Yes, I recorded 20 species of birds on my walk this morning. Not a huge number, but it's only a half hour walk, so it's not too bad. Of course, I've only been doing this walk since January, and was forced to take June and July off, so it's not really much of a record. In January the largest number of birds I recorded was 16; in February it was 15, in March and April, 18 and May 17. So 20 isn't too bad, especially as it is winter, and I didn't count that pesky unidentified raven, so really it should be 21.
I saw 3 species I didn't see yesterday: Maned Duck (which we used to call Wood Ducks); Crested Pigeon (unusual for here) and Noisy Miner (unwelcome everywhere!). Birds I heard this morning that I didn't hear yesterday were: Long-billed Corella (no Little Corellas here, although they are at nearby Eltham), Common Bronzewing, Spotted Pardalote, Grey Fantail and Common Myna (thus spoiling my record of no exotic species). When I returned home, there was a White-eared Honeyeater splashing in my bird bath and a White-browed Scrubwren playing with the fairywrens outside my window. All pretty good for winter.
As I was walking home this morning, I heard the Crested Pigeon, but confess I didn't immediately identify the call. I knew it was a pigeon, and our most common pigeon is the Common Bronzewing and I knew the call was not that. I'd heard a Spotted Dove a few days ago, and I knew it wasn't that. As I looked skyward, I saw a Welcome Swallow flying very high (a bird I would otherwise have missed from my list), then the Crested Pigeon flew into view. As soon as I saw it, I chastised myself for not having identified its call. Of course that's what it was! I should have known that. I walked a little further on, and, heard the Common Bronzewing calling too.
Keeping a bird list as I do my daily exercise was intended to make the chore less boring. It has worked! I now think of my walk as a birding excursion, not my daily constitutional at all.
I have found another birding game to play during this enforced lockdown monotony. I keep a record of all the birds I see on TV. I've only been playing this a few days and I already have quite a nice little list. I have Greater Flamingos and a Long-tailed Widowbird in Senegal, Mute Swans and Canada Geese near London, a Marsh Harrier and a Grey Heron on the Loire and this morning I added a House Crow in Delhi. No wonder they call us 'listers' in America!