This was a record smashing year with at least 186 species reported. Four new species were recorded for the first time; a suppressed Rose-ringed Parakeet in January, Mandarin in March, Quail in July and Nightjar in September. To accumulate such a high total several other rarities and many less than annual species were all seen this year including Caspian Gull, Great Northern Divers, Storm Petrels, many Leach’s Petrels, Spoonbill, Red Kite, Goshawk, Long-eared Owl, Barn Owls, Garganey, the regular drake Ring-necked Duck, Red-breasted Merganser, Smew, Scaup, Eider, Little Auks, Razorbill, Guillemots, Stone Curlew, Grey Phalarope, Kentish Plover, Pectoral Sandpipers, Avocet, Spotted Redshank, Purple Sandpiper, Little Terns, Dartford Warbler, Cetti’s Warblers, Wood Warbler, Pied Flycatcher, 3 Ring Ouzels, Hawfinch, Corn Bunting and 2 Firecrests. Once again there were some disappointments with no Bewick’s Swans, Black Redstart or Snow Buntings reported.
Click on the Calendar pictures below for detailed daily sightings and pictures for each month.