So another year ends. It's been an exciting one. Here's just a few of the highlights (I'm bound to have missed a few):
Of course, not everything went well. No sand martins or little terns nested this year, avocets had a mixed season and the woodlark population locally is in decline, but overall, 2011 should be considered to be a good year for the RSPB in Suffolk.
It finished in style too, with some excellent seawatching today, including minimum counts of 1500 red-throated divers, 700 great crested grebes and two gannets, plus a red-necked grebe yesterday. Bewick's swans remain (30 were counted on Thursday) along with two whooper swans. There was no sign of the tundra bean geese today, but they return. Likewise, white-fronts were down from 117 to about 15. Three otters showed well on island Mere this morning. On the Scrape, highlights were a golden plover, avocet, dunlin, snipe and four pintails.
Which just leaves me to say "Happy New Year to you all." Here's to another busy year and some excellent wildlife sightings in 2012.
And finally, a humerous picture to finish the year. I couldn't resist taking this shot on Tuesday - Minsmere's previously unknown eight-legged red deer!