On the 31st October:

1976

Overnight in Norfolk, in the morning we went to West Wrunton where there was a Shore Lark, 24 Brent Geese, 6 Common Scoter, a Snow Bunting and a Tawny Pipit which was seen on the short grass at the edge of the cliffs with several Meadow Pipits.

Then to Cley where we saw a Long-eared Owl, a Great Northern Diver, a Velvet Scoter, 14 Common Scoter, 13 Brent Geese, a Kingfisher, a Lapland Bunting, c20 Snow Buntings, 20 Golden Plover, a Bearded Tit, 4 Eider, c30 Twite, a Red-breasted Merganser and a Black Redstart.

Later, we went back to Wells Woods seeing the Pallas's Warbler again, there were still lots of Goldcrests, a few warblers and finches, 2 Bramblings, c50 Twite, lots of Tree Sparrows, a Woodcock and a Little Owl. Finally, we went to nearby Holkham Woods where in an area of Birch, pine and low bramble we saw an Olive-backed Pipit, a new bird for us. An incredibly difficult bird to see, which took over 2 hours to see well.

1982

A trip to Portland where we saw a Pallas's Warbler, 3 Firecrests, 12 Black Redstarts, a Wheatear, 3 Stonechats, 14 Corn Buntings, 2 Blackcaps, 15 Chiffchaffs and a Merlin. From the 'bill' there were Kittiwakes, 20+ Gannets and a Great Skua.

Then we went to the Verne where there were 2 more Black Redstarts and 4 more Firecrests. From there to Radipole Lake seeing a Water Rail, a Bittern, a Wood Sandpiper, a Greenshank and a Mediterranean Gull.

1987

In North Carolina on a BBC sound recording trip, no new birds seen today.

Ring-billed Gull. 

1988

In Kenya on a BBC sound recording trip, no new species seen today.

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