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On the 29th March:


A visit to Chew Valley Lake where the best bird was a male Merlin, also watched a large flock of Shovelers displaying, counted 21 pairs and 22 single males, with other birds continuing to join them until there were 80 Shovelers in the flock.


A visit to Chew Valley Lake where we didn't see the Ring-billed Gull, but saw 6 Scaup, a Green Sandpiper and 2 Chiffchaffs.


A trip to Portland where we saw 2 Wheatears, a male and 2 female Black Redstarts, Goldcrest, 4 Purple Sandpipers, 2 Fulmars, 6 Razorbills, around 40 Guillemots, 24 Common Scoter, a Puffin, 2 Sandwich Terns, 2 Gannets, a Sand Martin, a Firecrest, 5 Chiffchaffs, 6 Oystercatchers and 2 Willow Warblers.

From the bill we went to The Verne and saw another Firecrest and Willow Warbler.

Then to Lodmoor where there were around 40 Sand Martins, a 1st summer Little Gull, a Chiffchaff, 2 Cetti's Warblers, 6 Snipe, a Slavonian Grebe, 5 Greenshank and a Sandwich Tern.

At Radipole Lake we saw 4 Cetti's Warblers and heard 4 more, 8 Chiffchaffs, 4 Willow Warblers, a Bearded Tit and 2 Sparrowhawks.








Photo: Slavonian Grebe at Lodmoor. 


In Israel, one new bird today.













Photo: Green or Little Green Bee-eater. 


In Belize, 5 new birds seen today.


A drive to the north Somerset Levels, on the way seeing 4 Chiffchaffs and a Redstart. At Catcott Lows there was a Great Grey Shrike, which was the bird I had come to see, also seen were 100+ Wigeon, 300+ Teal, c40 Shoveler, c20 Pintail, 40+ Mute Swans, a Black-tailed Godwit, several Ruff and 3 Chiffchaffs.

An evening visit to Portbury Wharf produced much the same as previous days, with the male Ring-necked Duck and an increase in Curlew to 18, 

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