What did you miss in 2015? For me, probably Tree Pipit, Scaup, Garganey and Pintail. Others too, but they are the most obvious.
On the flip-side, Little Stint and Little Tern were both county self-found ticks, and greatly enjoyed, so I mustn't grumble. The latter was even twitched by our CR, so I can't be accused of being a big stringy twat.
Good luck to all during 2016, and remember, it isn't the taking part that counts, it's the winning. Hang about...I've got that the wrong way up...
Neither José Mourinho nor Jeremy Clarkson will be available to present this year's trophy (sponsored by Armitage Shanks), as both are busy with their 'gardening', but I did get a text from Jeremy which read ''My congratulations to Andy...some say that he sleeps upside-down in an empty box of cornflakes at a lay-by on the A6, and that his dreams involve Scarlett Johansson and Scaup...all we know is, he's called The Reaper.''
If you didn't get that in-joke, please refer to last year's blog.