Now that we have the merriment of Christmas sadly out of the way for another year, it’s time to think about the New Year ahead.
Despite having the most incredible ‘patch’, Ken and I have decided to get to know the bird life in and around precisely where we live this January. We are taking part in two just-for-fun bird-watching competitions; Foot It and the Patchwork Challenge… I’d like you to do the same.
The basic idea is to count the birds in the area around your home.
With ‘Foot It’ it’s anywhere you can walk to (and back) from your home during January. You’re supposed to have a little think beforehand about the number of species you’d hope to see and then try and beat your own estimation. Find out more and register on the Foot It blog.
The ‘Patchwork Challenge’ is for the entire year and involves you birding in the area around your home. The area can be up to, but no more than, a 3km square (find out more about this on the Patchwork Challenge Blog). There’s no need to estimate the birds you will see for this challenge as if it’s your first year you are entered into the ‘first year competition’.
After some cooped up rainy days at the start of December, Ken and I went for a dusky stroll to see what sort of birds we could hope to see on our patch. Just minutes through a housing estate, we are lucky enough to regularly see Black Guillemots in Holyhead Harbour. What a treat on our patch?! The Anglesey population are the most southerly breeding Black Guillys in the UK and, although a rare and special sight to see, will definitely have to make it on to our assumed species list.
Foot It only lasts from January and I’m hoping that many of you will be able to join in..? It’s just for fun, so whether you’re a keen birder or just enjoy watching the birds on your feeders there’s every reason to take part… you never know what you’ll discover on your patch!
If you take part in Foot It then you might as well register for the Patchwork Challenge too. Why not see how January goes with Foot It and then continue where you’ve already made such a good start with the Patchwork Challenge!?
Would be really interested to hear from you if you do feel inspired to take part…
Here’s to healthy, happy, bird-filled 2013!