December 2012

2012 comes to a close with 99 trips completed for a total species list of 125. Highlights were a Red Kite over the car park pond on 7th April and two sightings of Great Skua flying east over the main strays on 10th June and 7 July. Two Jays seen on 1oth November were our second only sighting and first since 2006.
Sightings of raptors increased during 2012 with regular views of Marsh Harrier, Peregrine, Merlin, Buzzard and Short-eared Owl towards the end of the year.
Two birds dropped off our own list of species seen every year, Kingfisher & Shoveler, (90 down to 88) and our total since 2004 increased by the two above to 169. Other notable absences were Little Owl & Snow Bunting, both of which have been seen every other year but one since 2004. (2 Shoveler seen by R. Lyon Nov.)
Looking forward to a productive (and drier!) 2013.
Dec 2012 - PeterM

Dec 2012 – PeterM

Dec 2012 - PeterM

Dec 2012 – PeterM

Friday 28th December & Sunday 30th December – finished the year off on an very quiet note due to a strong south westerly for several days, sparrowhawk on the 30th being the only bird of note!
Thursday 27th December – up to 20,000 golden plover on the river from lighthouses and large numbers of lapwing and waders in general.
Monday 24th December  2 stock dove over main strays.
Saturday 15th December – a rock pipit by the lighthouses and up to 3000 golden plover on the main strays were the highlights of the day.
Saturday 8th December – a young whooper swan over the main stray was our first for the year and only the second sighting in 5 years. 3 mute swan and a rock pipit were seen near the lighthouses. Buzzard over farmland.
Sunday 2nd December – a stonechat along the canal was our first for the year and took our yearly total past that of last year to 124 species. 150 fieldfare over fields near hide, 3 little egret, marsh harrier. Good numbers of wildfowl including, teal, wigeon & shelduck
Stonechat - Dec 2012 - Peter M

Stonechat – Dec 2012 – Peter M

Saturday 1st December –  unfortunately cold northerly’s all week had changed to westerly’s by the weekend! Good numbers of waders including lapwing,  6000+ golden plover, turnstone, dunlin, a marsh harrier over the river and merlin seen hunting and perched over the main stray and river, little egret.
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