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.

Tuesday, 5 January 2010

Tally reaches 106 with my first visit of the year to the coast


Working in HAMPSHIRE today, I took advantage by checking out a number of sites with the following results and added 11 new species to my 2010 Year List. It was another very sharp frost and the New Forest and Hampshire coastline were as I have rarely seen it before. It remained just above freezing all day and at 1500 hours in Andover, the snow started falling....


On an amazing frozen landscape, the 10 BEWICK'S SWANS were sitting to the north of the road at 0830 hours - the herd containing four first-winters.


Nearby, just two patches of ice-free water on Ibsley Water, with 8 Little Grebes, 37 Mallard, 55 Shoveler, 38 Wigeon, 27 Common Teal and 4 Northern Pintails crammed in, as well as 9 Common Goldeneyes, 112 Lapwing and 56 BLACK-TAILED GODWITS - the latter my first of the year.


Incredible ! - large tracts of saltmarsh completely iced over, and parts of the sea edges, and all in glistening white. A good selection of estuarine species included 1 Little Egret, 35 Dark-bellied Brent Geese, 22 Common Shelducks, 106 Wigeon, 79 Common Teal, 3 Gadwall, a drake Pintail, Oystercatcher, 2 PIED AVOCETS, 137 Common Redshanks, 1 SPOTTED REDSHANK, 27 Eurasian Curlews, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 9 Grey Plover, 211 BLACK-TAILED GODWITS, numerous Dunlin and 9 Common Snipe - and as it was my first visit to the coast of the year, nine new species.


The bay between Barton-on-Sea and The Needles (Isle of Wight) was flat calm and virtually birdless, with just 3 Great Crested Grebes present. I could not find any Turnstones or Purple Sandpipers on the groynes but 3 Rock Pipits represented my 106th species of the year.


A superb male BULLFINCH feeding in a roadside hedgerow - gorgeous.


A male Common Stonechat was the only bird to be found on a frozen common.


A superb drake GOOSANDER was showing very well just by the road, with 62 Common Teal noted.


Excellent views were afforded by a single juvenile GREAT NORTHERN DIVER loafing just west of the pier and ferry base

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