The Budge fields were full of birds and they were flighty, so counting was tricky.
|plenty of birds on the Budge fields|
The top five were:
Highlights were the two long-staying long-tailed ducks and three pintail. Snipe was the only addition to the year list. It was sleeting hard when i finished the count, I was freezing, so I packed in and went to the Country Barn for some sustenance.
I managed a brief check of Druridge on Friday evening after work, the evenings are getting lighter and there was still some visibility at half-past-five. Two barn owls were hunting around the dunes and song thrush was addition to the list. This takes the patch list to 64 and the Patchwork Challenge to 68 points.
|One of the two barn owls hunting in the dunes|
|curlews silhouetted at dusk|
62 song thrush
63 barn owl