On the 5th February:
A return to Mid Wales, to the A481 east of Builth Wells near Lyn Hillyn to see the Black Vulture again, it was still there, and again, we had distant but good views of the bird. Also seen were 3 Buzzards, a Kestrel and 6 Ravens.
In North Island New Zealand on Little Barrier Island. No new birds, but 1 new mammal seen today.
Still in north Norfolk, from the cliffs at Hunstanton I saw a few Kittiwakes and a Fulmar. Then I drove to Snettisham, along the road to the pools I stopped to see and record around 40 Waxwings. In the same area there were lots of Fieldfares, a few Redwings, Greenfinches and Bullfinches.
I continued to the pools to record the Knot coming in, seeing much the same as yesterday.
A visit to Portbury Wharf, seeing 3 Mistle Thrushes, a Jay, a Bullfinch, a male Ring-necked Duck, 4 Tufted Ducks, 8 Gadwall, a Mute Swan, 14 Coot, 3 Little Grebes, a Pochard, 3 Moorhens, a female Kestrel, 87 Shelducks, 85 Wigeon, 140 Lapwing, 6 Mallard, 12 Curlew, 30+ Meadow Pipits, a Yellow-legged Gull, around 60 Dunlin, 5 Reed Buntings, about 300 Teal, 3 Snipe, 2 Skylarks, a Goldcrest and 2 Long-tailed Tits.
A drive to Brimsham Park in Yate where there were 2 possibly 3 Hawfinches in the woodland area of the park, feeding on the ground amongst the leaves with other finches, a little way into the trees and bushes which hid them most of the time. Ocassionally one would fly up into the trees and give good views.