Wednesday, 10 April 2013

100 up on the 100th day of the year!

Well since mid-January and scoring the initial ‘run’ of species which culminated with the finding of a Green-winged Teal on the ‘duck pond’ on 14th January, birding has been pretty quiet with a slow trawl through to scoring the ‘ton’ for the 2013 patch list. January closed with a total of 86 species with the highlights in the late January period being a juvenile Glaucous Gull off the pier and both Waxwing and Mistle Thrush in the garden.
Since mid-January most days have been like this!
February was quiet with 5 new species added; the first Skylarks and Lesser Black-backed Gulls of the year and a small group of Long-tailed Ducks being the highlights. March was even quieter but a smart adult Ring-billed Gull arrived on the 13th and stayed for a few days loitering around the beach and towards the end of the month the first Sandwich Terns and Wheatears arrived (albeit in small numbers). March ended with a tally of 94.
The weather has started to improve!
Now April has opened with a little promise seeing the first Chiffchaff of the year ‘fly-catching’ in the garden on the 1st in sunny ‘mild’ conditions and an Arctic Tern joining the Sandwich Terns off the pier. The following day, a Shelduck (a patch rare!) flew in and joined a small group of Pale-bellied Brents on the beach – after some 30 minutes it continued its journey north, whilst in the garden 2 Great Tits appeared. A good stomp around the patch on the 7th found an increase in Wheatear numbers plus a few Fieldfares and Redwings but highlights were adding a Grey Wagtail and 2 Greenland White-fronted Geese to the 2013 patch list (now on 99).
So what was the 100th for the year going to be? Well whilst sitting having breakfast, on this the 100th day of the year, that question was answered – a Collared Dove arrived!

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