I had a pleasant walk around my patch (and beyond, more on that in a bit) today with a very good friend of mine, Simon (whose own blog postings can be found on The Weakest List blog), we have birded together for many years, twitching, holidaying and setting day list records in the county (even if last year they equalled the record without me!!), but until recently (well this time last year when I moved to my current home and started birding lodge lake) we have never worked the same local patch. We now do, and you know what that means? Yup that's right competition time!! 2014 I shall be competing against him to see who can get the most bird species in the year around that patch.