Post by kentyeti on Aug 31, 2015 9:03:14 GMT
An interesting late summer.
I have a standard system of trawling the Internet for Shortie reports. I am building up a database of sightings to help with my book.
7 reports in the whole of August last year.
35 reports so far in August this year.
Not outright proof of anything, but as I said up front, interesting.
7 last August, 51 so far this August.
Because of the random nature of how they are reported and because a number are different days at the same location it is impossible to draw any firm conclusions.
If numbers grow a lot in September and into October to give a mega winter for numbers it would have been a useful pointer for future years.
My main use of the data, (I have picked up over 2,100 reports in more than 3 years), is to find out when and where in Britain they are seen. Plus, for those with a time attached, when they are seen in daylight hours.
At most a couple of very small paragraphs in my book. But it's all part of gathering as much information as I can about Shorties over as long a period of time as possible.
Re the book. Taking a short break from field work after 17 trips to Scotland since April last year. I've over 5,500 photos on file out of the vast number I have taken. And I'm currently going through all those and pulling out those that may be suitable for the book into a different folder on my PC. That is in addition to those already in the various book folders. Doing that will find any I've missed and make it much easier to find others in the future. As well as helping with back ups. One big find is a photo that meets my exact specification for a cover photo. Forgotten all about that session with a Shortie!