Marston patchday

Patchwork challenge set a friendly mini-contest for patchworkers to take part in this weekend. The idea being to see as many species as you can in one day.

Well, I had to have a go didn’t I?

How many species could be recorded in a day? 20% of the birds seen in a year? 30%?. 40%?. Well, I managed 58 species which was exactly 50% of the birds I’ve recorded this year. I was really surprised, this is the most I’ve ever seen here in one day.

Starting at first light I carried on until dusk, with a two hour break for breakfast and shopping. Two goosanders flew south soon after sunrise and a cetti’s warbler sang loudly. Marston mainstays grey wag, green sand, curlew and little grebe were all ticked. Along Green lane a finch and bunting flock held a dozen or so yellowhammers and a few lesser redpolls.

Full list: greylag, numbers built through the day c.450. Carrion crow c.75. Wren. Moorhen. Wigeon 3. Teal 80 at least. Mallard 50 at least. Mute swan 2. Gadwall c.25. Blackbird 20. Kestrel 2. Curlew 17. Cetti’s. Pheasant. Magpie. Dunnock. Snipe 10. Woodpigeon, about 400 on the move early. Fieldfare, over 200 on the move, mostly late on. Redwing, 50+. Green sandpiper. Grey heron. Jackdaw. Goldfinch. Grey wag, 3 at least. Little egret 3. Buzzard 5. Goosander 2. Starling. Blue tit. Great tit. Goldcrest. Robin. Greenfinch. Stock dove 20+. Pied wag 40 opposite car park, 40+ at works. Gt spotted woodpecker. Collared dove. Linnet c.50. Common gull 15. Herring gull 12. L B backed gull 15. B h gull 25. Chaffinch. Lapwing 2. Skylark 6. Yellowhammer 12. Mistle thrush. Rook. Lesser redpoll, a few. Reed bunting, a few. Song thrush. Little grebe. Shoveler 3. Cormorant. Water rail, one seen . Green woodpecker. Meadow pipit.

How did I not see long tailed tit or house sparrow?

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