Thursday 29 May 2014

Wednesday 28 May 2014

Birding economics

During 2013, I averaged one new bird for every 108 records that I submitted. So far during 2014, the average is one new bird for every 70 records submitted.

However, as the year progresses, the law of diminishing marginal returns takes effect, whereby marginal utility (or new ticks, in birding terms) decreases despite an increase in output (or records submitted, in birding terms).

If I continue submitting records at the current rate (approximately 64 per day) until December 31, and I add one new species for every 108 records submitted, I am forecast to have a county self-found year list of 216 for the year.

So this exercise proves conclusively that some macro-economic theory, when applied statistically and selectively, by a monkey, is a load of old bollocks.



Thursday 22 May 2014


Having got battered by the hail storm earlier I called in to Grovebury hoping something might have been forced down, a gull or tern maybe. No unusual gulls or terns, but three Sanderlings were a site first for me, alongside a Dunlin and an over aggressive LRP

Saturday 17 May 2014

Av it!

An early morning start at Broom paid instant dividends in the form of these beauts!

The birds were only twitchable for around 15 minutes before flying south. But not before birding royalty in the shape of Lee Evans got them on his '14 Beds List.
I must say I'm please with my grainy photo too, as this is a phonescoping 1st attempt and is at least in keeping with the ethos of this blog. Later on Spotted Fly, Nightingale and Cuckoo also seen/heard this morning. The zero-carbon gods are certainly smiling today................................

Tuesday 6 May 2014

A couple more fair fare

Nice lunchtime stop at GLE with SCB produced this little beaut.

Then an evening trip to Gadsey to find lots of waders produced nothing of the sort but a nice "find back" after SCB nicked my Harrold RCPs earlier in the year.  This will do though.