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For several reasons (Covid restrictions, environmental concerns around travelling simply to see new birds, a desire for quality not quantity), I decided early in the year to restrict my birding to my local patch. That’s meant my list of the bird species I’ve seen this year only totals 118, not the 200 I’ve previously aimed for, but I’ve enjoyed spending more time observing the birds I have seen, getting to know their preferred places, behaviour, feeding patterns, etc. And I have seen one new bird this year, a stunning Yellow-browed warbler that appeared along the local coastal path back in October.

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