UK BIRD SIGHT­INGS DE­CEM­BER

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STAFFORD­SHIRE HIGH­LIGHTS: The Ring-necked Duck re­mained at Tittesworth Reser­voir (to 19th at least). A Green-winged Teal was at Bel­vide Reser­voir (12th), with a Smew there (1st), and a Grey Phalarope, Ice­land Gull and Bit­tern (27th). Great White Egrets were at Mid­dle­ton Lakes (3rd-17th) and Dosthill (17th). Six Hawfinches were at Up­per Long­don (1st). A Vel­vet Scoter was at Chase­wa­ter (2nd-7th), with two at Aqualate Park (11th). A Bewick’s Swan was at Crox­all mid-month. A Scaup was at Alve­cote Pools (15th). A Yel­low-browed War­bler was at Whit­ting­ton in the se­cond half of the month. WAR­WICK­SHIRE ALVE­COTE POOLS: Three Great White Egrets were reg­u­lar. There were sev­eral Lit­tle Egrets, three Stonechats, a Cetti’s War­bler and two Barnacle Geese. BRAN­DON MARSH: Yel­low-legged, Caspian and Great Black-backed Gulls were present. There was a Cetti’s War­bler, Chif­fchaffs, a Lit­tle Egret, Pere­grine, Shel­duck and Wil­low Tit. DRAYCOTE: The Great Northern Diver was present for most of the month (to 24th). Five Scaup re­mained through­out. There was a Dunlin, Lit­tle Egret, Caspian and Yel­low-legged Gulls, Chif­fchaff, Tree Spar­rows, Raven, Pere­grine, Ice­land Gull, Com­mon Scoter, Rock Pipit and Pin­tail. EARLSWOOD LAKES: High­lights in­cluded a Firecrest, Marsh Tit, Raven, Egyp­tian Goose, Wood­cock, Man­darin, Green Sand­piper and Lit­tle Egret. LADYWALK: A Siberian Chif­fchaff was seen three times. There was a Great White Egret (13th), Bit­tern, Lit­tle Egrets, a Green Sand­piper, Stonechat, Shel­duck, Chif­fchaff, Cetti’s War­bler, Pere­grine, Marsh Tit and Wa­ter Rail. Co­ton Lakes had a Red-crested Pochard, Cetti’s War­bler and Chif­fchaffs. MID­DLE­TON: Lit­tle Egrets peaked at a site record 56 (28th). There was a Lesser Spot­ted Wood­pecker (20th), Gold­eneyes, Scaup, Wood­cock and 29 Snipe. MOR­TON BAGOT: There were Meadow Pipits, Lin­nets, Red­polls, a Jack Snipe, Stonechat, Green Sand­piper and Pere­grine. SAL­FORD PRIORS: High­lights were a Pin­tail, Green Sand­piper, Wa­ter Rail, Raven and Marsh Tit. TAME VAL­LEY: Kings­bury WP had a Red-crested Pochard, 18 Lit­tle Egrets, a Yel­low-legged Gull and Wil­low Tit. OTHER SITES: Six Bearded Tits were at Nap­ton. A Red-crested Pochard, Pin­tail, Shel­duck and Wa­ter Rail were at Lea Marston. Ham’s Hall had a Siberian Chif­fchaff at the end of the month, five Waxwings, Green and Com­mon­six Clare Chif­fchaffs.Top­ping Sand­pipers, (clare.top­ping@gmail.com)a Raven, Pere­grine and HIGH­LIGHTS:Brook. WEST Waxwings MIDLANDSA were Dip­perat Edg­bas­ton.was on the Bourn BARTLEYGull at the month’s RESER­VOIR:end. Caspi­anThere was and an Ice­land Yel­low-leggedS­coter re­mained Gulls un­til roosted. mid-month,The Com­mon­with a few Gold­eneyes and a Pin­tail. LUTLEY: over­win­ter­ingA Merlin, Stonechats Pere­grine were and noted. two MARSHJack Snipe, LANE: Redshank Waders and in­cluded Dunlin. Wood­cock,There was an Egyp­tian Goosanders Goose,and record Man­darin, re­serve Gold­en­eye,counts of Wi­geon and Teal. SANDWELLSwan, Mediter­ranean VAL­LEY: Gull, There12 Jack­was a Snipe, Whooper60 Snipe, 100 Goosanders and two Pin­tails on Forge Mill Lake and marsh. Marsh and Wil­low Tits were logged. OTHER SITES: A Whooper Swan was in Perry Park where there were also Ring-necked Para­keets. Yel­low-legged Gulls were at Fens Pools, Stub­bers Green and Edg­bas­ton Reser­voir. A Mediter­ranean Gull was at Stub­bers Green. Thir­teen Lit­tle Egrets and a Man­darin were at Trit­ti­ford. Pete Hack­ett (0121 358 2454) WORCES­TER­SHIRE AVON VAL­LEY: A Great White Egret was at Bre­don’s Hard­wick and Naf­ford. A Waxwing was at Eve­sham. A Bit­tern was at Gwen Finch Wet­land. CEN­TRAL: Two Greater Scaup and four Gold­en­eye were at Grim­ley. A Merlin flew over Haw­ford. Two Yel­low-legged Gulls and seven Gold­eneyes were at West­wood Pool. The Black Red­start re­mained on Worces­ter Cathe­dral. Golden Plovers were at Bredi­cot (194), Stoul­ton (30) and Worces­ter (106). LOWER SEV­ERN VAL­LEY: A Gold­en­eye, Pin­tail and 45 Golden Plovers were at Clifton. An East­ern Black Red­start (6th), two Dusky War­blers, a Siberian Chif­fchaff, Great White Egret, Merlin, Gold­en­eye and Pin­tail were at Rip­ple. A Cat­tle Egret was at Queen­hill (15th-17th). NORTH: Two White-fronted Geese and two Caspian Gulls at Bit­tell Reser­voirs. A Yel­low-legged Gull was at Brake Mill Pool. Twenty Cross­bills were at Ey­more Wood. Two Cross­bills, a Merlin and 24 Golden Plovers were at Hewell Grange. Waxwings were at Far For­est (two) and Kid­der­min­ster. UP­TON WAR­REN: High­lights in­cluded a Hen Harrier and Black-tailed Godwit. Brian Stretch (www.worces­ter­bird­ing.co.uk)

N. IRELAND

HIGH­LIGHTS: Two Great White Egrets were seen in the Lower Lough Erne, Co Fer­managh (2nd) and an­other bird was re­ported from Dun­drum, Co.down (11th). A Marsh Harrier was re­ported from RSPB Port­more Lough re­serve through­out. Two Vel­vet Scot­ers were seen through­out on Belfast Lough and an­other two seen of Glynn, Co Antrim. Two were at New­cas­tle (11th). The long-stay­ing Ring-billed Gull was at Car­rick (31st). A few Ice­land Gulls were around – one was on the In­ver river, Larne (10th), an­other in En­niskillen (27th), one was at Whitehouse La­goon (28th), and one was in Ban­gor (30th). A Kum­lien’s Gull was at Whitehouse La­goon (30th). A few Lit­tle Gulls were seen – three were at Dun­drum (11th), two at Bish­op­scourt, Co.down (29th) and an­other at Bal­ly­cas­tle (29th). A Yel­low-legged Gull was at Whitehouse La­goon (17th). Three Mediter­ranean Gulls were seen at Strang­ford Lough (4th) and an­other was recorded at Portrush (8th). A Smew was seen at RSPB Port­more Lough (18th) and was seen reg­u­larly un­til the end of the month. A Green-winged Teal was at the Ecos cen­tre, Bal­ly­mena (13th-31st at least). Seven Goosanders were on Lough Is­land, Reavy, Co.down (5th), one was at Six Mile Wa­ter, Co.antrim, and two were at Belleek, Co Fer­managh (24th). Waxwing flocks in­creased through­out the month, the big­gest be­ing 40 seen in Glen­gorm­ley, Co.antrim (28th). A Great Spot­ted Wood­pecker was in Antrim (19th). Four Snow Bunt­ings were at Slieve Gul­lion, Co Ar­magh (17th), and an­other eight were re­ported from the Keady Moun­tains near Li­mavady (8th). A Chif­fchaff was seen at Ox­ford Is­land, Co.ar­magh (10th), and a Siberian Chif­fchaff was heard call­ing at Ox­ford Is­land the same day. Ian Gra­ham - some of the birds be­low have yet to be as­sessed by the Records com­mit­tee. You can re­port sight­ings via nibirds@live.co.uk or twit­ter @nibirds

WALES

High­lights In as­so­ci­a­tion with The UK’S first Masked Wag­tail at Cam­roese, Pem­brokeshire, nearly re­mained un­til the end of the month, but was last seen on Box­ing Day, and sub­se­quent searches failed to re­lo­cate it. A fe­male Black­throated Thrush at St As­aph, Cl­wyd was last seen on 31st.

