Shustoke last year was very disappointing with (off the top of my head) No Black Tern, Little Gull – very few waders and I didn’t even catch up with Spotted Flycatcher. There were no real highlights the Red-crested Pochard, Scaup and Common Sandpiper from 2014 stayed well into the new year. Apart from a Med Gull, three Whinchat and a couple of Black-tailed Godwit there was nothing to get excited about, lets hope this year is better – it could hardly be worse. For the record I ended up with 111 as a year total.
|Scaup, Draycote Water|
|Smew, Draycote Water|
On the 1st Joy and I walked around Draycote Water seeing everything that was on offer whilst in the afternoon we paid a brief visit in the rain to Middleton RSPB where we connected with a couple of Bewick Swan.
|Bewick Swan, Middleton RSPB|
|Hoopoe, Wall Heath|
Amazingly on Boxing Day I saw a Bumble Bee flying around. Whilst on Saturday I got out of the car on the drive to be head butted by a Wasp! Maybe the Winter has got a sting in the tail!
Also, in early December on Castle Lane there was a Bat flying around in broad daylight, the weather really has been rather mild.
Wishing everyone a Happy New Year with lots of bird filled days. Roll on the Spring.