Friday, 2 January 2015

2015 Patch List, so it begins...

I unsurprisingly failed to get passed the front door on the 1st of the year - usual excuses, late night, alcohol consumption, family commitments etc, so the 2nd of January would be my official start for the Wanstead patch list. A full mornings romp around the Flats, Park and Bush Wood returned a solid, if unremarkable 51 species in total. There were very few highlights and list was more noteworthy for its glaring omissions than anything else. Missing from the list was Skylark, Pied Wagtail, Redwing and Snipe and also following the same pattern as last year Collared Dove!

The full list can be seen here... Wanstead 2015

I've set my self a little target of 100 species this year - and this should be easily within reach, but as the previous two years have shown I've tantalisingly fallen short of my century on both occasions - could this be the year I break through the mythical one hundred barrier?


  1. The Boeing swoops low over a valley peppered with fields and ranches, then little processing plants and a sprawling town - lights entering the tropical sunset. I'm landing in San Jose, Costa Rica's capital and, wow, I'm a touch apprehensive. It's not for my security, since Costa Rica is a tranquil place - they call it the Switzerland of Latin America.