AN­GLE­SEY HOLYHEAD AREA: A Yel­low-browed War­bler, three Mediter­ranean Gulls and 40 Kit­ti­wakes were seen at Sol­diers Point (31st). The In­land Sea held a Black-necked Grebe, Slavo­nian Grebe, 19 Scaup, a Great Northern Diver and two Mediter­ranean Gulls. Treard­dur Bay had four Long-tailed Ducks and six Pur­ple Sand­pipers. Bed­dma­n­arch Bay had two Great Northern Divers, a Slavo­nian Grebe, Black Guille­mot, Goosander and Mediter­ranean Gull. A Black Red­start was recorded at South Stack (3rd). OTHER SITES: Four Cat­tle Egrets and six Lit­tle Egrets were near Pont Mar­quis on (25th), with five Cat­tle Egrets there (31st). Mall­traeth Marsh held two Marsh Har­ri­ers, two Hen Har­ri­ers, three Bit­terns, 11 Whooper Swans and 11 Black-tailed God­wits. There were 45 Pink-footed Geese off Point Ly­nas (10th). A Hawfinch was in Ce­maes. Two Whooper Swans were at Cem­lyn. A Long-tailed Duck was on Llyn Lly­we­nan. Ken Croft BRECONSHIRE HIGH­LIGHTS: A Great Grey Shrike was in Coed Taf Fawr in the Bre­con Bea­cons (11th). Nine Waxwings were in Llan­wrthwl and two in Bre­con Town (31st). Man­darins in­cluded 14 on the Wye near Er­wood Bridge (6th), and 50 at Dolymy­nach Reser­voir (26th). BRE­CON TOWN: Sixty Pied Wag­tails, three Grey Wag­tails and 40 Meadow Pipits fre­quented the Sewage Works (2nd). Two gar­dens at­tracted Black­caps. A Kestrel was at Cradoc, and a Merlin and two Pere­grines over the town (9th). LLANGORSE LAKE: Snipe peaked at 55 and Star­lings at 30,000. Three Great White Egrets and three Lit­tle Egrets were reg­u­lar. Wild­fowl in­cluded 181 Tufted Ducks, 44 Gold­eneyes, 173 Wi­geon, 30 Gad­wall, 424 Coots and 392 Canada Geese. There were 40 Siskins, 100 Red­wings, 80 Yel­lowham­mers and 40 House Spar­rows. OTHER SITES: Taly­bont Reser­voir held 36 Goosanders, 31 Lit­tle Grebes and a Wa­ter Rail. There were 50 Wi­geon at Pip­ton, and 220 Mal­lards, a Yel­low-legged Gull and two Lit­tle Egrets at Ffordd Fawr. Four Lit­tle Egrets were recorded at Llyswen (26th) and one flew over Llan­wr­tyd Wells (21st). There were 150 Golden Plovers seen on Llan­de­falle Hill (2nd). Bwlch held 500 Wood­pi­geons, 400 Jack­daws, 25 Ravens, 125 Chaffinches and 20 Yel­lowham­mers.

Two Black­caps came to a Llang­y­nidr gar­den (7th). Wood­cocks in­cluded four at Tirabad and Coel­bren, two at Llan­gasty, and sin­gles at Plasy­gors and Glas­bury. A Merlin hunted at Heol Senni (20th). A Green Sand­piper and 53 Snipe were at Mynydd Ill­tyd (21st). There were 100 Field­fares at Cwm Llia (27th). An­drew King, Keith No­ble and www. brec­knock­birds.co.uk CEREDIGION HIGH­LIGHTS: Ynys­las held an Amer­i­can Wi­geon (1st), three Grey Phalaropes (10th) and a Yel­low-legged Gull. Two Vel­vet Scot­ers flew past Aberys­t­wyth (5th). A Great Northern Diver was at the Dyfi es­tu­ary and a Bit­tern at Cors Fochno (16th). A Slavo­nian Grebe (11th-17th) and Black-throated Diver (20th) were at the Teifi Es­tu­ary. Four­teen Green­land White-fronted Geese were at the Dyfi es­tu­ary/ Ynys-hir. COASTAL SITES: A Black Red­start was at Llan­rhys­tud. There were 55 Gan­nets at Ynys­las (3rd), 20 Red-throated Divers at Llanon (17th) and a late Gan­net at Aberys­t­wyth (26th) where eight Pur­ple Sand­pipers and a Black Red­start were noted. A Brent Goose was at New Quay (28th). DYFI ES­TU­ARY: There were 3,079 Wi­geon, 326 Pin­tails, 1,000 Lap­wings, 47 Grey Plovers and a Spot­ted Redshank (16th). A Wa­ter Pipit and Jack Snipe were at the Clet­twr (3rd). Two Wa­ter Pipits (17th) and a Brent Goose (18th) were at Ynys-hir. A Marsh Harrier, Great White Egret, two Green Sand­pipers and a Green­shank were present all month. Borth Bog/ Cors Fochno held a Jack Snipe (1st) and three Hen Har­ri­ers. OTHER SITES: Llyn Eid­dwen held 35 Goosanders and a Hen Harrier (11th). Cors Caron hosted a Green Sand­piper (17th), seven Whooper Swans and a Wa­ter Pipit. A Merlin was at Bow Street (26th). John A Davis (john­davis@ mid­wales­bird­watch­ing.co.uk) CL­WYD HIGH­LIGHTS: A Black-throated Thrush re­mained at St. As­aph. Fenn’s Moss had a Hen Harrier, Rough-legged Buz­zard and Great Grey Shrike (4th-5th). Waxwings built from one in Flint (1st) to 60 at St As­aph, 70 at Wrex­ham In­dus­trial Es­tate and 90 at Den­bigh by the month’s end. Shotwick Boat­ing Lake had a Long-tailed Duck, 13 Bewick’s Swans, 36 Whooper Swans, 65 Mute Swans and a Green Sand­piper (17th). Llyn Brenig had a Wa­ter Pipit (11th). COASTAL SITES: Oak­en­holt Marsh had an ex­cel­lent 2,300 Pink­feet (7th). Twite at Con­nah’s Quay peaked at 40, with 180 Lin­nets, 41 Red­wings and a Spot­ted Redshank. Shot­ton logged a Cat­tle Egret (22nd). There was a Black Red­start at Pen­rhyn Bay (28th). Dee­side In­dus­trial Es­tate logged 150 Field­fares (15th). IN­LAND SITES: Ys­ceifiog Lake, Den­bigh had a Great White Egret (30th). Rhud­d­lan logged three Jack Snipe (18th). Gres­ford Flash had a pos­si­ble Caspian Gull (4th), with a Yel­low-legged Gull and Mediter­ranean Gull (11th). There were ten Shov­el­ers, two Goosanders and four Tufted Ducks (30th). Erd­dig had a two Goosanders, three Great Spot­ted Wood­peck­ers and the usual Buz­zards (20th). Gold­crest, Treecreeper and Field­fare were with Waxwings at Wrex­ham In­dus­trial Es­tate (30th). Fif­teen Lap­wings were along the Alyn at Bur­ton (5th). Gar­den birds in Wrex­ham in­cluded Black­cap, with singing Black­bird and Chaffinch from mid-month. Norman Hal­las, Rev Hugh Linn, Kevin Smith and Richard Smith EAST GLAM­OR­GAN HIGH­LIGHTS: A Cat­tle Egret turned up with Lit­tle Egrets at Went­loog, sub­se­quently roost­ing at Hen­dre Lake (21st). A Richard’s Pipit was at Nash Point (1st-7th). A Glau­cous Gull was at Cardiff Bay (31st). Pu­ta­tive Siberian Chif­fchaffs oc­curred at Ken­fig and Cardiff Bay. Yel­low-browed War­blers were at For­est Farm (3rd), Brynna Woods (24th) and Bute Park (28th). Wa­ter Pipits were at Og­more Es­tu­ary (two), Rum­ney Great Wharf and Ll­wyn-on Reser­voir. A Dart­ford War­bler was at Dun­raven. OTHER SITES: Un­sea­sonal vis­i­tors were a Wil­low War­bler at Cardiff Bay, Whin­chat at Sker and a Lesser Whitethroat (race not es­tab­lished) com­ing to gar­den feed­ers at Ewenny. Cardiff Bay held seven Scaup and a long-stay­ing Long-tailed Duck, the lat­ter also briefly vis­it­ing Cosme­ston. There were 110 Pin­tails and 75 Shov­el­ers at the Heli­port. Thir­teen Brent Geese fre­quented Aberthaw, the ma­jor­ity be­ing pale-bel­lied birds. A Great Northern Diver drifted along the coast between Nash Point and Porth­cawl. Over 40 Red-throated Divers were off Aberthaw. A Hen Harrier was at Llanilid. Short-eared Owls were at Ken­fig (two) and Rum­ney Great Wharf. Waders at Og­more Es­tu­ary in­cluded a Black-tailed Godwit, Com­mon Sand­piper and 16 Pur­ple Sand­pipers. Black Red­starts were at Nash Point (two), Sker, Cardiff Bay and Aberthaw. Paul Roberts GOWER AND WEST GLAM­OR­GAN NEATH/PORT TAL­BOT: The Great Grey Shrike re­mained at Mynydd Penydd/bryn. A Great Northern Diver put in a few ap­pear­ances at the Afan Es­tu­ary. A Black Red­start was at Baglan Bay (3rd). A Great White Egret flew over Margam to­wards Ken­fig (4th). Four Man­darins were on Fish­pond, Margam Park. Some 300 San­der­ling were on Aber­avon Beach, with 221 Great Crested Grebes (20th) and two Gold­eneyes (27th). A Red-throated Diver and three Guille­mots were at Port Tal­bot Har­bour, with two Pur­ple Sand­pipers, 24 Turn­stones and nine Rock Pipits on Margam Break­wa­ter. Some 1,300 Star­lings roosted at Margam Wharf Reedbed. A Pin­tail was at the River Neath es­tu­ary, with 15 Mal­lards. A Chif­fchaff was recorded at Baglan En­ergy Park. King­fish­ers were at Port Tal­bot Docks, Baglan Pool and Canal and River Neath. Terry Tovey GWENT HIGH­LIGHTS: Two Red-throated Divers were at Llan­degfedd Reser­voir (22nd-29th). Two Black Red­starts were at Uskmouth Power Sta­tion (22nd), with an­other at New­port Wet­lands (29th). A pos­si­ble flock of Waxwings was re­ported from Usk (6th). NEW­PORT WET­LANDS: A Hen Harrier was seen (3rd), with a Marsh Harrier noted on sev­eral dates. There were Mer­lins (10th and 17th), three Whooper Swans (11th) and a Chif­fchaff (17th). OTHER SITES: Jack Snipe were at Wau­na­fon Bog (3rd) and Peter­stone (17th). A Hen Harrier was near Pon­ty­pool (13th). Two Com­mon Scot­ers and sev­eral Gold­eneyes were at recorded at Llan­degfedd Reser­voir for most of the month. Four Wa­ter Pipits were at Peter­stone (16th). A Short-eared Owl was at Sluice Farm (15th). A Merlin was at Go­bion (25th). Chris Hatch

