Monday, April 02, 2012

End of March PBC year list update

Last week in March, 2008, I was on 125 (inc 17 'elites'). Year total: 189 (my record total)
Last week in March, 2009, I was on 131 (inc 22 'elites'). Year total: 187
Last week in March, 2010, I was on 126 (inc 15 'elites'). Year total: 177
Last week in March, 2011, I was on 130 (inc 18 'elites'). Year total: 183
Last week in March, 2012, I am on 134 (inc 21* 'elites'). Year total: ??
*22 in modern counting with Smew as an 'elite'

As you can see from the stats above, this year I've had my record Peterborough area year list total since 2008, for the period to the end of March. This is certainly promising, as is the number of 'elite' species, though, looking at the stats above, there is not really a clear correlation between the start of the year's action and the final total. Still, there is no harm in feeling positive as the glorious months of April and may come along.
Highlights of the year so far have included Glossy Ibis (2), my second ever PBC record and only the second record locally since 1828; flyover Snow Bunting, PBC tick number 237; Great Grey Shrike, my first locally since 2002, and only my second locally; Sandwich Tern, my third local record and first away from Ferry Meadows CP; Brent Goose and tundra Bean Geese.

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