Apart from taking the chance to wish all reading this a very Happy New Year I thought it would be good to recap on the new species I have caught on camera in Lincolnshire in 2012, so here goes … A total of 17 new species were photographed by yours truly with a few more seen that sadly got away!

Below I will go through month by month when the new species were photographed and where … first …

January ~ 1 speciesShelduck taken @ Frampton Marsh on the 28th of January
Shelduck taken @ Frampton Marsh on a sunny day near the end of January

February ~ 1 speciesWhite Stork from Kirkby on Bain White Stork from Kirkby on Bain taken on a grey & gloomy day.

March ~ 1 species
Lesser Redpoll taken in Grantham in March in a freinds back garden.
The image above was taken in a friends garden. Lesser Redpolls were also seen at Marston STW and in my own back garden in December with the latter being a new garden tick for me:)

May ~ 1 speciesMSWCuckoo4512c1 of the active Cuckoo’s seen @ Martston STW in 2012

June ~ 4 speciesCurrently my one and only decent shot of a Jay, this one from Belton village, taken on the bridge leading onto the Belton House entrance, over the Witham where KIngfishers are sometimes seen.Currently my 1 and only decent shot of a Jay, this one from Belton village, taken on the bridge leading onto the Belton House entrance, over the Witham where Kingfishers are sometimes seen.MSWHseMart23612A Marston STW House Martin – any pic of these superb flyers is a good one!MSWYelWag23612Yellow Wagtail taken @ Marston STW – a pair seen close to the car park. This species also seen & photographed @ Frampton Marsh in October.The super Spotted Flycatcher, this 1 of a breeding pair in Fulbeck. The super Spotted Flycatcher, this 1 of a breeding pair in Fulbeck, boy could you see these beauties up close to their nest & resulting young.

July ~ 1 species
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Little Owl taken @ Harrowby Hall hill just outside of Grantham – 1 of 2 seen in same location.

September ~ 2 species
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Small active group of the, many many Dunlin seen @ Frampton Marsh this day, it was fun trying to pick these out amoung all the Black Tailed Godwits I can tell you.HmeOsprey9912
Not sure if this qualifies as a garden tick but an Osprey from your back garden ain’t too bad now is it? 🙂 It looped around a couple of times in which I got a few shots then it went on its merry way, what a sight from your back lawn!

October ~ 4 speciesFraMarMarHar101012
Marsh Harrier taken @ Frampton Marsh, lovely bird just did not come as close as I had wished.MabRdThDiv61012
While on a day out on the coast with my wife I got a few shots of a distant Red Throated Diver.
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Sandwich Terns were around at the same time as seeing the Red Throated Diver, they were intermingling on the beach with Common Gulls if I recall correctly.
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A great Treecreeper shot (if I do say so myself) taken @ Woodland Waters near Ancaster, what a bird!

November ~ 1 species
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Whilst out for the day with the South Lincs RSPB local group @ Gib Point had a few seconds to shoot a pair of Goldeneye go over us at speed.

December ~ 1 speciesHuttoftHooper81212
Whooper Swans (a group of 7 – 2 Mutes & 5 Whoopers) were seen on a coastal day out with Dave R, these were seen at Huttoft Pits.

So not a bad lift to the list of birds photographed in Lincs in a year, aiming for some more on 2013, Happy New Year all! 🙂