On the 27th June:

1979

Another evening visit to Leigh Woods, but we couldn't find any Hawfinches, we did see a pair of Spotted Flycatchers feeding chicks, 3 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 4 Marsh Tits, 6+ Nuthatches and 6+ Jays.

1981

An overnight drive to Dunwich beach in Suffolk, to see a reported Collared Pratincole, we arrived early in the morning to heavy persistant rain and there was no sign of the bird.

So, we went to nearby Minsmere where there was a Caspian Tern, a new bird for us. We also saw terns, Avocets, ducks including 2 Garganey, warblers and 2 male Marsh Harriers.

Then we heard that the pratincole had appeared back at Dunwich, we returned and watched the bird for a long time, at the time only a few were questioning its identification, but later it was confirmed to be an Oriental Pratincole, a 1st British Record, our 2nd new bird of the day.

We returned to Minsmere, the Caspian Tern had gone, but we did see 3 Marsh Harriers, this time a female and 2 juveniles, a Cuckoo, a Bittern, 6 Ruff and 3 Coypu. At nearby East Bridge there was a Barn Owl, Snipe 'drumming', heard a Savi's Warbler 'reeling' in the reedbed and saw 2 more or 2 of the same Marsh Harriers.

Then we drove to Santon Downham where we spent the night. In the evening seeing a Nightjar being mobbed by a small bat and hearing 4 more, we saw a Woodcock hearing another and heard 3 Tawny Owls and a Little Owl.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Drawings 

of

Oriental

Pratincole

by

Laurel

Tucker.

1982

A visit to Leigh Woods where there were 3 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 4 Marsh Tits, a Spotted Flycatcher, a Treecreeper, a Nuthatch and a singing Firecrest.

1985

Leading a birdwatching holiday to Northern Spain. One new bird seen today.

1989

In Algonquin Provincial Park, Ontario on a sound recording trip for the BBC series 'Land of the Eagle'. 1 new mammal seen today.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Female Moose. 

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