Although way off the leader board a good years patch birding. Finishing the year with a total of 160 species and 103.23%. A much improved performance from 2011 with only 142 species.
However, if only… If only I’d seen everything! Now that would be something.
The ones that got away:
Brent goose (very tricky for the patch),
Wood sandpiper (should be annual)
Long-tailed skua (would have been nice)
Med gull (would have been nicer)
Sab’s gull (bugger)
Glauc gull (not sure how I missed one)
Tree pipit (Scarce but annual)
Yellow wag’ (one a year)
Black redstart (They are annual but I always miss them)
Mistle thrush (Scarce but annual)
Grasshopper warbler (but not to worry)
Icterine warbler (damn missed it)
Lesser whitethroat (how did I miss one)
Spot fly (doh!!!)
Red-breated fly (damn)
Snow bunt (almost as bad as missing a spot fly)
That’s at least 16 species known to have been on patch. A total of at least 176 species and 113%!!! That would have done it…
But alas not.
Still there were some good ones along the way:
Bean goose, hobby, Rosefinch, Marsh warbler, Cranes x 2, Pecs x 3, yellow-browed warbler (a few) a couple of little bunts, a hawfinch and of course the PG Tips. …
Now that’s not bad for a patch in one year!
Bring on 2013