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On the 24th June:


Leading a birdwatching holiday to Northern Spain.


A drive north from Bristol on the M5, just north of Gloucester there was a Red Kite, I was going to Loddington in Rutland to sound record for Green Umbrella for their TV series 'Living Europe'. At Loddington I was shown where the hide was, in a hedgerow, at the edge of a wheat field, close to a Yellowhammer's nest where the pair were feeding chicks, it was this I had come to record. Also in the area were 3 Red-legged Partridges, Skylarks, Blackcap and Whitethroat.

Later, I drove north of Oakham to Edmondthorpe, to a similar area of farmland, where there were pens for rearing Grey Partridges, these were also on the list to record. Each pen had a partridge family, but they were hard to see in all the undergrowth, luckily they were very vocal at times.

Yellowhammer chicks - Nigel Tucker
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Yellowhammer chicks being fed by female, male singing in background.

Grey Partridge calls - Nigel Tucker
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Clucking calls from female Grey Partridge, chicks cheeping, calls and hisses from male.


A return to Severn Beach, where the winds had dropped slightly, seeing a Fulmar and a Common Tern.


A morning visit to Slimbridge where there were 2 Spoonbills, 8 Little Egrets, a Greenshank, lots of Avocets with chicks, 5 Cranes, the pair on the Rushy with a large chick and also there 14 Black-tailed Godwits.

Little Egret 180624-02, Slimbridge, 24_6
Spoonbill 180624-12, Slimbridge, 24_6_18

Little Egret.



A morning trip to Slimbridge and a walk out to the 'Dumbles' to see a Little Bustard, which was found yesterday. The bird was in the long grass and thistles a long way off, during the time I was there it showed as a dark blob for a split second!

Also seen was a Green Sandpiper, a Hobby, and on the Rushy several pairs of Avocets with various sized chicks, plus a pair of Little Ringed Plovers.

Right & below: Little Ringed Plovers.

Little Ringed Plovers 01, Slimbridge, 24
Little Ringed Plovers 02, Slimbridge, 24
Little Ringed Plovers 03, Slimbridge, 24
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