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On the 8th June:


A visit to Chew Valley Lake where birds of note were 4 Cuckoos, a female Goosander and a male Pintail. At Steart c150 Dunlin and Ringed Plovers, 2 Knot, 2 Whimbrel, 14 Grey Plovers, a Bar-tailed Godwit and 6 Yellow Wagtails.


In Arizona leading an Ibis Tours group, 4 new birds seen today.













Western Bluebird. 


In Colorado on a sound recording trip for the BBC series 'Land of the Eagle'. 1 new bird seen today.











Golden-mantled Ground Squirrel. 


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

no new birds seen today.











Himalayan Rubythroat. 


A trip to the New Forest with John Overfield also taking some sound recording gear, we saw 4 Firecrests, Goldcrests, Chaffinches, a Wood Warbler, Skylarks, Meadow Pipits, 2 Buzzards, Linnets, a Tree Pipit, 3 Redstarts, a Woodlark, a male Montagu's Harrier and a Hobby.

Firecrest song - Nigel Tucker
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Wood Warbler song - Nigel Tucker
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A visit to Chew Valley Lake where the highlights were a Red Kite, 4 Hobbys, a Kestrel and 3 Buzzards, also a female Goldeneye with 3 ducklings and a possible American Herring Gull which turned out to be an ordinary Herring Gull.


Today, Roy Smith arrived from Toronto, Canada, for a 2 week stay. As he approached the front gate in Portishead a Red Kite flew over being mobbed by gulls.


In Mallaig, unfortunately couldn't get on the Skye ferry until 2pm, so went for a drive alongside Loch Morar, lots of Willow Warblers, a few Blackcaps, 2 Hooded Crows and not much else, but a pleasant drive. 

The crossing from Mallaig to Armadale on Skye takes about 40 minutes, then a drive to the northern part of the island, just after leaving Armadale a female Hen Harrier flew across the road. The road north goes through some excellent mountain areas, but hardly any birds seen from the car. Made it to Uig but couldn't find anywhere to stay, so had to go back to Portree and book into a hotel.

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