My favourite birds of 2023

Today we were preparing for the arrival of our Quartet colleagues for a couple of days of rehearsal before a concert on Friday and then a coaching course from Saturday until Monday, so blogging is going to be tricky this week!

With no trips out today I was thinking about the birds I’ve seen in 2023 and wondering what my favourite would be. And of course it’s pretty well impossible to have a single favourite, so I decided to have a list of ten species that I’ve been excited to see in 2023. I’ve done the list in the order I saw the birds.

When I went through the 2023 list I ended up with nearly 20 “favourites” and so whittled it down from there. Here are my top ten:

  1. goshawk – because I’d never seen one before.
  2. Lapland bunting – the same reason, and that I spent ages trying to find it!
  3. purple sandpiper – I’d never seen so many so well before.
  4. woodlark – a species that had eluded me for many years.
  5. night heron – lovely to see these for the first time in the UK.
  6. ring ouzel – a beautiful bird that I hardly ever see.
  7. lesser whitethroat – a warbler that I finally sorted out this year, having learned the call.
  8. honey buzzard – another elusive raptor.
  9. waxwing – because they’re amazing!
  10. red-breasted goose – my favourite goose.

Of course there’s still time – just – for some challengers to this list!

A waxwing – one of my favourite birds of 2023

No new species for December 5th:

Birds = 229
Moths = 259
Wildflowers = 291