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, 8 June 2010


Female or first-summer Kentish Plover, Shellness Point, Sheppey, North Kent, 3 April 2010 (Simon Knight)


A day of SW winds and heavy cloud which cleared later to give way to clear skies.


Highlight of the day was a SANDWICH TERN which was flying back and forth between the east (Bucks) end of the reservoir and the reedbed end. The bird was showing very well and was under constant observation from 1300-1335 hours. The yellow tip to the bill was obvious, whilst the white trailing edge to the secondaries was apparent, a white rump and a single dark feather in the upper tail.

Whilst observing, a flock of 43 COMMON GULLS flew east, with other birds of note including 12 Great Crested Grebes, 8 Common Buzzards, Sparrowhawk, Grey Wagtail, Common Chiffchaff and two different singing CETTI’S WARBLERS.

On neighbouring STARTOP’S END RESERVOIR, the drake Red-crested Pochard was still present, whilst by the sewage works, a male Eurasian Skylark was in song and a male Blackcap.


The EGYPTIAN GOOSE was still present with Canada and Greylag Geese in the fields in Cemetery Corner, with a pair of Eurasian Wigeon still present on the reservoir, a drake Common Teal, 20 Gadwall, 154 Tufted Ducks, 5 Northern Pochard, 2 Mute Swans, 7 Black-headed Gulls, a first-summer COMMON GULL, 15 Sand Martins, a male and female YELLOW WAGTAIL and a singing Common Chiffchaff in the Poplar Wood on the East Bank.


I met up with Grovebury patchworker Johnny Lynch who had seen a cracking male Common Redstart not long before I arrived. We both had an extensive search of the hedgerow but it appeared that the bird had moved straight through.

The main pit held 5 remaining GOOSANDER (including 2 adult drakes) and a pair of Common Teal, whilst in the damp field adjoining, a pair of EURASIAN CURLEW were showing well – my first in Beds this year. A YELLOW WAGTAIL flew over calling, whilst European barn Swallow and Common Chiffchaff were also noted.


During late afternoon, a female KENTISH PLOVER was discovered in North Kent and knowing how difficult this species is to connect with in Britain on an annual basis, I decided that this bird was worth the effort, being only 96 miles away. I met up with Joan Thompson at Chorleywood and drove down to Sheppey to coincide with the evening high tide.

I had not visited Shellness Point since the fine Terek Sandpiper there but the rough access track had changed little since that time. I eventually managed to dodge all of the deep craters and arrived in the car park with my exhaust still intact. It was a fairly muddy walk out to the blockhouse watchpoint but on arrival at 1730 hours, the female KP was still present and showing well in the high tide roost of birds all pitched up high on the shingle ridge – including over 350 Oystercatchers, 15 Ringed Plover, 18 Dunlin and a single Sanderling.

The KENTISH PLOVER was a female or first-summer, being typically much smaller than the accompanying Ringed Plovers, very white on the underparts, paler sandy-brown upperparts and with a broken, narrow breast-band. It also had a shorter tail, longer wings, a somewhat squat appearance and a slim, all-dark bill.

The Kentish Plover was rudely awoken from its roost by a Ringed Plover and shortly later, a proportion of the smaller waders flew a short way north to feed on the first mud being uncovered by the receding tide. This enabled us (JT and myself, photographer Geoff Cox and eight other Kent local birders) to obtain some excellent views of the bird and for the next half an hour, it fed busily on the receding tideline and affording views down to 30 yards. On closer inspection, the bird was seen to be ringed on its right leg. We departed at 1810 hours.

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