Monday, December 31, 2007

Dull, mild, calm

Out with Bunty this morning past the Bowmere Turnips ( Boulmer Ice Hockey Team?) we had the finch flock today harassed by a nice female Merlin, the first around here for ages. It even perched up to allow a distant scope view.

On to Seaton Point we scored 11 Golden Plover, 1 Stonechat, 1 Sparrowhawk, 14 Linnet, 8 Blackbirds, 2 Song Thrushes. On the sea were 2 drake Goldeneye and 2 drake Red breasted Mergansers.

Year list at Boulmer ended on 147, 11 down on last year. Suprising ommissions this year were the distinct lack of any passerine migrants in autumn, no Redstart, Pied Fly, Garden Warbler etc no GS Woodpecker or Short eared Owl. Only one each of Med Gull, Curlew Sand and Little Stint. On the plus side great seawatching and the year ended with a pond!

Start again tomorrow...

The blog has done well. In January I got, on average, 230 hits per week. This has increased to over 600 per week in December (maximum in one week 893 in November). The total hits for 2007 is 22,000!
Thanks to every one who has dropped by and especially to those who have left comments.

A Happy New Year and All the very best for 2008 to everyone out there...Cheers, Stewart.

5 comments:

Pablo said...

Do you keep an electronic database?
If so what sort of format (commerical one or MS Access type)Have a great new year.
Pablo.

Boulmer Birder said...

Oh now there's a thing Pablo. Simple answer is no. I'm not one for all this high tech mullarky ( despite this blog!). I do keep written diaries, notes, drawings and descriptions though. Meticulously. Well, as meticulous as I can...
I do submit records to the County Bird Club via Excel Spreadsheet. My statistics about the blog are just from the hit counter.
Happy New Year Pablo.

S...

Andy said...

Happy New Year Stewart, may it be one full of drift migrant passerines!

Brian said...

All the best for the New Year Stewart, thanks for the comments re the Pom, I have conjunctivitis in one eye and and can't see out the other and have rejected it by mistake, it does not bode well for the New Year, I shall still be out but my I.D.'S may be dodgy !!!
Brian

Blyth Birder said...

That pond of yours could well become a lake if this rain doesn't let up.