With a newbie joining the Valley patch year listers, it seems to have spurred everyone on and bought out the regulars competitive streaks.
From New Years Day to date with everyone covering it more thoroughly and putting in more time, it has produced some ‘good’ birds already.
On Saturday 6th however it got even better when Paul (newbie) found 2 Bewick’s Swans on the Reservoir after clocking them flying in, well done squire.
A patch tick for all of us and only the 2nd site record after Les Harrison had 8 flyovers on December 3rd 2010.
Not surprisingly they only stayed for less than 3 hours, both were then seen heading west later by Shaun.
Another good bird arrived on the 8th in the shape of a female Goldeneye, these are not annual and not regular, the last one I personally had was a Drake in the winter of 2013/14.
Some good birds already, hopefully a sign of many more to come for the year, the list is now up to 70, out again today – competitive never……