Two friends of mine did a patch last year which is a local area, basically the North Letchworth greenbelt. The idea was to see how many species could be seen on the patch in a calendar year, Ken, who is retired managed a superb 98 species and Tim, who is still employed got a very credible 92.
I retired in August and thought this would encourage me to get off out for some exercise, in what is a cheap form of entertainment.
My patch will include the area North of my house including the Standalone farm and the area inside the Pix brook which runs parallel to the Stotfold to Hitchin road, A507, A1 and a line around the built up areas to the South and the 'Blue lagoon' a disused chalk pit (now owned by a fishing syndicate) which is linked to the remainder of the patch by a footpath to the farm.
Most of the patch is arable land with small amounts of woodland, two ponds two brooks and the Blue lagoon.
I will be updating the sightings every seventh day.
Jan 1st to 7th.
Jan first, I left home at 0735 for the Blue lagoon and the first birds were :-
ROBIN, CARRION CROW, COOT, BLACKBIRD
MUTE SWAN, LITTLE GREBE, MAGPIE, MOORHEN
BLK HEADED GULL, WOODPIGEON
Next stop was Standalone farm STOCK DOVE, BLUE TIT
GREYLAG GOOSE, DUNNOCK, KESTREL, REDWING
CANADA GOOSE, JACKDAW, MALLARD, TEAL
REED BUNTING, GREY HERON, GADWALL, SHOVELLER
LONG TAILED TIT, POCHARD, BULLFINCH, WREN
GREEN WOODPECKER, STARLING, COLLARED DOVE total 31