Tuesday, 8 January 2013

Haves and have-nots

Reflecting on my sightings so far this year (not much else to do Birding wise with the long dark evenings) it was interesting to see what I had actually managed to connect with on my Patch.

With the new fashion of "foot it" up and running and being taken part in by quite a few of my fellow bloggers I feel a bit of a lush driving around in my car so far...at least for part of the time.

I'm still intending to have a go...time will tell?

Anyway, back to my sightings. Below is a list of birds that I would expect to see at this time of year on my Patch but as yet remain elusive...

Whooper Swan (Cygnus cygnus)

Greylag Goose (Anser anser)

Greater Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)

Great Northern Diver (Gavia immer)

Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis)

Great Crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus)

Northern Gannet (Morus bassanus)

European Shag (Phalacrocorax aristotelis)

Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea)

Marsh Harrier (Circus aeruginosus)

Hen Harrier (Circus cyaneus)

Common Buzzard (Buteo buteo)

Merlin (Falco columbarius)

Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus)

Water Rail (Rallus aquaticus)

Coot (Fulica atra)

Jack Snipe (Lymnocryptes minimus)

Common Snipe (Gallinago gallinago)

Mediterranean Gull (Larus melanocephalus)

Lesser Black-backed Gull (Larus fuscus)

Black-legged Kittiwake (Rissa tridactyla)

Razorbill (Alca torda)

Little Owl (Athene noctua)

Common Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis)

Skylark (Alauda arvensis)

Rock Pipit (Anthus petrosus [spinoletta])

Grey Wagtail (Motacilla cinerea)

Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba)

Bohemian Waxwing (Bombycilla garrulus)

Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos)

Redwing (Turdus iliacus)

Mistle Thrush (Turdus viscivorus)

Goldcrest (Regulus regulus)

Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus)

Coal Tit (Parus ater)

Treecreeper (Certhia familiaris)

Brambling (Fringilla montifringilla)

Lesser Redpoll (Carduelis flammea cabaret)

Lapland Bunting (Calcarius lapponicus)

Snow Bunting (Plectrophenax nivalis)

Yellowhammer (Emberiza citrinella)

Corn Bunting (Miliaria calandra)

Some surprising absentees...still, plenty to go at on Saturday!!

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