Monday, January 07, 2008

End of Year Review, 2007

A quiet year compared to the previous couple. Nine lifers this time around, including the awesome crab-eating white-billed diver in Hayle, 17 glossy ibises at Frampton and the Kenfig white-rumped sandpipier. I'm hoping the Pembrokeshire Pacific diver gets approved too!

Other highlights were nightingales aplenty at CWP, a short-eared owl hunting at Holme and a male golden pheasant while nearly getting rear-ended in Geri's jeep as we joined the B1440 at Wolferton. A day in the West Country collecting hoopoe, laughing gull; green-winged teal; lesser scaup, glaucous gull, Iceland gull and great northern diver was pretty good too.

Lowlights were dipping aquatic warbler at Uskmouth and dusky warbler and American wigeon while in Cornwall, and the absent, long-staying lesser yellowlegs at Thornham.

Some glaring omissions from the year's paltry 182 total were whinchat (again); spotted flycatcher; wheatear (honest) and plenty of other 'easy' species too.

It shouldn't be too much trouble to do a little better in 2008!


Dan said...

Are you sure you want to tell tell the world you "nearly got rear-ended in Geri's jeep", Wayne?!

Tim Hall said...

Traditional in Norf**k!

Tim Hall said...

199 in 2007. 200 if the Marbled Duck accepted. Actually, as I never count Feral Pigeons, it could be 200 anyway. Notable omissions: no auks or shearwaters.

Lifers: WB Diver, Pacific Diver, Aq Warbler.

Highlights: WB Diver, 17 Glossies, easy and frequent Bignoses in FOD. Adult Iceland Gull at Llys-y-fran.

Dips: Sour Cream and garlic please.