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On the 8th March:


A visit to Chew Valley Lake where best birds were 2 Great Northern Divers, 20 Goldeneye, 3 male and14 female Goosander, 15 Ruddy Duck, 193 Wigeon and 57 Snipe.


A trip to Kent, firstly a walk around Stodmarsh where we saw 9 Cetti's Warblers, 16 Redpolls, 6 Pochard, lots of Mallard, 4 Bearded Tits and heard more, lots of Teal, a male and 2 female Hen Harriers, 9 Snipe, a Great Crested Grebe, a Water Rail, 2 Glossy Ibises,

2 Tree Sparrows, 6 Siskins and a male Bullfinch.

Then we went to Elmley Marshes where there were around 175 Grey Plovers, about 175 Dunlin, 6 Gadwall, 20 Shoveler, about 60 Pintail, a Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Ringed Plovers, 50+ Redshank, 15 Greylag Geese, 12 Shelduck, a Peregrine and 3 Chilean Flamingos.

On the way home we stopped at Bedgebury Pinetum where we saw a Hawfinch and 12 Redwings.


In Pakistan, where a visit to the Margalla Hills produced 15 new birds and 1 new mammal.










Photo: Black-shouldered Kite. 


In Kenya at Shaba N.P., 3 new birds seen today.









Photo: Leopard cub. 


A drive to Royal Portbury Docks, where in the reeds and bushes alongside a ditch was a Dusky Warbler, which was very elusive only glimpsed a few times in a hedgerow to start with and very vocal at times, eventually I had a good view of it.

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