Friday, December 30, 2011
To sum up 2011
My Fair Isle Kep!
Shetland Wildlife asked what were the highlights of 2011.
I had a little think and I shared a few events.
So I wondered how to sum up the year -I decided this should be about Natural History.
Tanzania has to be the tip top best - totally amazing- every day was something new.
I need to sort through Pat's photos and post more on here and on Facebook!
I have a lovely memory with the picture Pat made me of my favourite birds!
Shetland was a refreshing clean air break- not so many lifers but always a sheer joy. Its a lovely place with delightful locals and quite a lot of the visitors are great too altho some did leave a lot to be desired with their wrong headed attitude to birding in the Isles!
Then there were the trips out birding with Bob especially at the begining of the year to Norfolk (3) and the Forest of Dean - the Rufous Turtle Dove on our way home.
The trips to Sussex,Aberdeen and especially The Isles of Scillies for lifers!
Started the year with my UK life list (BOU) on 395 - its now on 411.
The Birdwatch list is 415 - not counted included Northern Harrier, Ross's Goose both seen in Norfolk in January.
So for 2012?
Well I will go on the usual trips to Norfolk and the Forest of Dean - but I want to concentrate on local patch birding, Kent and Sussex birding.
Think I might also try to sort out my London list!
I will be twitching UK Lifers as and when they present themselves.
Local patch - well hoping to do a web count at a special place - but have to sort that out permission wise.
I want to patch watch bird and panspecies (well Butterflies/Dragons mainly) Hounslow Heath.
Sort out whether I am going to have Kempton NR as a local patch.
I have two holidays booked
- in May/June Birding in Finland and Northern Norway (really looking forward to this!)
to Shetland and Fair Isle in October.
I will also be going to Cornwall for a long w/e at the begining of May for the EVENT OF THE YEAR!
Sami and Seths wedding!
They will then embark on walking from Lands End to John o Groats for their honeymoon to raise money for Butterflies in UK.
Details to be seen on Widerscope website and I will post links for the fundraising later.