Friday, 1 January 2021

New Year Listing again!

Well, once again Helen and I ventured out to try and crack the magic 100 species within an 8 mile radius of Budleigh. Frustratingly, we finished the day on 97 species, the same total as for 2015 and 2016! However, 97 is a very respectable total, even though not the hoped for magic number, and still a very enjoyable day!

It was a bitterly cold day as we started at -3 C and the temperture did not rise above +3 C all day. As a result our starting point at Bowling Green was pretty much entirely frozen!

First bird of the day was Tawny Owl and by 1pm our tally was 70 species. 

Last bird of the day was Dartford Warbler. 

Highlights included:

Red-throated and Great Northern Diver, Velvet and Common Scoter, Purple Sandpiper, Firecrest, Water Pipit, Cirl Bunting and Dartford Warbler. 

Notable Omissions:

Avocet, Peregrine, Sparrowhawk, Woodcock, Yellowhammer and Treecreeper.

There is always next year..........😀

Sunrise at Bowling Green Marsh RSPB by the Mrs

Sunrise on the Exe Estuary by the Mrs

Velvet Scoter, off Otterton STW

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