I gave up on twitching years years ago for many reasons but, like a lot of birders, I like to keep a list of the species seen during the year. I used to expect to get 200+ species but in recent times153 has been my top and I have probably enjoyed my birding as much if not more. So its a new year so a new list and I wondered how others who keep lists are getting on with theirs. The corvid19 restrictions will limit the distance most of us will be travelling but many will have good birding not far from our doorsteps. So how is your 2021 bird list going in these strange unusual times ? I, like loads of others, am in that "vulnerable at risk" group so have been shielding but we still managing a decent local walk carrying our bins and I have managed 43 species in the first two weeks of the year and I've really enjoyed it. Chris has managed 46 species but her eyes are better than mine. Let's hope things with the virus will improve enough for us to catch some of the incoming Spring birds. Until then we will get on and enjoy what we have, take care folks.
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I'm afraid the 60's is where I would be in a normal year at this time. This year, I'm still in the 20's. One reason is because I can't get anywhere with decent wildfowl. Still, I did get a Willow Tit in the park today which, although I live in a hotspot for them, must be worth at least five!
Woo! Coal Tit outside the dentists! Didn't know they had teeth:) 71
Got to the coast again today- list was on 111. *** Added Dunlin, Knot and Ringed and Little Ringed Plover then Kittiwake Bearded Tit and Black Redstart; And at last- 1st swallow! 120
On March 29th got to Titchwell - lots of visitors- 94
Hunstanton on 31st- 99.
Hi bumped into an old birding buddy volunteering at RSPB Lakenheath this weekend- he told me the best place to see the local Garganey- about 30 yards up there! Good Hot chocolate too. A wander around a few other sites close by added Lsr Spot WP, Mandarin, Xbill, Treecreeper, Woodlark, Cuckoo and Wailing Heath Chicken Year list 128.
I checked- In 2019 with no lockdown on this date I was on 134.
last year in lockdown I was on 135.
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