My local patch is a 27km stretch of SH12, between Ruawai and Dargaville in Northland NZ.
We have been here about four years now, having come from the East Midlands back in the UK, where I was lucky to have a number of good local patches. But here I have found it hard to find a good local patch. Access to land here can be hard and it can mean long journeys to good birding sites.
So now I find SH12 to be my patch! And its not to bad, I get to work it twice a day six to severn days a week!
A large area is open pasture land with some native bush. The road runs close to the wide Wairoa river with sp.... Mangrove and Raupo and a kind of Pampas grass.
Common day to day birds are usually Australasian Harrier, Mallard, Australian Magpie, Spur-Winged Plover but you do get the odd rare bird as I have seen Australasian Bittern by the side of the road too! Incidentally close to Tokatoka, an extinct Volcano.