CHESHIRE

HIGH­LIGHTS: A Long-eared Owl was at Bur­ton Mere Wet­lands, a Swal­low flew over Hart­ford and a Green-winged Teal was at Wool­ston Eyes (3rd). A Com­mon Crane was spot­ted at Shock­lach (14th). A Caspian Gull was on Rich­mond Bank (19th).

IN­LAND SITES: A Smew was at Newchurch (1st) where it was joined by a Com­mon Scoter and Red-crested Pochard (11th). A Scaup and Yel­low-legged Gull were on Neu­mann’s Flash (2nd). A Black-necked Grebe was on Lap­wing Hall Pool (3rd). A Glau­cous Gull (3rd) and Great White Egret (24th) were at El­ton Hall Flash. Forty Waxwings were in War­ring­ton and a Bit­tern was at Mar­bury CP (29th).

HILBRE: A thou­sand Com­mon Scoter were on the sea (2nd) and 12,000 Knot were roost­ing (4th). 682 Bar-tailed God­wits were on the north shore (6th). A Snow Bunting was on the is­land (8th). A thou­sand Cor­morants were counted fly­ing out of the es­tu­ary at dawn and 13 Pur­ple Sand­pipers roosted (14th). A to­tal of 12,500 Dunlin was the high­est count of the month (15th) and a lone male Long-tailed Duck flew past at first light (29th).

MERSEY VAL­LEY: A Spot­ted Redshank (1st) and Curlew Sand­piper (17th) were at Pick­er­ing’s Pas­ture. Two Great White Egrets and a Lit­tle Stint (16th) were on Frod­sham Marsh. Two Wa­ter Pipits were found at Hale (17th).

WIRRAL COAST: A Bit­tern flew at Park­gate (2nd) and 4,000 Pink-footed Geese were in fields at Bur­ton (7th). A Glau­cous Gull flew up the River Mersey at Sea­combe (12th). A to­tal of 1,200 Bar-tailed God­wits were in the high tide roost at Hoy­lake and 1,550 Pin­tail at Heswall (13th). At least eight Marsh Har­ri­ers were on the Dee marshes (14th). Three thou­sand Black-tailed God­wits were at Thurstas­ton and 12 Waxwings in Ne­ston (30th).

WOOL­STON EYES: The count (19th) in­cluded 1,000 Teal, 83 Mal­lards, 109 Tufted Ducks, 24 Gad­wall and two Gold­eneyes. A Vis­i­ble Mi­gra­tion Watch (22nd) had 8,000 Star­lings, 22 Buz­zards, a Green Wood­pecker, 137 Field­fares, 460 Pink­feet, 16 Siskins, a Pere­grine and 70 Green­finches .Ring­ing on No1 bed gave Gold­crest, Chif­fchaff, Goldfinch, Field­fare and Siberian Chif­fchaff. Records in­cluded two Tawny Owls, 500 Red­wings, two Pere­grines, 4,000 Star­lings and a Green Wood­pecker. No3 bed ring­ing had Gold­crest, Chif­fchaff, Red­wing, Teal, Moorhen, Woodpigeon, Great Spot­ted Wood­pecker and Jay. Records in­cluded 100 Lin­nets, a Green-winged Teal, Cetti’s War­bler, three Wa­ter Rails, six Lesser Red­polls, 11 Bullfinches, a Lesser Spot­ted Wood­pecker, Wood­cock, Bit­tern, Raven, ten Shel­ducks, 29 Shov­el­ers and six Stock Doves. Richard Smith and Dave Steel

CUM­BRIA

HIGH­LIGHTS: The Great Grey Shrike re­mained around Soddy Gap early in the month. A Great White Egret was at Foul­shaw Moss (2nd), with three in the Lyth Val­ley (9th), one at Humphrey Head (27th-28th), and one over Arn­side (28th). A Red-backed Shrike (pos­si­bly a Turkestan Shrike) was in gar­dens at Hall­bankgate (4th). Two Green­land White-fronted Geese were at South Wal­ney (1st-22nd), with a Scaup there (18th). A Black Red­start was recorded at White­haven (2nd-16th). A Red-necked Grebe was at Ull­swa­ter (from 2nd). A Bit­tern was at Sid­dick Ponds (28th). A Long-tailed Duck was off White­haven (4th-10th), with up to three at Grune Point, one at Whin­fell Tarn (14th-20th), two at Win­der­mere (11th) and five at Wal­ney Is­land (24th), along with a Great Northern Diver and two Scaup.

GREATER MANCH­ESTER

HIGH­LIGHTS: A Long-tailed Duck was at Pen­ning­ton Flash all month, as were two Long-tailed Ducks at Au­den­shaw Reser­voirs. Ice­land Gulls were at Au­den­shaw Reser­voir (27th-28th), Gor­ton (28th and 31st) and Ash­worth Moor Reser­voir (3rd).

MERSEY VAL­LEY: A Lit­tle Egret was on Car­ring­ton Moss (17th), with a Bram­bling also there. Ten Ring-necked Para­keets were at Chorl­ton WP and 12 at Chorl­ton Ees. A Wood­cock and Bram­bling were at Shell NR. A Pin­tail was at Shell Pool (11th).

EL­TON RESER­VOIR: A Merlin was seen (2nd and 19th), with a Scaup (11th).

PEN­NING­TON FLASH: There were three Scaup, a Bit­tern (12th-31st), Mediter­ranean Gull, Lit­tle Egret, with two (30th-31st), and a Yel­low-legged Gull (10th-18th).

OTHER SITES: Waxwings in­cluded 100 at Bred­bury, 60 in Bolton, 60 at Ord­sall, 51 in Sal­ford, 41 in Al­trin­cham, 30 in Hulme, 23 in Wi­gan, 20 at Wythen­shawe Hos­pi­tal and 1-10 at Al­trin­cham, Bryn, El­ton, Hor­wich, Manch­ester City cen­tre, Mot­tram, Ne­whey, Romi­ley, and Wood­ley. A Lit­tle Egret was at Hor­rock’s Flash (11th-18th). A Green Sand­piper was at Hope Carr (28th). A Bit­tern was at Dof­f­cocker (1st). A Merlin was at Crox­den Peat Works. Three Scaup were on High Rid Reser­voir (2nd-8th), with oth­ers on Ash­worth Moor Reser­voir (4th-26th) and Au­den­shaw Reser­voir (7th-31st). A Dip­per was near Rum­worth Lodge (1st), with a Mediter­ranean Gull (1st-5th). Two Dip­pers were at Wor­thing­ton Lakes. A Jack Snipe, Barn Owl and 20 Ravens were on Lud­worth Moor. There were 52 Man­darins at Etherow CP. Dr Paul Brew­ster (01606 590 491)

LAN­CASHIRE AND NORTH MERSEYSIDE

HIGH­LIGHTS: A blue-phase Snow Goose was at Marsh­side (from 16th). A Great Grey Shrike was north-east of Burscough be­fore Christ­mas. Great White Egrets were on the Rib­ble all month, with an­other at Pilling (27th). One or two Cat­tle Egrets were at Marsh­side and near Hightown and Lunt, with three near Birk­dale (28th). A Green-winged Teal was at Martin Mere (9th and 30th).

