My UK Year List - 2014

  • 117-118) GREAT WHITE EGRET and LONG-TAILED DUCKS at Mary's Lake, Earls Barton GP, 9 January
  • 116) Barnacle Goose, Emberton Park, 9 January
  • 114-115) SMEW and Cetti's Warbler at Great Hardmead Lake, Amwell, 7 January
  • 113) Reed Bunting, Tyttenhanger, 7 January
  • 112) Tree Sparrow (32 birds), Tyttenhanger, 7 January
  • 111) Sparrowhawk, West Hyde, 7 January
  • 110) Mandarin Duck, Burnham Beeches NNR, 7 January
  • 100-109) Curlew, Knot, Bar-tailed Godwit, Dunlin, Oystercatcher, Grey Plover, Sanderling, Common Shelduck, Kittiwake and Mediterranean Gull at Church Norton, 6 January
  • 99) RUDDY SHELDUCK, Sidlesham Ferry, 6 January
  • 96-98) Purple Sandpiper, Turnstone and Rock Pipit in Shoreham Harbour
  • 95) Red-breasted Merganser, Widewater, 6 January
  • 94) GREY PHALAROPE, Hove Lagoon, 6 January
  • 93) Grey Partridge, Broom, 5 January
  • 92) Goosander, Woburn Lakes, 5 January
  • 91) Skylark, Totternhoe, 5 January
  • 90) Yellowhammer, Totternhoe, 5 January
  • 89) Corn Bunting, Totternhoe, 5 January
  • 88) Water Pipit, Wilstone, 5 January
  • 87) SABINE'S GULL, Weston Turville, 5 January
  • 86) Common Scoter, Brogborough, 4 January
  • 85) GREAT NORTHERN DIVER, Stewartby Lake, 4 January
  • 84) Red-legged Partridge, Hatch, 4 January
  • 83) Common Kestrel, Langford, 4 January
  • 82) GLOSSY IBIS, Frensham, 4 January
  • 81) Goldcrest, Frensham, 4 January
  • 80) Green Sandpiper, Lynsters, 3 January
  • 79) Stock Dove, Lynster's, 3 January
  • 78) Egyptian Goose, Lynsters Farm, 3 January
  • 77) Common Chiffchaff, Stockers Lake
  • 76) SIBERIAN CHIFFCHAFF, Stockers Lake
  • 75) Siskin, Stockers Lake
  • 74) Dunnock, Stockers Lake
  • 73) Ring-necked Parakeet, Stockers Lake
  • 72) Lesser Redpoll, Stockers Lake
  • 71) Coal Tit, Chaffinch House
  • 40-70: Nuthatch, Greylag Goose, Pied Wagtail, Lapwing, Golden Plover, Great Crested Grebe, Cormorant, Common Redshank, Common Snipe, Teal, Wigeon, Shoveler, LITTLE STINT, Black-tailed Godwit, Grey Wagtail, Goldeneye, Meadow Pipit, Greenfinch, Marsh Tit, Dunnock, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Long-tailed Tit, Bullfinch, Jay, Red-crested Pochard, Wren, Collared Dove (all at Tring Reservoirs), Brambling (Ivinghoe), Herring & Great Black-backed Gull, CATTLE EGRET (Briarhill Farm, Calvert) & Green Woodpecker
  • 1-39 all local, Chess River Valley & Shardeloes Estate: 1 January 2014: Chaffinch, Common Starling, Woodpigeon, Little Egret, Grey Heron, Common Magpie, Mute Swan, Mallard, Moorhen, Carrion Crow, Jackdaw, Rook, Common Buzzard, Canada Goose, Coot, Black-headed Gull, Tufted Duck, Pochard, House Sparrow, Common Blackbird, Woodpigeon, Pheasant, Gadwall, Kingfisher, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Robin, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Little Grebe, Common Gull, Red Kite, Redwing, Fieldfare, Song Thrush, Goldfinch, Mistle Thrush, WOODCOCK, Treecreeper, Greenfinch and Water Rail

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Year Listing in the UK

Lee Evans has been Year-listing in the UK since 1977 and has achieved annual totals of over 300 species ever since. Although he has recorded in excess of 360 species on some nine occasions, his record stands at 386 species - achieved in 1996. Adrian Webb in Year 2000 recorded at least 378 species, making him by far the highest-listing individual to compare with Lee. In terms of Life Listing, Lee has recorded 577 species in Britain and Ireland and 853 species in the wider Western Palearctic region.

Sunday, 31 January 2010

Remaining very cold


Another hard frost and another very cold day.


Spent half an hour in Buckingham Road where Andrew Moon had watched a male Black Redstart feeding behind his dental surgery. There was nothing to be found in the rear of the buildings looking from 'Lucky Lane', although 15 Fieldfares flew over.


No sign of the Great White Egret but 6 Little Grebes, 1 Grey Heron, 4 Coot and two female Tufted Ducks in situ.


After a lengthy search, eventually located just 1 WATER PIPIT on the frozen flooded meadow just north of the river - my first of the year (158)


I failed in my quest to locate the wintering Common Sandpiper but a GREEN SANDPIPER was showing well in the NW corner of the South Basin.

A single BLACK-NECKED GREBE was on the South Basin, along with 17 Great Crested Grebes and 26 Northern Pochard. On the North Basin adjacent, were 38 Shoveler, Gadwall, Wigeon, 18 Common Goldeneye and 3 Common Redshank.


A covey of 7 Red-legged Partridges was feeding west of the Flitwick-Millbrook road at TL 017 365


There was much Crossbill activity with a flock of 16 perched at one stage on top of the coniferous trees of Blackhafields Plantation. The vast majority were typical COMMON CROSSBILLS but two birds - both female types - were particularly interesting. The call was very low and gutteral, not jipping in any way, and very Parrot Crossbill in tone, and the birds were thick-headed and had no overlap in the bill. Both birds were photographed. It seems likely that they were of 'eastern' origin.

SISKIN were also much in evidence, with some good views obtained - a Great Spotted Woodpecker flew by.


Following Roy Nye's instruction, located 6 redhead SMEW on the reedbed edge at the west side of the flooded pit. There were also 27 Mute Swans present, along with good numbers of dabbling duck and an impressive 434 Common Gulls, mostly breeding-plumaged adults.


The long-staying juvenile GREAT NORTHERN DIVER was up by the gull watchpoint and roll-preening, whilst Great Crested Grebe numbered just 57 (massive decrease), 5 Little Grebe were noted and 2 Gadwall.

A large gull roost included 3.500 Black-headed, 300 Common, 400 Herring and just 35 Great Black-backed, and a single adult YELLOW-LEGGED GULL (but no Meds).


(with Neil Wright) (1610-1700 hours)

The adult drake SMEW was close to the east end and Windsurfing Centre, along with 22 Great Crested Grebes, 6 Little Grebe, 33 Common Goldeneye and the continuing juvenile GREAT NORTHERN DIVER (the latter showing very well from the watchpoint).

Black-headed Gulls picked up towards dusk but again failed to contain either of the two adult Mediterranean Gulls Roy Nye had discovered during the week; 173 Common Gulls and just 3 Great Black-backed Gulls roosted.

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