So Team UK is now on 149 and Team Europe 162. Team USA meanwhile have an impressive 204.
Here's a better "wants list" for Team UK - these are birds that were on one or both of the 2 previous year's UK lists but haven't so far been reported for 1st Jan this year:
Great Grey Shrike
I saw grey partridge a day too early and long-tailed duck a day too late. Typical...
Europe other than the UK is now on 90, with the Europe total unchanged on 162.So Team UK is now on 149 and Team Europe 162. Team USA meanwhile have an impressive 204.
It hadn't really occurred to me to specify a taxonomy to use, although it's probably only Europe where it's not obvious which should apply. I realise I've been subconsciously using BOU, so splitting hooded crow but not pied wagtail.
In case you don't already have them, the four most interesting birds (of a grand total of just 10 species) recorded by me in Helsinki on 1 January were: Eurasian Pygmy Owl, White-backed Woodpecker, Lesser Spotted Woodpecker and Azure Tit.
How difficult is the Azure Tit? I looked up the place its reported and it seemed to be a huge reedbed.
I have heard it is now quite easy. She/he visits at feeders in Fastholma, Vanhankaupunginlahti, Helsinki.
I´m seriously thinking I must go to look at it.