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, 26 March 2010

GLOSSY IBISES at long, long last, and a bonus HOOPOE

Simon Knight obtained this excellent image of the Rodden Hive HOOPOE - my 218th species of the year.


Back down south now the change in temperature was remarkable. It reached 12.5 degrees C today, but with SW winds, constant drizzle fell for much of the day. It was time to catch up with some of the spring migrants that had been appearing whilst I was in Scotland. It was also an opportunity to have yet another go at the Ibises after Andrew Holden's success.......


With SAND MARTINS being at Wilstone all week, I was very pleased to see 17 flying overhead of the Drayton Bank early morning - my first of the year (217).

A total of 25 Eurasian Wigeon remained, as well as 5 Common Goldeneye, whilst 2 RED KITES drifted south over Startop's End Reservoir.


I failed in my quest to track down the 3 Northern Wheatears that Lol Carman had earlier seen on the Paddock Slope. A Common Chiffchaff was singing - my first this year in Beds -a charm of 28 Goldfinches was feeding and up to 8 Meadow Pipits were in active parachuting display.


At around midday, I decided to drive down to the South Coast, and visited Langton Herring on The Fleet. I arrived at 1445 hours, just as Joe Dobinson and his partner Sharon and Darren Ward were departing, and following their excellent directions quickly latched on to the migrant EURASIAN HOOPOE that had been present since Wednesday. The bird was frequenting a Kale field 250 yards west of the Coastguard Cottages and could be easily seen from the coastal footpath. It was favouring the tracks in the kale and after flying along on three occasions, settled down and fed on grubs at just 40 yards range. It was a brilliant bird and very entertaining to watch and was fabulously photographed by Simon Wright (see above). Hoopoe is always a tricky bird to connect with each year so I was more than pleased with my decision to twitch it - species 218 this year.


Unlike on previous visits when I ventured out west along the South Drain towards Noah's Lake, this time I followed my good friend Andy Holden's advice and walked east - 600 metres in fact to the Ham Walls Observation platform. I was later joined by the reserve warden and partner and whilst waiting from 1702 hours, GREEN SANDPIPER, 6 SAND MARTINS and 2 Common Chiffchaffs were noted. There was also two booming EURASIAN BITTERNS and a cacophony of loud CETTI'S WARBLERS and squealing Water Rails.

At 1735 hours, all 3 first-winter GLOSSY IBISES appeared from the east, flying high perhaps 300 yards north of the drain. As they progressed west, they flew closer towards the Watchpoint, and about 90 seconds later flew directly overhead affording all three of us excellent views of these almost prehistoric, weird-shaped birds. The flight was typically fast and in close formation and at 1738 hours (three minutes after I first located them), they disappeared high to the NNW. After three visits, I had finally connected - relief and exultation ! (species 219).


Fighting across the Mendips in intermittent thick fog, I finally reached Chew (Herriott's Bridge) with 15 minutes of light to spare. Sadly, this was not enough time to locate the drake Ferruginous Duck and as the light faded away to nothing, the throng of Tufted Duck and Northern Pochard only yielded a single female Ruddy Duck. Herriott's Pool also held good numbers of Common Shelduck and a few Shovelers, whilst CETTI'S WARBLERS became very vocal at dusk.

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