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|
|Scarce Bonus Points||0|
|Rare/Mega Bonus Points||0|
Patch highlights of 2016: Page NOT updates yet!!!
GEESE, DUCKS &GREBES:
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
Hobby- 6 spring records mostly between April-June with 3 together on 4th June
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
CHATS, FLYCATCHERS & WARBLERS:
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