This was a relatively quiet year with 173 species reported. Just one new species were recorded for the first time; a flyover Bee eater in May. Despite the low total there were some notable occurrences of Red-throated Diver, an influx of Storm Petrels, a Leach’s Petrel, only the second record of pale-bellied Brent Goose, the drake Ring-necked Duck, Pomarine Skuas (including a flock of 9), Razorbill, Guillemot, Little Auk, Little and Sandwich Tern, an Avocet, several Spotted Redshanks, a freshly predated Grey Phalarope escaped live views. A good selection of raptors including Osprey, Marsh Harrier, 2 sightings of Hen Harrier and 3 of Red Kite, Barn Owls and at least 5 Short-eared Owls. A Grey Partridge, a Richards Pipit, at least 6 Ring Ouzels, a singing Nightingale, 2 Firecrests, 2 Pied Flycatchers, a Wood Warbler, a Siberian Chiffchaff, Tree Sparrows, a Lapland Bunting and 3 Snow Bunting records. Once again there were some disappointments with no Eider, Garganey, Black Tern, Bewick’s Swans or Black Redstart being seen this year.
Click on the Calendar pictures below for detailed daily sightings and pictures for each month.