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On the 25th March:


On Hilbre where a seawatch produced a Fulmar, 3 Red-breasted Mergansers, a Great Crested Grebe, a Common Scoter and a Sanderling, again the wader roost was impressive.





Photo: Grey Plover & Turnstone.


As we were already in Kent, we decided to visit Dungeness, where we did an hours seawatch from the beach, seeing 2 Red-throated Divers and another 17 divers too far out to identify, around 70 Common Scoter, 2 Shoveler, 18 Brent Geese, 5 Red-breasted Mergansers, 2 Kittiwakes, a Golden Plover, 2 Shelducks and 14 Oystercatchers.

In the area near the observatory we saw 2 Black Redstarts, 5 Wheatears, 5+ Firecrests, 5 Chiffchaffs, 4 Snipe, 1 Redpoll and a Tree Sparrow. Then we went to several of the flooded gravel pits, seeing 3 Goosanders, 18 Goldeneyes, 7 Slavonian Grebes, a Red-necked Grebe and 3 Ruddy Ducks.


In Belize, 17 new birds and 2 new reptiles seen today.


Another sound recording trip to the New Forest, where the birds of note were 4 Woodlarks, Marsh Tit, Nuthatch, Stonechat, Curlew, 

10 Hawfinches, Redpoll, Great Spotted and Green Woodpeckers, a Brambling, a Chiffchaff and 5 male and 2 female Mandarin Ducks.


A visit to Chew Valley Lake, where on Herriott's Pool there were 30+ Canada Geese and a Richardson's Cackling Goose, 7 Barnacle Geese and an Egyptian Goose. On one of the islands a Spotted Sandpiper, seen preening and feeding, also a Green Sandpiper.

On the lakeside there were 4+ Chiffchaffs in the reed-bed and a Little Egret and a Black-tailed Godwit by the water, on the lake was a Long-tailed Duck.

Then news came of a Scandinavian Rock Pipit on the tower at the dam, rare in this area, it was close on the tower for a while, before flying down to the dam and walking alongside the water.




Video & photos of

Scandinavian Rock Pipit,

also see here.


A visit to Northwick Village where the Little Owl was sat in a tree in the orchard.


A brief afternoon visit to Aust Warth between 3-5pm, seeing my 1st 2 Wheatears of the year, a pair of Peregrines sat on the top of the mast by the 1st Severn Bridge, a female Kestrel and a Short-eared Owl.
















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