EAST LAN­CASHIRE: A Bit­tern was at Brock­holes. Ice­land Gulls were at Ash­worth Moor Reser­voir (2nd-3rd) and Fish­moor Reser­voir (19th-20th). Scaup were at Ash­worth Noor and Clow­bridge Reser­voirs, with a Com­mon Scoter at Al­ston Reser­voir. A Snow Bunting was on Pen­dle Hill (19th). Waxwings in­cluded 20-50 at Black­burn, Burn­ley, Clitheroe, Nel­son, Ac­cring­ton and Chor­ley, and 100 at Bar­row, Rib­ble Val­ley (28th).

FYLDE RE­GION: There were 560 Whooper Swans and ten Bewick’s Swans in the Thurn­ham-cock­er­sands area, and 40 Whoop­ers near Lodge Lane, War­ton. Pink­feet were present in lower num­bers than usual. A Green­land White­front was seen twice. There were 115 Red-throated Divers, 1,500 Com­mon Scot­ers, a Vel­vet Scoter and two Scaup off Black­pool, and 1,000 Pin­tails off Lytham. Fairhaven Lake had 81 Tufted Ducks and 14 Pochards. The Rib­ble marshes had a Hen Harrier, two Marsh Har­ri­ers, Pere­grine and Merlin. A Short-eared Owl was at We­sham Marsh (14th), with three there (28th). Two Ruff were at Ream Hill Flood, Mythop mid-month. Five Bearded Tits were still at Fleet­wood Marsh NP early in the month. A Marsh Tit was near Bri­tish Aerospace, War­ton (3rd-4th), plus two Bullfinches, rare out­side Preston. Two Snow Bunt­ings were at St Anne’s, with sin­gles at Cock­er­sands (19th) and Fleet­wood (27th). Fifty Waxwings were at Preston (13th), then very few un­til 40 to­wards the month’s end. Twenty were in Black­pool (19th). A Black Red­start was at Knott End (from 28th).

MAR­TON MERE: Two Long-eared Owls roosted. A Ring-necked Para­keet was seen (7th8th). Two Bit­terns were seen (11th). Wa­ter Rails and Cetti’s War­blers were noted. Around 300 Teal and over 100 Wi­geon were among seven species of duck present.

SW LAN­CASHIRE AND NORTH MERSEYSIDE: Around 450 Whooper Swans and seven Bewick’s Swans were near Sol­lom (21st). Two of the lat­ter were at Marsh­side mid-month. There were 170 Twite near South­port Marine Lake. A Bit­tern was at Mere Sands Wood mid-month. A Glau­cous Gull was at Crosby (15th). Four Short-eared Owls were at Lunt and two at Garston CP. Nine Waxwings were at Orm­skirk (20th-22nd), and 12 at Aig­burth (27th). Mau­rice Jones

NORTH LAN­CASHIRE

HIGH­LIGHTS: Two Long-tailed Duck re­mained through­out at Pine Lake. Two Great White Egrets roosted at Leighton Moss through­out, with pos­si­bly a dif­fer­ent bird in the Lune Val­ley (16th and 22nd).

HEYSHAM OB­SER­VA­TORY: The Czech-ringed Mediter­ranean Gull re­turned, as it has done since 2003. An­other fol­lowed the Isle of Man Ferry (26th). Up to six Jack Snipe were at Ocean Edge at the begin­ning of the month. A Chif­fchaff was at Mid­dle­ton (15th and 28th), where the Cetti’s War­bler re-ap­peared (27th). A Pochard was on the Mid­dle­ton model boat pond (from 20th), and 12 Gad­wall were noted. There were ten Kit­ti­wake records on three days, a Lit­tle Gull (24th) and two Ra­zor­bills (24th).

LEIGHTON MOSS: Four Bit­terns were recorded. Up to 200 Siskins were seen. There were three Marsh Har­ri­ers, with one com­mut­ing to Sil­verdale Moss. Four Bearded Tits were at Sil­verdale Moss and one at Bar­row Scout.

LUNE VAL­LEY: The Aughton area held an Amer­i­can x Eurasian Wi­geon hy­brid (24th), a Scaup (12th), Green­shank (8th and 20th), 977 Wi­geon and 62 Red­shanks. Six­teen Whooper Swans were at Gress­ing­ham/melling. There were 106 Snipe and four Jack Snipe.

WAXWINGS: Peaks around Lan­caster south of the Lune com­prised 11 (1st), 40 (15th-16th), 58 (21st-22nd) and 47 (30th), with many gaps between sight­ings. North/west of the Lune, there were 17 on White Lund (22nd) and five at Heysham (30th). Else­where there were 25 at Wray (20th), sin­gles at Tatham and Hornby, and two over Gait­bar­rows (20th). Pete Marsh and Kevin Kelly

CLEVE­LAND

HIGH­LIGHTS: The East­ern Black Red­start re­mained at Skin­ningrove all month.

NORTH TEES MARSHES: A sin­gle Long-eared Owl was at Saltholme RSPB dur­ing the month. White-fronted Geese were present there (9th & 19th). Nearby 19 were at Cow­pen Marsh (20th) and a fur­ther five back at Saltholme RSPB (23rd). A Bit­tern was there (29th) and five Scaup were present (31st). A Green Sand­piper was here mid-month. The Spot­ted Redshank re­mained at Sal­terns all month. Two Whooper Swans called in briefly (12th).

HARTLE­POOL: A Great Northern Diver was in the har­bour (2nd-3rd). A Shore Lark was at Old Ceme­tery (3rd-31st at least). Two Glau­cous Gulls were present (20th) with an­other at Par­ton Rocks (30th).

OTHER SITES: Large num­bers of Waxwings were present at var­i­ous lo­cal­i­ties from mid-month with the high­est count be­ing 350 at Thorn­aby (21st). Up to 11 Vel­vet Scot­ers were off Red­car. Three tun­dra Bean Geese were at Kil­ton (from 21st). Twite num­bers reached 150 at Seaton Snook. Up to 15 Snow Bunt­ings were also seen here. A Glau­cous Gull was at Skin­ningrove (30th). A Black-throated Diver was at South Gare (3rd). Chris Sharp 01429 865163

NORTH LIN­COLNSHIRE

ALKBOROUGH FLATS: Sight­ings in­cluded a to­tal of 32 White-fronted Geese (18th), three (23rd), 940 Wi­geon (7th), 1,112 Teal and 142 Mal­lards (14th), Pin­tail (7th & 24th), 30 Shov­eler (7th), six Lit­tle Egrets, eight Marsh Har­ri­ers, Hen Harrier (7th), Merlin, up to two Pere­grines, 6,100 Lap­wings (14th), only one Ruff (to 7th), one or two Jack Snipe, 110 Snipe (14th), up to nine Spot­ted Red­shanks, three

King­fish­ers, two Rock Pipits (14th), up to five Wa­ter Pipits, six Stonechats, 880 Field­fares and 500 Red­wings (7th), at least five male Cetti’s War­blers and 50-plus Bearded Tits with 250 Reed Bunt­ings (15th).

BAR­TON: Records in­cluded a flock of 10 White-fronted Geese ar­rived (18th) and an­other 33 flew west the same day; 107 Gad­wall were counted (17th), 30 Shov­eler (2nd), the drake Scaup stayed all month with ad­di­tional first cal­en­dar year drakes (6th & 31st) and a red­head Smew showed (from 27th). A flock of 120 Gold­en­eye was on the Hum­ber (19th). A male Marsh Harrier showed (13th-29th), 740 Dunlin (27th), 70 Black­birds (31st), Mealy Red­poll (31st), 1,500 Field­fares and 1,500 Red­wings (9th), and there were 20 singing male Cetti’s War­blers.

