Saturday, 9 January 2010
2010: the year of the big patch yearlist?
A thin dusting of snow on the Lizard Peninsula takes Cornish motorists by surprise
Ho, hum and Happy Hogmanay to one and all - welcome to the teenies. Apologies for the lack of updates of late. The snow and other frivalties prevented much birding in the last month. Anyhow, another year, another year-list. Actually, come to think of it, I didn't do one last year, but thought it would be fun to try one this year. This time a patch year list for the Lizard Peninsula, with three aims:
(1) to see c. 175 species
(2) to find a few decent birds
(3) to see a few decent birds without having to travel too far
To be kept fully up-to-date here: http://ilyabirding.webs.com/lizard2010yearlist.htm
Put in my first visit today (64 species) and what a corker it turned out to be. Walked down the Loe Valley from Helston Sewage Works to cover Loe Pool after a tip-off from fellow Lizard birder Andy. Freezing cold, blue skies, redwings, fieldfares, snipe & woodcock everywhere. Water Rails by the dozen skating on the ice and at least two Bitterns and a Red-crested Pochard. Divers offshore, Firecrests onshore and at least half a dozen chiffchaffs sitting on the sludge tanks picking-off virtually the only insects left in Britain.