On new year’s day every bird counts

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.

Below Cowleaze

Below Cowleaze Wood, heading for the Wormsley valley

We headed out on the Oxfordshire Chiltern escarpment and through part of Aston Rowant national nature reserve.

Escarpment, Beacon Hill

Beacon Hill on the Chiltern escarpment

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.

About campaignerkate

I am the general secretary of the Open Spaces Society and I campaign for public access, paths and open spaces in town and country.
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