Avon BTO

Sunday, June 29, 2008

One month to go

Im glad to see the number of second breedings eason visits picking up- 64 to date which means 140 to go; on the whole the later these are done the fewere birds will be seen, as song declines very rapidly in july; the upside to later visits is the number of juveniles that wiull be encountered and the chance of maximiising breeding status by entering fledgling. I also hope that the 164 first visits that have so far been entered will increase to the full 200 when observers enter both sets of results.
I am doing a full analysis of the winter tetrad results, and will make it available to anyone interested, as a comparison of both density and distribution with the 1981-84 winter atlas is possible, and there are many changes.
Now is also a good time to think about the second Atlas season. I hope that we will be able to complete the full 400 tetrads; several observers have alredy booked their tetrads for next season but there are still 100 left to be covered. The earlier tetrads are booked the sooner I will know where there are problems. In particular ST77 on the Cotswolds, and ST 47, have been poorly covered so far.
Finally if you go off on holiday anywhere in july keep a close note of Juveniles of any species and send in Roving Records of them- the local Atlas organiser may be very grateful.


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