Well, didn’t 2021 end on a bit of excitement? Sure, there were a number of “firsts” such as the Pallas’s Warbler at Auchinleck House and the Cetti’s Warbler at Stevenston, and rarities such as the Black-necked Grebe at Martnaham. But, for real standout splendor, you just can’t beat the Ring-necked Parakeet in Kilmarnock. What a winter! I’ve shown a taster here: please see the Photo Gallery for all the goodies. Obviously, some of these make it onto the Ayrshire Species List with the associated glory and riches†.
My thanks to Hayden Fripp, Dave Grant, Angus Hogg, Bruce Kerr and David Lynn for sending in their pictures.† Subject to availability!