It's been a rather rubbish year in general, with little time for local (Sussex) birding, very few foreign trips, hardly any twitching, and the biggest of all, the death of my dear Mum.
Thankfully, the year was saved in the latter few months with two trips to Spain (both leading for Naturetrek), some decent finds both in the UK and in Fuerteventura and a short twitch from County Durham for the amazing Belted Kingfisher in Lancashire! Also, seeing over 5000 Razorbills in an hour past Splash Point a week before Christmas was also rather epic.
My best finds for this year were in short supply, but did comprise the following:
- Hornemann's Arctic Redpoll on Shetland
- Little Bunting in Sussex
- Leach's Petrel in Sussex
- Wryneck at Tide Mills (the start of an invasion)
- the stunning Honey-buzzard at Beachy Head simultaneously found with Laurence
|Northern Mockingbird... mega re-find!
|White-throated Sparrow - thorough investigation work meant
I could enjoy this yank mega all to myself the day after its discovery!
|Snowy Owl on Unst - watching this beast with Dave Cooper
late in the evening was class!
|Monkey Orchid - Tracking down where this single specimen grew
was most rewarding when I set eyes on it.
|This delightful Fox family in Peacehaven brought much joy
|Red Helleborine - the rarest orchid in the UK
|Clifden Nonpareil - finding this at work and
unbeknown to its size was awesome
|Azure Hawker - my last UK Odonata species to see
|Northern Emerald - probably my best dragonfly photo!
|Photographing Common Dolphins on the
Scilly pelagics was just as much fun as
watching all of the seabirds.
|Little Bunting - an amazing inland find at Iping Common