Friday 27 September 2013

One Hundred And Eighty... what my 2013 patch year list is on thanks to a text from Tim Wright this afternoon.

Glossy Ibis, Wryneck, Rosefinch, Rose-coloured Starling and virtually all species of American wading birds have been on my radar over the past week. But as they say, expect the unexpected...

Can you see it!?

A bloody Bittern!

Having a Bittern on the Axe is amazing in itself - but for one to be out like this early afternoon is just crazy!!! Only my second ever for the patch - the first one hung around for several weeks during a spell of freezing weather.  I guess with the rapid increase in breeding numbers on the Somerset Levels we should expect more of these from now on - I certainly won't be complaining!


  1. Could you control the flow of new species from now on? Say about five during the October thrill season then a couple of hard won ticks in November (the new October) and a Brucie Bonus in December.

    That would bring it to a nice number. ;-)

  2. I don't think you will be far out to be honest mate! Desperately need some good sea watching conditions...