My first full year of birding began on new years day began with a large flock of Waxwing in Aberdare. A holiday to Scotland in February took in a day twitch to Peterhead, but unfortunately we dipped the Ross’s Gull that had been present until the previous evening. We (my Dad and I did manage to see two Glaucous Gulls and one Iceland Gull. holiday to Mull in July produced little more than a few Rock Dove. However, things got going again on a holiday to Cornwall in August which saw Sooty Shearwater, Manx Shearwater, Balearic Shearwater, Arctic Skua, Great Skua and Chough added to my growing list. A day trip to the Isles of Scilly provided both Baird’s Sandpiper and Pectoral Sandpiper on Porth Hellick Pool – the latter showing ridiculously well. In November, Sardinian Warbler was added to the list at Fifeness and in early December a (Taverner’s) Lesser Canada Goose was seen amongst the Barnacle Geese at Caerlaverock WWT. The year finished on a high note, with a successful twitch of the Black-Throated Thrush at Curload, Somerset also taking in a White Stork at Warmwell Gravel Pits in Dorset. Other quality birds seen in 2005 were; Curlew Sandpiper, Spotted Redshank, Wood Sandpiper and Little Gull.


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