Well that's me done on the patch for 2012.
It hasn't been a great year as far as birds are concerned, posting my lowest patch total in at least the last five years, of 146 species, fourteen species down on 2011. I added two new species to the patch-list in 2012 though. A self-found and overdue Honey Buzzard in August and Mandarin Duck in July.
This is how it broke down over the year.
The low total can be blamed on a few things:
1) The weather. Awful
2) Grazing (or lack of) on the Budge Fields - too little, too late resulted in no passage waders
3) Effort - Work getting in the way of birding. (I had 82 separate visit to the patch in 2012)
4) I missed the 'mini' autumn fall and good seawatching days.
5) We only managed four ringing sessions
I had hoped to a nice end-of-year report, but I've run out of time. I'll do a five-year patch report sometime in the new year.
In the meantime, here are some of absentees from my 2012 list
I have a new focus for 2013. I have joined the Patchwork Challenge , along with the Stewart Sexton, Dave Elliott, Alan Tilmouth and James Common.
The patch competition that Alan ran way-back really spurred me on to work the patch a bit harder so hopefully this might too.
It just leaves me to say Happy New Year to you all and I'll see you in January with a refreshed blog and hopefully a refreshed Ipin!