2012 was a memorable years birding. Once again, the first good bird of the year was a Lesser Scaup (the returning Cosmeston drake). This was closely followed by two Glossy Ibis at Newport Wetlands, three Iceland Gulls at Llandegfedd Reservoir (near Newport) and a large flock of Waxwings in Cardiff. At the end of February, the remarkable news came through that a
Common Yellowthroat was in some fields near Newport (only fifteen minutes from my house!), and the bird was successfully twitched. A short holiday in Scotland during April provided all the usual suspects, and I also managed to see some Scottish Crossbill at long last! The next good birds were not far away, and in early May, Smew and Red-Rumped Swallow were added to the list within the space of a few hours – both at Newport Wetlands. A short
visit to Cornwall in September provided; Balearic Shearwater, Arctic Skua, Great Skua, Chough and a very showy Buff-Breasted Sandpiper! Then a holiday to the Scillies in the last week of October provided a plethora of good birds and British ticks! here are the highlights:
Ring-Necked Duck, Great-White Egret, Merlin, Spotted Crake, Jack Snipe, Richard’s Pipit, Olive-Backed Pipit, Buff-Bellied Pipit, Black Redstart, Ring Ouzel, Marsh Warbler, Yellow-Browed Warbler, Firecrest, Red-Breasted Flycatcher, Penduline Tit, Rose-Coloured Starling and Lapland Bunting.