DONNA NOOK – Pyes Hall: Best of a quiet month were 210 Pink-footed Geese (7th), a White-fronted Goose (18th) and seven (21st), a peak of 950 dark-bel­lied Brent Geese, 26 Whooper Swans (12th), 340 Teal (16th), 180 Com­mon Scot­ers (18th), three Long-tailed Ducks (21st), Great Northern Diver (17th), two Hen Har­ri­ers (16th) and a male (25th-26th), 1,700 Lap­wings (16th), 1,200 Golden Plovers (21st), 230 Grey Plovers (26th), 76 Turn­stones (25th), 250 San­der­lings (26th), 1,250 Dunlin, Short-eared Owls (17th & 18th), Wa­ter Pipit (17th & 21st), a max­i­mum of 30 Rock Pipits (26th), Bram­bling (17th), 170 Twite (15th) and La­p­land Bunting (7th) with two (18th).

OTHER SITES: In Gox­hill Marsh a flock of 4,500 Pink-footed Geese held up to 30 White-fronted Geese, seven tun­dra Bean Geese and two Bar-headed Geese; a Firecrest was also in the area (26th-27th). Six Whooper Swans were at New Hol­land. Up to 10 tun­dra Beans and 30 White-fronted Geese were in the Win­ter­ing­ham – South Fer­riby area. At least 25,000 Golden Plovers were at Read’s Is­land (11th-18th) and 41 Avo­cets were win­ter­ing. Gra­ham Cat­ley with records from Steve Lo­rand and other ob­servers

SOUTH LIN­COLNSHIRE

HIGH­LIGHTS: Two Vel­vet Scot­ers and a Shag were at the Witham Mouth at the end of the month. A count of 6,290 Wi­geon at Framp­ton was a re­serve record. A Star­ling mur­mu­ra­tion there nudged 6,000.

FRAMP­TON MARSH: Whooper Swans peaked at 42. A Scaup lin­gered, but wasn’t seen to­wards the end of the month. Pale-bel­lied Brent Geese were seen oc­ca­sion­ally among the 5,000 dark-bel­lied birds. Max­ima were 2,000 Pink­feet, 2,400 Lap­wings and 6,000 Golden Plovers. Two Hen Har­ri­ers, a Merlin, Pere­grine and Barn Owl hunted reg­u­larly, with oc­ca­sional sight­ings of a Short-eared Owl. Three Spot­ted Red­shanks re­mained. There were 2,000 Field­fares, a Cetti’s War­bler and four Stonechats. Bearded Tit sight­ings were less fre­quent.

FREISTON SHORE: There were 100 Pin­tails, 1,000 Wi­geon and 1,500 Lap­wings (11th), with 54 Gold­eneyes and an Avo­cet (21st). Toby Col­lett NORTHUM­BER­LAND HIGH­LIGHTS: A Black Scoter seen at Goswick was per­haps a re­turn­ing in­di­vid­ual (29th-31st).

NORTH NORTHUM­BER­LAND: A Lit­tle Stint was at Fen­ham Flats (11th-17th). A Spot­ted Redshank was in Bu­dle Bay (2nd-18th). Two Tun­dra Bean Geese were at High New­ton (20th). Longhoughton Steel hosted a Glau­cous Gull (23rd).

SOUTH NORTHUM­BER­LAND: A Smew was at Bo­lam Lake (1st-12th). Black Red­starts were at New­cas­tle (1st-8th), Culler­coats (7th-18th) and North Blyth (8th). A Siberian Chif­fchaff was at Haux­ley (8th), with two in North Shields (18th). A Great Grey Shrike was at Prest­wick Carr (12th-31st). A Glau­cous Gull was off Whit­ley Bay (11th). A Wa­ter Pipit was again at St. Mary’s Is­land, along with a Red-necked Grebe (18th). Long-tailed Ducks were at Bothal Pond (11th-17th) and Grindon Lough (18th-19th). An in­flux of tun­dra Bean Geese brought one to Cress­well Pond (17th-19th), three to Big Wa­ters (20th-22nd), five to Druridge Pools (23rd), one to Bothal Pond (22nd), three to Longhirst Flash, five to Back­worth (26th) and two to Wood­horn (29th). Seven Shore Larks re­mained at East Chev­ing­ton. A Bewick’s Swan was at Whit­tle Dene Reser­voir (8th-31st). Jonathan Fa­rooqi (jonathan­fa­rooqi@gmail. com)

EAST YORK­SHIRE

HIGH­LIGHTS: A Pal­lid Harrier was in the Wel­wick area all month.

FLAM­BOR­OUGH: There was a Black-throated Diver (2nd), Red-necked Grebe, Great Northern Diver and six Long-tailed Ducks (3rd) and a Po­ma­rine Skua (4th). Three Great Northern Divers, four Long-tailed Ducks, three Vel­vet Scot­ers and a Black Red­start were present (10th). A Glau­cous Gull was seen (11th), with a Snow Bunting (15th), Bean Goose (19th), Yel­low-browed War­bler (22nd), Scaup (27th) and Lit­tle Egret (28th).

HORNSEA MERE: There was a Smew and Long-tailed Duck (5th), a Scaup (17th) and two Wa­ter Rails (24th). Three Snow Bunt­ings flew over (4th).

SPURN: The adult ‘Black Brant’ re­mained through­out in the com­pany of up to 700 Brent Geese. White-fronted Geese were recorded reg­u­larly with a max­i­mum of 28 (22nd), when three tun­dra Bean Geese also passed through. Sea pas­sage was gen­er­ally steady, the high­lights be­ing Long-tailed Duck, two Vel­vet Scot­ers, Black-throated Diver and Pur­ple Sand­piper (1st), Red-necked Grebe (5th), Long-tailed Duck (20th) two Vel­vet Scot­ers (22nd) and oc­ca­sional sight­ings of Sooty Shear­wa­ter and Bonxie. De­spite good num­bers of com­mon waders us­ing the Hum­ber, the more note­wor­thy species were seen at Bea­con Ponds in­clud­ing Pur­ple Sand­piper, Jack Snipe, Green­shank and up to 16 Black-tailed God­wits. Up to five Short-eared Owls were in the Long Bank area where both Marsh and Hen Harrier were also recorded. The bushes were pre­dictably quiet apart from the oc­ca­sional Chif­fchaff, though 10 Gol­drests at The Point (19th) were note­wor­thy. There were 14 Twite (9th), seven Snow Bunt­ings (15th) A small num­ber of Waxwings were also seen, mostly fly-overs. There was a Glau­cous Gull (28th).

OTHER SITES: A Black-necked Grebe and Long-tailed Duck were at Tophill Low (4th). A Lit­tle Egret was at Buck­ton (7th). A Great White Egret was at Brigham (21st). Barm­ston held two Hooded Crows (16th) and 28 Snow Bunt­ings (21st). A La­p­land Bunting was at Holmp­ton (18th). A Black-necked Grebe was in Bridling­ton Har­bour (31st).waxwings in­cluded six at Sunk Is­land (3rd), four near Driffield (18th), 70 in Hessle and one in Hull (26th), seven in Hull (29th), six in Pock­ling­ton (29th), and three at North Cliffe Wood, 18 at He­don,

three near Bev­er­ley and one in North Fer­riby (30th). Ian Mar­shall (01482 627 446) and John He­witt (07952 292 060)

NORTH YORK­SHIRE

SCAR­BOR­OUGH: The dis­trict’s first win­ter­ing Yel­low-browed War­bler was at Seamer Road Mere (8th). A Lit­tle Auk was in Cay­ton Bay (7th), with a Vel­vet Scoter there (from16th). High­lights at Long Nab in­cluded a Red-necked Grebe and two Sooty Shear­wa­ters (3rd), plus 11 Shore Larks (to 5th). Two Great Grey Shrikes were win­ter­ing in Lang­dale For­est. There were 18 White-fronted and seven tun­dra Bean Geese at Stain­ton­dale (21st) plus a tun­dra Bean Goose at Scalby Lodge (30th). Sev­eral Long-tailed Ducks in­cluded one in­land at Bur­ton Riggs (5th). A Black-throated Diver was at Wyke­ham Lakes (11th-18th). A Great Northern Diver was at the har­bour, where two Black-necked Grebes were seen reg­u­larly. A Red-throated Diver at Peasholm Park was sadly found dead (24th). Waxwings in­cluded 33 at Seamer Road (29th). A Glau­cous Gull was off the har­bour (31st). Nick Addey (www.scar­bor­ough­bird­ing.co.uk)

SOUTH YORK­SHIRE

OLD MOOR AREA: Unsea­son­able Marsh Har­ri­ers were seen (6th, 24th, 26th & 27th). Bit­terns were thin on the ground with one on Bolton Ings (8th) and one on Old Moor (27th). A Great White Egret flew over (9th) and wild­fowl num­bers re­mained healthy all month with 1,229 Teal (18th) be­ing the high­light. Present all month were Stonechats, with a max­i­mum of three, Bearded Tits (max. four) and a lone Cetti’s War­bler. Roost max­i­mums were nine Lit­tle Egrets, 46 Goosanders and 57 Cor­morants.

