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On the 27th December:


A day at Slimbridge seeing c1800 White-fronted Geese, c400 Bewick's Swans, a Brent Goose, 2 Bean Geese probably Taiga, 2 Bar-headed Geese, a Barnacle Goose and finding an adult Lesser White-fronted Goose. There were also 100+ Curlew, c20 Dunlin and c300 Wigeon.


On holiday in Corsica, 1 new bird seen today.

Corsican Nuthatch. 

Corsican Nuthatch 03cc, Corsica, 31-12-7


An overnight drive to Seahouses on the Northumberland coast to see an Ivory Gull, but it had gone! We did see lots of gulls and Kittiwakes including a 1st winter Glaucous Gull, also seen were Gannets, Fulmars, a Long-tailed Duck, 12 Purple Sandpipers, lots of other waders, c20 Common Scoter and a Great Skua. Then a drive west, across the country, to Irvine on the coast of the Firth of Clyde. 


On holiday in California, no new birds seen today.


A visit to Chew Valley Lake seeing lots of duck and gulls, including an immature male Smew.



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