2017 Highlights 31st December 2017

December 31, 2017  •  1 Comment

2017 Highlights

A few photos from each month - each month titled but no individual captions.

Not all are rarities - often just an image I liked.

Test yourself to see if you can identify them all!


Great White EgretGreat White Egret Glaucous GullGlaucous Gull Great Northern DiverGreat Northern Diver Rock PipitRock Pipit Short-eared OwlShort-eared Owl SmewSmew White-billed DiverWhite-billed Diver FieldfareFieldfare Black-necked GrebeBlack-necked Grebe Black RedstartBlack Redstart CraneCrane Black GrouseBlack Grouse


MandarinMandarin BluethroatBluethroat PintailPintail Black SwanBlack Swan GadwallGadwall

Next one's a bit tricky! GoshawkGoshawk Great Northern DiverGreat Northern Diver


Velvet ScoterVelvet Scoter Lapland BuntingLapland Bunting Snow BuntingSnow Bunting DipperDipper Mediterranean GullMediterranean Gull Corn BuntingCorn Bunting KingfisherKingfisher


This one's a bit tricky too!

Montagu's HarrierMontagu's Harrier Cetti's WarblerCetti's Warbler GarganeyGarganey OspreyOsprey

Might make you scratch your head!

Black DuckBlack Duck RedpollRedpoll Scottish CrossbillScottish Crossbill Red SquirrelRed Squirrel Black-throated DiverBlack-throated Diver


PtarmiganPtarmigan Hooded CrowHooded Crow White-tailed EagleWhite-tailed Eagle Green Tiger BeetleGreen Tiger Beetle SwallowSwallow Early Purple OrchidEarly Purple Orchid DotterelDotterel Little TernLittle Tern Iceland GullIceland Gull Reed WarblerReed Warbler NuthatchNuthatch Duke of BurgundyDuke of Burgundy Small BlueSmall Blue


Marsh FritillaryMarsh Fritillary Broad-bordered Bee HawkmothBroad-bordered Bee Hawkmoth Rose-coloured StarlingRose-coloured Starling Marsh HarrierMarsh Harrier

I'm no reed warbler!

Marsh WarblerMarsh Warbler

Grasshopper WarblerGrasshopper Warbler Tawny OwlTawny Owl BitternBittern Bee-eatersBee-eaters

Careful! Sabine's GullSabine's Gull SpoonbillSpoonbill


White-winged Black TernWhite-winged Black Tern

Common Blue DamselflyCommon Blue Damselfly Large SkipperLarge Skipper Marbled WhiteMarbled White Emperor DragonflyEmperor Dragonfly Wood SandpiperWood Sandpiper Roe DeerRoe Deer Little GrebesLittle Grebes Spotted RedshankSpotted Redshank RuffRuff HeronHeron SpoonbillSpoonbill


Little OwlLittle Owl Clouded YellowClouded Yellow Purple HeronPurple Heron Willow WarblerWillow Warbler Sandwich TernSandwich Tern Hawker DragonflyHawker Dragonfly


Pectoral SandpiperPectoral Sandpiper

Another tricky chap!

White-rumped SandpiperWhite-rumped Sandpiper

WryneckWryneck ChoughChough WheatearWheatear Little GullLittle Gull Spotted FlycatcherSpotted Flycatcher Lesser WhitethroatLesser Whitethroat Barred WarblerBarred Warbler HobbyHobby Yellow-browed WarblerYellow-browed Warbler Little StintLittle Stint Red-necked PhalaropeRed-necked Phalarope Curlew SandpiperCurlew Sandpiper Bearded TitBearded Tit Little EgretLittle Egret Scops OwlScops Owl Long-tailed SkuaLong-tailed Skua Red-breasted FlycatcherRed-breasted Flycatcher Red-backed ShrikeRed-backed Shrike Rose-coloured StarlingRose-coloured Starling


Red-backed ShrikeRed-backed Shrike Slavonian GrebeSlavonian Grebe Long-tailed DuckLong-tailed Duck StonechatStonechat Whhopers near Loch of StrathbegWhhopers near Loch of Strathbeg EiderEider PtarmiganPtarmigan CapercailieCapercailie CrossbillCrossbill


BullfinchBullfinch HawfinchHawfinch WrenWren Green-winged TealGreen-winged Teal Tree SparrowTree Sparrow ShovelersShovelers Green SandpiperGreen Sandpiper Water PipitWater Pipit TwiteTwite Long-eared OwlLong-eared Owl KestrelKestrel KestrelKestrel Shore LarkShore Lark


Red-breasted MergansersRed-breasted Mergansers CurlewCurlew Purple SandpiperPurple Sandpiper

2017 The Verdict

Overall it was a wonderful year for photos and that has led to me producing 2 photobooks this year - over 350 pages of photos all together. In terms of year ticks [all UK] I reached 273 which is exactly the same as last year - disappointing as I was well ahead of last year right until late September.

As for my targets - the only reason I have them is that they spur me on, make me go out when I'm in two minds...

2017 targets

1: See 40 species in/from the garden – achieved 14/11/17 [2 red kites] – now 42

2: See 100 or more species within the modern York boundary. 53 – more effort needed!

3: 10 lifers in UK in any combination of birds and butterflies. 7 - 6 birds, 1 butterfly

4: Website hits to reach 35,000 – achieved 21/09/17

5: Go on 2 more birding adventures - achieved 1: w/c 29/04/17; 2: w/c 21/10/17

6: BirdGuides Iris photo total to 7,000.  7,000 achieved: 21/05/17 

7. Fastest hundred: achieved 10.53 a.m. on January 5th


Barry Bishop(non-registered)
Excellent photos as always. Good birding for 2018.
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