Saturday, 18 April 2020

And breathe...

#BWKM0 ND&B garden challenge
DAY 30

Today I have mostly been dealing with a self-inflicted Twitter shit-storm. But now for a sit down, a cold beer and some time for reflection on the niceties of social media. See previous post for further enlightenment. Ommmmm...

OUR COMBINED TOTAL (BRITISH ISLES GARDENS) IS 165 SPECIES   Still to be recorded are: Pochard, Tufted Duck, Dunlin, Bar-tailed Godwit, Common Sandpiper, any skua, Arctic Tern, Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, Kingfisher, Common Redstart, Whinchat, Lesser Whitethroat.

Our oversea's gardens (New Zealand and Albania) add an additional 19 SPECIES  with Dave B in New Zealand adding Sooty Shearwater, Northern Buller's Albatross, White-fronted Tern and Kelp Gull.

Today’s additions are: Common Tern and Swift (Richard P)

You can find the combined #BWKM0 list by clicking on the right-hand tab above.


Our 'garden collective' stands at 59


Garden firsts
Richard P (Charmouth, Dorset) - Black Redstart
Steve C (Guildford, Surrey) - Moorhen
Arjun D (Wallington, London) - Green Sandpiper and Mistle Thrush

There have been 150 garden firsts across the competition.


Visual interlude - #9 Ben Vrakie, Perthshire
There is Alpine Milk-vetch on this ledge, plus a mighty fine view!

How are we getting on?
Alphabetical order by first name. The first figure is the garden score as on March 20th. The second is since then (as up to date as I am aware).

Arjun D (Wallington, Surrey) - 74/63; Bene A (Tirana, Albania) xx/30;
Benno W (Goodnestone, Kent) xx/37; Bernard B (Ruckinge, Kent) 107/59; 
Bob S (Worcester Park, Surrey) 86/33; Callum M (Hemel Hempstead, Herts) 64/61;
Cheech A (Langley Vale, Surrey) xx/38; Chris P (Claygate, Surrey) - 43/39; 
Dave B (Chatham Islands, Pacific Ocean) 30/21; Dave P (Shoreham, West Sussex) - 55/41; 
David S (West Raynham, Norfolk) - 87/59; Debbie S (Portland, Dorset) 155/41; 
Dylan W (Thanet, Kent) 111/51; Ed S (Farncombe, Surrey) - 79/77;  
Gavin H (Bridport, Dorset) xx/44;  Geoff B (Chessington, Surrey) 69/28; 
Gill H (Tenterden, Kent) 60/31; Gordon H (Redhill, Surrey) 80/43; 
Ian K (Leigh, Surrey) 62/37; Ian S (Sidcup, Kent) - 113/48; 
Ian W (Merton Park, London) 86/44; Isaiah R (New Malden, London) 76/52; 
John P (Banstead, Surrey) xx/xx; Jono L (Wanstead, London) 83/64; 
Josephine S (Leatherhead, Surrey) 40/38; Justin T (Charmouth, Dorset) 59/32;
Mark D (Dorking, Surrey) 59/51; Mark H (Littlestone, Kent) 135/61:
Mark N (Stutton, Suffolk) - 77/60; Martin C (Lydd, Kent) 140/82;
Mathew B (Wrotham, Kent) - 33/46; Matt P (Pulborough, West Sussex) 126/98;   
Michael D (Craster, Northumberland) 106/58; Mike P (Malling, Kent) 70/59; 
Mike R (Battle, East Sussex) 97/50;  Oscar D (Chiswick, London) - 67/52;
Paul D (London) 84/43; Pete B (Shadoxhurst, Kent) 101/45;
Phil B (Ramsgate, Kent) 54/30; Rebecca G (Balham, London) xx/13;
Reuben B (Tufnell Park, London) - 45/43; Richard F (Pinner, London) 63/35;
Richard P (Charmouth, Dorset) - 101/68;  Robin S (Cranleigh, Surrey) - 101/51; 
Sam B (Enniskeane, Cork) - 67/60; Seamus E (Thornton Cleveleys, Lancs) - 67/38; 
Sean M (Pinner, London) - 50/38; Seth G (Uig, Skye) 64/50;  
Stephen R (Harrogate, Yorks) 66/42; Steve C (Guildford, Surrey) 66/37; 
Steve G (Banstead, Surrey) - 92/68; Steve T (Ewell, Surrey) 59/36;
Steve W (Hawes, N Yorks) - 91/53; Stewart S (Howick, Northumberland) 131/66;
Stuart C (Walkern, Herts) - xx/61;  Sye W (Aston Clinton, Bucks) - xx/40;
Tony B (Woodford, London) 69/51; Wes A (Capel, Surrey) - 96/83



bob smith said...

Two House Sparrows takes my garden total to 33 out of 86

Gavin Haig said...

At such times I like to dig out the Gong...or the Ozric Tentacles. ;)

Steven W said...

The astonishing sight of a flock of 11 Ring Ouzel seen flying over from my Dales garden today was a garden first and puts me on 54. I also note the #BWKM0 total is still missing Red Grouse, Black Grouse & Short-eared Owl. I can see an area of moorland c4km away where I’ve seen all 3 species in the past. Will be trying absurdly hard with the scope in the coming weeks for what would be 3 garden ticks (previously unthought of before your competition)! Will struggle to pick out the former 2 at that distance, but I’m reasonably hopeful for the latter ‘flopping’ around.

Gibster said...

Talking of pushing the boundaries, as Steven W just was, I'm hopeful of Corncrake this summer and an outside chance of Bonxie. Still waiting for that flippin WT Eagle to put in an appearance, it has become ridiculously elusive since this Challenge began. Almost tempted to join Twatter just to view this shitstorm of which you talk. Haha, find a pot and stir it, that's my motto! :)