Here’s an opportunity for you to win a copy of David Cobham’s book on raptors (reviewed here). It’s a good book and this is a test of your luck and a little bit of your ornithological nous.
In the Indian summer of the last few days I have made five morning visits to my local patch at Stanwick Lakes. All have been over the same route at the same time of day and in the same weather conditions. I’ve seen or heard 73 species of birds altogether, though the most on any one visit was 57 species.
Of the 73 species I recorded, 33 of them on all five visits, 9 on four visits, 8 each thrice and twice and 15 species were seen only once.
Here’s the list of species seen:
Great Crested Grebe
Little Ringed Plover
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Great Black-backed Gull
Great Spotted Woodpecker
So, your task, should you choose to accept it, is to select 5 species that you think I saw on each visit and 5 species that you think I saw on just one visit and post your selections as a comment on this blog (not Twitter, not an email to me, but as a comment here). The book will go to the person with the most correct answers. In the event of a tie then the person with the most of the ‘once seen’ species will be judged to have won. And in the event that there is still a tie, then the answer posted here first will be the winner. One attempt per email address (so if you have several email addresses you can enter several times). Entries close at midday on Thursday 18 September. Answers will be posted on Friday 19 September. My decision is final.