My little monthly project – and a challenge

Last year I kept an eye open for Red Kites – and saw them very often through the year – over 200 days in 2018.

I enjoyed keeping that eye open and wondered what to do this year. So, I’ve decided that I will keep a monthly list of species I see from my home or garden and report back each month.

According to my Birdtrack records I’ve recorded (seen or heard) 56 species since 2007, although I can immediately see that there are a few missing species. For example, I’ve seen hundreds of Herring Gulls fly over, over the years, but it’s never made it onto the list.

Greylag Goose
Grey Heron
Red Kite
Goshawk
Sparrowhawk
Buzzard
Golden Plover
Common Tern
Black-headed Gull
Common Gull
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Stock Dove
Woodpigeon
Collared Dove
Cuckoo
Tawny Owl
Swift
Green Woodpecker
Great Spotted Woodpecker
Kestrel
Merlin
Hobby
Peregrine
Magpie
Jackdaw
Rook
Carrion Crow
Raven
Blue Tit
Great Tit
Coal Tit
Skylark
Sand Martin
Swallow
House Martin
Long-tailed Tit
Chiffchaff
Blackcap
Wren
Starling
Blackbird
Fieldfare
Song Thrush
Redwing
Mistle Thrush
Robin
Dunnock
House Sparrow
Grey Wagtail
Pied Wagtail
Brambling
Chaffinch
Bullfinch
Greenfinch
Goldfinch
Siskin
Reed Bunting

My friendly challenge to you, just for fun, is to predict how many species will be on my garden list by the end of 31 December 2019. Just leave a comment here and, if you like, you can tell me which species I might add to the list. To be completely clear – tell me how many species I will have seen between 2007 and the end of 2019 from my house and garden (not how many I will see in 2019 – although since this is just for fun then you can tell me anything you like!).

The first monthly update will be on or shortly after 31 January.

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11 Replies to “My little monthly project – and a challenge”

  1. 62. You have done very well for raptors so maybe you’ll be lucky enough to see an osprey migrating over.

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    1. Owen - I'd like that very much. But there must be some ducks available too.

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  2. A Goldcrest; a Lesser Redpoll; a Cormorant; another duck and another calling night migrant should shift your total of 57 to 62 by year’s end.

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  3. Not being a gambling man, I would say 57 + any new migrant sightings for birds moving north due to climate change. Anyway, happy birding!

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  4. That's an interesting back yard, was the privy once behind the door ?

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  5. Yes, little egret and cormorant were on my list before I read other comments. There must be a few others like that, so I'm in the same place as Murray Marr. But then, given the challenge, I think your observations might not continue in a straight line. Thus 64.

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  6. Surprised lapwing and Canada goose aren't already on your list Mark…..and given that you will undoubtedly be making even more of an effort this year I'll say 64: so lapwing, Canada goose, herring gull, goldcrest, cormorant, pink footed goose, lesser redpoll and jay OR little egret.

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