The move to balance twitching and self finding was established a few years ago with the setting of the rules for ‘The Patchwork Challenge‘. This blog is the reflection on ‘my’ 3km square -Causey Valley. In 8 years I have only clocked up 101 species. I do not expect to get a mega rarity and should I get a 3 pointer it would be a big thing-a really big thing.
This patch competes in the ‘Inland North’ section with others who have large bodies of water nearby. Not easy to compete when much of this patch has no standing water in the summer. However, I would not swap this patch for another as what it lacks in quantity and quality there are plenty of opportunities to catch up with farmland birds living out their lives.
Part of the excitement of the patch is getting there as often as possible and racking up the Birdtrack entries. The other part, especially in the early part of the year, is to predict what will be the find of the year. I fancy a bunting. I would be happy with Lapland, but if a Little could be squeezed out of these inland fields that would be real treasure.
I can see you laughing at that, but my powers of prediction are amazing. OK I did not foresee the Whimbrel, Quail or even the Shelduck I found in 2014. However, in 2014 I did predict the delivery of something good.
This Tweet was sent in January 2014 having just come across the gamekeeper in some serious camo, gear with a serious rifle out hunting Roe Deer. I think as you can see I was expecting a delivery of a carpet which would have been, at that time, a patch tick.
I can only assume the patch delivered that rarity in 2015 while I was occupied in Newcastle/Gateshead. The reason I think this is last weekend @BrianSmith46 posted the following picture of the next instalment-a whole sitting room of furniture to Causey Arch.
Fly-tippers are ****s.