As the year started so it ended with heavy snow and record tempertures as low as minus 18 in Yorkshire the worst Jan/Feb/Nov and Dec I can remember. The summer made up for it with a great year for insects and I found myself indulging in a new passion of Butterflies and Dragonflies as well as the birds and can’t wait for the 2011 season to start.
I had a great year bird wise with 5 lifers in total Pied Billed Grebe, Pygmy Cormorant [Italy], Ring Billed Gull, Black Throated Thrush, Italian Sparrow [Italy].
In addtiion 2 British firsts Alpine Swift and Iberian Chiffchaff
Along with these 9 patch firsts Ring Billed Gull, Mandarin Duck, Red Kite, Ringed Plover, Greenshank, Redshank, Black Redstart, Sedge Warbler, White Wagtail
So the year ended with a total of 190 species with a British Total of 183 [same as last year] and a patch total of 117 [better than last year by 5]
So what will 2011 bring as I previously said 2010 brought a new passion of Butterflies and Dragonflies and I am looking forward to my first full season in this area, but, ya a big but, santa brought me a new gadget this year a Bat Detector so I will be venturing on a new wildlife trial BATS……….no Huddsbirder will not becoming Batman, Batbirder or owt like that.
2011 is also a celebration year for me a big birthday one with a zero on the end but also 25 years of Birdwatching so has a bit of fun I have set myself a few easy goals with maybe a couple of harder ones stuff to keep my vision for the year ahead see the 2011 tab