel, an Osprey, a Whinchat, 5 Redwing, a Ring Ouzel and 2 Reed Warblers. Finally, we went to Holy Vale seeing a Firecrest and the Grey-cheeked Thrush again.

Birders at Salakee including Tony Pym, Bryan Bland and Laurel.

At Salakee,  Tom Francis, John Rossetti and Bryan Bland.


Overnight at Cley, in the morning we went to Weybourne where we saw c30 Snow Buntings, 8 Lapland Buntings, 6 Bearded Tits

2 Richard's Pipits and a Short-eared Owl.


A day on Portland seeing a few warblers, the usual seabirds including 2 Puffins, 8 Common Scoter and a Great Skua. Also 21 Corn Buntings, 150+ Linnets, 2 Wheatears, a Whinchat, 4 Stonechats, 2 Little Owls, a Short-eared Owl, a Merlin, a Hobby, 11 Purple Sandpipers and lots of migrant Red Admirals.


Overnight on Portland, in the morning a sea-watch between 7-8am, seeing 9 Guillemots, 36+ Kittiwakes, a Pomarine Skua, 3 Common Scoter, 2 Velvet Scoter and 3 Razorbills. Around the 'bill' there was an increase in birds with 120+ Swallows, 22 House Martins, 15 Goldcrests, 4 Black Redstarts, 9 Firecrests, 5 Stonechats, still the one Wheatear and there were 2 Little Owls in the Obs. Quarry, and, we saw 4 Clouded Yellow Butterflies.


In Cornwall, at St. Ives, in a very strong northwesterly wind for an all day sea-watch, during this time we saw 970+ Kittiwakes, lots of Guillemots, 5 Purple Sandpipers, lots of Shags, 440+ Razorbills, a Puffin, a Little Auk, a Balearic Shearwater, 3 Gannets, a Great Skua, 6 Common Scoter, a Great Northern Diver, a Black-throated Diver, also seeing lots of Meadow Pipits flying through and a Black Redstart.


In Virginia on a BBC sound recording trip, no new birds seen today.

Great Egret. 


In Hungary, in the Hortobagy National Park on a sound recording trip, 1 new mammal seen today.

Eastern Hedgehog. 


A visit to Barrow Tanks where there was a Great Northern Diver in almost full summer plumage. 


A drive around the North Somerset Levels seeing lots of Mute Swans, several Grey Herons and 2 Cattle Egrets.



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