The year 2013 has been fairly impressive so far. It began well in early January when two lifers were had in one day. A Bonaparte’s Gull was seen at Ogmore-by-Sea and a short while later a Black-Necked Grebe was seen at Kenfig Pool. A few quieter months followed, with the only bird of note being a male Lesser Scaup – my fourth – at Bryn Bach Park in north Gwent. A male Woodchat Shrike was
seen at Kenfig NR. In July, a Pectoral Sandpiper was seen briefly at the Newport Wetlands, and then a holiday in Scotland in August proved productive. Species such as Dotterel, Crested Tit and Scottish Crossbill were had as well as finally catching up with my longest standing bogey bird – Golden Eagle. Also, a visit to Northumberland produced Little Tern, and a single Roseate Tern was seen briefly at North Queensferry in Lothian. A Wood
Sandpiper was seen at Newport Wetlands in late August, and a Wryneck was seen there in early September. A Pied Flycatcher was seen near my home which took my patch list to a total of eighty, before I birded it for the last time before leaving for University. A week spent in Cornwall and on the Scillies in late September produced some good species the best of which are shown below:
Self-found Great Shearwater, Sooty Shearwater, Balearic Shearwater, Storm-Petrel, American Golden Plover, Buff-Breasted Sandpiper, Arctic Skua, Great Skua, Yellow-Legged Gull, Citrine Wagtail, Red-Backed Shrike and Rose-Coloured Starling.