Whinchats, Chipping Sodbury

Having walked half the perimeter of this Common in South Gloucestershire, I was getting a bit desperate

New Cut, Bristol

Rarities are great crested grebe, grey heron, merlin, raven, reed warbler, mistle thrush and linnet

The 300 Club

a green-winged teal at Slimbridge was my 300th British species

200 Up

A parting shot at the year list was Blaise Estate in Bristol, where rose-ringed parakeets and firecrests have occasionally been reported.

Pectoral Sandpiper, Northwick Warth

I’ve only seen once in the USA, versus seven times this side of the Atlantic