(photograph courtesy of Katie Fuller: http://www.bogbumper.blogspot.com)
So after one month of the Challenge, the scores are BTO 86, RSPB 81. After tearing into a 20+ tick lead, the BTO boys and girls have been pegged back through a combination of determination, persistence and downright sly tactics by the RSPB listers.
Of the birds on the BTO list, Meadow Pipit, Grey Wagtail, Reed Bunting, Yellowhammer and Chiffchaff should all fall fairly quickly and comfortably. Looking at it another way, only six species already under their belts will prove problematic: Goshawk (if the record is accepted by the Norfolk CR) ;-) , Hawfinch, Goosander, Bittern, Pink-footed Goose and Egyptian Goose.
As Nick and I concurred when we started, it should be close - and so it is proving.