Highlights included record annual totals for Coal Tit, Blue Tit, Robin, Reed Warbler; and equal record for Tawny Owl.
Author Archive | Roger
The weather was wild, wet and windy, but the birding was generally quiet; nevertheless there were a few highlights.
Our third ever Merlin, a Whooper Swan, a Siberian Chiffchaff and a very late Swallow all brightened a dull period.
Highlights included a record count for Greylags, visits from Marsh Harrier and Raven, and the best showing of Yellow Wagtails for 30 years.
Bumper numbers of small birds, a long-staying Marsh Harrier, and our first Little Owl for five years.
After a challenging year for birds, our ringing totals were the lowest for six years, but we did ring our 141st new species.
A good period for waders, from small to very large, and encouraging numbers of warblers.
This period saw the first record of our 228th species, a Cattle Egret, and the second record of Common Crane.
In sharp contrast to last year the final week of February included some lovely warm spring days; sadly, the birds found were largely unexciting.
How did winter mortality, poor migrant return, and difficult breeding conditions affect the species we saw in 2018? Not as you might think!