Our 2nd day around the Solway, we first visited Carlingwark Loch where there were lots of Coots and ducks, and 4 Whooper Swans. Our next stop was Loch Ken where we saw around 130 Greylag Geese, these we considered wild enough to count, so a new bird, also there were around 150 White-fronted Geese. A drive north brought us to Murray's Monument and another new bird, a Golden Eagle, along with a Peregrine sighting. On the drive back, near Dalshangan, we saw a Stoat in its white winter coat and 2 Short-eared Owls. Back at Caerlaverock there were around 5000 Barnacle Geese, 200 Pink-footed Geese, 8 Greylag Geese, 6 Bewick's Swans, 3 Whooper Swans, 200 Wigeon, at least 6 Corn Buntings and 2 Twite.
A day spent in the Camargue, near or by the Etang de Vaccares, where todays new bird was Greater Flamingo of which we saw well over 100.
A trip to the Exe Estuary, starting at Dawlish Warren where there were plenty of good seabirds. The highlight being a male Surf Scoter in with around 100 Common Scoter and 3 Velvet Scoter. We also saw 2 Razorbills, 2 Red-breasted Mergansers, a Red-throated Diver and 4 Slavonian Grebes. On the mudflats there were around 1000 Wigeon and in the bushes 2 Firecrest.
We saw a variety of waders during a walk along the estuary from Powderham, with about 400 Black-tailed Godwits, 50+ Grey Plovers, 2 Knot and a Spotted Redshank being notable. The best of the ducks were a Pintail and 2 Scaup, and in the bushes a Chiffchaff.
A trip across the bridge to South Wales, starting at the Magor Reserve, from where the American Bittern was still being reported, but we didn't see it, but we did see a Willow Tit.
From there we went to the Rumney Estuary where the were good numbers of duck and waders, of note were over 200 Redshank and more than 40 Pintail, in the finch flock by the estuary we saw 6 Bramblings, we also saw a Water Pipit and a Merlin.
We travelled south to Kenfig where on the pool were 4 Whooper Swans and 7 Goldeneye. And, then on to Eglwys Nunnid Reservoir where there was a Long-tailed Duck, Black-throated Diver and a Peregrine.
Staying with Jon Dunn in Santa Barbara, on the day of the Christmas Bird Count. I managed to see 69 species, of those Hooded Merganser was a new bird for me.
A drive across Bristol to Hanham, where there was a winter plumaged Rose-coloured Starling with around 15 Starlings, frequenting the roof-tops and gardens of a row of houses.
The day started with a Chiffchaff in the garden at Portishead.
Then a short drive to Lawrence Weston where there were 8 Waxwings feeding on berries in trees by a main road, with a few Redwings, Fieldfares and Blackbirds, also there, a Blackcap.
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A day at Slimbridge, lots of ducks and waders, the highlights were 3 Whooper Swans, 70+ Bewick's Swans, c50 White-fronted Geese, 3 Brent Geese, 8 Pink-footed Geese, an Egyptian Goose and a Water Rail.