On Sunday an early morning walk along Sand Bay, at low tide didn't produce much, though makes for atmospheric images. Out towards the sea, were about 500 Dunlin, 50+ Curlew and high numbers of Shelduck. Which reminds me I've not had time recently to do my stationary scope watch. Hopefully will get back to doing this over Christmas.
Speaking of Christmas, I've finally managed to print off my Christmas Cards, which now gives me time to plan for the annual NHU Bird Cup. This was launched again today. Basically the Bird Cup has simple rules.
Count the number of different species seen or heard in the wild, in Britain, between 00.00 on 25th December (i.e. midnight on Christmas Eve) and 24.00 on 1st January (i.e midnight at the end of New Year's Day). Escapes, cagebirds, birds in a zoo, the Christmas turkey do not count - everything else does.
This year's categories are:
1. Supreme Champion – longest overall list
2. Best Beginner - never bird watched before
3. Best Intermediate - improving birder
4. Best Family - birding with children
5. Highest Garden List - species seen in, over or from your garden…
Last year I was 8 off the Supreme Champion prize, which was 98 species. Not sure how I'll do well this year, as I'm not match fit, but will give it a go.
So if any of you out there in the blogging community fancy taking up a similar challenge, maybe we could have a Blog Birding Day in early January when everyone posts how many birds they've seen during this Christmas time frame (and around the world, not just UK). It could be fun. Of course there are no winners or losers, just being out there watching is the prize in itself.
What do you think?