So Chris’s post may leave you thinking I’m storming ahead in the challenge so far. I’m not. In fact, I’m just meandering along with a couple of ticks. If I’m honest I thought I’d be way ahead by now, but a week of rubbish weather has put paid to those plans. If tomorrow is more like today and stays lovely and clear, I should be well away if I can use my lunch breaks wisely. Whilst Chris is stuck in an industrial estate with not a lot of bird activity (although I’m sure there’s something there somewhere!), I am lucky enough to be able to pop out to Winchester’s parks, rivers and streets during the day. This has so far proved very useful in my ticks this year, but still not ticking off as many birds as I’d hoped to. This tactic should have me notching up birds by the bucketload, instead I’ve crept up to 18 and haven’t even managed to spot a sparrow anywhere.

Here’s to a week of lunchtime birding (sorry Chris!) and a much more successful second week.


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