|and next year's Christmas Card is ... Robin at Burton Mill Pond on 4 January.
|King Eider off Pett Level on 17 January
|one of the Waxwings at Windmill Hill on 24 January
|Waxwing practising juggling
|a bird one rarely tires of seeing
|First-winter (2CY) Glaucous Gull at Newhaven on 25 January
|very dark underparts
|looking less of a brute in this image
|sadly it seems the bird became entangled in fishing line and perished
|similar aged (first-winter/2CY) Iceland Gull on Southwick Beach on 31 January
|provided a nice contrast with the Newhaven Glaucous
|pale Chiffchaff seen briefly at Coldwaltham Sewage Works on 7 February
|the Iceland Gull was photographed again on 15 February, even worse than previously, this time on Southwick Canal
|Red-breasted Goose in the fields at West Wittering car park on 21 February
|it occasionally took flight
|on a return visit on 23 February the Red-breasted Goose was just inside Chichester Harbour
|one of the Waxwings in Goring on 21 February
|a show-off when eating
|Long-eared Owl at Stump Bottom on 1 March. A walk with Megan coincided with a downland fun run which appeared to have disturbed a pair of these superb birds. Sadly the site no longer seems to be active.
|Hawfinch at Arundel on 7 March
|poor flight shot showing distinctive wing panel
|Tree Pipit on Stanley Common on 4 May
|Wood Lark on Stanley Common on 4 May
|perhaps my all-time favourite songster
|Nightingale at Coldwaltham on 4 May, not a bad songster either ...
|Whimbrel on the Adur on 16 May, my first efforts at digiscoping
|Black-winged Pratincole at Grove Ferry on 23 May. A rare but very enjoyable twitch outside of Sussex with Martin Casemore
|drake Garganey at Grove Ferry on 23 May.
|baby Tawny Owl at Stodmarsh on 23 May
|male Lesser Spotted Woodpecker at nest-hole near Horsham on 25 May
|Oriental Pratincole at Pagham Nortrh Wall on 29 May, although few realised its true identity at the time
|despite all the relevant features being very apparent
|I mistakenly thought all Orientals should show peachy flanks and ruled it out on that basis while completely discounted the lack of a pale trailing edge to the primaries and the short out tail.
|I even talked myself out of arguing that it would be very unlikely for both tail feathers to be broken so evenly ...
|the extent of red at the base of the bill and the thickness of the black throat surround also point to Oriental but it is easy to spot that with hindsight
|of those seeing the bird only Tim Edwards was adamant that it was an Oriental but his opinion was largely discounted
|back at the Lesser Spots on 30 May both parents were visiting regularly, here the female with a young males head evident in the nest hole
|female feeding young female
|Ringed Plover's nest on Southwick Beach on 4 June, three eggs hatched but only one youngster survived to become full-grown
|Whitethroat near Lancing College on 7 June
|Grey Heron at Abersoch, North Wales on 16 June on an abortive Royal Tern twitch
|another Ringed Plover's nest on Southwick Beach, this one also produced one fully-grown youngster
|one of the adults