Then this afternoon and evening I've been at that well known birder Stephen Moss's 49th birthday birdwatch followed by beer and chilli at his gaff on the Levels. Thankfully the weather stayed dry even though all around it looked like rain. A great afternoon birding at Shapwick Heath on the Somerset Levels with about 30 assorted friends, family small children etc. Highlights 16 Hobby's (one below), Gadwall, Ruff, Black Tail Godwits in cinnamon plumage, and hundreds of Swifts.
Also this week out of the blue, Diana Moore came across one of my images of Jackdaws on a chimney and asked me if I'd allow the image to be used by her for a poem she'd written about Jackdaws. Which is great stuff and so I agreed. If you'd like to see the poem and the image, it can be found here.
AND SO TO THE EASTER RESULTS
Thanks for all of you who took part. Not as many as at Christmas but that doesn't matter, it's all about a bit of fun, as I appreciate Easter is a very busy time for most people. And so as in all things, in reverse order.
First off the block,
Alan at Tales of the Wild with 21
Very credible Alan. His highlights included Greater-spotted woodpecker and Garden warbler However Alan added his own rule. He actually had to see the birds. As he said in hindsight it's been such a great weekend for birdsong that was probably a mistake and I could have probably added at least another half-dozen to my score, but rules are rules!
Goosey at Snowgoosey blog with 22
Highlights here included Yellowhammer, Spotted Flycatcher and Oystercatcher
Good to see you take part Goosey, have you hit your 100 birds this year yet?
Then comes me with 48
Mainly from the north east and my Easter trip. My list is here.
Joe at Joe's wildlife Garden with a very respectable 54,
Highlights were,Gadwall, Red Kite, Mediterranean Gull, Swallow, plus a Fulvous Whistling Duck (a rare non-resident seen at the Titchfield Haven).
His commoner misses were Coal Tit, Pheasant and Kestrel.
Great to see young entries. Thanks for taking part Joe, your Easter Eggs looked great too.
Warren Baker at Pittsood Birds upped the anti with 61
All of which came from his local patch, which always makes Warrens blog worth a read and shows the value of knowing your local area very well.
ST up in Northumberland a very good 62
Good stuff ST, as you noted your low was still waiting for Wheatear (hope you have that now), but highlights were Garganey, Swallow, Yellow wagtail and my last bird was a first for the year, Sand Martin.
And finally the Easter Winner is.......... !!!!!
Pete at Sheffield Birds had the winner with 69
Some nice birds in there Blackcap, Treecreeper, Willow Warbler, Dipper, Stock Dove and Gadwall And a few he missed Great Spotted Woodpecker, Little Ringed Plover, Sand Martin, Stonechat and Sparrowhawk.
Well done Pete and thank you again to all of you for taking part, even those of you who maybe did but didn't submit results. It's just good to get out there.