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.

Thursday, 19 August 2010


I managed to miss this delightful bird today - here depicted in full glory by Marc Heath. Frustratingly, it had been present several days.

A beautiful day - light winds, dry, blue sky and warm sunshine.


COMMON NIGHTINGALES were the target bird and a total of 6 was recorded - the most confiding the singing male in the scrub by the main car park. At least two were singing from what is now considered Hertfordshire.

The reserve was also highly productive for warblers with a cacophony of sound - Western Reed Warblers, Cetti's, Sedge (14+), Common Whitethroat, Blackcap, Common Chiffchaff and Willow Warbler.

Whilst in the car park, I received news of a Red-rumped Swallow in East Kent that had been present for the past three days and suppressed. It was still showing so I set off in pursuit.........


It was an 83 mile drive to Minster and just as I pulled up at the manual railway crossing with Bo Beolens, we discovered that the barriers were not working. We eventually raised them physically and drove the last mile to the treatment works.

A local guy was on site and informed us that the swallow had last been seen at 1216 hours. It was now 1315 and for the next three hours, there was no sign of it. Every now and again, a small wave of European Barn Swallows dropped down sufficiently to be seen but the Red-rumped was no longer with them. Two House Martins were in the area, along with a male Yellow Wagtail, rattling male Lesser Whitethroat, Common Whitethroat, Western Reed Warbler, Willow Warbler, Cetti's Warbler and Common Buzzard, whilst butterflies were represented by Green-veined White, Orange Tip and Peacock.


Later in the evening, I saw my first WHINCHAT of the year - a dapper male in the middle of the moor, as well as 2 Common Whitethroats..


The first-summer male BLACK REDSTART was showing well by the last barn but the real surprise bonus was a EUROPEAN TURTLE DOVE in the orchard - the first I have ever seen at this site and my first of the year.


A Red Fox was sunning itself


GREAT CRESTED GREBES had successfully bred, with a pair with two small young on the smaller of the two lakes. Another pair were on the larger lake. There were also 11 Tufted Ducks and a few Swallows flying around.

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