71 out of 75
Had a long walk of some 10 miles yesterday with our family dog, Ebony. Headed off nearly 2 hours before sunrise. Soon onto not one but 2 Tawny Owls at the start of the Loxley Valley. Mute Swan and Mandarin were in the right place, but no Tufted Duck! Treecreeper (lovely views) and Sparrowhawk(finally) fell, followed quickly by a flock of Fieldfare. 69 species up. Where now? With an increasing volume of snow falling I decided for my first time (12 yrs in Sheffield) to explore Loxley and Wadsley Commons. Looked potential Yellowhammer habitat. Bingo! Up to 15 Yellowhammers and fly through flock of Lapwing in snowstorm takes me to 71 out of my optimistic 75 target. Thoroughly enjoyable!
Footit Factoids. Its all here
99 miles walked for one footit dude
Finds include Siberian Chiffchaff, White-tailed Eagle. Lanner ! Glaucous and Caspian Gulls and several Bitterns
Many found more species than expected in their areas. Great surprises and bonus birds
Nice photo of blisters!
My walk celebrated in a few pics. Now begins the 2nd half. Will I make it into the 100% club? see below.
My target was 75 species going out from my house near Sheffield City Centre to radius of 3.5 miles. I have seen 71 species out of 75
These are the species I think I could get (with a bit o’ luck) but apart from the Peregrines I don’t know where to look for them. Any suggestions welcome.
(and I wonder about the possibility of Cormorant, Tufted Duck and Little Owl). BOOM!
This sign was a weather info service too: