Although I've done a lot of birdwatching since September, it's been mainly close to home so, although I've enjoyed the birds I've seen, there's been nothing new until:
161 Peregrine falcon, Elmley on 17th December. I'd counted the ducks and was going through the grass to see if there were any...
Lifers in bold
At Bough Beech, Kent in early August
151 green sandpiper
152 turtle dove
(-) great white pelican
At Sandwich Bay 18-20 August
154 yellow wagtail
156 wood sandpiper
157 ringed plover - absolutely astonished I've not seen one before this year!
Lifers in bold
While birding locally:
124 Sand martin
125 Little owl
126 Lesser whitethroat
At our cottage in Northumberland (there was a stream through the garden):
At sea, on the way to the Farnes:
On Inner Farne:
129 common eider
Well, I didn't get out much in March, but I did make one trip down to East Sussex, where I saw:
101. cattle egret
103. rock pipit
Also during March and April I saw a few more common birds locally, including:
I had very few chances to get out in February. Several visits to my local patch, lots of singing birds, but very little new there. There were two species that I saw in January, but forgot to list above:
In February, I also saw a grey wagtail at Wakehurst Place, a...
Thought I'd better update with the rest of the birds I saw in January. First, a few more garden birds:
Then on the 7th I went to Wakehurst Place in West Sussex to add some woodland birds:
14th-21st I went to north...
I'm out to beat my own two previous year lists (120 in 2004, 132 in 2005).
I didn't go out yesterday, but today I went to my local patch at the River Mole near Gatwick, then for an hour up to some sandpits about five miles away.
Great Crested Grebe