Tuesday, 31 December 2013

So it ends..

Well I didn't manage to update weekly like I said I would, mainly because there was nothing to update with. I drew a blank with Rock Pipit, couldn't even find one on Beer beach but I suppose it being Christmas week didn't help, folk everywhere! Still there is an addition to the final tally because I forgot to add one last time, that one being this..

No.144 Goldfinch

So that's it. 144 it is. Not as many as I was hoping for but not bad considering that it was really only a nine month list.

I don't know when or if I'll be back.

Happy New Year everyone.

Monday, 9 December 2013

Black Redstart and I've Started So I'll Finish

Well it's been a while hasn't it? Truth is, I've not been on top form health wise since the end of the summer and over the last couple of months it's really all I can do to go to work each day. I've been doing a tiny bit of birding, looking around the yacht club from the car and the odd visit to Seaton Marshes but that's about it. What about the photo year-list? Well, 'it's not over 'til it's over' and luckily I've saved some photos that didn't quite 'make the grade' earlier in the year. But before that visual treat here's a few snaps of the gorgeous male Black Redstart that has been knocking about around the harbour area for a week or so.

I haven't seen anything of note at Seaton Marshes but it's not that surprising since last time I visited I was greeted by this...

What the ****?!

The birds weren't amused.

Anyway back to the list, and here we have straight from the cutting room floor, as it were....

No. 128 Buzzard

No. 129 Green Woodpecker 
( It is one. Honestly!)

No 130. Bullfinch

No. 131 Gannet 

No.132 Greenfinch

No.133 Jay

No.134 Jackdaw

 No. 135 Skylark

No 136  Lesser Black-backed Gull 

No.137 Linnet

 No.138 Little Grebe

No.139 Peregrine

 No.140 Yellowhammer

No.141 Kingfisher

No 142. Common Scoter
 (Yes, really)

No. 143 Stock Dove

Will it end at 143? I hope not because I'm determined to get Rock Pipit on there at least. Don't know how I've missed that one! Mistle Thrush is a possibility too.

I'll try and keep the blog updated from now on (even if just once a week) and hopefully I'll start to feel better soon too. Although having said that a diagnosis is a fair way off as I don't get to see a neurologist until February.