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.

Monday, 18 January 2010

William Girling Reservoir supports three new birds for year


A dreary day weatherwise, with misty conditions lingering into the afternoon. Temperatures climbed to 9 degrees C.


A Mistle Thrush was feeding on the green adjacent to the main A 404 opposite Elizabeth Avenue.


William Girling Reservoir is strictly permit access only but can be viewed with a 'scope from Mansfield Park to the east (best accessed from Silverthorn Gardens, where please park sensibly and courteously). Importantly, it is just 5 miles from Waltham Abbey and the M25. During the WeBS count yesterday, an excellent selection of birds had been seen, so this morning I ventured down that way and enjoyed the following sightings -:

GREAT NORTHERN DIVER (two juveniles present but very mobile)
BLACK-THROATED DIVER* (a scarce bird in London and favouring the south end; diving continuously) (129)
Great Crested Grebe (94)
BLACK-NECKED GREBE (excellent count of 24 winter-plumaged birds, including a single party of 13) (130)

Gadwall (1 drake)
Northern Shoveler (4)
Tufted Duck (34)
Common Goldeneye (3 females)
RED-BREASTED MERGANSER (1 female-type on west bank) (131)
GOOSANDER (1 female)

Redwing (30 in Mansfield Park)


Did a full circuit of the site and was most impressed with number of wintering wildfowl, especially Gadwall, and added several new species to my 2010 Hertfordshire List including the long-staying RUFF and COMMON STONECHAT.

Mute Swan (1 on West Marsh, with an adult and first-winter on the Navigation Canal)
Grey Heron (2)
GADWALL (84, mainly on the West Marsh)
Eurasian Wigeon (76)
Common Teal (67)
Shoveler (9)
Lapwing (7 on the ice of West Marsh and a further 93 on Stockade Mead)
COMMON REDSHANK (1 on pools at Stockade Mead)
RUFF (the adult was showing well on Stockade Marsh, 200 yards west of the A10 flyover, consorting with the Lapwings - obvious bright orange legs and bright orange base to black-tipped bill and extensively white below. Limping slightly on left leg)

Argenteus Herring Gull (adult and two juveniles roosting on ice)

COMMON KINGFISHER (1 along the Navigation Canal)
Eurasian Skylark (1 flew north)
COMMON STONECHATS (pair on wire fences in fields to the north of the main reserve)
Reed Bunting (2 on wires)


Three LITTLE EGRETS back on the Chess, all feeding between Latimer and Chenies Bridges.

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