Patchwork Challenge 2016

Since summer 2013, I've been keeping a patch list of all birds & wildlife in general seen around my patch, which is near Yeovil & Sherborne towns. My own personal patchwork challenge requires trying to see & record as many different bird species as possible in a single year on site. My local patch consists of a wide range of habitats including freshwater river, reed scrub, mixed oak woodland, conifer plantation, densely vegetated lanes, dairy & cereal agricultural land, mixed woodland around the farmyards, sewage work scrub and small gardens. Its covers over 2.1km squared.

2016 Patchwork Challenge scores

Number of Species Seen 137
Species Points 174
Scarce Bonus Points 0
Rare/Mega Bonus Points 0

Patch highlights of 2016: Page NOT updates yet!!!


Greylag Goose- Single record 12th March

Gadwall- Two records

Shoveler- Single record of male with Teal

Pochard- First site record

Mandarin Duck- Pair on river, successfully fledged 5 young

Tufted Duck- Two site records

Great crested Grebe- One site record, Feb

Little Grebe- Pair on river


Great White Egret- 2nd site record in mid-April


Red Kite- Two together on 24th June

Hen Harrier-

Hobby-  6 spring records mostly between April-June with 3 together on 4th June


Peregrine -


Common Gull- Single record 2nd Jan

Meditterean Gull- Single Adult bird in big gull flock 24th Feb

Great Black-backed Gull- Single flyovers during April

Common Tern- Single record June


Snipe- Two records 2nd & 3rd Jan

Jack Snipe- Single record on 12th Feb

Woodcock- Single record early Jan

Little Ringed Plover- Two adults April(?)

Golden Plover- Single summer plumaged adult on 17th June

Redshank- Single record mid-Jan

Lapwing- Large flock in Jan


Stonechat- Single record on 13th Jan

Whinchat- Single record of male on 9th April

Pied Flycatcher- Two spring records 10th April and 24th April

Spotted Flycatcher- Five records so far this spring. At least 2 breeding pairs on patch

Grasshopper Warbler- Three records all in April.

Garden Warbler- 8 spring records, 8th, 24th, 26th April, 24th June, 30th June and 1st July

Blackcap- 14 spring records, 

Reed Warbler- 9 spring records mostly April and June.

Sedge Warbler- Four spring records, 24th & 28th April, 14th May, 24th June & ?th July

Whitethroat- 12 spring records April-July

Lesser Whitethroat- First ever spring records 21st, 24th April and 14th May.

Redstart- Five spring records, 5th, 8th, 21st, 25th and 28th April

Willow Warbler- 10 spring records this spring. High counts, 50 birds on 28th April

Chiffchaff- 15 spring records. High counts, 50+ birds on 4th April & 28th April.

Meadow Pipit- 40+ passage on 5th April

White Wagtail- 30 on 5th April


Moorhen- Single record on 1st July.

Turtle Dove (1st) 12th May, Singing male

Cuckoo- Four records. Singles on  19th April, 11th May, 14th May and 14th July.

Long-eared Owl- Single record 9th Feb

Short-eared Owl- Single bird late Jan

Lesser-spotted Woodpecker- One record on 12th Feb

Tree Pipit- 3 spring records 14th May

Woodlark- Single record of flyover 16th April

Water Pipit- Two on 20th Feb

Yellow Wagtail (x2 Races) Flava male on 20th, 24th and 27th April

Nightingale- 7 spring records, 14th, 21st April

Firecrest- Four site records, 13th-17th Jan, 6th-15th Feb and 23rd March

Kingfisher- Two records, One in Jan and 19th April

Marsh Tit- 2 records 31st Jan and 12th Feb

Treecreeper- Great year so far with 8 records mostly Jan, March and June.

Wheatear- Single record of "Greenland race" male 17th March

Brambling- Four records this spring including flock on seven on 19th Feb

Crossbill One in conifer plantation 13th Jan.

Siskin- Scarce but increasing with 40 together on 13th Jan. 8 Spring records.

Linnet- Single record on 16th Jan

Reed Bunting- Two records on 21st Jan and 24th April

Water Rail- Single record on 20th April


Siberian Chiffchaff- 4 records in Jan-Feb at the sewage works. Single record on 26th April

Cetti's Warbler- Single on 24th April by river in song

Yellow-browed Warbler- Long-staying bird in garden during Jan-Feb

Ring Ouzel- 2 records in late-March (dates??)

Golden Oriole- Female 18th May (report disclosed as bird on private land)

Bee-eater- One flyover mid-afternoon on 14th May

Hawfinch- Single record on 15th Jan

Past Scarce migrants and Rarities on patch 2013-2015:

Common Crane, Whooper Swan, Brent Goose, Green Sandpiper, Stone Curlew, Bittern, Great White Egret, Cattle Egret, Marsh Harrier, Goshawk, Wryneck, Yellow-browed Warbler, Siberian Chiffchaff, Cetti's Warbler, Ring Ouzel, Black Redstart and Hawfinch

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