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On the 7th June:


A drive north to Nafford Island on the River Avon near Eckington, Worcestershire, to see Marsh Warbler, a new bird for us, after a bit of searching we found 2 birds which we watched for almost 2 hours. They showed from time to time to sing from the tops of Bargeman's Cabbage, Hemlock and nettles. Also in the area were at least 4 Reed Buntings, a Corn Bunting, 2 Sedge Warblers, a Kingfisher, a Water Vole and a Wood Mouse, a new mammal for us.

We returned via the Forest of Dean visiting Nags Head, where there was a Grass Snake, a Spotted Flycatcher, 3 Tree Pipits with another 2 heard, 7 Pied Flycatchers, a Redstart and we only heard a Wood Warbler. After returning to Bristol we decided on an evening visit to Stock Hill where we saw 2 Nightjars and heard another two.


A visit to Frampton Lakes where we saw several species of warblers, including 4 Lesser Whitethroats, also 2 Nightingales, a Yellow Wagtail, a male Red-crested Pochard and 2 male Ruddy Ducks.

Then we drove north to Eckington Bridge seeing 4 Marsh Warblers, a Cuckoo and several Yellowhammers. At nearby Nafford Island after a search we saw another 2 Marsh Warblers, a Sedge Warbler and 2 Yellow Wagtails.


In Arizona leading an Ibis Tours group, 27 new birds, 2 new mammals and a new reptile seen today.











Short-horned Lizard. 


In Colorado on a sound recording trip for the BBC series 'Land of the Eagle'. 2 new birds and 3 new mammals seen today.










Clark's Nutcracker. 


In Kazakhstan on a Sound Recording trip for the BBC series 'Realms of the Russian Bear'. 

no new birds seen today.











Himalayan Rubythroat. 


All day drive from Seahouses in Northumberland to Mallaig on the west coast of Scotland. Scenery on the west side of Scotland spectacular .


A drive south to Ham Wall Nature Reserve, to see a River Warbler which showed regularly, often fairly close, where it would sing loudly. Another 8 species of warbler either seen or heard, 5 Great White Egrets, m & f Marsh Harrier, a Bittern flying over, a few duck, a Jay and a Yellow Wagtail.

River Warbler 01, Ham Wall, 7-6-21.jpeg
River Warbler 03, Ham Wall, 7-6-21.jpeg
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