Getting challenging, this patch work approach I have got into this year. I am sure the carbon footprint is smaller, albeit nearly 100% has been deposited within a two-mile radius of home. But it's both hard and interesting.
Hard, because it can be fatiguing when birds are seen by others and despite many hours looking, I fail. Cases in point lately? Lesser Whitethroat and Sand Martin, to name but two.
Interesting, through seeing what arrives and departs and how long it stays. And in so doing, getting enthused by an event that last year would have been missed or not fully appreciated.
I've seen Roe Deer, Red Squirrel, Otter, Weasel, Stoat, Fox and Hare. Superb! The Otter has not been seen at Arcot since Wednesday.
This week, four Tufties at West Hartford (this morning, 3M/1F) along with pairs of Mute Swan, Canada Geese and Shelduck (2) plus the loner. Arcot's Little Grebe were still there, with another Mute pair, another Tuftie pair, Coots and Mallard. Pleasant but somewhat mundane.
Yet a couple of miles away at Peter F's patch, Blackwits, Redstart, Whimbrel, Sedgies and more. Plenty of similar habitat in NE23, but no birds.
I must change my deodorant!