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On the 5th January: 


A trip to South Wales, starting at Peterstone Wentloog where there were low numbers of duck and the best of the waders were 81 Ringed Plover, but we did see a Firecrest, as well as 5 Bullfinches and 2 Stonechats. At Lisvane Reservoir a few more ducks with 5 Goldeneye being of note. On to Eglwys Nunnid Reservoir where there were fewer ducks, but several more Goldeneye, and then to Kenfig Pools where there were 5 Whooper Swans, new birds for us, plus an immature and 2 adult Bewick's Swans.


Overnight in Rothiemurchus Forest, sleeping amongst the pines, and an early walk which eventually resulted in seeing a female Capercaillie, a new bird for us. There were also lots of Coal Tits and Goldcrests, 6 Crested Tits and a single Fieldfare. Later we visited the Cairngorm Chair Lift where around the car park there were 30 or more Snow Buntings, several Hooded Crows and in the distance 6 Reindeer.

John and Kate in Rothiemurchus Forest

John and Kate investigating a Wood Ants nest in Rothiemurchus Forest


Our last morning in the Camargue and a new bird, excellent views of a Penduline Tit. At Les Baux saw a Wallcreeper.


In Dunedin, South Island New Zealand, along the coast new birds were, Masked LapwingPacific Harrier, South Island Pied Oystercatchers and Red-billed Gulls. 


In Yate, where there were around 30 Fieldfare and 40 Redwing. Then a visit to Slimbridge, where there were lots of geese, the best being an adult Lesser White-fronted Goose, with about 1250 White-fronted Geese, 2 Bean Geese, 10 Pink-footed Geese, 4 Barnacle Geese and 5 Brent Geese. There were also 320 Bewick's Swans, 105 Mute Swans, 2000+ Wigeon, 200 Pintail, 865 Pochard, 800 Teal, 362 Tufted Ducks and 50+ Mandarin Ducks. Also around the site were 100+ Curlew, 400+ Lapwing, about 100 Dunlin , a Water Rail and 2 Peregrines.


A return to Kingston Seymour, where the Cattle Egret was still there, feeding with the cattle at the back of the field. Later it flew and landed in a field closer to the road. Also seen were 2 Little Egrets and a flock of 800+ Redwings and Fieldfares.













Video: Also at here.


A morning visit to the Marshfield area, seeing 40+ Corn Buntings, 10+ Yellowhammers, 2 Kestrels, 3 Stock Doves, Meadow Pipits, 4 Buzzards together in the air calling to each other, a Grey Wagtail, a Mistle Thrush, Pheasants, 34 Red-legged Partridges and 6+ Skylarks.



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