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: 182
Last week in March, 2012, I was on 134 (inc 21*(22) 'elites'). Year total: 183
Last week in March, 2013, I was on 128 (inc 20*(21) 'elites'). Year total: 187
Last week in March, 2014, I am on 124 (inc 17*(18) 'elites'). Year total: 187
Last week in March, 2015, I am on 114 (inc 11*(12) 'elites'). Year total: 173
* () Modern counting with Smew as an 'elite'
Here is the traditional state of my personal PBC (Peterborough Bird Club area) year list summary, as of the end March.
I have been dreading posting this. What an appalling start to the year's local birding. I am a shocking 10 species shy of my previous worst total at the end March. And if was worried about the scarcer birds (which I am) I am already four 'elite' species down on my previous worst since I started doing this. Desperate times indeed.
Rough-legged Buzzard, Glaucous Gull, Scaup, Bean and White-fronted Geese are all pretty good birds (all but Scaup hanging on from last year) and not to be sniffed at, but this is a desperate total. I am going to need one hell of an April and May to pull anything out of the bag; and pray that autumn produces birds for a change...