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
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
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 Harrier, Rough-legged Buzzard, Red-footed Falcon, Merlin
Spotted Crake, Corncrake
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
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
Bluethroat, Black Redstart, Whinchat
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
Chough, Hooded Crow
Hawfinch, Serin, Twite, Mealy Redpoll, Arctic Redpoll, Crossbill
Lapland Bunting, Snow Bunting, Cirl Bunting, Rustic Bunting, Little Bunting
and all BBRC Rarities