Well, an interesting year so far with some concerns over lack of bonus birds at my main patch of Inverkeithing. No new birds added to either Cullaloe or Inverkeithing, but a couple of tough-to-get species are on the board and Hill of Beath is going stormingly.
15 complete lists on Birdtrack, 355 records, 54 species. 54% of target. Not bad, and with Merlin, Dipper and Pochard on the board it's a decent start. Even if I don't snag the likes of Whooper Swan now I have another bite at the end of the year, so nothing lost and it's all under control.
30 complete lists in Birdtrack, 869 records and 67 species. 54% of target. Even though the result is in line with Cullaloe regarding target I feel like I haven't done so well on bonus birds with only LT Duck and Moorhen in the tough-to-get category. Although the number is up on last year I had managed to snag Iceland Gull and RN Grebe by this time - still time for Grebes though. I'd like to see a couple more good 'uns before I feel I'm not behind the curve. I did manage to get a Green Woodpecker this morning, which was a nice addition.
Hill of Beath
Although not part of my Patchwork Challenge this has been a big success as a spin-off. 44 complete lists (I list the area by OS square) and 692 records, with a few new species added to my life list for the area, reaching my target of 80 with Teal a week or so ago. At 57 species for the year this is already 81% of my estimate. Considering my estimates for CUL and INK ought to be pretty good maybe this number indicates a potential for the site of closer to 100 species for the year, so I'm adopting that as a new target. The only trouble is I can't guess which "unexpected" species will have to show up for me to make that figure. Add to that encounters with Whooper Swans and several Waxwing records and it's been a good year so far.
I had a great start to March this morning with 45 species at Inverkeithing, including a Green Woodpecker which perched calling from the top of a fir tree and was still there when I left. Not bad for my 100th complete list of the year.