On the 25th June:

1975

An evening visit to Ashton Court where there was a Wood Warbler singing.

1977

An early morning drive to Weymouth, where at Lodmoor there was a Fan-tailed Warbler, only the 3rd British Record. The bird was mainly seen in flight, from various distances and compared to the Holme bird it flew much greater distances, from one end of the reserve to the other, on many occasions. Eventually, it was seen perched on a reed and on the ground, but at a distance.

Also, along the central drove there was a Marsh Warbler which gave excellent views as it rose to the tops of reeds to sing, which it did far more often than the Reed Warblers. We noted that it was less agile than the Reed Warblers, clumsey at times, which prompted the idea that it may have smaller feet, apparently this is so.

Marsh Warbler at Lodmoor.

1983

A visit to Chew Valley Lake where there was a Purple Heron, also seen were 2 Common Terns, 2 Ruddy Ducks, 3 male Goldeneyes and a Hobby.

1985

Leading a birdwatching holiday to Northern Spain.

1989

In Toronto, Ontario on a sound recording trip for the BBC series 'Land of the Eagle'. 

1993

Another trip to the New Forest, this time recording for the BBC sound collection, I saw Cuckoo, Marsh Tit, Redstart, Dartford Warbler, Green and Great Spotted Woodpeckers and 2 Lesser Spotted Woodpeckers, Redpoll, Spotted Flycatcher, Tree Pipit, Woodlark, Stonechat and Treecreeper.

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