Walked to Gresham, with our friend Helen, to see Carol & Ken. Most interesting thing was a small flock of Yellowhammer on the stubble field, along the Weaver’s Way footpath. Several Siskin in their garden when we got there. After lunch we visited our FPBBS sector, near Sustead, where a singing Chiffchaff was the only addition to the list of ‘potential breeding species’. We’re up to thirty so far. Returned home via Felbrigg Park. There was a Fieldfare calling loudly from a lone oak in the rough grazing behind Keeper’s Lodge. The Little Owl was in the usual tree below the dam. Apparently, three Mandarin – two males and a female, had been present on the lake but flew into the wood before I arrived. As I approached the water meadow from the south I noticed a couple of small birds in the sky. They were Sand Martin – my first for 2016. As I watched, more birds appeared from the direction of the Hall. I counted eighteen in all, along with a single Swallow. Also enjoyed a chat with Sue & Nigel, out for a walk, from Gresham. Didn’t have my camera with me so no photos I’m afraid!
The NENBC have just launched their latest initiative to encourage members to report their sightings. It’s a Contributor Points Scheme, where each record attracts a number of points, depending on scarcity, the completeness of the record, photo, etc. The points get aggregated through the year, providing a month by month comparison. There are bonus points to be earned – reporting your first species, early or late dates, seeing the Club’s target species, etc. Certainly adding a new level of interest and mild competitive fun!