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On the 6th February:



A visit to the sea front at Portishead, where in the spartina grass at the top of the beach we saw 29 Twite, 8 Reed Buntings and 2 Rock Pipits, on the shore were 170 Dunlin and 5 Redshank.

At Clevedon Harbour we saw 2000+ Dunlin, 70+ Redshank, 1000+ Lapwing, around 60 Golden Plover, 15 Turnstone and 43 Shelduck. A walk through the spartina grass here produced 5 Jack Snipe and 22 Snipe.


In The Gambia, in Banjul, where on our first day I saw 6 new birds.













Photo: Hooded Vultures.


In Kenya and a drive from Nairobi west to the Masai Mara,

6 new birds and 3 new mammals seen today.













Photo: Caspian Plover.



In North Island New Zealand on Little Barrier Island. No new birds, but 3 new mammals today.












Photo: Kaka.


A visit to the Cotswold Water Park, a place I hadn't been to for years.

I found Pit 44, where a couple of birders were just leaving, but told me that the bird I had come to see was showing on and off.

In the line of ivy covered trees alongside the stream I saw 2 Chiffchaffs, then shortly after the Yellow-browed Warbler appeared in trees by the lake, giving excellent views.

On the lake there were 14 Red-crested Pochard, a few Tufted Ducks and Coot and 2 Great Crested Grebes.

Red-crested Pochard. 

Red-crested Pochard, Cotswold WP, 6-2-19
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