On the 25th October:
An overnight drive to Norfolk, for the weekend, at Holkham Woods there were lots of birds, including lots of Tree Sparrows, Goldcrests and Bullfinches, masses of Redwings, 5 Blackcaps, a Redpoll, a Siskin, 2 Yellowhammers and we only heard a Willow Tit. We continued to Cley where we saw feeding with a flock of House Sparrows a group of about 10 Lapland Buntings. The pools were quiet with only a Dunlin and a Little Stint seen. Then we went to nearby Salthouse where we saw 27 Snow Buntings, 2 more Lapland Buntings, and, 4 Shore Larks and 4 Twite, both new birds for us.
Our last day on St. Mary's, at Lower Moors we saw a few warblers and a Red-breasted Flycatcher, at Peninnis 2 Stonechats, 4 Redwing and a Ring Ouzel.
Back in Cornwall, we went to Marazion Marsh where we found an Aquatic Warbler, which showed well in the reeds for 5-6 minutes, a new bird for us. Also there was a Kingfisher, at least 6 Water Rails, a Barn Owl and at dusk 50,000 or more Starlings coming into roost.
Paintings of Aquatic Warbler by Laurel Tucker.
A day at Chew Valley Lake with the highlights being 39 Dunlin, a Little Stint, 2 Common and 5 Green Sandpipers, 64 Golden Plovers, a Ruff, a Spotted Redshank, a Kittiwake and 2 Bearded Tits.
Still in Cornwall and back at St. Ives on another windy day, on this sea-watch we saw 19 Purple Sandpipers, 1000+ Gannets, 600+ Kittiwakes, 600+ Razorbills, a Common Tern, 24 Oystercatchers, 2 Whimbrel, 2 Little Auks, a Common Scoter and 3 Grey Phalaropes.
In North Carolina on a BBC sound recording trip, a new reptile seen today.
In Hungary, in the Hortobagy National Park on a sound recording trip.
A drive south to Penzance with John Rossetti, then the afternoon helicopter to St. Mary's, Isles of Scilly, for a weeks' holiday staying with Keith Vinicombe and friends. Only time for a quick look around with the best bird seen, a Merlin.
A visit to Cheddar Reservoir to see a Lesser Yellowlegs, also seen were 2 Great White Egrets, a Kingfisher and lots of duck.