I started the year with a wildlife checklist for the first six months of the year and I can report alternating success. I failed to see Mandarin ducks in January, a bunch of migrants in March or Duke of Burgundy butterflies in May, but I succeeded with drake smew in February, nightingales in April and roadrunner in June.
Here are my next six goals:
July – purple emperors (and I hope to report progress on this very soon)
August – learn a few dragonflies locally
September – see curlew sandpiper, little stint, Arctic skua, great skua and a rare bird in the same day
October – visit the knot roost at Snettisham
November and December – here I’d like your help please. Suggest a couple of things that don’t require too many miles on the clock from east Northants (although, these days near Exeter or Edinburgh fits in with offspring locations). Something non-birdy to expand my horizons a bit?
I am slightly gutted (plenty of gut left though) to find that someone has written a book that I fancied writing – has anyone read it yet? Is it good?
And have you voted in my poll and commented on what you think of the RSPB’s new TV advert? The poll will close fairly soon as the results are pretty clear (to me) already so do have your say.