Monday, 2 January 2017

First Patch Post

New Years Day opened with rain and freezing wind. The birds were in hiding, it took a while before I spotted my first of the year - a pair of Collared Doves.

The family were not stirring due to the late night/hangover so I headed out for a short walk around the town. It was mostly a futile attempt to see if any Waxwings were taking advantage of all the berries in the park like they did a few years back. Of course, they weren't, never mind maybe they'll turn up another day.........

Still it wasn't a bad walk, a Pied Wagtail was in a nearby car park and a couple of Crows were by Morrisons. In the park itself were Redwings, Mistle Thrush, around 25 Goldfinch plus a Goldcrest with them.

The daylight was practically non existent in the trees but I managed a few photos.

Back home the Robin and Blue Tits were in the garden but it stayed pretty quiet all day. Full list to start the year off -

Black-Headed Gull
Blue Tit
Collared Dove
Great Tit
Mistle Thrush
Pied Wagtail

Certainly won't be breaking any records with my little patch but it's a start!


  1. A good start Pam - didn't get out here (heavy rain all day). Good Luck in the search for Waxwings - they seem now to be arriving down here but my first trip last week to look for them was a failure!

    1. It was awful here with the rain too first thing. I'll keep checking but the Redwings and Mistle Thrush are really making a meal of the berries so not sure there'll be many left soon!

  2. Good start as it was a horrid day, I went round Kirk lane and Nunroyd park did a little better with 27 Species. Mute Swans on the pond was nice , Grey wagtail an plenty of Goldcrest. Not a day for photos.
    Not doing the patch challenge this year, just my own records. Interested in the numbers that correspond with the birdlist, is there a page to print of ? Do you have know what I mean??
    Amanda x

    1. Oh yes very good start. The Goldcrest are out in force at the moment i've never seen so many about as in recent months.

      Hmm not quite sure what you mean about a birdlist, there's a spreadsheet that you can download and fill in on the website or did you mean a different list? x

    2. Thanks Pam, did find what I was looking for from the link x