On the 26th November:
A visit to Cheddar Reservoir where there were lots of ducks and Coots, 15 Bewick's Swans and a Black Redstart. Then to Berrow where on the beach were c1500 Dunlin, 40 Oystercatchers, 9 Bar-tailed Godwits and 15 Curlews, at the top of the beach, around the dunes, we saw at least 2 Stonechats and with the Pied Wagtails a Shore Lark.
A day at Chew Valley Lake where from the picnic area we saw an immature female Lanner sat in a tree on Denys Island. It was being mobbed by 2 Crows which made it fly several times, presumably a falconers bird.
Around the lake were good numbers of ducks and along the south side c60 Bramblings. 10 Reed Buntings with the flock of around 120 Chaffinches.
In Madagascar on a BBC sound recording trip, no new birds seen today.
In Australia, on a BBC sound recording trip, 26 new birds seen today.
A drive to Dawlish Warren to see a Dusky Warbler, a new British bird for me. Good views of a noisy, very active little bird, associating with up to 6 Chiffchaffs.
A visit to Chew Valley Lake where there was a Peregrine, c12 Water Pipits, a sub-adult male White-headed Duck, a new British bird for me although at present not on the British list. Also c700 Ruddy Ducks, the usual ducks, gulls and grebes, a pair of Stonechats and 2 Sparrowhawks flying through the pre-roost flock of Starlings.
Another visit to Chew Valley Lake where the Black-throated Diver was still on show.