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.

Wednesday, 25 August 2010

BLACK TERNS and the North Bucks BEWICK'S SWAN moves to Beds

The juvenile BEWICK'S SWAN which had moved from Gayhurst to Broom (Steve Blain) and today's two BLACK TERNS at Wilstone (David Bilcock)

Heavy rain fell all morning before it cleared away leaving a hot dry afternoon with temperatures climbing to 22 degrees C. It was a busy day on the local birding front.


A brilliant day for tern passage with a whopping 125 Common Terns on view and two summer-plumaged adult BLACK TERNS - my first of the year and the only two all year at Wilstone (254).

There were also 150 Common Swifts present over the reservoir, with 3 HOBBIES perched in Black Poplars near the hide, 3 Common Buzzards, a Common Sandpiper and in the private gardens in Drayton Beauchamp, 3 Common Chiffchaff, a singing Goldcrest, Blackcaps, an Orange Tip butterfly and a WEASEL.


A very quick visit to Top Scrub where GARDEN WARBLER was added to the Year List (255)


Moving NE into Bedfordshire, Brogborough Lake produced 6 Common Terns, 27 Great Crested Grebes (in one large raft) and a host of singing warblers including Sedge, Blackcap, Willow and Common Chiffchaff. Two Black Terns had flown east just before I arrived........


Arriving at 1540 hours, UI was very pleased to intercept the two breeding-plumaged BLACK TERNS - loosely flying around the centre with 10 Common Terns. A single HOBBY was feeding distantly over the Rookery Poplars.


Teamed up briefly with Mike Ilett where the juvenile BEWICK'S SWAN I had previously seen at Gayhurst in North Bucks was now with 29 Mute Swans at Broom Peacock's Lake (see Steve Blain's images above). There was also Oystercatcher, 18 Common Terns and Sand Martin.


My first Beds DUNLIN of the year - 3 adults in summer plumage - along with Oystercatcher, Ringed and Little Ringed Plover, Common Redshank, Lapwing and 8 Common Terns.


A flock of 125 Linnets in setaside fields just north of the village.


A repeat visit in the evening - Warren Claydon was just departing. New in during the afternoon were 26 ARCTIC TERNS with at least 183 terns present in total. There were also an impressive 125 Barn Swallows whilst the male WOOD WARBLER was again singing from the private ornamental lake in Drayton Beauchamp.


Two LITTLE GULLS were present towards dusk - an adult winter and a first-year - as well as 13 Common Terns.

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