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.

Friday, 29 January 2010

South Coast rambling


Another cold day and another very grey day


A RED KITE was being harassed by a Carrion Crow just west of the M25 at 0807 hours.

Single LITTLE EGRETS were seen in Sussex just north of Burgess Hill at 0913 and in fields with cattle south of the A281 just west of Clappers Lane in Poynings.


The solitary female GREATER SCAUP was showing very well on the easternmost of the two small lagoons 100 yards SE of the Golden Galleon restaurant/pub and just east of the river, easily visible from the footpath that leads south alongside the river from the pub car park.


The most significant event was the huge numbers of Common Coots on these lakes, presumably birds which dispersed from sites further north and east during the freeze. Sample counts included 796 on Ivy Lake, Chichester, and 522 on Westhampnett Sailing Lake.


Spent 45 minutes 'scoping the harbour from the Budds Farm mound, with the following species encountered -:

Great Crested Grebes (14)
Little Grebe (11)
*BLACK-NECKED GREBE (a tightly-knit flock of 19 birds, all diving simultaneously, west of Hayling Oyster Beds)
Dark-bellied Brent Geese (86)
Common Shelducks (330)
Eurasian Wigeon, Common Teal, Gadwall and Shoveler but no sign of the North American Green-winged Teal, particularly on Budds Farm
Common Goldeneye (24)
Red-breasted Merganser (33)
*VELVET SCOTER (first-winter drake in the main channel west of Hayling Oyster Beds)

Large numbers of waders feeding on the ebbing tide, including Oystercatchers, Eurasian Curlews, Common Redshank, 55 Grey Plover, 35 Black-tailed Godwits, 15 Bar-tailed Godwits, a few Red Knot and 2,700+ Dunlin.


No sign of the adult Ring-billed Gull late afternoon but 9 Common Gulls, 5 argenteus Herring Gulls and 18 Dark-bellied Brent Geese.


The adult BLACK BRANT was showing very well with 288 Dark-bellied Brent Geese just north of the roundabout on the south end of the playing fields.

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