Tuesday, 8 January 2013

Drivin' it

With the Axe birding community diversifying rapidly on the concept of patch lists (by bike, foot, camera, set the target first etc) I felt I had to join in. If I am able I will do 3 lists for the year;
1. My local patch which will be my daily commute from just north of Axminster to Honiton. This passes the delights of a small rocky stream (where I had Dipper in 2012 from the car), a crossing over the Axe, some lovely beech woods and finally great vistas across East Devon. My target for this...40? Is that possible?
2. My extended patch which is everything I see from my car as I travel the length and breadth of this country doing my job. The A303, M5 and others see too much of me and do this could make things better. Did my first 320 miles yesterday towards London & Surrey and immediately faced the dilemma - do I count birds at service stations? No even though the patch Trekkers are scoping birds miles off their walk-it patch, I will stay true to the road (and no optics!!!)
3. Last my lunchtime list - always fun and ever expanding, never wrote up the Black Grouse, Dotterel, SB Dowitcher (right before it left) in 2012 so will try and be more diligent this year.
So where are we at?
1. It's still basically dark on my daily commute so haven't started that one
2. Surrey saw me amazed at just how many jackdaws, magpie and wood pigs there are in this country. Also scored Mute Swan, Cormorant and a lucky Green Woodpecker to give me a total of 16 sp. on that trip.
3. Zip, been all work so far.
Brum Brum the new foot it!

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