Sunday 1 April 2012


I am enjoying this challenge but it does produce some weird emotions - great to see your first Sand Martins and hear your first Blackcaps but in SFYL-ting terms, they are trash birds. Far better to score with a biggie - a fine migrant wader or a winter blocker before the spring comes along - (still missing Woodcock and don't even mention Short-eared Owls). But the end of March was a bit slow - no Rock Pipits or Avocets at Derek's - and I looked - most lunchtimes doing the Derek's, Gypsy Lane East circuit. You just have to get the common migrants so the old SFYL keeps up with the others - while hoping for a Ring Ouzel or Whimbrel. Anyroad, here comes April (the best month for gripping...)

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