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Well, it’s time I started to update my BTO Birdtrack listings for this year.
The life lists, patch lists, regional lists etc. are coming along nicely and must say I am very proud of this particular bit of citizen science. However, what begs the question?Is when one is currently out of work, as I am, sometimes I feel these endless updates, are just being taken for granted. So, to “blow my own trumpet” Currently, I have amassed over 23,500 observations, some with detailed descriptions, also over 1,200 complete lists and 4,500 casual observations. Ahem! How many days of inputting. Your guess is as good as mine. Anyway, I will endeavour to add all my records (official and personal) and contribute to citizen science for hopefully, years to come.
I am also in the process of adding the 2011 Phenology events (currently 116 in number) to the calendar, which can be viewed from the home page or via the Natural Events Calendar link.
I’m sorry for the lack of updates and let’s hope it’s not writers block or bloggers block, ha ha. One thing that has been pre-occupying me and my family, is the removal of an old garden shed and the general tidying up associated with this task. However, whilst this was being undertaken, during the last couple of weeks, we have made some interesting animal discoveries in the garden.
Firstly, a Smooth Newt was uncovered from the base of where the orignal shed was situated. Not, a total surprise to us, as others had been seen in the neighbourhood, over the years. Other more usual finds, were ladybirds, in the form of 10 spot Ladybirds, centipedes and also, millipedes. Flying about the vicinity on the warmer days, were Peacock (Inachis io) and Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta) butterflies. Also, as an aside, we had a rumble of Thunder in the late evening of the 26th October. The Thunder days count, is down from the average of 10 or so, which we witness during most years. So, as you can see weather wise, it’s not always straightforward seasonal changes.