Monday, 29 October 2012
Sunday, 28 October 2012
Another YB Warbler and a possible Sibe Chiff or two were the best of the rest I could do on the patch.
Have been steadily adding to my total however, which now stands on 155 for the year.Have missed a fair bit of other good year birds such as Bullfinch and Treecreeper so far though.
Having said that Gt Northern Diver yesterday was appreciated after a blank year for me. Goldcrest, Common Stonechat, Brambling and Lesser Whitethroat also adding to some of the recent variety as shown below.
Saturday, 27 October 2012
Friday, 26 October 2012
Thursday, 25 October 2012
Fab news from Wanstead this morning as a couple of Brambling lolloped north over Coronation Plantation. Can’t quite believe how close it is at the top, but the very very good news indeed is that because my patch is an inner-city hell-hole rather than a remote headland that gets plastered with rare and scarce year in year out, my overall average yearlist is very meagre. Each new bird for the year sees me climb 0.93%, and so it is that Brambling easily trumps Dick’s Pipit in the percentage game.
As somebody small and blue once said, Happy Days!
My third on patch, and second one found - a great bird but somehow I don't think its going to be enough! Shreeeeeeeeeeep!
I had a leaf warbler with pale legs here the other day too. But it was a willow warbler.
Wednesday, 24 October 2012
Monday, 22 October 2012
Sunday, 21 October 2012
Some late House Martins the best of the rest, with a couple of invisible Ouzels hanging around too.
Back in pole position, but hardly an unassailable lead. One bird in it by the looks of things.
Saturday, 20 October 2012
Friday, 19 October 2012
Wednesday, 17 October 2012
but not a bird!....
Thankfully though the Whinnyfold road plantation came up trumps again with a pair of bullfinches. Only my third ever record of bullfinch on the patch! Them and some crossbills that I'd previously forgotten to count put me somewhere up the leader board.
Monday, 15 October 2012
Takes me once again to the top of the pile, though a single bird probably now separates 1 and 5.
So those goodies put me on 131 species, or 101.94% - my second highest score ever and still some real dross to get (and some that I've definitely missed....). Joint third place though, and all to play for.
Sunday, 14 October 2012
while managed to pass the 100%... but only just!
A weekend of easterlies has proven to be a bit disappointing.
The best of the bunch was a reed warbler found by Reg in the whinnyfold road plantation. A good bird for the patch but it must be the only unstreaked Acro this autumn that hasn't been a Blyth's. Totally ridiculous! There's been flocks of Blyth's up and down the east coast all autumn Not a sniff of a reed warbler in Shetland and yet, we get a bog standard reed warbler. Unfortunately it showed rather well and as reg pointed out didn't show a single possible Blyth's feature. But not to worry still a good one for the year.
Better still was this, not so, little cracker...
Appeared on my bird table and has now stayed for three days. The last one in the patch was 12 years ago during the very first patch list challenge, also on the same bird table but in a different garden!
Saturday, 13 October 2012
Tuesday, 9 October 2012
Good to tick the Wanstead Birder and the rest of his birding pals watching a happy hammers game in a pub in Lerwick! Safely off patch. Cheers to you all.
Meanwhile back on patch the birds keep a coming.
First, at the weekend I finally connected with a fine hooded crow (and it was mostly a hooded) that's been kicking around. The ol' Bill has been reporting it for ages but it's taken a while but now it's bagged.
Today a stroll down to the heavily trampled Whinnyfold Road bushes produced a very fine treecreeper and on the way back I checked a site in the middle of a stubble field that looked good for jack snipe. Birding skills there is was, jack snipe. Neither are easy and all much appreciated.
I've never been so far up the leader board before...
Monday, 8 October 2012
More monster this very afternoon after news of a lunchtime firecrest at Shite Lane! Once the rain eased off, it was swiftly hoovered for the year - 1st one on patch since 2008! Skills!