The cool wet weather was great for wildflowers but not for breeding birds, and many species have struggled. But there were a few highlights!
A cold April slows Spring migration, but we still had some interesting ducks and waders - and that Gull...
A period of water and ice - many parts of the site were flooded when a week of deep freeze came. How did this impact our birds?
An average but mild November was followed by a very wet December with nothing cold enough to drive many wintering birds off the continent.
A quiet September was followed by a very soggy October with extreme water levels affecting wetland bird numbers.
This has been a pretty low key autumn for birds, with early departures of local birds and migrants coming through at a trickle; but there's always something of interest!
Bird recording in this period was limited to 14 days in March and 40 days in May and June - so what did we observe in this period?
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.