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Red-footed Falcon

  A worth while 2 hour drive to Steeple Langford in Wiltshire produced incredible views of a very obliging Immature female Red-footed Falcon from the Meadow hide. A one hour vigil saw this bird make several sorties in pursuit of dragonflies until it disappeared to a different part of the reserve. 
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Black-browed Albatross

  Black-browed Albatross - Mike King - https://theglosterbirder.co.uk/ An amazing 3 days in Yorkshire started off with amazing looks at my first Black-browed Albatross! Though this bird has turned up at Bempton Cliffs since 2017, it's behaviour and length of time at the Gannet colony isn't guaranteed. My timing, however, was spot on and though it was a 4 1/2 hour drive and 3 hour wait, it was worth it. It made several figure of eight flights in front of a captive audience before settling on a ledge, mixed in with the Gannets.  After the euphoria of this South Atlantic beauty I was able to enjoy the breeding residents of this amazing reserve including Gannet, Razorbill, Guillemot (1 bridled), Puffin, Kittiwake, Fulmar, Barn Owl and Tree Sparrow.  The following day I returned to Bempton Cliffs for a second viewing of the Black-browed Albatross and a little more time spent with residents. Next was a visit to Flanborough Head where there were at least 100 Seals. No new species adde

Roller

Roller This was my first twitch for quite some time. To be honest I had put my bins down for a couple of years but coming out of Covid 19 has sparked my birding mojo back into full swing. The last Roller I had seen in the UK was at Boxhead Common in 2013 and though I was delighted to see that bird, it was at distance and a short window of viewing. This bird, however, was completely different and though the road trip was brutal, the end result was amazing with crippling views of this wonderful bird.   The following day I traveled down to Hickling Broad and connected with another rarity - Collared Pratincole! This bird put on a real show, flying around its audience at least 5 or 6 times whilst I was there. Other species here included Black-winged Stilt, Ruff, Green Sandpiper, Wood Sandpiper, Avocet and a wonderful look at Swallow-tailed Butterfly. En-route back home a stop at Cavenham Heath National Nature Reserve in Suffolk produced good looks at 3 Stone Curlew.

Norfolk - June 2021

  Oystercatcher and Bar-tailed Godwit This two day trip to Norfolk tallied up 62 species. Most time was spent at Titchwell RSPB Reserve on day one which included two short visits to Choseley Drying Barns and the East Bank at Cley. On the second day a morning visit to Weeting Heath produced a distant Stone Curlew.  Birds of note include - Gannet, Little Egret, Spoonbill, Marsh Harrier, Avocet, Turnstone, Little Tern, Bearded Tit, Cetti's Warbler, Yellowhammer, Corn Bunting and Curlew. 

Pied Flycatcher

Pied Flycatcher  A lovely morning at Gwenffrwd-Dinas RSPB Reserve in Wales produced good looks at Pied Flycatcher and Redstart. A total of 40 species were seen today, at the reserve and at Taff's Well. Birds of note included Peregrine Falcon, Marsh Tit, Kingfisher, Garden Warbler and Bullfinch. 

Dungeness RSPB Reserve

Hobby  A nice day at Dungeness RSPB Reserve today starting off at Dungeness power station where I connected with Black Redstart. At the reserve the weather wasn't kind but in between showers managed to see a good few of the reserve specialties such as Lesser Whitethroat, Hobby, Whimbrel, Little Ringed Plover, Bittern, Bearded Tit, Cetti's Warbler, Marsh Harrier and Greenshank. 57 species for the reserve.    

Cuckoo

  Great views of 'Colin' the Cuckoo at Thursley National Nature Reserve today. Other species of note include Redstart, Woodlark and Dartford Warbler.