A morning walk to spend time covering a tetrad for the BTO breeding bird survey element to the bird atlas that they are compiling. This recording process requires the recorder to walk for one hour, noting all species, number and make habitat notes for suitable breeding sites. After the hour, a return journey for the same length.
Between 10.30 - 12.30 I recorded 35 species with numbers being supplied by the corvid family: rooks 72, carrion crow 57, and jackdaws 43 along with 60 linnets and 270+ wood pigeons. All the waterfowl recorded last weekend at Albury pond were still present as well as 3 yellowhammers. Still no chiffchaff heard or seen, but tomorrow's dawn chorus walk may well offer the opportunity for the first record for 2010.
Today's photos show silhouetted starlings on the chapel, a common buzzard plus pussy willow flowering and a horse chestnut bud beginning to open. Also, sunrise west of the village.