On the 30th March:

1975

A visit to the Sea Walls on Durdham Downs, where in the tall trees in the gardens alongside the green we saw our first Hawfinch, a female, which must have flown across the gorge from Leigh Woods. 

Later, on a walk along the River Avon from Sea Mills harbour we saw 2 Yellowhammers.

1980

A day in South Devon, with our first stop at the Kingsbridge Estuary, where the highlight was a Little Egret, also seen were 2 Greenshank, 15+ Redshank, about 80 Oystercatchers, 23 Turnstones, 15 Grey Plovers, 2 Bar-tailed Godwits, 24 Red-breasted Mergansers, 10+ Shelducks, 2 Ravens and a Chiffchaff.

From there we went to Slapton where there were 2 female Ring-necked Ducks, a Wheatear, 5 Chiffchaffs, 4 Cetti's Warblers, a male Red-crested Pochard which was probably an escaped bird, 2 Great Crested Grebes, a Goldeneye, a Shoveler, 2 Sand Martins and a Swallow.

At Hope's Nose we saw around 200 Kittiwakes, 5 Razorbills and a Fulmar. Then at our last stop, Dawlish Warren, we saw 2 Stonechats, a Chiffchaff and a male and female Cirl Bunting.

 

Drawings of Ring-necked Ducks by Laurel Tucker.

Photo: Kittiwake at Hope's Nose.

1985

In Israel, one new bird today.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo: Palestine Sunbird. 

1991

In Belize, 13 new birds seen today.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo: Ocellated Turkey. 

2006

A visit to Aust Warth where it was windy and there was a very high tide which covered to road.

As the tide came in it pushed birds to higher ground, including 2 Short-eared Owls.

Also seen were Wigeon, Teal, Curlew, Redshank and Turnstone.

 

 

 

 

 

Video of 

Short-eared Owl,

also see here.

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