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...
Monday, March 30, 2015
Qasr Amra is apparently a World Heritage site. The 8th Century building contains some slightly saucy frescoes. But we didn't get to see them. We wandered around on the flint coated desert and up a small 'valley' lined with Palestine Pistachio trees. Highlights were a few Cyprus (Pied) Wheatears (and one dead one). Also here were Black-eared Wheatears, Redstarts, Redstart and plentiful Lesser Whitethroats and Chiffchaffs, which were the main migrants on the move everywhereHow do camels survive out in this parched land?How do people survive out there? Those are bedouin style tentsThe land was covered in flintsGoats eating acacias or whatever they can eatPalestine Pistachios are the big dry looking trees The remnants of the Qasr Amra siteWryneck, presumably on passageThis beetle may be the Pitted Darkling Beetle Adesmia cancellata. They ere easily the commonest beetle type we saw in Jordan. You had to be careful not to tread on them in some areasJust about all the 'Pied' Wheatears through Jordan, so current opinion has it, are Cyprus Wheatears. This one didn't make it.
Posted by Mike Weedon at 3:31 PM
Monday, March 09, 2015
Posted by Mike Weedon at 10:33 AM