I spent most of it concentrating on finding species of birds to get my list up to that of the previous year which I managed to do with one extra making a list of 152 species seen between 1st Jan- 31st Dec 2015. During the year I had seven new lifers these were Nightingale, Red-footed Falcon, Wood Sandpiper, Little Stint, Red-necked Grebe, Slavonian Grebe and Great Skua.
Now to those two new challenges I was talking about well I have decided this year to take part in the Patch Work Challenge, this is were you set up a patch with in a polygon of a maxium of 3 square kilometres and record what species you can see in this area and specie seen out side the area as long as you are within the polygon. And are given points for each species starting with 1 for more information take a look at this blog . http://patchworkchallenge.blogspot.co.uk/
I have set up two Sites the first was Longham Lakes and the other Lytchetts Fields.
I started late this morning at Longham Lakes in very windy wet weather not ideal conditions but managed to record 29 species giving me a total of 30 points to kick off my challenge at this patch.
I have not started at the other site as the weather turned worse so headed home.
Here are a few picture highlights from last year.