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50th Birthday and a little birding


12th October 2016
My good friend Michael Force from BC Canada  came for a visit this week which worked out perfectly as I was going to be celebrating my 50th birthday. However, before the shenanigans commenced we did a little local birding at Papercourt water Meadows, Papercourt Lake and Boldermere Lake. Kingfisher, Coal Tit and Fieldfare being the standout birds.  

13th October 2016
Today we went to Black Down - the highest part of the South Downs National Park. We arrived just before 08:00 am with good weather on our side. We spent 3 hours scouring the area and noted 24 species. There were a good number of thrush including Blackbird, Song Thrush, Fieldfare, Redwing and our target bird and lifer for Mike - Ring Ouzel! There were at least 10 individuals, 3 males but possibly more. Good numbers of Bullfinch at this site and we also had 8 Siskin and 4 Chiffchaff. 

We continued on to Pulborough Brooks RSPB after where we recorded 48 species and waited without any luck for a reported Yellow-browed Warbler. 

14th October 2016

Today we headed with some friends and family to Brecon Beacons National Park where we spent two wonderful days hiking and celebrating my half century. Lots of Red Kite near our accommodation which was wonderful to see...and a Dipper at bottom of Pen y Fan made our day. 

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