We went to smoggy-land to to twitch the glaucous winged gull today - we didn't see it.... I hate twitching!
We did the birdrace yesterday and as usual we didn't do too well, but we didn't embarrass ourselves, I think we were 5th out of 7 teams with 101 as our total. We missed some easy stuff including shoveler, red grouse and reed bunting, we also dipped the Hauxley white-fronts and bean goose and just got pink-footed goose, our last bird of the day! We did see some good birds including marsh tit, kingfisher, ruff and dipper.
The winners with 113 (I think) was 'The Casuals' (Muriel and Tom Cadwallender, John Richardson and Neil Anderson) - well done to them! We helped them celebrate their win with some food and wine afterwards.
All in all, a good day, I do enjoy the winter bird race, it's quite a sociable event, with teams meeting during the day and at the end in the pub to declare their totals. If you've never done a winter bird race - give it a go.....it's far better than twitching!