Wow. Seventy-five days. I have to say, I'm impressed I've got this far. Saying that, I'm going to have to stop sometime as I need a break.
So the plan is I'll go on to 100 which will take me to 25 June.
And we'll run 3 more weekly Back Garden Bird Races (7,14 & 21 June).
As they've been so popular though I'm planning to continue running Bird Races once a month after June. Birds tend to go very quiet in July and August as many of them hide away while moulting their feathers. By running a regular Bird Race once a month we'll be able to see monthly changes in behaviour such as the movement of birds south in the autumn as well as the arrival of winter visitors.
Of course the virus could hit us with that 'second spike'...in which case we'll all be locked down again and I'll have to think of something else to write about.
There were blue skies again today. There has really only been two or three days of rain since I started these diaries at the end of March.
There were certainly plenty of fledgling birds in my garden today. I was visited early in the race by a family of Goldfinches and Starlings but they soon flew off. Then a family of Great Tits and Blue Tits appeared and took up residency on either side of the garden for the rest of the race. As lovely as it was to see these happy families their incessant calling was infuriating!
(Great Tit family. Photo: Sue Curnock)
Everyone reported plenty of fledgling activity in their gardens too. Moi Hicks sent in this great photo of a young Great-spotted Woodpecker and its parent.
(Photo Moi Hicks)
Clare in Seaford had to abandon the Bird Race after 35 minutes when a rustling in her garden turned out to be a Hedgehog. Clare said "I thought at first it needed rescuing but it went under my shed where I think it might be nesting!"
(Photos Cliff Dean, Gemma Pratt, Dave Kilbey, Sue Curnock, Andrew Chandler-Grevatt, Ryan Greaves)
Thank you to everyone who took part in this week's Back Garden Bird Race. Congratulations to everybody who achieved a new Personal Best score. Here are the results from this week. Apologies as always for any errors or omissions.
Andy put his results on a Venn Diagram again. And this week it was even more complicated.
This list shows all the birds reported from Sussex gardens this week, from most frequent (in red) to least frequent (in green) with a total count of 67 species.
Thank you again to everyone who took part this week. Thank you to Lois Mayhew of Sussex Biodiversity Record Centre for her help with today's data.
We'll hold the 10th Back Garden Bird Race next Sunday. Looking at the forecast it may rain on Saturday. I'll believe it when I see it.