Monday, 12 February 2018

Looking For More Year Ticks

For the first time since I started serious birding in 2009 I have decided to keep a '2018 Year List' this year. This has been spurred on by the fact that I've started using to maintain my lists, which was first recommended to me by Gareth Hughes a couple of years I go.  I had a quick look at it then but didn't persevere.  Now I think it's the best thing since sliced bread for keeping bird lists and indeed, I've also added my 'UK Life List' and 'Greater Manchester Life List' to Bubo.  Here's where I currently stand:

So today I was off in search of more '2018 year ticks' mainly in the form of a Kingfisher at the Wigan Flashes.  I also was hoping to get some close photos of a drake Goldeneye which has been giving very good views on the canal recently.

I started off at the Hawkley Hall Feeding Station which was only a short distance from where I parked my car.  Here I was expecting to see Willow Tits, Reed Buntings, Chaffinches, Long-tailed Tits, Blue Tits, Coal Tits, Great Tits and Robins, none of which disappointed.  What I wasn't expecting to see were male and female Bullfinches and even less so the normally very shy and elusive Water Rail, so that was a real bonus.

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