On the first day of the year I start again with recording every bird species I see or hear. So I am delighted to see any bird, however common, for the first time in the year. Welcome blue tit, great tit, blackbird, robin and even wood pigeon!
On 1 January this year I managed 18 species. The first, as last year, was the wood pigeon, in my garden. On my run I picked up some larger birds which I could see without stopping: red kite, buzzard, rook, crow and jackdaw. Then Chris and I went for a walk around Cowleaze Wood, Oxfordshire, where I ticked off a few more, including a shaggy raven.
We headed out on the Oxfordshire Chiltern escarpment and through part of Aston Rowant national nature reserve.
Here I found wren and marsh tit. There are still many common species as yet unseen, but it was a reasonable start to the year.