Our Norfolk weekend started at Horsey where we saw 3 Short-eared Owls, a Barn Owl, a Whitethroat, 6 Eiders, 2 Common Terns, a Whinchat, a Cuckoo and heard 3 Grasshopper Warblers, a Sedge Warbler and a Bittern, also watched several Snipe drumming.
A visit to Frampton-on-Severn on a bright, sunny day, walking across the fields to the river we flushed a pipit which gave an unfamiliar call, on the ground we could see that it was a summer plumaged Red-throated Pipit, which we watched for sometime, a 1st record for Gloucestershire.
Also seen in that area were 10 Wheatears, 11 Turtle Doves, a Bar-tailed Godwit, 6 Redshank, a Cuckoo, 2 Whinchats, 7 Yellow Wagtails and a Hobby.
Then we went to the Sailing Lake where there were 5 Black Terns, 5 Arctic Terns and another 3 Yellow Wagtails. At Court Lake there were 25 Greylag Geese with 9 goslings, 2 Garden Warblers, 2 Cuckoos, lots of warblers, another
6 Turtle Doves and 2 Nightingales with another 3 heard.
We returned to the river, where it was around high tide, seeing 150+ Dunlin, 50+ Ringed Plovers, 6 Sanderling, a Common Sandpiper, 10 Whimbrel, 6 Bar-tailed Godwits and we found a male Kentish Plover.
There were now 9 Yellow Wagtails, a Lapwing with 3 chicks and we saw the Red-throated Pipit again.
Drawings of Red-throated Pipit by Laurel Tucker.
Last day of leading a Wingspan/Ibis Bird Tour to Spain.
In Tunisia, no new birds seen today.
In Maryland, at Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge on a sound recording trip, a new reptile seen today.
On a filming and sound recording trip to the Ukraine for a series called 'Living Europe'.
A visit to Northwick Warth where there were 5 Whimbrel, lots of warblers including a Sedge Warbler, 3 Little Ringed Plovers, a buck Roe Deer only the 2nd record of one here, 30+ Oystercatchers, 40+ Shelducks, a Teal and a Wheatear.
Later, I went to Severn Beach for the evening high tide seeing c100 Kittiwakes and 24 Whimbrel.
Video of Little Ringed Plovers, also see here.
In the garden in Portishead where there were 6 Buzzards overhead, 4 together, 2 Hobbys and a Sparrowhawk, also a Swift, 22 Swallows and 2 House Martins moving north.
A visit to Aust Warth where there was a Grasshopper Warbler, singing but not seen, also a Whitethroat.