Female Reed BuntingSince my last triumphant posting in which I trumpeted the fact that we had achieved the magical milestone of 95 for the year at The Scrubs, changes have occured.
Three nights ago, a drunken Scrubber (a Wormwood Scrubs birder) was returning from his office Christmas party. He was a little worse for wear and got off at the wrong station ending up near The Scrubs. He decided to take a short cut and walk through The Scrubs. In the dark near Scrubs Lane Wood he pulled out his ipad (not a wise move and not one that I would endorse given the site's propensity for potentially attracting small time nocturnal criminals) and proceeded to play both Little Owl and Tawny Owl calls. After receiving no response, he put his computer away and continued homeward. He then suddenly heard a Tawny Owl hoot. Thinking that he had left his ipad on he stopped to check his bag when a Tawny Owl flew from a tree and headed down the road - no.96!
Yesterday, I strode through the grassland and flushed one Wren, one Blue Tit and a Woodcock!! No. 97!
Will we get three species before 2012 is out?