On the 5th July:
Another trip to Nafford Island in Worcestershire seeing 2 Marsh Warblers, 2 Sedge Warblers, 2 Turtle Doves and a Tree Sparrow.
A weekend in the Lake District, visiting Haweswater, from the Mardale Head Car Park at the southern end of the lake we saw a Raven, 31 Greylag Geese, 134 Canada Geese, a female Goosander with a juvenile, 3 Redpolls, 2 Yellowhammers and 2 Common Sandpipers with a juvenile. We walked up the valley from the car park seeing 5 Willow Warblers, 13 Wheatears and 2 Spotted Flycatchers. At the top of the valley was a RSPB observation post from where we could see the pair of Golden Eagles also an immature bird, in this area there were 4 Ring Ouzels, 2 Yellow Wagtails, a Merlin, a Kestrel and a pair of Peregrines.
The start of a 4 day trip to record Gannets on Bass Rock for a BBC 'Wildlife on One' film on British seabirds, accompanied by Pete Frazer. On the drive north we stopped at Scotsman's Flash near Manchester, where there was a singing River Warbler.
River Warbler singing at Scotsman's Flash, song rises and falls as the bird turns its head.
From there we drove to Greatham Creek on Teesside, where we had good views of a Great Spotted Cuckoo. Later, we continued north to overnight in North Berwick.
A visit to Slimbridge where I watched a juvenile Cuckoo being fed by a pair of Reed Warblers in the trees over-hanging the Holden Walkway. Also seen were 8 Green Sandpipers, a Ruff, c150 Black-tailed Godwits, Avocets, Redshanks and a Great Crested Grebe with 2 chicks on it's back.