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On the 27th October:


A visit to Chew Valley Lake where there was a Great Northern Diver, a new bird for us.


In North Carolina on a BBC sound recording trip, 2 new amphibians seen today.

White Ibis. 

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An overnight drive to Languard Point with Bob Richardson see a Red-flanked Bluetail, but it had gone! There were lots of birds mainly finches, Robins and Blackbirds, and, we had good views of a Long-eared Owl.

Then we went to nearby Fagbury Cliffs where there was a Pallas's Warbler, several Goldcrests, a Yellow-browed Warbler, a Woodcock and a 1st winter female Pied Wheatear.


In Hungary, in the Hortobagy National Park on a sound recording trip. 


All day on St. Mary's, Where we saw 3 Kestrels, 5 Water Rails, 16 Snipe, 15 Teal, 11 Chiffchaffs including a possible 'tristis', a Reed Bunting, 6 Firecrests, 5 Yellow-browed Warblers, 2 Merlins, a Wheatear, 3 Bramblings, 17 Wigeon, a Jack Snipe, 2 Black Redstarts, on the sea 15+ Gannets, a group of 30+ Common Dolphins and 8 Clouded Yellow Butterflies.


In the garden in Portishead, now that the trees and bushes have been pruned and the Hawthorn has a flat top again, like last year, a Sparrowhawk has been taking advantage of it, by trapping mainly House Sparrows inside the bush. The hawk leaps around on top of the bush trying to make the sparrows inside fly out, it also lands on the sides and tries to get inside, usually it is unsuccessful, but on occasions has caught a bird as it flies out.

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Sparrowhawk 20a, Portishead,



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