Local Patch Challenge-WORCESTER BIRDING

Local Patch Challenge 2020

LPC_logo_2020  This is a new initiative to promote local patch birding across Worcestershire with an emphasis on finding your own birds.
  Record the number of species you see and the more you find, the higher your score!
  The first league table will be posted here mid-February for all participants who submit their first set of scores after the end of January.
  There is no need to register in advance, simply submit your full name, name of your local patch and scores to LPC@worcesterbirding.co.uk

    Scoring system:

    Common Species: 1 point

    Scarce Species: 2 points
    Scarce Species FIND: 4 points
    Rare Species: 3 points

    Rare Species FIND: 6 points

    First county record FIND: 10 points

Unless the species is listed below, all species will count as one point regardless of whether you saw it and/or found it.
If you see any of the species listed below you will score additional points as detailed above. If for example you first see a particular scarce/rare species but didn't find it (scoring 2 or 3 points respectively) and then subsequently find another of the same species at a later date/time you will quailfy for the additional two points (for scarce) or three points (for rare).
If you are fortunate to find a first confirmed record for the county you will score 10 points.
The following species are classed as scarce or rare(rare in bold)and accrue additional points as detailed above:

Bewick's Swan, Whooper Swan
Egyptian Goose, 
Taiga Bean Goose, Tundra Bean Goose, Pink-footed Goose, White-fronted Goose, Brent Goose
Garganey, American Wigeon, Green-winged Teal, Ring-necked Duck, Ferruginous Duck, Eider, Long-tailed Duck, Common Scoter, Surf Scoter, Velvet Scoter, Smew, Red-breasted Merganser, Greater Scaup, Lesser Scaup, Red-crested Pochard, Goldeneye, Pintail

all divers

Red-necked Grebe, Slavonian Grebe, Black-necked Grebe

Fulmar, Manx Shearwater, Storm Petrel, Leach's Petrel, Gannet, Shag

Bittern, Night Heron, Cattle Egret, Great White Egret, Purple Heron, White Stork, Spoonbill

Honey Buzzard, Black Kite, White-tailed Eagle, Hen Harrier, Marsh Harrier, Montagu's HarrierRough-legged Buzzard, Red-footed Falcon, Merlin


Spotted Crake, Corncrake

Common Crane

Black-winged Stilt, Stone Curlew, Avocet, Kentish Plover, Dotterel, Grey Plover, Sanderling, Little Stint, Temminck's Stint, White-rumped Sandpiper, Pectoral Sandpiper, Curlew Sandpiper, Purple Sandpiper, Whimbrel, Long-billed Dowitcher, Bar and Black-tailed Godwits, Ruff, Greenshank, Spotted Redshank, Wood Sandpiper, Turnstone, all phalaropes

Mediterranean Gull, Little Gull, Kittiwake, Sabine's Gull, Ring-billed Gull, Caspian Gull, Iceland Gull, Glaucous Gull, Great Black-backed Gull

Arctic Tern, Black Tern, White-winged Black Tern, Whiskered Tern, Little Tern, Roseate Tern, Sandwich Tern

all skuas

all auks

Ring-necked Parakeet

Long-eared Owl, Short-eared Owl


Red-rumped Swallow, Alpine Swift

Bee-eater, Hoopoe, Woodlark, Shorelark

Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, Wryneck

Richard’s Pipit, Water Pipit, Rock Pipit
Ring Ouzel

Bluethroat, Black Redstart, Whinchat

Pied Flycatcher

Grasshopper Warbler, Savi’s Warbler, Aquatic Warbler, Marsh Warber, Icterine Warbler, Barred Warbler, Dartford Warbler, Pallas’s Warbler, Yellow-browed Warbler, Wood Warbler


Bearded Tit, Willow Tit

Golden Oriole

all shrikes

Chough, Hooded Crow

Rose-coloured Starling

Hawfinch, Serin, Twite, Mealy Redpoll, Arctic Redpoll, Crossbill

Lapland Bunting, Snow Bunting, Cirl Bunting, Rustic Bunting, Little Bunting

and all BBRC Rarities



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