Quick one today, no pictures unfortunately.
I took a little detour yesterday. I was wandering round the eastern end of St Katherine Dock and saw a covered walkway heading off into some kind of housing estate, so I decided to do some exploring. Found a nice little green space surrounded by small flats and full of mature trees with nothing in it. I then pressed on and not 50 yards further down the road there were two Jays flitting around in the trees. And a Robin.
So one patch tick and one patch-year tick sitting tantalisingly out of patch-ticking range. I was very good. I didn't wave my arms and run at them, trying to scare them over to the patch. I won't say it didn't cross my mind.
I can either be incredibly pleased to see these birds so close and know that they will potentially end up on the patch, or I can be incredibly frustrated that they're so near and yet so far. I haven't decided which yet. Still, a Jay is a welcome bit of colour in the area - St Katherine's is now firmly back on my regular rounds.