26th. Battery Point, Portishead - one purple sandpiper.
Ham Wall - 2 firecrests (female below), 2 chiffchaffs, 2 kingfishers, 2 pintail and a marsh harrier.
12th. Nailsworth stone mines. We caught over 60 greater horseshoe bats, and lesser horseshoe bats were common. The greater horseshoe bat below has a tick on it (Ixodes vespertilionis?) - don't see these very often.
11th. Ham wall. No sign of the ferruginous duck. About 10 lesser redpolls, and a roost of about 50,000 starlings were the highlights.
5th. Hawfinch heard 'ticking' from the garden. First new bird there in ages.
Good birds at Chew Valley Lake: 3 red-crested pochard, a jack snipe, adult Mediterranean gull, bearded tits heard, 3 water pipits and a good candidate for a yellow-browed warbler (heard, brief flight views only). The rainbow was spectacular!
4th. A trip to Barrow Tank 3 to see the adult drake long-tailed duck. Photos with the 1D mark 4, 500mm and 2x extender.