Tuesday, 29 December 2015

Highlights of 2015 (Part 2)

Following from the last post and starting at the beginning of June until I headed to Scilly at the end of September.

Common Rosefinch- Whitburn. Not very pretty, but a Durham tick.
Red-necked Phalarope- Grindon Lough. Miles away, but looked great through a scope.

Otter- Near Ullapool. Not what I was expecting while surveying 2000 ft up a mountain. Blowing bubbles at me from 10 ft away.
Black-throated Diver- North of Ullapool. Another highlight of working in some horrendous Scottish, summer weather.
Banded Demoiselle- Lamesley, Gateshead. A good year for these locally.
Black-tailed Skimmer- Kibblesworth, Gateshead.
Pectoral Sandpiper- Newton Scrape. My second self-found Pec of the year.
Beautiful Demoiselle- Forge Valley, Yorkshire. A bonus after a Honey Buzzard at Wykeham. Stunning!
Red-footed Falcon- Chatterley-Whitfield. Just brief views for us, but a great tick.
Golden Eagle- Near Ullapool. Great views while working, shame about the weather.
Bee-eater- Brampton. Viewing area miles from the birds, but still great to see.
Caspian Gull- Amble. Back again and handily labelled.
Greenshank- Hauxley. I like Greenshank!
Black Stork- Spurn. We didn't expect it to show this well!
Black Tern- Hartlepool. 2 of 35 in the space of an hour.
Wryneck- Whitburn. First bird I saw! Bonus Greenish Warbler later in the day.
Wood Sandpiper- Whitburn. Incredibly tame bird that spent a few days feeding on washed up seaweed.
Red-backed Shrike- East Chevington. A one day bird.

Red-footed Falcon- Helmscott Hill. Superb!
Woodchat Shrike- Nosterfield
Buff-breasted Sandpiper- Whitburn. An excellent bird, showing down to a few feet.
Also loads of seawatching done over this period with some excellent birds. Ticking Little and Great Shearwater on successive days definitely the highlight!
Scilly through to the end of the year in the final 2015 Highlight post.

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