We did some coppicing, which was going well until the chainsaw died (old fuel we think). I had to resort to more traditional methods to finish the job and then got half an hours birding in.
|hard work after the festivities|
later this afternoon, I had a look on the sea. Not arriving until half-three, dusk was setting in but the light was nice. Scanning the sea, I picked up a black-throated diver, presumably the same bird as last week. Near it and close in was a slavonian grebe. Also of note offshore were two gannets heading north and a couple of fulmars, both good species for January.
So the 2014 patch list stands at 31 earning me 36 points in the 2014 Patch Work Challenge.
5 carrion crow
9 black-tailed godwit
15 black-headed gull
16 red-throated diver
18 black-throated diver
19 common gull
20 common scoter
22 slavonian grebe
24 herring gull
25 great black-backed gull
28 pink-footed goose
29 barn owl
PWC 36 points
No sign of yesterday's female long tailed duck, then? Hope she shows up for you next time.
Was the scoter a female on the north pool? That was my best guess for my mystery diving duck there yesterday, but I wasn't 100% sure - head pattern rather more defined than in the books.
Rachel - to be honest, I never got a chance to look on the big pool. Will do tomorrow. The scoter is female/first winter male.
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