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On the 3rd June:


Our last full day birding on Guernsey, starting at the Vale Pond where there were 3 Turtle Doves, 2 Whitethroats, 3 Yellow Wagtails, 2 Lapwings, c20 Swifts and lots of finches. At the Marais there was a Snipe, a Yellow Wagtail and at least 4 Reed Warblers. Then to the Reservoir seeing 7 Chiffchaffs, 3 Willow Warblers, a Blackcap, a Lesser Whitethroat, a Grey Heron, 2 Spotted Flycatchers and a Short-toed Treecreeper. At Perelle there was a Cuckoo, 2 Curlew and a Common Tern, and at Pleinmont 3 Dartford Warblers, 2 Whitethroats, a Cuckoo and 3 Stonechats.


A visit to Portland Grounds near Undy on the Welsh side of the Severn Estuary, opposite Avonmouth. In with a flock of c100 Shelducks was a male Ruddy Shelduck which was feeding on the mud and preening, we had close views as the tide pushed the birds up the beach. Although with the flock of Shelducks it didn't associate with any particular group and was no more approachable than any of the other Shelducks, it had patchy feathering on the breast, perhaps starting to moult. No longer on the British List for current sightings, historical ones seem OK! But, there is no reason why wild Ruddy Shelducks can't reach Britain.

Also of note on the mud were 10+ Black-tailed Godwits, 2 Whimbrel, 12+ Grey Plovers, a Golden Plover, 2 Sanderling and we also saw a Cuckoo.


An evening visit to Leigh Woods seeing 5 Nuthatches, 2 Spotted Flycatchers, 2 Treecreepers, a female Hawfinch and a Wood Warbler.


In California leading an Ibis Tours group, 14 new birds and 5 new mammals seen today.











California Scrub-Jay. 


In Kazakhstan on a Sound Recording trip for the BBC series 'Realms of the Russian Bear'. 


Another day sound recording seabirds on the Isle Of May, visited the north end of the island seeing 2 'Bridled' Guillemots and another pair of Wheatears.






At Elm Lodge as I was going to the car, I noticed a large moth on the outside window which I think is a Pale Tussock Moth, I don't know much about moths but I've not seen one of these before. Also, a Great Spotted Woodpecker at the feeder again.

Pale Tussock Moth. 

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