I have the good fortune to be within walking distance of the Bristol Channel and this adds significantly to the variety of my local sightings particularly with a decent wader list.
A 5 mile list is not one that I have actively kept. Indeed, all my bird lists fell into disrepair in spring 2021. I do intend to sort that out in particular with my eBird records once I have got my head around the more complex and lengthy moth spreadsheets.
However, my best efforts this afternoon produced a patch list in the 230s, a 5 mile 2021 list in the 130s and an "on foot" 2021 list in the 120s. Four patch ticks were highlights being Long-tailed Duck, Nightjar, Rose-coloured Starling and Glossy Ibis. The two Glossy Ibises flying north were on the same day as the juvenile Rose-coloured Starling. A two patch tick day which was quite remarkable.
My plans for 2022 include some very significant local effort and indeed to keep accurate and up to date records.
Other highlights this year were a wintering Black Redstart (in my view a returning adult female) and a stunning confiding juvenile Little Stint amongst the wader passage. Spring passage included Spotted and Pied Flycatchers, Redstarts and Whinchats and other waders included Curlew Sandpipers and Avocet whilst I connected with more Mediterranean Gulls than normal and an autumn Shag. Seabirds included Pomarine and Arctic Skuas as well as Guillemot but the seabird list was well below normal years.
One of the other 2021 highlights has been more Otter sightings than previously and once I sort out my moth lists, I expect the final 2021 patch tally to be well in excess of 500 species with at least Toadflax Brocade and Devon Carpet as new macro species.
All the best