My first task on joining the team was to get the Bubo list sorted out so after a couple of hours of head scratching and cursing at Excel it was all entered and up to now the list stands at 282 species. Some excellent finds amongst as documented in the Meopta and Forest Optics best find competition but also some big misses which I will come onto shortly. Because of the way Bubo works we can't provide a direct link to our lists here - instead if you look at the widgets in the right hand margin, somewhere below Birdtrack and Birdguides is a button that takes you to the website. We wanted this to be open to all to enter their finds so you will find the lists by logging on as Patchwork Challenge and the password is Patching (capital P). First sightings obviously trump later ones for the list.
What Bubo also offers is a chance to see which species we are missing and below is a screenshot of what the targets list looks like (access this by clicking on the bullseye when you have viewed a list).
Who would have thought we could get to 282 whilst still missing Red-crested Pochard, Ring-necked Duck and Red Grouse - surely somebody must have a distant bit of moor and some time to scope it from their patch. With species such as Great Grey Shrike, Shore Lark and Yellow-browed Warbler still to add 300 species (and thus £300 for the Cuckoo appeal) remains in reach so we urge all you patchworkers to get out there and spend the autumn toiling on your patch. You never know, a Parula would get us an extra pound too.