Wednesday, 3 January 2018

Happy New Year everyone

I've had time to go birding, time to eat and sleep and do some work, but no time to blog, so for now the park is on 78. More to come later. Happy New Year. The high winds give me hope a seabird might show up!

So, Jan 1st yielded 76 species, pretty good, the best birds being Barn Owl, Kingfisher, Grey Wagtail, Stonechat, Meadow Pipit, Coal Tit, Shelduck, Great Black-backed Gull, Little Egret, Bittern, but the star was of course Hawfinch, which kept us waiting for an hour longer than most other recent mornings.

I ended on 69, missing various things including Jay of all things.

The 2nd January offered some catch ups, new for 2018 Mistle Thrush, adding Jay, then House Sparrow for 2018, then Raven and Little Egret, placing me on 74, but Kestrel, Siskin, Shelduck and Tawny Owl are eluding me for now.

Looking back on 2016 we had Pintail, Red-Crested Pochard, Golden Plover and in 2017 the exciting occurrence of Brent Goose and Caspian Gull. There will be much to do to stay on track, but as it all evens out by about the 21st February, we just need to stay vigilant for the precious bonuses like Goosander, Woodcock, Jack Snipe etc. to put us ahead come year end.

Good luck and above all have fun birding everyone.

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