Just like in 2021 Ian and I attempted to see as many species as possible around Needs Ore on New Year’s Day. Last year I saw 81 and this year we seemed to be well ahead of track all day and I finished with a roosting Kingfisher along the ditch near the sluice gate. I saw 97 species which is amazing and makes me think that 100 may be possible next year especially as we missed Coal Tit, Marsh Tit, Jay, Firecrest, Eider, Great Northern Diver and Treecreeper.
Highlights were three Glossy Ibis found by Ian going over the Reedy Ditch at 8am, also 4 Brambling calling here. Sea Watching produced Kittiwake, Red-throated Diver, Razorbill, Guillemot and Slavonian Grebe. Also the Scaup on Black Water and a Nuthatch calling from Silver’s Copse.