200 Bird species for 2017

At the beginning of the year I thought I would try for 200 bird species for the year. Following many afternoons, days and weekends I finally achieved my target of 200 for the UK. The last bird of note was in December with fine views of the long staying Penduline Tit in Gloucestershire.

Record shot of Penduline Tit
Highlights were as follows.

American Wigeon, Artic Skua, Bee-Eater, Bearded Tit, Bittern, Black Guillemot, Black Tern, Black-necked Grebe, Caspian Gull, Cattle Egret, Corn Bunting, Corncrake, Crane, Curlew Sandpiper, Dartford Warbler, Dipper, Eider, Firecrest, Glaucous Gull, Glossy Ibis, Goshawk, Great Grey Shrike, Grasshopper Warbler, Great Northern Diver, Great Skua, Great White Egret, Green-winged Teal, Grey Phalarope, Hawfinch, Jack Snipe, Little Stint, Long-tailed Duck, Mandarin Duck, Merlin, Nightingale, Pectoral Sandpiper, Red-necked Grebe, Red-necked Phalarope, Ring-necked Parakeet, Sabine's Gull, Scaup, Slavonian Grebe, Smew, Spoonbill, Spotted Redshank, Stone Curlew, Temminck's Stint, Waxwing and Wood Sandpiper.

Hawfinch Record shot
Mandarin Duck


Record of Bee Eater
My favourite places visited were, Lundy Island, River Taw Estuary, Appledore, Frampton Marsh, Minesmere, Eyebrook Reservoir, Rutland Water, Fremington Quay, Bridlington, Flamborough Head, Belfast Lough and Pitsford Reservoir. 

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