Sunday, 10 January 2010

Goodbye to 2009!

The year petered out without too much excitement on the birding scene. A couple of Glaucous Gulls on 8th December was an-all-too-rare sight so far this winter. The Chiffchaff lasted until 11th at least whilst a few Skylarks and three Meadow Pipits made it right to the end. Thrush numbers dwindled right down. A Sparrowhawk passed through on 13th and a female Hen Harrier dallied awhile from 18th-23rd. Boxing day turned up 39(!) Curlew, 7 Dunlin and 2 Sanderling plus a female Gadwall.

Our first ever Christmas on the isle (after 11 seasons) was a totally chilled (in more ways than one) occasion. Normally we are travelling around the country dragging children from pillar to post, camping out here and there at various friend's and family's houses, which whilst fantastic to see as many people as we can is a far from relaxing time away! This year has been so different. The kids have enjoyed it (well, they would enjoy Xmas wherever we were) and Lubo was able to experience it all with us too (and open his presents with us!). We were invited to Setter for xmas lunch where we all stuffed our faces, drank too much and played some noisy board games!! Lubo just played with Molly!

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