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On the 6th March:


On a walk in Leigh Woods we saw 3 Nuthatches, 3 Treecreepers, lots of Blue and Great Tits and 2 Marsh Tits.

Then we went to Chew Valley Lake seeing 20 Goosanders, 18 Goldeneyes, 14 Pintails, 2 male Smew, 7 Tree Sparrows, a Barn Owl, a Bittern and a Water Rail.


In Israel, 12 new birds and 1 new mammal seen today.










Photo: Streaked Scrub Warbler. 


In Kenya at Buffalo Springs, 4 new birds today.











Photo: White-headed Mousebird. 


Another visit to Portbury Wharf, where the best bird was the male Ring-necked Duck.


A visit to Severnside, at Chittening Warth there was a Short-eared Owl and by the power station 10 Redpolls feeding in a line of alders.


The day started well, with a female Sparrowhawk sat in the tree in the garden for some time. A visit to Portbury Wharf  where the only bird of note was a male Bullfinch. Then to Avonmouth Sewage Works where on the pool was a female Ruddy Shelduck which had a red ring on its leg, there had been a pair around on the estuary for a month or so, mainly off Chittening Warth.

The long staying male Ring-necked Duck had relocated to the nearby Honda Pools and I was able to get much closer to it there.







Video of female

Ruddy Shelduck,

also see here.
















Video of male

Ring-necked Duck

also see here.


The female Brambling was in the garden again and also a female Reed Bunting, a 1st for the garden.


A drive north into Worcestershire, firstly, to Blackminster where there was a single Waxwing feeding in a berry tree by the railway crossing, only a few yards from the road. Fed for short periods, then flew up to a taller nearby tree to rest.

Then to Upton Snodsbury, where in a field near the village, there was a Glaucous Gull, probably a 2nd winter bird, apparently they can be difficult to age. The gull was on its own, feeding well judging by the muddy bill.

Waxwing 200306-01, Blackminster,
Waxwing 200306-05, Blackminster,


Glaucous Gull 200306-08, 2nd winter, Upt
Glaucous Gull 200306-07, 2nd winter, Upt

Glaucous Gull.

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