Well, the first week of this PatchBirding thingy is over. Being stuck in bed with a cold really didn't help in getting the list started. Monday morning started with garden regulars, such as Dunnock, Blackcap, Blue and Coal Tit. The first real surprise came on Tuesday morning when an adult winter female Brambling joined the half dozen or so Chaffinches feeding on the sunflower seed in the garden. Only the fourth garden record in the last ten years.
Not much happened until Saturday, when a Raven flew over, as did a group of ten Brent Geese (garden tick!). The Brambling re-appeared Sunday morning, while 6 Starlings performing a mini-murmuration on Sunday evening were the last species to be added to the patch list this week.
That leaves the total at 26 species and 28 points so far. Having recorded 99 species in the area last year, I am hoping to break through the 100 mark in this years challenge.