I did the patch bird race yesterday (12/5/13), and got some nice species as well as having a great time. In the end i got an impressive 74 species.
Here is a complete list of bird species, in the order i saw them.
2. Feral pigeon
9. Song thrush
10. Great tit
20. Blue tit
22. Herring gull
25. Cuckoo - Singing close to the sewage farm, the same place I saw one about a week ago. Seen briefly. for me the 2nd time I have ever seen one on patch.
28. Stock dove
29. Reed warbler - One singing in reeds in the sewage farm, quite a scarce bird for the Sewage farm.
31. Canada goose
32. Shelduck - The long staying bird. A female. They are probably breeding somewhere on patch.
33. Teal - male, not usually found here at this time.
35. Tufted duck
37. Pied wagtail
39. Grey heron
40. Black-headed gull
41. Meadow pipit
42. Mistle thrush
43. Lesser-black backed gull
44. Willow warbler
45. Lesser whitethroat - One singing in farmland
46. Red-legged partridge
47. Stonechat - Fem, in farmland
49. House martin
51. House sparrow
52. Collared dove
53. Great-spotted woodpecker
54. Spotted flycatcher - one flycatching in a beech, a year tick.
55. Firecrest - Singing in conifers. A patch record!
56. Green woodpecker
58. Grey wagtail
60. Long-tailed tit
61. Sedge warbler
63. Reed bunting - a stunning male
66. Peregrine - I saw the pair which are nesting.
68. Marsh tit - Saw a couple in Crab wood very well, calling and singing.
69. Garden warbler - Singing in crab wood
70. Treecreeper - I spent about an hour and a half looking for one in Crab wood, where I finally saw a pair.
71. Cettis warbler
72. Sand martin
73. Pochard - Male, an irregular species for here in the summer
74. Little grebe - I thought i would actually miss it!
So I had a great time, and saw some nice species. The biggest miss was a Sprarrowhawk. But apart from that I got most of the other common species. Sadly the Great-crested grebe which I saw on the 11th in the evening had gone by the morning.
Will try to do it next year.