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Last updated on:
28th December, 2021
Started out as a birder at 12 and branched out into the usual suspects, butterflies, mammals, dragonflies etc at uni. Finished PhD, went freelance as ecologist and eventually ended up at Herts and Middx WT with Steve Marshall. Now living in Wiltshire and working in Bristol, mostly stuck in offices...
My bogey species:
Water shrew keeps eluding me, seen dead ones and glimpses of possibles. Still need pygmy shrew and harvest mouse, Nathusius' pip & Leisler's and polecat. Willow emerald. Tawny pipit, which I refuse to twitch having seen loads abroad. Aquatic and western Bonelli's are the other most regular birds. Green-flowered helleborine.
My most wanted:
Chequered skipper last regular breeding butterfly; death's-head hawk-moth; polecat other than roadkill; sickle-bearing bush-cricket, porbeagle shark and tub gurnard.
Nothing much other folk haven't seen but a few birds that show vintage include blue-winged warbler, Steller's eider, Siberian thrush and greater sand plover. Bearded seal was fun. Spatulate fleawort, pygmy and dwarf rushes, twin-headed clover. Many folk got haddock or brill on their PSLs?
End of 2021 update. A few nice bits this year - walrus, river warbler, Clifden nonpareil and narrow-bordered bee hawk included. Hope sp. 3k is memorable!
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