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On the 4th November:


On the way home from The Wirral we decided to go to the North Wales coast, at Llanfairfechan we saw a Dipper, 600+ Oystercatchers, 4 Pintail, 4 Goldeneyes and 6 Wigeon. Then we continued west to nearby Morfa Aber Nature Reserve seeing 4 Red-breasted Mergansers, 300+ Oystercatchers, 500+ Redshank, 20+ Bar-tailed Godwits, c100 Dunlin, another Dipper and a Merlin. We returned to Llanfairfechan where there was the same or a different Merlin and a male Black Duck.


A drive to the Magor Reserve in Gwent, to see an American Bittern, a new British bird for us. We saw the bird very well, watching it for around an hour as it fed on Sticklebacks and small frogs.


In Ithaca, New York State, no new bird seen today.


In Madagascar on a BBC sound recording trip, 10 new birds and 5 new mammals seen today.

Giant Coua. 

Giant Coua 02a, Berenty, Madagascar, 11_


A visit to Chew Valley Lake where there were good numbers of duck, also 3 Bewick's Swans, c30 Dunlin, a Knot, 2 Black-tailed Godwits, a Water Pipit, a Kingfisher and a Water Rail. Later, watched a Little Auk being released from the dam, after being found exhausted at Marshfield, the auk was very active, swimming and diving strongly.



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