On the 6th December:

1975

A day at Virginia Water in Windsor Great Park, which at this time was the only place where wild Mandarin Ducks bred, we saw 4 males and 3 females. Also seen was a Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, 6+ Nuthatches, a Treecreeper, 30+ Siskins, 2 Marsh Tits and lots of Goldcrests. Then we drove east to Kent.

1981

A visit to Chew Valley Lake where the best were c27 Goosanders, 10+ Goldeneyes and a Black-necked Grebe

1983

A drive to Torquay where near the seafront there was a female Pied Wheatear, a new bird for me. It was seen close to and along the railway lines, also in the front gardens of nearby hotels. Also seen was a Chiffchaff and on the sea 3 Common Scoter, 2 Shags, a Razorbill, a Slavonian Grebe and 2 Great Crested Grebes.

Female Pied Wheatear.

1988

In Kenya, on a BBC sound recording trip, 7 new birds an 1 new mammal seen today.

Holub's Golden Weaver. 

1993

In Australia on a sound recording trip, 14 new birds and 2 new mammals seen today.

Pacific Black Duck. 

1994

Overnight in Elgin, we returned to Burghead early in the morning, but couldn't find the tattler, there were lots of other waders and a Red-throated Diver. Leaving the other birders, who were still searching, we went back to Findhorn where we saw much the same as yesterday, including the 3 Red-throated Divers, plus a Black-throated Diver. Then we drove around Findhorn Bay seeing lots of waders and in one place lots of finches and a Scottish Crossbill. We continued to Grantown Forest where we saw another c20 Scottish Crossbills. At a stop at the Cairngorm car park there was a Snow Bunting and at Aviemore we saw 3 Whooper Swans.

2003

A good day watching the garden, in Portishead, a Marsh Tit in the Plum Tree, then a Merlin flew through the garden and later, a Sparrowhawk landed briefly on the fence.

2006

After a couple of days of westerly gales, I went to Severn Beach seeing at least 5 Leach's Petrels and a Great Northern Diver. Then I went to New Passage where I saw another 3 or 4 Leach's Petrels flying down river, on the shoreline were 1000+ Dunlin, 20+ Redshank, 30+ Curlew, c150 Common Gulls, but only a few Wigeon and Teal. Back in Portishead, from the seafront, I saw another Leach's Petrel being mobbed by gulls.

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