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Glossy Ibis, Weston STW

I found this bird; I wasn’t following someone else’s sighting. And it’s a rare species. [...]

2014 Year List?

112 for the year. Could that be a platform for attacking my record of 204? [...]

Black-throated Diver, Chew Valley

New for my Somerset and Avon lists, and potentially for England, although one at Titchwell in 2004 denied this [...]

2013 Year List

174, with some interesting omissions. Treecreeper, for instance. And I haven’t seen a goldcrest. [...]

Kingfisher, Chew Valley Lake

That a waterbird has eluded me in such suitable habitat is somewhat marvellous [...]

21st-Century Somerset

An opportunity to travel straight from work at Yatton to Chew Valley [...]

The Work/Bird Balance

I’m seeing common birds for the first time in 2013. That’s what full time work does for you. [...]

Squacco Heron, Blagdon

Perched openly in a tree with its long black-bordered plumes, the heron put me in mind of Rod Stewart. [...]

Recent Migrants

I’ve managed to notch a couple of early dates in the last week. The first was swifts. [...]