I've tried to capture the best birds below:
|21 Barnacle Geese assumed to be part of a cat C population|
moving around in the cold weather in late January
|Only two Red-crested Pochard records this year - this one in February|
|A 2w Med Gull in February - fewer records than normal this year|
|This 1w female Ferruginous Duck appeared on 27th Feb|
- a self found patch tick for me, but still with BBRC
|A scarce Brambling in March, only my 2nd on patch|
|The first of two drake Garganey arrived in March|
|Arrived during rain on the same day as the 1st Garganey in March |
and stayed for only 5 minutes. Third record in 2 years, but still rare here
|These two Little Gulls came through in late March|
|Surprisingly, my only Arctic Tern record of the year - in mid April|
|April 20th and this fantastic pair of Black-winged Stilts remained |
all day for me to see them after work - not surprisingly a patch first
|Conditions were right on April 30th for this Black Tern to pass through.|
Two Little Terns and a Temminck's Stint also appeared that day,
all seen but not photographed.
|More Black Terns passed through early on May 1st|
|My only Redstart was a late female in mid May|
|A summer plumaged Little Stint in mid May was just my second on patch - rare!|
|This pair of beauties in early June were just my second on patch|
|Mandarins are never easy here, but this female stayed a month during its moult|
|Yellow-legged Gulls started to appear in small numbers|
post breeding in June, but numbers were down this year.
|An unringed adult Whooper Swan arrived in late June and remained |
until early October. Its origin is unknown, but I did not count it as suspected
a feral bird.
|An unexpected visitor was this drake Scaup in early July|
|By the end of July when it departed, it was looking quite tatty|
|For the second year running, Reed Warblers raised a Cuckoo. |
It could be found in July calling loudly for its food.
|My only Greenshank was in early August|
|I watched three Sandwich Terns arrive on Aug 6th. |
Amazingly, I had another fly through four days later.
|This juvenile Spotted Redshank was a brief visitor on Sep 1st.|
Another was present a week later - scarce birds here.
|Only my second patch Marsh Tit was a surprise find in September|
|Ravens were much in evidence in September|
|Two Ruff in early September were followed by a fly through in October|
|Thought I'd missed Spotted Flycatcher this year, |
until this beauty turned up on Sep 19th
|Two more moulting adult Black Terns passed through in late September|
|My find of the year was this Yellow-browed Warbler, |
from Sep 27th to Oct 2nd, a site first. Photo copyright Mike Wallen.
|A site second Great White Egret was present briefly on a murky mid Oct day|
|Only one Caspian Gull in the 1st winter period, this 1w in mid Oct |
was my second but has been followed by about four others including
an adult and 3w by year-end.
|Usually very brief, scarce visitors, three Goosander stayed for 2 weeks |
from late Oct and a further single stayed until late Nov
|Three Pintail were present for a day in late Oct and a further five |
for a day in late Nov
So a great year in 2017, the pictures bringing back some fantastic memories. Hopefully 2018 will be equally as good.