Monday, 5 January 2015

Patchwork Challenge Update: A guest blog from Paul Parsons- the last one!

In the last two months of the year I added 4 species to my bird list, giving me a total of 94. These were a Woodcock on 4th November, Mute swan on 18th, Tawny owl on 4th December and Fieldfare on the 24th.

Birds seen on the reserve  that I missed during the year included Common sandpiper, Greenshank, Hobby, Little owl and Jack snipe. My highlights of the year were Osprey, Glaucous gull, Yellow wagtail and breeding Little ringed plovers.

I enjoyed the challenge but will not be doing it again this year as I found it a little restricting on the way I normally bird watch, which involves a lot of coastal birding. Parc slip is a marvellous local reserve though and I will still be visiting on a regular basis. I particularly like the varied insect life there and was delighted to find the reserve's first Brown argus butterfly in the summer, along with a first for Glamorgan, the Alder signal moth.

On reflection I really enjoyed the year, although September was too settled weather wise for our main migration period, meaning birds passed through without stopping, and the last two months were very quiet and mild, lacking a good cold snap to push some new birds in.

We at Parc Slip would like to thank Paul very much for choosing Parc Slip as his Patchwork Challenge area- it's been fantastic to hear about everything he has seen and we look forward to seeing him on the reserve again soon. 

1 comment:

  1. Forgot to mention the Oystercatcher seen on the new shingle area by Vaughn in December, which makes 100 species seen on the reserve in 2014.