Five birders thrash their local shrubbery for a whole year, to little real effect. One of them does it using a camel, but none of them is into cars....
Friday, 17 February 2012
Keep yer 'peckers up, lads
With OsCAR temporarily out of the picture, it was time to wheel out the bike pre-work and make a break for the lead. Pedalling past a patch of clear-fell/heath on route to my destination, I picked up the unmistakeable sound of a testosterone-fuelledW(100)dlark, and after a bit of sky-scanning, managed to clap eyes on it. Onwards to the aforementioned spot and an aptly-named target, which actually obliged remarkably easily: Lesser Spotted Woodpecker (101)! Great views of a male calling, drumming and suffering a bit of bullying from a Great Spotted.
4 Goosander, 3 Grey Wagtail, Crossbill, a Kingfisher and a Woodcock made for a pretty decent morning, all in all.
Percentage of target to date - 65%
Distance cycled - 82.6mls / 132.9km
Latest addition - Lesser Spotted Woodpecker (101) 17 Feb