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On the 29th April:


A visit to Frampton, where on the estuary we saw 100 Dunlin, 3 Ringed Plovers, 8 Redshank, a Spotted Redshank, 5 Grey Plovers, a Ruff, 8 Whimbrel, 9 Bar-tailed Godwits, a Greenshank, 15+ Yellow and 3 White Wagtails. On the pools were 3 Black Terns.


Overnight on Portland, in the morning we heard a Grasshopper Warbler and Lesser Whitethroat but couldn't see them, we did see a Whitethroat and 6 Wheatears. On the sea we saw a Great Skua, an Arctic Skua and 5 Puffins.

At Radipole Lake there were 11 Cetti's Warblers, 13 Sedge Warblers, 6 Reed Warblers, a Grasshopper Warbler, 2+ Bearded Tits, a Whitethroat, a Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Swifts and a 1st summer Mediterranean Gull.


Leading a Wingspan/Ibis Bird Tour to Spain. 


In Tunisia, no new birds seen today.


In Maryland, at Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge on a sound recording trip, no new birds seen today.












Bald Eagle. 


A visit to Minsmere, arriving early afternoon, apart from the commoner birds there were 4 Marsh Harriers, Avocets, Little Terns, 8 Black-tailed Godwits, a Little Ringed Plover, 2 Wood Sandpipers, a Spotted Redshank, a Little Stint, 2 Sandwich Terns, 2 Cuckoos, a Greenshank, Marsh Tits, a Wheatear, a Bittern with 2 more heard, also heard was a Grasshopper Warbler and several Bearded Tits.


On a filming and sound recording trip to the Ukraine for a series called 'Living Europe'.


At Chew Valley Lake with Greg Budney, from the Macaulay Library at Cornell University in New York State, where we saw a Little Egret, a Cuckoo, lots of Swallows, House and Sand Martins, ducks and grebes, and saw or heard Reed, Sedge, Garden and Willow Warblers and Chiffchaffs.


At Northwick Warth where I was filming a flock of about 60 Whimbrels feeding at the top of the marsh, below the bank of the foot-path. When someone walked along the path the flock took off and flew to the edge of the river, a distance of 100 metres or so. Then instead of flying back, the flock ran all the way back to their original spot and started feeding again. This happened on three ocassions until they flew to another part of the marsh.

Also seen were 6+ Swallows, a Wheatear, 2 Whitethroats, 2 Blackcaps, Chiffchaffs, Willow Warblers, a Lesser Whitethroat, c20 Dunlin, 8 Ringed Plovers, c30 Shelducks and 5 Buzzards.








Video of the Whimbrel, also see here.


A walk from Channel View Farm along the estuary to the River Yeo, seeing Chiffchaffs, 2 Whitethroats, 3 Lesser Whitethroats, Blackcaps, 6 Wheatears, 3+ Redpolls, a Siskin, 50+ Dunlin, c30 Turnstones, 8 Ringed Plovers, 6+ Curlew, c20 Whimbrel, 8+ Redshank, c12 Lapwing, a Grey Plover, 6 Buzzards, 2 Kestrels, Skylarks and Meadow Pipits, a Rock Pipit, 3 Yellow Wagtails, 2 Grey Wagtails, 3 Little Egrets and a 2nd summer Mediterranean Gull.

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