2010 Summary Page

January the 1st saw me out and about at Pugneys/Anglers and the Calder Wetlands in what must have been one of the best starts on wildfowl species they were all there Scaup, Ring Necked Duck, Smew, Red Breasted Merganser, Goosander and Ferruginous Duck with Bittern, Cettis Warbler and water Rail to finish the day. It was again a very cold month with plenty of snow but I saw some good birds this month Marsh Tit, Brambling, Lesser and Common Redpolls

February started with the finch flock at Hoyland with Linnets, Redpolls, Bramblings, Yellowhammers and ended with 2 lifers Black Throated Thrush and Ring Billed Gull I also had a visit out to Blacktoft Sands

March started with a Red Necked Grebe at Pugney and ended with the first summer migrant Chiffchaff on my way to work

April saw us in Norfolk in not so good weather but I picked up another British First with Alpine Swift nr Cromer. We visited Cley/Stubbs Mill and Weeting Heath seeing Cranes, Hen and Marsh Harriers, Swallow, and Sandwich Tern. Back home was a good month for Ring Ouzel at Cheesegate Nab and many a returning migrant Willow Warblers, Wheatears, Common Whitethroat, Common Sandpipers, Lesser Whitethroat, Redstart, House Martin to name a few

May saw us in Italy visiting family I did however pick up 2 lifers Italian Sparrow and Pygmy Cormorant and we did see Serin, Golden Oriole, Spotted Flycatchers. Back home I added another patch first with Sedge Warbler and another British First with Iberian Chiffchaff at Potteric Carr

June saw us at Bempton Cliffs for the seabirds and things were getting hot on the patch with all the summer migrants in

July saw me again out at Blacktoft Sands picking up Yellow Wagtail  but things were beginning to hot up on the insect side with many a Dragonfly and Butterfly seen

August continued were July left off with insect abundance and also Wader abundance on the local reservoirs with Ruff, Redshanks, Greenshanks, Little and Ringed Plovers with many a Yellow Wagtail also. At the end of the month we were again visiting the Birdfair with plenty of raptors, Osprey, Buzzards, Red Kites and Hobbies and a new pair of binoculars

September was still Waders/Dragonflies and Butterflies we were being spoilt I also had a seawatch this month at Flamborough picking up a couple of Sooty Shearwaters

October was spent on the patch seeing the return of winter birds

November saw the return of Waxwings to town and I also picked up another lifer at Hollingworth Lake with Pied Billed Grebe my third lifer for the year. Pugneys held a long staying Long Tailed Duck

December saw the onset of winter again and the return of the now Adult Ring Billed Gull to Sands Lane

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