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On the 4th June:


Only time for a quick look around, before catching the ferry from St. Peter Port to Weymouth. At the Reservoir only saw Chiffchaffs, Whitethroat and a Cormorant, at La Grande Mare there were 2 Cuckoos, a Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Garden Warblers, 2 Mistle Thrushes and lots of Turtle Doves.


A visit to Frampton foreshore where there were a few ducks and waders, the best being a Black-tailed Godwit, 11 Ringed Plovers and 2 Turtle Doves.


An evening visit to Chew Valley Lake where the best birds were 6 Black Terns and a female Goosander.


An overnight drive to Norfolk, to Royden Common to see a River Warbler, a new bird for us. More often heard than seen, it did appear on the tops of bushes to sing at regular intervals.

Also seen in the area were 6 Redpoll, a Tree Sparrow and 10+ Turtle Doves.

Then we went to Tichwell seeing Sedge and Reed Warblers, Bearded Tits, 5 1st summer Little Gulls and a pair of Marsh Harriers.

From there we drove to Purls Bridge in the Ouse Washes, where there was a Great Reed Warbler, also on the pool was a female Garganey.
















Drawing of River Warbler by Laurel Tucker.


In California leading an Ibis Tours group, 8 new birds, a new mammal and 2 new reptiles seen today.











White-crowned Sparrow. 


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

7 new birds and a new mammal seen today.













Another day sound recording seabirds on the Isle Of May.



A visit to Priddy Pools by Stock Hill, where there was a Grasshopper Warbler, it was difficult to see, but singing, in short bursts, most of the morning, also there, were the usual warblers and a Tree Pipit. Later in the morning the warbler stopped singing, so I went to the Black Rock Reserve at the top of Cheddar Gorge, apart from the expected birds there were 4 Ravens and a male Redstart which was singing for most of my stay.

Later, towards evening, I returned to Priddy Pools where the Grasshopper Warbler was in full song, giving much longer phrases, and, behind the pools a Long-eared Owl was briefly hunting.

Redstart song - Nigel Tucker
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Grasshopper Warbler song - Nigel Tucker
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A Red Kite flew over the house in Portishead being chased by Herring Gulls, heading towards Clevedon.

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