Friday, April 01, 2016

End of March 2016

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 was on 124 (inc 17*(18) 'elites'). Year total: 187
Last week in March, 2015, I was on 114 (inc 11*(12) 'elites'). Year total: 172
Last week in March, 2016, I am on 127 (inc 13*(14) 'elites'). Year total: 188
 * () 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.
Not such a disastrous start as last year, but in terms of 'elites' still not great. However, there have been some goodies, including Dartford Warbler and Rough-legged Buzzard and my first Black Redstart since 2009. My only decent finds so far have been a second-winter Mediterranean Gull at Ferry Meadows and a Great White Egret (my second find of one of these) at Eldernell. Surely the spring season can't be as bad as last year, so I should catch up some of the regular scarce waders I failed to see throughout 2015.

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