NZ26 October Scores

At this end of the year as the clocks go back it seems a long time ago since January. In fact it is long enough ago for me to feel a bit nostalgic about the year, but with 219 complete lists onto Birdtrack already, a lot of 2015 has been spent inside NZ26. I am still enjoying birding helped on by the influx of goldcrests that are boosting a few tetrad lists this month. The real stars this month though have to be the trees. the still conditions with little rain has allowed the colours to truly shine.

The October scores look like this:

October Birdtrack Records – 466. Total 5783
Number of Species in October 68 out of 118 total.

The only new bird for me was a Little Owl in tetrad a. I know they nest in Whickham but it took me this long to definitely get one in the 10km square. However, the overall total went up by two with a fly over Brambling and a report of a Yellow-browed Warbler at the Metro Centre. Not a surprise in such a good year for the latter species. Unfortunately it was not seen by me as it may prove to be the only rarity to turn up in the square. This takes the total number of species in the 10km square up to 133. The following are the ones yet to be seen by me.

Little Egret;
Whooper Swan:
Osprey x2;
Marsh Harrier x2;
Green Sandpiper;
Wood Sandpiper
Bar-tailed Godwit;
Sandwich Tern x2;
Long-eared Owl;
Short-eared Owl;
Barn Owl;
Cuckoo;
Yellow-browed Warbler;
Brambling;
Crossbill.

So with two months left there are still a few species which were on my original guess list and are realistic possibilities for additions too:
Green-winged Teal;
Goldeneye;
Waxwing;
Mealy Redpoll.

Oh and then there is the next, ‘expect the unexpected . . . ‘

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