|Great Tit, Sherwood Forest|
|Nuthatch, Sherwood Forest|
The past few years I have been keeping a personal list of birds I see throughout the year, counting everything I see in the whole country. Not having a car and not specifically 'twitching', I have never amassed a brilliant year list so this year I have decided to stay closer to home and do a Notts year list. 4 weeks in and i have been really enjoying it, but having to get round on a bike has made things difficult. Getting birds close to home has been alright, but when i only have a day to get out somewhere further away, dipping on a bird is really annoying. There has actually been some decent birds about this month as well, but they have been spread out across the county. I need a car i reckon!
I think the hardest thing for me is going to be when decent birds turn up in hard to reach locations, or those far away from public transport or in the grim north of the county, such as Lound, but I'm going to try my best to see as much as I can, and in doing so i think it'll bump up my Notts list as I go.
|Grey Wag, Lowdham. In the field the Glossy Ibis should have been in.|
I'm still missing some easy birds which are within easy distance of me, like Attenborough favourites such as Bittern, Water Rail and Cetti's Warbler, and there are some that i need to try make a special trip for, such as Hawfinch, great grey shrike and crossbill. Hopefully I'll mop some of these up soon, but I'm happy with the 80 or so birds I've got already, including some nice ones like Parrot Crossbill, Scaup and Smew, as well as a notts tick in the form of a Merlin. Just a few short trips out on my bike will put me within a few birds of 100, which is loads better than I thought I'd manage before the spring migrants arrive. It'll be interesting to see what arrives on our shores this year and hopefully in Notts, and hopefully doing this listing business will encourage me to get out and actually look for it!
|Redshank, Rowing course, HP|
|Feral Barny, HP|
|What one might call a 'record shot' of drake Smew at HP|