Twitching Challenge Round 3

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It’s time for round 3, here are the results…

  • Blue tit (sound) – 1 point.
  • Woodpigeon (sound, sight) – 2 points.
  • Chiffchaff (sound) – 1 point.
  • Magpie (sight, sound) – 2 points.
  • Green woodpecker (sight, sound) – 2 points.
  • Carrion crow (sight, sound) – 2 points.

A respectable 10 points carries on the trend of beating the previous weeks’ scores. Pretty happy with the Green woodpecker spot and managing to recognise its call, but the cacophany of different bird songs in the park is still so overwhelming it’s hard to pinpoint ones I’ve only learnt recently or am still trying to learn. I’m also happy I’ve managed to identify the blue tit by its alarm call, which isĀ  a similar “churring” sound to the magpie’s so I’ve never managed to identify it before.

Twitching Challenge Round 2

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It’s well past time for round 2 of my Twitching Challenge, so here are the results…

  • Carrion crow (sound, sight) – 2 points.
  • Magpie (sound, sight) – 2 points.
  • Woodpigeon (sight) – 1 point.
  • Song thrush? (sight) – 1/2 point.
  • Chiffchaff (sound) – 1 point.
  • Blackbird (sound) – 1 point.

So a total of 7 1/2 points leaves me just about beating my score for round 1. The half a point for the song thrush is because I was 90% sure, but it was only around for a second before it flew off so I can’t be 100% sure. The chiffchaff is frustrating me a little as I can hear it everywhere, but its so hard to see one! I think I need to start taking some binoculars out with me… It also started raining half way through, and apart from anything I hadn’t brought much in the way of protection from the elements for my camera so I didn’t hang around for too long – I’ve learned quite a few more birg songs using the Chirp+ app, so I know round 3 will be more successful, I can feel it already!