I was volunteering at Old Moor today, as part of their Big Garden Birdwatch events, and a good day it was too. Here are a few pictures from the birdfeeders, where I was stationed for most of the day sharing some ID tips with families.
Despite the largely sedentary nature of my day, I still managed six year ticks, way more than I expected today. The first was a little owl, that was showing well in the education garden, despite being harrassed by magpies.
In the same area there were a couple of visits from a couple of stock dove, and staking out the feeders meant I got a yellowhammer that made a brief appearance. A quick walk round the reserve brought up a group of goosander, three ruddy duck and three soaring buzzards over the Wader Scrape.
It was also good this morning to finally put a face to Dean of the Mostlymacro blog, who popped in to say hello and shared the views of the little owl. It’s a shame his first impression has to be of me wearing a comedy porn-star-style fake tash – my consession to the Big Garden Birdwatch 30th anniversary 70s theme that staff and volunteers were sporting!
So the yearlist is up to 97 already… I’ve got plans tomorrow that may tip it to the century. Will I manage it?!