February Bird Race/Green Challenge – along the same lines as the Jan 1st event – to get folk out birding, get the yearlist started and see who can see the most birds on what will hopefully be fine winters day. To keep it simple we have 3 categories –
a) – Green, from home (multiple sites allowed, no driving at all)
b) – Green, garden list (includes flyovers and ‘seen from’)
c) – All/multiple site Cornwall – motorised.
We are hoping that the majority of entries will be of the form of non-motorised, or green (hence the green challenge). This is to promote local birding, reduce excess carbon consumption and hopefully turn up some good bird records. Obviously not everyone lives on the doorstep of a major nature reserve or wilderness area, so it is as much about a competition with yourself as others – to see how many species you can see! An hour or so spent walking to the local park or seeing what’s in the garden has as much relevance to this as a full-blown 24 hour intense bird-fest (the latter will probably get you more species though … )
‘Green’ birding is the way forward, see the Patchwork Challenge blog for more details.
Keeping track of your list – one good way is to enter lists on Bubo listing . You will need to sign in to start creating lists. (Go to ‘Create lists’ then choose or type in ‘Cornwall Mainland’ for location and choose ‘Year List’ ‘2018’, then you can start entering your records.) One nice function on bubo is the ‘target’ function whereby you can see which species have been encountered by others, as well as seeing their lists and a cumulative total list.
Complete lists should also be entered to Birdtrack, the BTO UK bird-recording scheme, although there are issues with sharing and seeing others’ information on the day, hence the suggestion of listing on bubo above.
All birds seen or heard in the County of Cornwall between 00:01 and 23:59 on the 4th February count, excepting escapes and exotics.
Open to all, CBWPS members or not.
If you can register your intent to take part by emailing ‘firstname.lastname@example.org‘ I can get a table sorted to list entries. Required information: Name, Type (a, b or c), Location (for green, garden, or hometown start point if doing a motorised list) and we can then enter species totals when done. Or you can just contact on the day when you tell us your total and highlights.
Kudos to those who do well, or even just take part, but no prizes this time. I’m sure it will be competitive though …
Good birding and good luck.