I've never liked the competetive feeling this type of thing brings about so I've never bothered. Lately though I've been discussing it. The thing I do like is patch birding, or patch watching and recording what a patch can turn up.
I've decided to keep a list this year, (like many, if not all, years previously) of birds for a start, on 'my' patch. I think the fact I'm keeping a list will mean that I will make a point of thinking about the area each month and therefore visiting and recording.
Thats the plan anyway, hardly a new concept for proper birders and recorders but lets see if I can keep this up for 12 months.
Rutters Way this year will be The Coquet Estuary, from The Harbour north to Birling Carrs with the main A1068 the western boundary.
|Looking north from Warkworth Picnic Site to Birling|
|Old Water Pools|
|Track of the Day, between shore and dunes walking north|
I've had two decent visits this month and 43 species were recored on the 1st, today I have been out and my total for the year is now 58. Kingfisher and Little Egret the highlights although I did punch the air when I got my eye on my first Dunnock and quickly looked around to see if anyone was looking.
|Really sad sight, dead Whooper Swan|