Thursday 31 December 2020

This Year's Favourites 31st December 2020

In no particular order here is a selection of my favourite birds seen in 2020. It has been quite a year, possibly my best and most enjoyable ever for birding but as for the rest well.......................... 

Birding and being out in the natural world has been my personal salvation in these trying times and I know the same goes for many others too.

I wish everyone the best for this coming year as we are going to need it but I remain optimistic.

I hope that eventually some semblance of normal life will return to all of us and for those who have lost loved ones that you will find a measure of peace and reconciliation.

Garganey Bedford Bedfordshire

Wilson's Phalarope Pennington Marshes Hampshire

Knot Titchwell Norfolk

Brambling Sarsgrove Oxfordshire

Osprey Farmoor Oxfordshire

Black throated Thrush Whipsnade Bedfordshire

Lammergeier Crowland Lincolnshire

Eyebrowed Thrush North Ronaldsay Orkney

Tennessee Warbler Yell Shetland

Bittern Calvert Buckinghamshire

Black Redstart Seaford East Sussex

Velvet Scoter Eastbourne East Sussex

Ring necked Duck Radley Oxfordshire

Greenshank Slimbridge Gloucestershire

Yellow bellied Flycatcher Tiree Inner Hebrides Scotland

Great Bustard Letcombe Regis Oxfordshire

Slavonian Grebe Farmoor Reservoir Oxfordshire

Eastern Yellow Wagtail Sedgeford Norfolk

Garganey Stowe Buckinghamshire

Tundra Bean Goose Burnham on Sea Somerset

Rufous Tailed Bush Robin Stiffkey Norfolk

Water Rail Farmoor Reservoir Oxfordshire

Turtle Doves Otmoor Oxfordshire

Goosander Stowe Buckinghamshire

Rose coloured Starling Weymouth Dorset

Blyth's Reed Warbler Far Ings NNR Lincolnshire

Sedge Warbler Pinkhill Oxfordshire

Bearded Tit Weymouth Dorset

Greater Scaup Farmoor Reservoir Oxfordshire

Mediterranean Gull Hayling Island Hampshire

Sanderling Farmoor Reservoir Oxfordshire

Common Redstart Thursley Common Surrey

Common Kestrel Farmoor Reservoir Oxfordshire

Pine Grosbeak Oslo Norway

Great Grey Owl Maridalen Norway

Red footed Falcon  Cothelstone Hill Somerset

Ferruginous Duck Wolverhampton West Midlands

Asian Desert Warbler Lindisfarne Northumberland

Great Northern Diver Farmoor Reservoir Oxfordshire

Kingfisher Farmoor Reservoir Oxfordshire

Razorbill Bempton Yorkshire

Black tailed Godwit Slimbridge Gloucestershire

Barn Owl Farmoor Reservoir Oxfordshire

Black bellied Dipper Sywell Northamptonshire

Woodcock Titchwell Norfolk

Gannet Bempton Yorkshire

Red throated Diver Pagham West Sussex

Reed Warbler Farmoor Reservoir Oxfordshire

Turnstone Farmoor Reservoir Oxfordshire

Greater White-fronted Goose Otmoor Oxfordshire

This beamed onto the White Cliffs of Dover at midnight on 31st December courtesy of @ByDonkeys

I can but hope that someday this country will come to its senses and will rejoin the EC.

Whatever transpires I am European and refuse to relinquish that right.