OTHER SITES: Dip­pers were present on the river Dove at Wors­bor­ough Reser­voir all month with a max­i­mum of three (10th). At Ad­wick Wash­lands a White-fronted Goose was present from 10th un­til month’s end, 10 Jack Snipe were counted (8th) and a Marsh Harrier passed through (23rd). The Bit­tern was seen at Carl­ton Marsh (18th & 25th) and the Bram­bling flock at Ing­birch­worth peaked at 180-plus (9th). On the 4th a Red-breasted Mer­ganser was at Rother Val­ley Coun­try Park and two Siberian Chif­fchaffs were trapped and ringed at Black­burn Mead­ows. A ju­ve­nile Gan­net was at Sprot­bor­ough Flash (23rd) and two Ravens flew over Stain­bor­ough (27th). Waxwings ap­peared late month with one over Wors­bor­ough (21st), 30 at Thorne (22nd) and then num­bers in Sh­effield rose from 13 on Manch­ester Road (24th) to a max­i­mum count of 150-plus over Hee­ley City Farm (31st). Sight­ings at Pot­teric Carr in­cluded four White Fronted Geese (7th), two Siberian Chif­fchaffs (from 18th) and a Great White Egret (3rd). The Star­ling roost held c.8,000 birds at the end of the month and present all month were Marsh Tit, Bearded Tit (max. three), Bit­tern (max. four), Marsh Harrier (max. three) and Cetti’s War­bler (max. nine). Nigel Smith – nigel­smith994@gmail.com or 07846684912; Barns­ley bird news on twit­ter @ Barns­leybsg

WEST YORK­SHIRE

BRAD­FORD: Waxwings in­cluded 60 at Keigh­ley Golf Course, with smaller groups around Keigh­ley it­self. Lit­tle Egrets were at Sils­den (5th), Caldene Fields (6th) and Lee­shaw Reser­voir (18th). Mi­grat­ing skeins of Pink-footed Geese in­cluded groups of around 100 birds over Queens­bury (12th and 14th) and Keigh­ley (29th). The usual Wa­ter Rail was at the Keigh­ley Re­serve (8th). Two Ring-necked Para­keets were in a Bin­g­ley Gar­den (11th). A La­p­land Bunting was at Soil Hill (14th). A Dunlin was at Red­car Tarn (14th). A Wood­cock was at Bar­den Scale (17th). Two Cross­bills were at Tim­ble. Nine Red Kites flew over Den­ton Moor (25th). Two Tree Spar­rows were at Dubrod­den Farm (28th).

LOWER AIRE VAL­LEY: A Black-necked Grebe, eight Barnacle Geese, up to four Wa­ter Pipits and up to four Short-eared Owls re­mained through­out the month. Six Whooper Swans dropped in on the Main Lake (16th). A party of nine tun­dra Bean Geese (19th) was only iden­ti­fied when pho­tos ap­peared af­ter the birds had flown. A Scaup flew onto the Main Lake from the river (4th). A Long-tailed Duck was at Skel­ton Lake (9th-31st). The long-stay­ing Great White Egret was seen on sev­eral days but also moved down to Fair­burn Ings at times. Sin­gle Jack Snipes were on the reedbeds (14th) and at Skel­ton Marsh (29th). An adult Yel­low-legged Gull was at Skel­ton Lake (29th). Chris King, Paul Mor­ris

AR­GYLL

TIREE: A Green-winged Teal was at Loch Bhas­apol (2nd). A Siberian Chif­fchaff was at Bale­phuil (2nd-9th). The Ice­land Gull re­mained in West Tiree. Glau­cous Gulls were at Hough Bay (2nd), Bale­phetr­ish Bay (8th) and Loch Bhas­apol (19th). Is­land scarci­ties in­cluded a Car­rion Crow at Kilken­neth (14th), and our lat­est ever Gold­crest at The Glebe (19th). An all-is­land count (13th-14th) found a to­tal of 4,510 Barnacle Geese, 687 Green­land White­fronts, 2,026 Grey­lags, a Pink-footed Goose, 135 Whooper Swans and 2,860 Lap­wings. There were four Long-tailed Ducks at Hough Bay (2nd), a long-stay­ing Scaup at Loch a’ Phuill, three Wa­ter Rails at Bale­phuil, a Coot at Loch Bhas­apol (from 5th), four Lit­tle Grebes at Loch Ri­aghain (19th), Wood­cocks at Bale­phuil (2nd and 13th), a Pied Wag­tail at Hough Bay (2nd), seven Field­fares and 400 Red­wings (14th) and 19 scat­tered Goldfinches. A Kestrel, two Spar­rowhawks, four Mer­lins, five Hen Har­ri­ers and four Pere­grines hunted. John Bowler (john.bowler@rspb.org.uk)

BOR­DERS

HIGH­LIGHTS: Whit­some­hill had Whooper Swans (16th), plus a Grey Plover (12th). Pax­ton House had Whooper Swans, six Lit­tle Grebes and two King­fish­ers (14th), with 15 Goosanders and a Lit­tle Egret (27th). Be­mer­syde Moss (15th) had its last 50 Pink­feet. Hule Moss (20th) had 50 Mal­lards, 95 Tufted Ducks, six Gold­eneyes, five Wi­geon and 750 Teal. Yetholm Loch (27th) had 37 Mute Swans, 31 Coots, seven Tufted Ducks and 15 Gold­eneyes. Two Barn Owls were at Sprous­ton. James D Lough

CEN­TRAL RE­GION

HIGH­LIGHTS: Ice­land Gulls were on the River Forth at Cam­bus (4th) and on the River Forth in Stir­ling (18th). A Great Grey Shrike was on the Braes of Doune (from 17th). A Slavo­nian Grebe was on the Forth (17th). Waxwings in­cluded 196 in Dun­blane and 12 in Ma­jor’s Loan, Falkirk (3rd), 214 in Dun­blane and 15 in Al­loa (4th), 305 in Dun­blane (5th), 100 in Falkirk (10th), 45 in Grange­mouth (16th), 14 at Wood of Doune (18th), seven at Craig­forth (23rd), 16 at Camelon (27th) and 106 in Dun­blane (30th).

CLACKMANNANSHIRE: There were 781 Wi­geon and 1,050 Teal on the River Forth at Long­carse (17th). Three Black-tailed God­wits were on the Haugh of Black­grange (22nd). There were 44 Gold­eneyes on the River Devon (27th).

FALKIRK DIS­TRICT: A Shov­eler was on St He­len’s Loch, Bon­ny­bridge (10th).

KINNEIL: There were two Scaup, a Shov­eler, nine Pin­tails and two Green­shanks (17th), and a Lit­tle Egret, five Scaup and four Green­shanks (28th).

POW BURN-POWFOULIS: There were two Lit­tle Egrets, a Grey Plover, three Jack Snipe, two Green­shanks a King­fisher and 40 Tree Spar­rows (4th).

STIR­LING DIS­TRICT: Three Bram­blings were at Hill of Row (3rd), when eight Wood­cocks and a Jack Snipe were at Tor­rie. There were 40 Snow Bunt­ings on Stob Bin­nein (4th). Seven Scaup were on the Lake of Men­teith (8th), when a Long-tailed Duck was seen at the head of Loch Tay. A Long-tailed Duck was on the Blair­drum­mond Ponds (from 10th). A Hen Harrier was on Sher­iff Muir dur­ing the first week when 11 Nuthatches vis­ited a feeder in Aber­foyle. Sixty Bram­blings were near Loch Wat­ston (11th). A Jack Snipe was on Nether­ton Marsh (18th), when a Red-breasted Mer­ganser and Wa­ter Rail were on the River Forth at Kildean.

UP­PER FORTH ES­TU­ARY: A co-or­di­nated count on the 11th pro­duced six Great Crested Grebes, nine Whooper Swans, a Lit­tle Egret, 1,720 Pink­feet, 342 Shel­ducks, 393 Wi­geon, 882 Teal, 32 Pin­tails, three Shov­el­ers, 33 Red-breasted Mer­gansers, 202 Oys­ter­catch­ers, 22 Golden Plovers, 673 Lap­wings, 383 Knot, 5,217 Dunlin, 323 Black-tailed God­wits, 604 Curlews, 1,771 Red­shanks, three Green­shanks, four Turn­stones, three Kestrels and a Merlin. Neil Bielby

DUM­FRIES & GAL­LOWAY

HIGH­LIGHTS: A Green-winged Teal, Amer­i­can Wi­geon, and Scaup were at Caerlave­rock all month. A Lesser Scaup was at Car­ling­wark Loch (18th), Caerlave­rock (26th) and Ven­dace Bay along with a Mediter­ranean Gull (30th). Com­mon Scot­ers were at Car­rick Bay. Four Green­shanks were at Knock­brex (30th). A Ring-necked Duck was at Car­ling­wark Loch and Mil­ton Loch. Waxwings were in Dum­fries, Cas­tle Dou­glas, Kirkcud­bright and Mil­ton. A Slavo­nian Grebe was on Loch Ryan (28th). A Long-tailed Duck was at Lochmaben. Sixty Goosanders and a Red-breasted Mer­ganser were on Cas­tle Loch. Green­land White­fronts, a Pere­grine, 180 Wi­geon, 120 Pin­tails and 150 Teal were at Th­reave Es­tate. The In­ner Sol­way held 3,000 Dunlin, 3,000 Lin­nets, Twite, San­der­ling (14th), and a Pur­ple Sand­piper (19th). A Smew and Gold­en­eye were on Mil­ton Loch. Fif­teen Lit­tle Egrets were on the south coast. Whooper Swans and geese were wide­spread.

