Wednesday, 31 December 2014

The 'Cowboys' hottest 3 birds of 2014

I've just got enough time to squeeze in one final blogpost of 2014 before setting off for yet another liquid lunch and then onto New Years celebrations with friends - which doesn't bode well for being out on the patch New Years day to start the annual year list - maybe I'll start the list on the 2nd of Jan!

Anyway my top 3 birds for 2014 are as follows:

In third place and taking this years 'Bronzed Birds Eye Chilli' goes to the Short-toed Snake Eagle at Ashdown Forest, superb bird and great location and if my views had been better then this bird would have easily have taken 2nd spot, but as I had to tick and run on the day, the Snake Eagle just takes 3rd place.

3rd Place - If only my views had been this good
In second place and taking the 'Silver Scotch Bonnet Pepper' goes to another raptor and this time it's the juvenile Pallid Harrier at Tingwall airport on Shetland. Great views of this distinctly marked eastern European harrier. Watching this bird hunt over the moors surrounding the airport at close range was a real joy and a pleasure.

This years runner up
So to this years winner and picking up the much coveted award and top prize of the 'Golden Scorpion Trinidad Pepper' for 'The Cowboys hottest bird of the year 2014' goes to...the male Siberian Rubythroat at Levenwick, Shetland - no real surprises there then!

Top spot and the 2014 winner by a country mile
The Rubythroat was this years clear winner - I had the most amazing views of an absolutely stunning bird and I was lucky enough to share the experience with three good birding friends, this was one of those special birding moments that will live with me for a very long time.

Which just leaves me to wish you all a very happy new year and good birding in 2015, and I look forward to continuing to share my birding ups and downs with you all in the coming year.


  1. Three stunners Tony! Happy New Year to you.

  2. Many thanks Steve, looking forward to reading many more excellent blogposts from yourself throughout 2015.