so here goes...
(Caspian gull at stubbers green)
the highlights are scattered over the counties by Draycote Water had some amazing birds. SMEW, GREAT NOTHERN DIVER, both of which shown very well but the Grimly SLAVONIAN GREBE was outrageously close, i couldve scooped it out the water...
My first 'summer' migrant was a LRP at sheepwash UP on 26th, and i spent a day in an undisclosed woodland on 28th seeing LESSER SPOTTED WOODPECKER and TAWNEY OWL.
(Black Winged Stilts)
3 1st win MEDDITTERANEAN GULL at my school on the 5th made up mu total of 7 med gulls for the year, found while lining up for my pe lesson.
the contuinued presence of the PECTORAL SANDPIPER on the 2th and 9th were the last i saw, but there was also DUNLIN, COMMON GULL.
A day near bewdley produced 2 CROSSBILL, 2 BRAMBLING, and my 1st redwing and fieldfare of the autunm. Roost birding kicked off on 16th when 3000c gulls roosted at upton warren including 10+ YELLOW LEGGED GULLS, 40C COMMON GULL, 150c H gull, 1800c LBBG and 1000c BHG, this continued for a few weeks before trailing off, a jack snipe was seen and the final days birding of the month (25th) had 4 WHITE FRONTED GEESE at Upper Bittel, along with yet another YELLLOW LEGGED GULL, 58 GOLDEN PLOVER flew over upton warren at dusk and an adult YELLOW LEGGED GULL roosted.
(White Fronted Geese)
A total non birding month with the only birding being from the 26th where 3 COMMON GULL were on the ice at upton, a patch visit for the 1st time in months had 8 bullfinch and 2 snipe.
And again it livened up
on 10th a visit to trimpley res, had a couple of massive sized flocks, 192 MANDARIN!!!!!!! were on the river including a totally ALBINO bird, 108 GOOSANDER, 52 TUFTED DUCK, 3 WIGEON, 1 GADWALL, 2 CROSSBILL, 3 BRAMBLING, YELLOW LEGGED GULL all being logged in 1 1/2 hours. a return visit the bext day had 172 MANDARIN, 50C GOOSANDER, but other duck numbers had gone down, 16 tufties, 4 GCG, 3 marsh tit and the YELLOW LEGGED GULL was again down.
12th saw us at upton watching my favorite bird, the WAXWING, a flcok of 5 birds were watched at very close range, showing superbly,
at 12 noon on th 18th i found a WHOOPER SWAN on the river on the patch!!!!!!!, we watched it for 30 mins before it swam upriver and the snow became to bad to be out in.
26th was highlighted by the discovery of a few GOLDENEYE on the patch, so natraully we twitched them, saw them, but in the process found a bloody DRK 2nd win SMEW!!!!!, it was present for 2 days with 6 GOLDENEYE, numerous GOOSANDER, 14 TUFTED DUCK, 7 LITTLE GRERE, A COMMON GULL and a pair of DIPPER (all reports from either 26th or 27th). and that was my last birding of the year.
SO now reviewing the year link this it wasent as bad as it though will good birds in all but 1 of the months (november), and after 3 hours on this post over the last week ( including 1 1/2 tonight) selecting images, sightings etc i am glad to get it over with, i think it is more effective than last years but what do you think???
if it was a total waste of time please tell me, or otherwhys???
as usual i end with a thankyou, to everone who has given me bird news this year, everyone who has got me birding, people who have shipped me all over the place looking for birds, to thomas cook for the extra week in turkey :D
Good birding and a happy new year to all, hope it is a good year