A pretty pathetic UK year total for me this year, 152 species. In fairness I wasn’t trying, work has been unsettling for almost all of the year and I focused mainly on patch birding. So for a local list with a single birding trip to Skye this year, it wasn’t a complete disaster. The most annoying thing? Phil W, one of my regular birding colleagues recorded 160!
But, 2014 beckons. Phil and I have metaphorically thrown the gauntlet down to each other – in Phil’s case thrown down, picked up, dusted off, called Percy and accepted! I doubt either one of us would either welcome or deserve the word “twitcher”, although there was an incident in 2011 involving a desert wheatear, great northern diver, a male smew, a lesser white fronted and a handbrake tern ;-) on the A165. However, I think what we will do next year is have a few LAFFS :-)
For now, looking back at 2013, I definitely need to up my game for next year. And below is an image from each month of last year.
January 2013, New Years Day: Grey Heron
February 2013: Bullfinch
March 2013: Waxwing
April 2013: Ring-necked Parakeet
May 2013: Black-necked Grebe
June 2013: Swallow
July 2013: Ringed Plover
August 2013: White-tailed Eagle
September 2013: Kingfisher
October 2013: Kestrel
November 2013: Bearded Reedling
And finally, December 2013: Long-eared Owl