I feel like I have a lot to look forward to this year. Of course, the same things happen every year at the same sites, and probably have done so for many decades... so why don't I make the most of them every year?
Don't know, really. Lack of time, I suppose.
This year should be different. I'm doing the 'Not Very Big Year' [list] with Darren and we have plans to see lots of nice things in nice locations.
- The seabird cliffs at Bempton
- Capercaillie, eagles and Crested Tit in Scotland
- Black Grouse (in Wales, perhaps)
- Tasty upland things like Redstart, Wood Warbler and Pied Flycatcher
- Dipper (anywhere with a Dipper is a nice location - even the grotty beck in Carlisle city centre where I think I saw my last one)
- Displaying waders on the washes
- 'Roding' Woodcock
- 'Churring' Nightjars
I'd also like to see some new insects, which shouldn't be too hard, as I'm not very well-travelled, insect-wise. For example, I've only seen one fritillary species, Marsh Fritillary, and that was in Spain last May. There is a disappointing lack of fritillaries in this part of the country, and I'd like to see some more.
Hopefully there will be some good blog-fodder (both words and pictures) along the way, too.
digiscoped photo taken with Nikon Coolpix 995 + Leica Apo Televid 62 with 16x eyepiece