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Old Monday 2nd September 2019, 11:50   #51
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31st August: Warkworth

A walk along the River Coquet produced a great flight view of a species I normally catch up with a little earlier in the year than this..

301. Common Kingfisher
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Old Wednesday 25th September 2019, 12:02   #52
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21st September: Lindisfarne

More of a walk than a dedicated birdwatch today, reflecting the fact I'm on a bit of a weight loss mission at the moment. The island was full of people, although population density declined dramatically away from the village and castle.

Quite a few waders about on the foreshore, including lots of knot - finally adding a couple of very belated species to my list.

302. Red Knot
303. Bar-tailed Godwit
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Old Wednesday 16th October 2019, 13:06   #53
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3rd October: Santa Luzia, Portugal

A combined birding and beach holiday back at our usual haunts in the eastern Algarve. My partner had visited earlier in the year (adding species like bee-eater to her year list) but this was my first trip for two years.
We had a non-birding (but interested in nature) friend along for the first couple of days; on our first day we walked from the village to Pedras del Rey, over the bridge and along by the rail track to Barril Beach. As well as the usual waders on the saltmarsh (frequent whimbrel, plus ringed plover, turnstone, redshank and a greenshank) I added serin to the year list in trees by an orange grove. At Barril beach, our friend drew my attention to a small bird in a bush by the rail halt, and I had my first 'lifer' of the trip!
Distant views of grey plover and osprey on the saltmarsh on our return from the beach, then we took a drive before dusk around the Santa Luzia saltpans, adding Sardinian warbler, flamingo, and a flock of distant Audouin's gulls, with the usual YLGs and LBBs

304. Yellow-legged Gull
305. European Serin
306. Western Subalpine Warbler
307. Grey Plover
308. Western Osprey
309. Audouin's Gull
310. Greater Flamingo
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Old Thursday 17th October 2019, 12:08   #54
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4th October: Faro, Portugal

My partner had arranged a boat tour from Faro port with Ocean Vibes, a relatively new company run by a couple of young marine biologists. There was just the 3 of us booked on the early afternoon tour, which took in part of the Ria Formosa we'd not visited before - the extensive saltmarshes and creeks south of Faro.
Birding from a small boat was great - mostly the species you'd expect here like whimbrel and black-tailed godwit, but much better views of grey plover and a better view of an osprey than the previous day, plus the only curlew of our trip, and a few little terns. When they realised we were keen birders and not that interested in a coffee stop on an island, they took us offshore to look for seabirds and cetaceans. No luck on the dolphin front but 3 Cory's shearwaters (including one close flypast) and 1 Balearic made it well worthwhile. A distant juvenile skua will have to remain unidentified.

311. White Stork
312. Cory's Shearwater
313. Balearic Shearwater
Stercorarius sp. skua

We drove back to Tavira afterwards so our friend could do some shopping as she was leaving the next day, adding an unexpected 'lifer' as we approached the town, sat on a roadside pole.

314. Black-winged Kite

A species I'd hoped for but dipped on my previous trips here
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Old Thursday 17th October 2019, 12:16   #55
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5th October: Tavira, Portugal

Spent much of the day in and around Tavira. Not much birding getting done, but we did take a drive down to both sides of the rivermouth past the saltpans to connect with larger flocks of flamingos than were currently around the Santa Luzia pans.
Sat on the beach at the east of the rivermouth, when a hoopoe flew across the narrow channel to the Ilha de Tavira opposite. A year list tick for me, if not my partner.

315. Eurasian Hoopoe
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