The year began with my third Lesser Scaup, this time a very showy female at Slimbridge WWT. In April, a short holiday in Scotland saw little in the way of good birds other than a self-found Glaucous Gull at Burghead, Dotterel (undisclosed location), Ring Ouzel on Cairngorm and male Capercaillie at Loch Garten. Few birds of note were had during the summer, other than two self-found Wood Sandpiper at theNewport Wetlands. Another family
holiday to Scotland in July and August allowed for a day trip to the Farne Islands, and some excellent species were had including Roseate Tern and Storm-Petrel, amongst the abundance of commoner seabirds. Other birds of note seen during 2011 were; Nightjar, Wryneck, Waxwing and Garganey. Also Crossbill and Tree Sparrow (my long standing bogey birds) were finally had.