2 comments on “Review of the Year 2011 Part 2 – February and March

  1. Good to know you saw some good birds last year. How do things compare with this year so far? For me this mild winter has seen a real shortage of lesser redpolls, siskins, snipe and woodcock which were found in good numbers this time last year.

  2. Hi Andy,

    Thanks for your comment and a nice blog you have there; it’s interesting to read about birding in NW Scotland; don’t hear much about the birding up that way but it sounds pretty good. I’ve added your blog to my blogroll, if you wish you can do likewise.

    I’ve had a brilliant year so far. I found a drake Green-winged Teal today at Loch of Strathbeg, which is one of my personal highlights so far. There’s been tons of white-wingers as I imagine you are also getting over there: had up to 15 Iceland Gulls last weekend, as well as a few Glaucs. The beginning of the year is what’s really made this a brilliant start though, birding down in the Norfolk and East Anglia resulted in Lesser White-fronted Goose, Glossy Ibis, 15 Common Cranes, Ring-necked Duck, Bittern and 38 Bewick’s Swans amongst other things. Last year it was a slower start, with white-wingers absent more or less, and cold weather birds around such as Sme. We’ve had a similar shortage of those species here for the same reason you outlined.

    All the Best,

    Joseph

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