Tuesday, 6 August 2019

Smashing through 100%

Following the 100th species in early June there's been a steady trickle of patch birds with 8 new species in the last 8 weeks...

Swift 22/6
Coal tit - 29/6
Grey wag - 1/7
Great spot woody - 8/7
Greenshank - 30/7
Green Sand - 2/8
Manxie - 5/8
Ruff - 5/8

With autumn just around the corner things should start picking up.

108 species

Happy days


Tuesday, 30 July 2019


2013 was a good year for whinners. Andy Murray won Wimbledon, and Chris Froome won his first Tour de France (although we all know he could have beaten Wiggins in 2012). It was also the last time we recorded whinchat on our patch. A mega, partly due to the non coastal location, this species used to breed on the patch in the days when we released our first album. But no more. However, we were delighted to find a juvenile on patch on Sunday. That, plus fillers, brings us to 71 species, or 91.42%. Hopefully our career will return soon too.

Tuesday, 11 June 2019

Friday, 7 June 2019

Thursday, 6 June 2019

Spring continues...and so do the birds

It's been a couple of weeks since my last post and the birds keep on coming.

Following the bluethroats, a wood sand made a brief evening visit (only my second for the patch) and few days laters a couple of Temminck's stints along with a dunlin also graced the not so great pool.  Another full fat patch (the stints that is, not the dunlin).

A seawatch on the 27th produced a stunning summer plumaged white-billed diver ... yet another full fat patch.

A ringed plover on the 28th was the first record since August 2016.

And that was the end of May.

Luckily it's still spring up here and still birds to be had, two more full fat patch ticks today in the form  of a male red-backed shrike and (believe it or not) 12 Canada geese...

quite simply a stunning spring with seven full fat patch ticks.  99 species (93.40%) puts the Procs back in their place.

Happy days


Wednesday, 29 May 2019

Briefly on top

Its been a while since we last updated our score. The return of summer migrants has boosted our total a bit, including garden warbler in the garden and an early swift. Other news includes the now regular occurrence of house sparrow on the patch. This species is barely annual but it appears to be making a small come back, foraging beside its arboreal cousin. We await being knocked off the top spot by Bushvelt, and whatever he has found of late...

Tuesday, 21 May 2019

Big Royzah's Fully Fat

Not to outdone by Senor Bushveld, Big Roy was delighted to report that it has only taken him 20 whole years (count 'em) to actually manage to see a bluetroat on the Don - verification provided below....

A male bluetroat yesterday
Not that he bothered to focus the image before taking it, nor could he be arsed downloading it off the camera but hey, you get the general idea.

I myself failed to see any bluetroats, but did manage a swift and an amazeballs flyover grey plover, which was only my 5th evah at Galley or something equally amazin....