Thursday, 28 February 2019

Snowy migrates to Galley

Following the use of VAR Seppy gets the prize...

A much deserved winner with a cracking flycatcher.

Sunday, 24 February 2019


An almost tropical wander this afternoon in the sun produced a flock of 16 crossbills over high, and a jay. A very early peacock butterfly was also notable but doesn't count. 46, and onto the podium.

Wednesday, 20 February 2019

Random flooding

of a patch of ground delivered me 9 teal. Every little counts.
44, or 56.65%

Wednesday, 13 February 2019

Checking in

It has been quiet so far, but we have finally checked in for the year, with 55.36% of 77.67 meaning we are in 4th place.
Dipper singing in the garden this morning is perhaps the highlight of the year.

Monday, 14 January 2019

The second week of 2019 goes well for the T-2006. Nothing unexpected but nice to get potential tricky species such as whooper swan and woodcock in the bag. A host of other species sees the wheels of steel roll up to 65 species and 51.18%.

The T-2006 shall now return to mission control satisfied. Yes, it's as happy as fish, and gorgeous as geese, and wonderfully clean in the morning.  

Saturday, 12 January 2019

It is I, Tintin


Thank you most heartily for allowing me to enter that most hallowed of competitions, the Golden Mallard. I can't claim I will bring you tales of cripplers and megas, rarities and vagrants, days spent scouring the seas for errant petrels. In fact, if I bring you tales of anything even half interesting I'll be surprised.

I must correct an error. I see "Winchburgh" has been listed as my patch. Winchburgh? That washed up, former shale mining village with no more birds than a crappy urban park! No, my fabled patch is around Philpstoun, a former shale mining village with no more birds than a crappy urban park. Quite different I'm sure you'll agree.

To introduce this avian paradise here it is...

The highlights? The Union Canal, some fairly poor woodland, and a flooded field. Stunning I'm sure you'll agree.

Best bird by some considerable margin was a hobby that shot over on my birthday several years ago.

So far this year the patch has probably already shot its bolt with a couple of waxwing, better birds may be hard to find. A singing dipper this morning added some winter delight but we shall see how the rest of the year goes. 

Snowy! Here boy!

PS Did The Proclaimers mention that I found the best bird on his patch in recent years?
Greetings insects,
Tis the T-2006 here. Once again back from the future to bring metal claw to human behind with an amount of force equal to its mass times the acceleration that the T-2006 will deem necessary. More on that later.

Anyhoo, at the end of the first week of 2019, 47 species were logged, which equates to 37.01% based on an (old) estimated average of 127. Let battle commence!

Meantime, to let the field catch up, the T-2006 shall return to its bunker, to recite three lullabies in an ancient tongue for the court of the crimson king.