January 2010 I returned from a snowy Scotland and started logging the birds around here. This month seems like a good checkpoint as I might be moving, back into Bristol or, easier for Yatton, on to Weston-super-Mare.
So, which species have been ever-present round the unpromising Port Marine development? Counting at most one appearance per month, I could get a possible maximum of 38 and – drum roll – those are:
|Oddly short of 100% are:
Feral Pigeon Jackdaw Carrion Crow Pied Wagtail Linnet
|They may be more down to observer (me) negligence than absenteeism. What about the rarities? Once only observations for:
Pheasant Tufted Duck Hobby Snipe Curlew Common Gull Jay Willow Warbler Goldcrest Siskin
|Species that might be considered rarer but that have figured more often are:|
|The rest of the full list is:
35 Canada Goose 35 Collared Dove 35 Blue Tit 35 House Sparrow 34 Robin 34 Greenfinch 33 Great Tit 31 Mallard 31 Moorhen 31 Dunnock 30 Black-headed Gull 29 Eurasian Wren 28 Chiffchaff 26 Cormorant 26 Lesser Black-backed Gull 26 Long-tailed Tit 21 Rock Pipit 19 Meadow Pipit 19 Chaffinch 18 Sparrowhawk 16 House Martin 16 Blackcap
15 Barn Swallow 13 Song Thrush 13 Bullfinch 12 Swift 9 Whitethroat 9 Redwing 8 Buzzard 7 Redshank 7 Skylark 6 Kestrel 5 Goosander 5 Lesser Whitethroat 5 Black Redstart 4 Greylag Goose 4 Grey Heron 3 Green Woodpecker 3 Reed Warbler 3 Reed Bunting 2 Oystercatcher 2 Mediterranean Gull 2 Kingfisher 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker 2 Rook 2 Raven 2 Fieldfare 2 Mistle Thrush 2 Lesser Redpoll
for a not very impressive 71 species. This compares with other places I’ve lived like tiny, wee Auchmithie with 93 in much less time. It’s all down to habitat, you know.