Black Kite - January 2010 (Gigrin Farm, Wales)
This was a bird that came from nowhere in the middle of our incredibly harsh winter we had last year. The kite was a juvenile and believed to be an Eastern race. A group of us braved the harsh conditions to travel down to mid Wales to see the bird. The bird stayed about 10 weeks until it warmed up atleast. What a sight though, along with the Black Kite, it was fantastic to see 500+ Red kites flocking infront of us!
Bonaparte's Gull - January 2010 (Anglesey, Wales)
This bird was reported throughout December 2009 and then returned at the end of January at Traeth Lligwy on Anglesey. Thinking back, it was a mad rush to get to this bird and find the site as the bird was very mobile at times. After tripping into a stream after not looking where i was going, i finally caught up with the bird. Not to disimilar from a Black Headed Gull, but its size comparision was very noticeable.
|Bonaparte's Gull (taken by Chris Bridge)|
Black Throated Thrush - February 2010 (Newholm, North Yorkshire)
This bird was present way before I actually took the trouble to twitch the bird with Stephen Menzie. After catching up with a Smew and a Ring Necked Duck on the way, we arrived quite late. When reaching the site, we searched for over an hour, to then the bird showed well in the tree of the private garden.
|Black Throated Thrush|
Oriental Pratincole - May 2010 (Frampton Marsh, Eastern England)
Its not everyday a Pratincole makes it over to Britain and when the bird got confirmed as an Oriental, I found myself making my way over to see the bird. The bird showed relatively well but favoured hiding behind large leaves for part of our visit. It was a great bird to see and I think 6th for Britain? The bird stayed 10 days. On our way back to North Wales, we took a detour and twitched the Great Reed Warbler at Derbyshire.
|Oriental Pratincole (taken by Chris Bridge)|
|Extreme Record shot of Marmora's Warbler|
|Pied Billed Grebe|
These were the main highlights but other birds included:
American Wigeon - Martin Mere, Lancs
Montagu's Harrier - East Anglia
Red footed falcon - Ouze Fen RSPB, Cambs
Lesser Yellowlegs - Inner Marsh Farm, Cheshire
Long Billed Dowitcher - Inner Marsh Farm, Cheshire
Crested Tit - Abernethy, Scotland
Golden and White Tailed Eagle - Isle of Mull
Lesser Scaup - Draycote Water, Warks
Waxwings - (Flock of 200) Denbigh, North wales
Lets hope 2011 is action packed bird wise and full of megas!