Sunday, 1 November 2009

Snow Sandwich

"Vismig" in very unpromising conditions (continuous rain) at Ferny Ness on 1st Nov (for 3rd and final Big Vis count) produced a few interesting observations, best being 7 Snow Buntings SW offshore and a couple of lingering Sandwich Terns. Full counts on trek.

Latter are also a useful (new 10km) record for the atlas, with winter season work commencing today. There are a number of updates to the local website to make it easy to target what needs to be done next. See in particular the:

"Winter index map" - displays species per 10km square - click on any to see what's still missing (P symbols shows what's found in adjacent tetrads)

"Winter progress map" - an overview of where more effort is needed - anything in red could probably do with more work; click on any tetrad to generate a handy half-page worksheet with current records (including max counts) marked up, for taking out into the field.

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