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, 9 March 2010

Local Tree Sparrows elude me


Another glorious morning following an overnight frost. Eventually cloud arrived from the east, although temperatures remained stable at 6 degrees C.


Little Grebe (adult in full breeding finery)
LITTLE EGRETS (2 birds feeding in shallow pool opposite Watercress Cottage)
Grey Heron (1 with the egrets)
Tufted Duck (5 on Pow Wow Lake)
GADWALL (pair still on Pow Wow Lake)
Song Thrush (1)
Wren (1)
Blue Tit (male in song)
Robin (2 singing males)
Long-tailed Tits (pair)
Chaffinch (2 singing males)


GREAT CRESTED GREBE (male still present on smaller lake)
Mute Swan (adult pair) (pair also returned to Waterside)
Atlantic Canada Goose (pair)
Mallard (12)
Tufted Duck (5)
Coot (8)
Red Kites (2 overhead)
Jackdaws (35 in noisy group, with 5 pairs utilising chimneys on neighbouring houses)
Dunnock (1)
COMMON CHIFFCHAFF (singing male present for its second day - per Chris Pontin - the first in the Recording Area this year)
Goldcrest (1)
Coal Tit (singing male)
Chaffinch (2 singing males)
Greenfinch (singing male)


Some 23 ROOK nests are now being utilised and prepared for the coming season, whilst a pair of Long-tailed Tits and 6 House Sparrows were in the hedgerow bordering the farmhouse.


On Bois Mill Pond, the pair of Mute Swans, 15 Atlantic Canada Geese and a drake Tufted Duck were present, with another Mute Swan just east of Bois Mill, a pair by Latimer Bridge and another by Church Covert Reserve.


A single OYSTERCATCHER was on the spit (but no Ringed Plovers), along with 3 GOOSANDERS nearby (two adult drakes).


Utilising information provided by both Rob Hill and Rob Norris, checked out both TREE SPARROW sites today and drew a complete blank. In the game crops SSW of New Farm, in the Tove river valley, just 12 Dunnocks and 2 Reed Buntings, and at New Buildings Farm, an impressive 18 Song Thrushes (presumed migrants) and 25 Fieldfare. Sadly, my visit was curtailed, as I had to be in a meeting by 1415.


GREAT CRESTED GREBE (pair present and in courtship display)
CONTINENTAL CORMORANT (immature fishing)
Mute Swans (adult pair and three of last year's offspring still present)
Atlantic Canada Geese (14)
Mallard (14)
GADWALL (34 present)
Tufted Duck (36 present - highest count this winter)
NORTHERN POCHARD (4 drakes present)
Coot (66)
Moorhen (14)
Red Kite (2)
Common Buzzard (1)
Stock Dove (5)
Great Spotted Woodpecker (1)
Song Thrush (singing male on island)
Great Tit (8 together in one noisy group)
Long-tailed Tit (2)
Western Jackdaw (330 in roost; the location of the roost has moved from the Larches in Wheatley Wood to the southern fringe of High Wood)

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