From a birding perspective, this was a memorable year for me. Little birding was done in my home area, but this was easily made up for by the holidays and birding trips that were had! In February, a short birding trip to Norfolk with my Dad gave an excellent start to the year. Below is a list of the best species from the trip:
Egyptian Goose, Rough-Legged Buzzard, Woodcock, Great-Grey Shrike, White-Crowned Sparrow, Lapland Bunting and Corn Bunting.
In May, a ten day holiday to the Camargue area of south France began. Some fantastic species were had, and the highlights are listed below:
Red-Crested Pochard, Little Bittern, Squacco Heron, Cattle Egret, Great-White Egret, Purple Heron, White Stork, Greater Flamingo, Honey Buzzard, Short-Toed Eagle, Montagu’s Harrier, Booted Eagle, Lesser Kestrel, Red-Footed Falcon, Little Bustard, Black-Winged Stilt, Stone-Curlew, Slender-Billed Gull, Little Tern, Gull-Billed Tern, Whiskered Tern, Black Tern, Turtle Dove, Great-Spotted Cuckoo, Alpine Swift, Bee-Eater, Roller, Hoopoe, Short-Toed Lark, Crested Lark,
Woodlark, Nightingale, Great Reed Warbler, Melodious Warbler, Dartford Warbler, Subalpine Warbler, Sardinian Warbler, Western Orphean Warbler, Western Bonelli’s Warbler, Red-Backed Shrike, Southern-Grey Shrike, Woodchat Shrike, Serin and Corn Bunting.
A few weeks later, a family holiday to the Swiss Alps didn’t allow a great deal of time for birding, but some good species were still seen:
Golden Eagle, Crag Martin, Water Pipit, Alpine Accentor, Nutcracker, Alpine Chough and Snowfinch.
All-in-all a pretty good year!