Wednesday, 18 June 2014

All year Footit

Well done Phil, I finally reached my 50 target in mid-March, so was also a bit too optimistic in my January prediction!
I'm also carrying on for the whole year and have set 100 as my target, I've seen 115 species in the area in my 8 years here, but several were 'one-offs' so hopefully I can get the ton before the year's end.

Saturday, 31 May 2014

100% at last!

I hit my Foot It challenge target of 78 today, which kind of suggests I over-estimated how many species I could get in mid-winter...

Still, I don't see why Foot It should be limited to just one month of the year!

Sunday, 2 February 2014

Thank you Foot-It - you have given me a great reason to get out and look for birds.

I was so pleased to have found the Foot-It blog in time to join in this year. I have been looking to further my enjoyment and reasons to enjoy bird watching and this was an ideal first step in the right direction. I had no idea how many birds I might encounter, and knew that my commitments to this would only come from dog walks within the surrounding fields of my local village, East Linton, here in East Lothian, SE Scotland. I am about five miles from the sea, with a small local river and arable fields. I regularly feed the birds in my garden so I could get 5-6 or so ticks from the there, then the dog walks may bring in a dozen or so more. I never expected 33 ticks in all with a goal of 50 plucked out of the air.
I don't think I am in danger of becoming obsessed with my list but who knows .....
Thank you Foot-It I had a great time, can't wait till next year.
My list is:
Blackbird
Black-headed Gull
Blue Tit
Bullfinch
Carrion Crow
Chaffinch
Coal Tit
Collared Dove
Common Buzzard
Cormorant
Dipper
Dunnock
Goldcrest
Goldfinch
Goosander
Great Tit
Grey Heron
Greenfinch
Herring Gull
House Sparrow
Jackdaw
Long-tailed Tit
Magpie
Moorhen
Pheasant
Robin
Rook
Siskin
Song Thrush
Sparrowhawk
Starling
Wood Pigeon
Wren

PS My bird research blog is at birdRS.blogspot.co.uk if anyone is interested, thanks.

2nd February. The End..

So here it is February already and sadly the end of this years Foot It. For the UK this was the wettest January on record, a statistic that won't have been lost on many of the Foot It entrants. Personally I failed miserably due a combination of the weather and continuing plantar fasciitis, however despite the weather many soldiered on through the mud and rain and surprisingly did quite well.

Big thanks to everyone who took part and especially those who contributed to the blog. The blog will stay open and some of you might even want to carry on the challenge through the year. 

See you all in 2015...Mark


In the 1 mile challenge Neil Moulden just pipped Alastair and Andy to top spot.  Vincent Stork (Texel Netherlands) managed to see the highest number of species within a mile with an impressive total of 88. Not far behind was Rob Hughes with 
86.

Forename
Surname
Locality
Current Species Total
Target
Score
NeilMouldenBakewell, Derbyshire4540112.50
AlastairForsythOld Nisthouse, Orkney6661108.20
AndySimsSwanpool, Lincoln7975105.33
RobertBosistoGluvian, Cornwall6260103.33
DavidBryantBlofield Heath6160101.67
BenLewisBrundall8080100.00
NickMoranThetford798098.75
StevenWytemaAmsterdam505198.04
RobHughesLlandudno Junction868996.63
DavidFranklinAskern677293.06
DavidMcGrathBlackpool455090.00
NickAddeyScarborough718088.75
VincentStorkZeeburg, Texel, Netherlands8810088.00
TomGillardTwickenham485587.27
DesRobertsWhitwell485587.27
PeteWraggHandsworth,Sheffield516085.00
Birderwolf Churchill and Blakedown556584.62
Gordon Hodgson Saul Warth708384.34
RyanIrvineHemsby637584.00
David McGrathBlackpool425084.00
PhilByshLeverton, Berkshire617878.21
MarkLawlorGuernsey628077.50
RichardPriorHaute-Savoie385076.00
MikePilsworthSwinefleet577873.08
MarkWilsonSwanton Novers436071.67
BirgenHaestCayuela, Burgos, SPain355070.00
MarkReederAston, Sheffield426070.00
MarkSkevingtonWhetstone, Leics.405868.97
DuncanRichardsonRogerstone324768.09
JonathanWilliamsHaudainville446765.67
CarolineSpinksNorwich386063.33
JonathanWilliamsHaudainville376755.22
MatthewBishopEast Linton, East Lothian265052.00
StevenFryerwinlaton mill388047.50
RobertJonesNeath337544.00
NeilOsborneLinden Hall, Northumberland348938.20

A massive push from John Clarkson saw him steal first place in the 2 mile challenge, despite Ian Thompson adding a further 7 species during the final week. Dan Chaney as well as managing 3rd place also managed the highest total of species with an impressive 95.

Forename
Surname
Locality
Current Species Total
Target
Score
JohnClarksonLouth6860113.33
IanThompsonAskernish6357110.53
DanChaneyFalmouth9590105.56
JonnyHollidayEastmoor7270102.86
ZacHinchcliffebangor8280102.50
AdamPointerNorth Walsham6665101.54
ChrisPendleburyDunblane7776101.32
PendleburyChrisDunblane757698.68
StevenWardHawes646598.46
YvonneBentingAskernish565798.25
AndrewCockroftNorthowram596196.72
PhilWoollenBackford Cross677095.71
AdamPointerNorth Walsham626595.38
ColinSchofieldWallasey/Birkenhead626595.38
TomMcKinneyGlossop525594.55
SamuelPerfectFalmouth859094.44
WhytockRoryPort of Menteith667094.29
JonathanClarkeCroy & Kilravock707593.33
RoryWhytockPort of Menteith647091.43
NickWatmoughWest Norwich687590.67
JonnyScraggLancaster University728090.00
RhiannonBrvanSwansea445088.00
MikeWakemanBrockhill, Redditch526086.67
PaulBrooksDoune, Central Scotland607085.71
RhiannonBevanSwansea395078.00
RossMcGregorStirling, Scotland618076.25
JulianWyllieBaltimore, Co Cork507071.43
LauraTurnerTrossachs344870.83
NickRobinsonEarlham527569.33
JamesEmersonNorwich467065.71
RobertJaquesHull407057.14
JannekeKimstraBilthoven346155.74
LiamCursonSeaford5610254.90
DanForderCorner Hall, Hemel Hempstead (work office)397651.32
CursonLiamSeaford area4610245.10
PaulWilliamsMaesteg108012.50

Not surprisingly Tilmouth was unstoppable and despite a late challenge from Ilya Maclean he clung onto top spot in the 3 mile + category. Pete Kinsella added another 2 species to take his final species total to 106, closely followed by Elfyn Lewis and Ilya who both managed 104.
Forename
Surname
Locality
Current Species Total
Target
Score
AlanTilmouthPegswood9277119.48
IlyaMacleanPorthleven10490115.56
BenGaxiolaVlaardingen, the Netherlands10095105.26
BillBaileyThrybergh8784103.57
PeteClarkNewcastle East7169102.90
ColinBartonGalley Head7270102.86
SteveEvansHoughton, Co.Durham102100102.00
BenRackstrawDownham Market8685101.18
PhilipEspinLouth, Lincs101100101.00
ElfynLewisPorthmadog104103100.97
Jonny RankinSuffolk Breckland 100100100.00
PaulRobertsBridgend100100100.00
PeterKinsellaHightown10612088.33
LaurieIsonWorcester485587.27
MikePenningtonBaltasound576686.36
GeoffMorganLiberton, Edinburgh9812081.67
richardwardNorwell587577.33
GertCorfieldBromsgrove, Worcestershire446073.33
MatthewBruceRugby236038.33