Sunday 3 January 2016

New Year Bird Race 2016

In true tradition, the Mrs and I headed out today to try and achieve seeing/ hearing the magic 100 species in a day that has so far eluded us in previous years. 

Sadly, the weather was against us with heavy rain and strong winds from first light until mid morning. However, despite this we still managed a very respectable tally of 97 species. Rather frustratingly, the exact same figure as last year!

We ditched the bikes this year, due to the weather but still focused on the usual area all within just a 7 mile radius of Budleigh Salterton.

Highlights included:

Great Skua off the mouth of the Exe
Firecrest on the Otter
Brambling, Cirl Bunting and Yellowhammer in mixed flock
Short-eared Owl and Woodcock on the heath at dusk to the sound of calling Dartford Warblers - DWs always seem to be very vocal at dusk.

As usual, there were embarrassing misses which included:
Green Woodpecker, Black-tailed Godwit (but plenty of Bar-tailed Godwits!), Knot, Treecreeper and Raven

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