Well here we are – the 365th post! When I had the idea for this blog back in December of last year I thought that we would only write something on a day when we saw new or interesting wildlife, but quite quickly it seemed like a good idea to do a post every day. That’s been – I have to admit – a challenge at times when our busy schedules (or terrible weather!) got in the way. There was a point in the middle of the year when we were nearly a week behind with the posts when I said to Brenda “should we stop now as we’ve reached the 200 for flowers, moths and birds?”. But she thought (rightly of course!) that we should see it through.
Today we had a last walk of the year at Bennachie. In a nice mirror of 1st January it was quite foggy, but we did get nice views of an industrious goldcrest trying to find food, and a group of about 10 crossbills flew overhead, calling, at one point.
And so the 31st December 2023 has almost gone and we have, I think, a good total of species on all our lists. It’s certainly been a great year of wildlife exploration and discovery and though I’m not going to continue this blog into 2024 I hope that it will still inspire me to get out and about more than I had been doing in previous years. Thank you to everyone who has read some or all of our posts through the year: I hope you have enjoyed it!
At the back of my mind is also an idea to use the blog as the basis for a printed book…..but we’ll just have to see what comes of that.
Brenda writes: “We did it, and I’m glad we did. Our nature-watching formed a significant backdrop to everything else that was going on in our lives. I thought that, once the season got going, my flower log would leave Steve’s bird list behind, but there were still many species I didn’t positively identify because I wasn’t on foot when I saw them and some, like yellow-horned poppy, where I just didn’t get to the places where I know they flower because sometimes life is just too busy.
The morning routine (get up, put kettle on, get out moth list & pots, make tea, check moth trap, drink tea) was more sustainable and I tried to make sure I identified all the macro moths, but there were many days when micros would sit in a pot all day only to be released unidentified. Nevertheless, I know more micro species now than I did a year ago. Although we won’t be continuing the blog I’m looking forward to checking what we saw this time last year as the seasons turn once more and, of course, I will continue to log what I see, greeting familiar flower and moth friends and enjoying the thrill of seeing something new.”
FINAL TOTALS FOR 2023:
Birds = 231
Moths = 259
Wildflowers = 291