Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Triskaidekaphobia - Good Question 24

Good evening and welcome to Quiz Night Tuesday

I will be 13 on Friday.....a teenager. 13 on Friday the 13th!!!!!

So tonight's quiz is linked to the number thirteen, well sort of. So far this year I have done 18 BTO Birdtrack lists and recorded 96 species. But can you name the 13 species I have seen most commonly. I will give you a clue, all the birds in the top 13 were always seen at either Frodsham Marsh, Winsford Flash and Sandbach Flash, so wetland areas. 

The person that gets the most species right will win a slice of Birthday cake, but to claim the prize you need to collect it from me at Parkgate on the Wirral (Hightide and Hen Harriers) on 22nd February.  It would be great if any of you could come over for that day.

Good Luck.

I will post the answers tomorrow night.

The Answer

So here are the 13 birds that have appeared most often in my Birdtrack surveys so far this year (and the number of times they have appeared and the number of locations where they have been present):

Black Headed Gull (18 times at 10 locations)
Cormorant (15 times at 10 locations)
Magpie (14 times at 7 locations)
Robin (13 times at 6 locations)
Mallard (13 times at 7 locations)
Herring Gull (13 times at 7 locations)
Blackbird (12 times at 6 locations)
Tufted Duck (11 times at 6 locations)
Redshank (11 times at 7 locations)
Pied Wagtail ( 11 times at 8 locations)
Moorhen (11 times at 6 locations)
Coot (11 times at 6 locations)
Carrion Crow (11 times at 8 locations)

So the winner is David McGrath with 7 right. Cake for you on 22nd February at Parkgate (but I am sure there will be spare slices if anyone else can come). Thank you to everyone else for having a go. Douglas, imagine if just one of your birds had appeared!!!!!

P.S. Triskaidekaphobia is the fear of the number 13, but nothing to be scared of with these fabulous 13 birds.


  1. a very happy 13th to you! here in the US, we refer to that as your 'golden birthday' - supposed to be extra lucky when you turn your age on your date. :) whatever. just have a happy one!

  2. 13 on 13th eh, bizarrely I was 28 on 28th. Have a great day and even if I don't get the answers right I claim a slice of cake on 22nd



  3. OK here we go...black headed gull, mallard, coot, moorhen, teal, rook, crow, herring gull, blue tit, great tit, blackbird, chaffinch and reed bunting


  4. Happy Birthday for Friday Findlay... next week I am 59 on the 19th.
    19 on the 19th is just a distant memory.

  5. Crab Plover, sand hill crane, spectacled eider, goliath heron....probably

  6. I don't know your area but I'm going to say: snipe, mallard, redshank, moorhen, jackdaw, reed bunting, teal, grey heron, little grebe, little egret, robin, mute swan, rook. That's based on my own local wetland birding, but several hundred miles from you!

  7. Here's my 13
    Coot, Mute Swan, Tufted Duck, Wigeon, Teal, Cormorant, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Canada Goose, Black-headed Gull, Mallard, Carrion Crow, Little Egret.

    Have a great birthday Findlay.

  8. Redshank, Heron, Little Grebe, Black head Gull, Mallard, Teal, Wigeon, Little Egret, Coot, Blue Tit, Pied Wagtail, Tufted duck, Mute Swan That is my list. Happy BIrthday for Friday.