A few tree pipits and an elusive lesser whitethroat on Portbury Wharf yesterday afternoon put the on-foot year list at this landmark. Three months, pretty much to the hour, it took and there I was last year speculating if a century patch list were possible at all.
My stroll appeared to be going nowhere until I met a chap who claimed nine wheatears in a field. He was uncertain and I was doubtful. He wasn’t too clear about the location of the field but, from his description, I knew which one was most likely. I drifted over there.
Well, he was wrong. There were thirteen wheatears. And I was doubly glad I took the detour because that’s where the pipits joined the year list.
The next few days should see swifts and the area looks right for hobbies too. I’m a little surprised that sedge warbler isn’t there while reed is. I’m staggered that it’s still missing grey wagtail. Common tern seems like a reasonable expectation too. Add a few dipped-on winter birds and 110 looks like a good year target.
That’s without any further rarities, which is where the main effort now comes in. Not that it’s an effort, you understand. Could a life be better than this?