Anyway it has been a very interesting year, so here is a quick review:
Today is the "Early Birders" blog anniversary and according to the stats I've posted 192 times, have 94 followers and in excess of 9,500 visits all in 12 months. I'm somewhat amazed that what I post appears to be enjoyed by so many others. So special thanks go out to my regular readers who continually leave encouraging comments and to everyone else who happens to drop by I'm very appreciative of your support.
My birding year started, as is usual, with a visit to the south coast where on 1st January I finally caught up with a Purple Sandpiper but didn't get any pictures. My friend Steve at Shooting my Universe has plenty of stunning photos of this delightful wader.
The purchase of a DSLR earlier this year provided an added incentive to post what I was watching but sometimes I still have difficulty choosing between traditional birding and wildlife photography.
A Skylark took centre stage on the blog and then the opportunity to follow breeding activity in the garden was captured whenever I could find the time whilst still working full time.
Throughout the summer the camera enabled me to capture other wildlife and to rekindle an interest in 'flutters' (not least prompted by the massive invasion of Painted Lady's), plus 'dragons' and 'damsels' thanks to an inspiring blogger Kim at Wishnik Woods.
During the final part of the year other external influences finally led to a change in lifestyle and should now provide me with more time to appreciate our native wildlife by exploring my local environment as well as the regular strolls at other locations I enjoy visiting.
So..where will I be today? Somewhere watching wildlife and hopefully getting the new birding year off to a good start.
Wishing everyone a HAPPY, PEACEFUL & Wildlife Rich 2010.