WWT CAERLAVE­ROCK: Barnacle Geese, Pink­feet, Wi­geon, Teal, Golden Plover, Black-tailed Godwit, Pere­grine and Merlin were noted.

OTHER SITES: Thir­teen Goosanders, Gold­en­eye and Heron were at Th­reave Es­tate/ Car­ling­wark Loch. There were 79 Whooper Swans by the B795. Twelve Tree Spar­rows were at Main­srid­dle. A Hen Harrier, Barnacle Geese, Rock Pipit, King­fisher, Red-throated Diver, Great Crested Grebe and four Stonechats were between Merse­head and South­er­ness. Pink­feet, Bullfinch, Nuthatch, Merlin, Pere­grine and Hen Harrier were between Pow­illimount and Wig­town Bay. There were 100 Lap­wings and Star­ling

mur­mu­ra­tions along the south coast. There were 34 Shel­ducks, 23 Curlews, Oys­ter­catcher, Wi­geon, Raven, Red Kite and Buz­zard at Kirkcud­bright Bay. Turn­stone, Redshank, Curlew, Oys­ter­catcher and 200 Dunlin were at Knock­brex. Pam Woods (Dum­friesandgal­loway­bird­ing@ya­hoogroups.com)

FIFE

HIGH­LIGHTS: Shore Larks were at Tentsmuir (from 18th). A Northern-race Long-tailed Tit was at Town­hill CP (28th).

CEN­TRAL FIFE: Whooper Swans were at Lo­chore Mead­ows. Eurasian White-fronted Geese were at Rossie Bog (31st). Long-tailed Ducks were off Path­head (3rd), at Lo­chore Mead­ows and Seafield. A Smew and Marsh Harrier were recorded at Lo­chore Mead­ows (3rd). A Red-necked Grebe was at Path­head (3rd), with a Mediter­ranean Gull seen there (3rd). Seafield logged a Ruff, Green­shanks and 18 Pur­ple Sand­pipers. Three Green Sand­pipers were at An­gle Park (10th). A Short-eared Owl was on East Lomond and a Siberian Chif­fchaff at Dysart (16th). Waxwings graced Kirk­caldy (100 on 19th) and Glen­rothes.

EAST FIFE: Largo Bay held Great Northern Divers, Red-throated Divers, Slavo­nian Grebes, 500 Com­mon Scot­ers and a Surf Scoter. Long-tailed Ducks, a Red-throated Diver and Slavo­nian Grebe were at Kings­barns. A Gold­en­eye was at New­ton Sand­pit. Lit­tle Grebes were at Eden­side. A Lit­tle Egret re­mained at Tay­port. Mer­lins were at Crail and Tentsmuir, where a Green­shank was noted. A Whimbrel re­mained at Rud­dons Point. A Jack Snipe was at Tay­port. A Mediter­ranean Gull was at Leven (18th). Fifty Waxwings vis­ited Up­per Largo, with oth­ers at Leven. There were 23 Twite at Tentsmuir (14th). Snow Bunt­ings were at Crail and Tentsmuir. Four­teen Corn Bunt­ings were at Kings­barns (15th).

WEST FIFE: Fifty Whooper Swans were at Craiglus­car (18th). Two Smew were at Loch Gelly. An­other was in Dal­gety Bay, with a Slavo­nian Grebe, Green Sand­piper and Mediter­ranean Gull. A Barn Owl was at Rosyth. Waxwings were at Dun­fermline (75 on 6th), Rosyth, Dal­gety Bay, Cair­ney­hill and Lon­gan­net. Nine Cross­bills were at Devilla For­est (15th). David Hee­ley (dw.hee­ley@bt­in­ter­net.com)

HIGH­LANDS

HIGH­LIGHTS: A Black Red­start was at Brora (from 30th). Amer­i­can Wi­geon were at Tain (from 8th), Udale (3rd) and Muir­town Basin (all month). A Lit­tle Auk passed Tar­bat Ness (5th). The win­ter­ing Snow Goose moved to Al­ness Point (1st-6th) be­fore re­turn­ing to Loch Eye (20th), with an­other at Loch Ashie (30th). A Red-necked Grebe was at Loch nan Ceall, Ari­saig (27th). Hawfinches at Spey­bridge peaked at 19 (31st), with 13 at Nethy­bridge (to 21st). The Black Duck re­mained at Stron­tian. Im­pres­sive Waxwing flocks in­cluded 600 in In­ver­ness (6th), 220 at Smith­ton (1st), 1,100 in Aviemore (4th), 250 in Nethy­bridge (10th-11th) and 200 in Gran­town on Spey (7th).

BADENOCH & STRATHSPEY: A White-fronted Goose was at Car­rbridge (30th). There were 240 Lesser Red­polls near Spey­bridge (15th), with a Mealy Red­poll there (18th). On Cairn­gorm, 24 Ptarmi­gans were seen. Loch Insh held a Long-tailed Duck (from 8th).

BLACK ISLE & IN­VER­NESS-SHIRE: Geese on the Black Isle in­cluded 15 Bar­na­cles at Red­cas­tle, two White­fronts at Mun­lochy and 27 Brents at Rose­markie (10th). In In­ver­ness, a King­fisher was at Muir­town. Three Bram­blings were at Ley Cas­tle (1st). There were 89 Scaup off Cas­tle Stu­art (2nd).

EASTER ROSS: Loch Eye held 223 Whooper Swans (20th), and 17 Shov­el­ers, 62 Scaup and a Smew (19th). Fif­teen Grey Plovers were near Portma­homack (18th). Sea­watch­ing off Tar­bat Ness pro­duced 15 Red-throated Divers (6th), a Sooty Shear­wa­ter and 20 Pur­ple Sand­pipers (15th) and five Black Guille­mots (31st).

NORTH WEST & SUTHER­LAND: A late Arc­tic Skua passed Sto­er­head (4th). Barn Owls were at Clash­nessie (4th) and Rhi­carn (9th). A White-fronted Goose was at Alt­na­harra (12th). Brora logged 850 Com­mon Scot­ers and two Vel­vet Scot­ers (31st), a Lit­tle Gull (19th), Glau­cous Gull (28th) and Mediter­ranean Gull (30th). Six Vel­vet Scot­ers were off Dornoch Point (14th).

SKYE & SOUTH WEST: Five Pur­ple Sand­pipers were at Neist Point (2nd). A Hen Harrier was at Bal­maqueen (29th). Eight White-fronted Geese were at Kil­muir (19th). Two Ice­land Gulls were at Portree (29th) and a Glau­cous Gull at Ged­in­tai­lor (12th). Broad­ford Bay held six Brent Geese (6th), 17 Com­mon Scot­ers (16th), and a Mediter­ranean Gull (18th). A Vel­vet Scoter was there (10th-13th), with an­other off Ach­na­cloich (1st-13th). Two Ice­land Gulls were on Eigg (7th), with an­other at Loch Kishorn (12th). A Lit­tle Egret vis­ited Ari­saig (6th). Loch nan Ceall held three Great Crested Grebes (27th). Tom Wells

LOTHIAN

MUS­SEL­BURGH AREA: The drake Surf Scoter and up to 12 Twite were in the area through­out the month. Two Scaup were at the Eskmouth (4th). Twelve White-fronted Geese were at nearby White­craig (26th-29th). A Black-tailed Godwit and drake Shov­eler were seen (31st).

ABER­LADY AREA: A Surf Scoter (pre­sum­ably from Mus­sel­burgh) was off Gul­lane Point (3rd), where a Black-necked Grebe was also seen (4th & 16th). A pair of Pin­tail were on the burn (4th). Seven La­p­land Bunt­ings were counted on the salt­marsh (16th) and two Jack Snipe and 50 Twite were also recorded (18th).

TYNINGHAME AREA: The Shore Lark flock at JMCP peaked at 20 birds (22nd). Six White-fronted Geese were at Whitekirk (1st). A Great Northern Diver was on Seafield Pond (3rd) which also held a fe­male Man­darin (7th-27th). A Great Grey Shrike was in the Ware Road area (3rd) when a Pin­tail and Merlin were also seen. Four Snow Bunt­ings were at Bel­haven Bay (8th) and 120 Twite were on the JMCP salt­marsh (9th). Scoughall held two La­p­land Bunt­ings (14th) and three Great Northern Divers (27th).

