I received an email this week, as I do every January.
Just a little reminder and an important date, which this year is the 24th and 25th January.
I will have to choose my ‘perch’ with care, so depending on the weather may well settle for the bench at the marina entrance.
OK, I know it’s cheating a bit, but if I have to record all those that land, somehow the water doesn’t quite cut it.
Also, I have no feeders out (we’re not allowed to feed the ducks etc here), so that section of their questionnaire will be different, and when they ask how close I am to a waterway, I don’t think there’s a box for my tick saying ‘On it’.
It should throw some interesting stuff into their survey though, I mean seagulls, cormorants, geese (flying over now), mallards, egyptian ducks and grebes aren’t usually expected on a garden bird watch, but I have seen the blackbirds, wagtails, robins, bullfinches and sparrows. There is also a very large buzzard at the end of the dog walk, so I wonder if he’ll put in an appearance.
Have I ever mentioned Claude?