Thursday, 9 April 2020

Expecting the unexpected

#BWKM0 ND&B garden challenge
DAY 21

I'm now starting to fret about seeing a Fieldfare. And a Common Gull. It's getting a bit late for them, the time is ticking away. I've already given up hope of a Brambling and, to a lesser extent, a Redpoll. But what is wonderful about this garden vigil is the sheer unpredictability of it all, something that I'm sure you are all experiencing. This morning I finally managed to add Canada Goose to the list, after 21 days of trying. It isn't of daily occurrence here, but regular enough. If you'd have told me that I would be recording Brent Goose not once, but twice before a Canada came flapping along, I'd have seriously called your judgment into question. Such is #BWKM0...

OUR COMBINED TOTAL IS 149 SPECIES   We still seem to be missing Pochard, Tufted Duck, Ringed Plover, Dunlin, Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, Kingfisher.

Today's additions are : Purple Sandpiper (Michael D), Tree Pipit (Martin C), Spotted Crake (Matt P)



Our 'garden collective' stands at 56.


Garden firsts

Matt P (Pulborough, Sussex) - Spotted Crake
Ed S (Farncombe, Surrey) - Little Owl
Gavin H (Bridport, Dorset) - Moorhen
Michael D (Craster, Northumberland) - Purple Sandpiper
Sam B (Enniskeane, Cork) - Jay

There have now been 111 garden firsts across the competition.


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) - 74/58; Benno W (Goodnestone, Kent) xx/37;
Bernard B (Ruckinge, Kent) 107/52; Bob S (Worcester Park, Surrey) 86/30; 
Callum M (Hemel Hempstead, Herts) 64/xx; Cheech A (Langley Vale, Surrey) xx/36; 
Chris P (Claygate, Surrey) - xx/37; Dave B (Chatham Islands, Pacific Ocean) 30/18;
Dave P (Shoreham, West Sussex) - 55/39; David S (West Raynham, Norfolk) - 87/56; 
Debbie S (Portland, Dorset) 155/34; Dylan W (Thanet, Kent) 111/47;
Ed S (Farncombe, Surrey) - 79/76;  Gavin H (Bridport, Dorset) xx/39; 
Geoff B (Chessington, Surrey) 69/27; Gill H (Tenterden, Kent) 60/25; 
Gordon H (Redhill, Surrey) 80/41; Ian K (Leigh, Surrey) 62/33; Ian S (Sidcup, Kent) - 113/46; 
Ian W (Merton Park, London) 86/39; Isaiah R (New Malden, London) 76/47; 
John P (Banstead, Surrey) xx/xx; Jono L (Wanstead, London) 83/59; 
Josephine S (Leatherhead, Surrey) 40/32; Justin T (Charmouth, Dorset) 59/29;
Mark D (Dorking, Surrey) 59/50; Mark H (Littlestone, Kent) 135/67:
Mark N (Stutton, Suffolk) - 77/60; Martin C (Lydd, Kent) 140/74;
Mathew B (Wrotham, Kent) - 33/42; Matt P (Pulborough, West Sussex) 126/85;   
Michael D (Craster, Northumberland) 106/54; Mike P (Malling, Kent) 70/54; 
Mike R (Battle, East Sussex) 97/50;  Oscar D (Chiswick, London) - 67/51;
Paul D (London) 84/35; Pete B (Shadoxhurst, Kent) 101/43;
Phil B (Ramsgate, Kent) 54/30; Rebecca G (Balham, London) xx/8;
Reuben B (Tufnell Park, London) - 45/42; Richard F (Pinner, London) 63/35;
Richard P (Charmouth, Dorset) - 101/60Robin S (Cranleigh, Surrey) - 101/50; 
Sam B (Enniskeane, Cork) - 67/58; Seamus E (Thornton Cleveleys, Lancs) - 67/32; 
Sean M (Pinner, London) - 50/36; Seth G (Uig, Skye) 64/47; 
Stephen R (Harrogate, Yorks) 66/35; Steve C (Guildford, Surrey) 66/36; 
Steve G (Banstead, Surrey) - 92/63; Steve T (Ewell, Surrey) 59/36;
Stewart S (Howick, Northumberland) 131/50; Sye W (Aston Clinton, Bucks) - xx/31;
Tony B (Woodford, London) 69/45; Wes A (Capel, Surrey) - 96/76


Stewart said...

Hi Steve, you need to ammend my overall garden total in the list from 113 to 131, must be a typo...

Ric said...

Steve, I'm straining my ears for the Kingfisher that occasionally calls from the stream across the road.
That said, I must be getting confused. Did I think I was supposed to be hearing one at night?

Any chance of a list of all the species seen so far?
Thanks Ric

Bernard B said...

Just a Whitethroat today, bringing total to 53. Cheers Steve.

Steve Gale said...

All updated thanks! And yes Ric, I will get around to it - honest!