BARNS NESS AREA: Scot­lands’s first East­ern Black Red­start was found at Tor­ness (1st) and showed off-and-on un­til the 22nd. A Wa­ter Pipit was at Barns Ness (3rd). Up to nine White­fronts were at White Sands Quarry (7th) with other geese in­clud­ing a Barnacle at the Dry Burn (3rd-4th) and a Brent at Tor­ness/ Thorn­ton­loch (3rd-29th). A Black-necked Grebe was at White Sands Quarry (10th-31st). Med Gulls were noted at Thorn­ton­loch (5th) and Skat­eraw (12th & 18th).

OTHER SITES: A Black Red­start showed well at North Ber­wick har­bour all month, with a Snow Bunting seen on the nearby Law (3rd) and an­other Black Red­start at Joppa (28th-29th). Cra­mond held two Brent Geese

(3rd) and eight Green­shanks (18th). A flock of 1,000-plus Bram­blings was seen near Glad­house (4th). Wa­ter Rails were noted from In­ver­leith Pond and Bur­diehouse. A White-fronted Goose and 141 Whooper Swans were at Prora (28th). Nine Jack Snipe were counted at Lit­tle France (28th).

WAXWINGS: The invasion con­tin­ued with flocks and small groups re­ported all across Lothian. Num­bers peaked in the third week of the month with over 700 birds seen on the 21st. No­table flocks in Edinburgh in­cluded: 200 Bal­green (14th-15th); 182 Mont­gomery Street (18th); 300 Pier­shill (21st); 200-plus Or­chard Brae (21st); 150 Leith (31st); and 300 Calder Road (31st). Else­where sig­nif­i­cant flocks in­cluded: 80 Balerno (14th-15th); 43 Livingston (17th); 80 Lin­lith­gow (17th); 62 West Barns (17th); 270-plus Mus­sel­burgh (18th); and 45 Penicuik (27th-28th). Jim Ni­chol­son

OUTER HE­BRIDES

HIGH­LIGHTS: The Amer­i­can Coot re­mained on Loch nam Feithean, Bal­ranald through­out the month. OTHER SITES: A Green-winged Teal was oc­ca­sion­ally seen on Loch Bee. Five Pin­tails were on Bale­share and three at Loch Ard­vule. A Manx Shear­wa­ter and Great Skua flew south off Ard­vule (8th). A Lit­tle Egret was twice seen on the North Ford. A win­ter­ing Black-tailed Godwit was seen in North Bay, South Uist (16th) and at Coot Loch (28th). A Lit­tle Gull and Ice­land Gull were in North Bay (16th). Other Ice­land Gulls were at Traigh Mhor, Barra, Ard­veen­ish and Peniner­ine. Twenty Glau­cous Gulls were recorded. Lit­tle Auks were off Ard­vule on four dates, max­i­mum four (31st). A Grey Wag­tail was in Bay­head, Stornoway (11th). A Waxwing was in South Glen­dale (3rd), with three Black­caps noted there. Chif­fchaffs were at Carin­ish (10th) and Nasg (22nd). A Blue Tit was at Bor­nish (14th). A Bram­bling was at Bre­vig (from 22nd). A few Snow Bunt­ings in­cluded 13 at Traigh Mhor, Barra (14th). Steve Duffield (www.west­ern-isles-wildlife.co. uk)

PERTH AND KIN­ROSS

HIGH­LIGHTS: A Bean Goose was at Port Allen (26th). A Green-winged Teal was at Loch Leven (10th-25th), with a Lit­tle Egret there through­out. The Ring-necked Duck re­turned to the Culic in Pit­lochry (from 7th) af­ter spend­ing a week at Loch Faskally. Waxwings in­cluded 206 in Kin­ross (11th), 300 in Perth (15th) and 100 near Black­ford (16th). Two Barnacle Geese were at Carse­breck (1st) with one at Port Allen (24th). Loch Leven held seven Scaup (12th), five Long-tailed Ducks (5th), a Smew (from 11th), 50 Golden Plovers (8th), 200 Lap­wings (28th) and three Green­shanks (5th). Two Scaup were at Arnot Reser­voir (17th). Black Grouse were at Crachy Burn (8th), Amul­ree (14th) and the River Garry (27th). A Hen Harrier was at Sher­iff­muir (9th), with a Red Kite at Loch Leven (2nd). There were 120 Field­fares and 60 Red­wings near Pitrod­die (17th). Scott Pater­son (pkrecorder@the-soc.org.uk)

SHET­LAND

HIGH­LIGHTS: A White-billed Diver was in Bluemull Sound (13th). A Night Heron was at Strom­firth (4th). Five White-fronted Geese were at Spig­gie (8th) with 11 at Fleck/hill­well (27th). The Surf Scoter re­mained off Has­cosay (to 5th), with two Vel­vet Scot­ers in Ler­wick Har­bour (4th-8th). The long-stay­ing Killdeer re­mained at Sand­wick. Shet­land’s lat­est-ever Quail was still at Sand­wick (1st). Around 15 Glau­cous Gulls were recorded, in­clud­ing four at Scat­ness (14th), but only eight Ice­land Gulls were seen. A Kum­lien’s Gull was at Scat­ness (16th-18th). A Lit­tle Auk was storm-driven to Bix­ter (22nd). Waxwings were at Brae (11th) and Cul­livoe (13th). A Black Red­start was at North Roe (4th). A late Com­mon Rosefinch was at Nor­wick (4th). A Horne­mann’s Red­poll was at Bur­ravoe (4th). Hugh Har­rop (www.shet­land­wildlife.co.uk)

TAYSIDE

HIGH­LIGHTS: A to­tal of 443 Waxwings were re­ported from 11 sites. An Amer­i­can Wi­geon and Green-winged Teal were at Lin­tra­then (4th-21st), with 89 Bram­blings there (6th). Thirty Corn Bunt­ings roosted at Bog­head Farm (4th). A White-tailed Eagle was at Back Wa­ter Dam (4th). A Mediter­ranean Gull was at Ar­broath Es­planade (4th). Monikie CP held two Green Sand­pipers (12th). Crom­bie CP held a tris­tis-race Chif­fchaff (18th). A Snow Bunting was at Bud­don GC, Carnoustie (19th). The Bit­tern re­mained at Kin­nordy. MON­TROSE BASIN: Two pale-bel­lied Brent Geese were present (16th). The WEBS count logged three Lit­tle Grebes, 55 Cor­morants, 14 Herons, 13 Mute Swans, 966 Shel­ducks, 3,876 Wi­geon, 311 Teal, 249 Mal­lards, eight Shov­el­ers, 559 Eiders, a Long-tailed Duck, 11 Gold­eneyes, 14 Red-breasted Mer­gansers, 55 Pin­tails, 1,340 Oys­ter­catch­ers, 86 Lap­wings, 1,043 Knot, eight Pur­ple Sand­pipers, 510 Dunlin, two Snipe, 85 Black-tailed God­wits, 73 Bar-tailed God­wits, 371 Curlews, 674 Red­shanks, five Green­shanks, 43 Turn­stones, seven Black-headed Gulls, nine Com­mon Gulls, 101 Her­ring Gulls, and four Great Black-backed Gulls.

OTHER SITES: Barry Bud­don held a Wood­cock, Buz­zard, Kestrel, 30 Goldfinches, Mistle Thrush, Gold­crest and Mag­pie (3rd). The Na­ture Park at In­ver­gowrie held a Sparrowhawk, Bar-tailed God­wits and Teal (10th). Mains of Usan held three Grey Par­tridges, 300 Star­lings and a Sparrowhawk. For­far Loch held a Long-tailed Duck (11th), Pere­grine, two Shov­el­ers and nine Gold­eneyes. Carnoustie Bay (12th) had a Long-tailed Duck, Guille­mot and Eider. Monikie CP held eight Lit­tle Grebes, six Gad­wall, 20 Wi­geon and a King­fisher (14th). Lu­nan Bay (17th) held 12 San­der­ling, ten Ringed Plovers, 150 Com­mon Scot­ers, six Red-throated Divers and 90 Long-tailed Ducks. Thirty Tree Spar­rows came to gar­den feed­ers in Ar­broath (23rd). Bob Mc­cur­ley

Masked Wag­tail, Cam­rose, Pem­brokeshire, 11 De­cem­ber

Waxwing, St As­aph, Cl­wyd, 17 De­cem­ber

East­ern Black Red­start, Skin­ningrove, Cleve­land, 13 De­cem­ber

Kum­lien’s Gull, Scat­ness, Shet­land, De­cem­ber

Ring-necked Duck, Pit­lochry, Perthshire 12 De­cem­ber

Killdeer, Sand­wick, Shet­land De­cem­ber

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