The snow had almost cleared from the ground, just small patches left where the sun couldn’t quite reach. This is probably my most enjoyable walk of the year, I have had a walk around The Avenue Washlands on New Years Day for the last 8 years and although I don’t see anything rare I will add more year ticks than any other day in 2015. Each tick feels like a new bird, 34 were added in my 2 hour walk including some of my favourites like Yellowhammer, Bullfinch & Treecreeper. Last year I saw 150 species, ‘not many’ I hear you cry, well for me that’s good, I saw 149 in 2013. I spend most of my time on the Avenue Washlands with maybe 10 trips elsewhere in a year. A patch birder I suppose you could call me more than a more traditional birder. I am really looking forward to 2015 and shall aim for 151 this year.