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, 18 November 2010

Confiding WOODCHAT SHRIKE brightens up a half-day visit to Norfolk

First-summer male Woodchat Shrike, Winterton South Dunes, Norfolk, 6 May 2010 (Chris Morgan)


Had a very enjoyable day out in the field with Mick Frosdick. Norfolk was our destination and a long-staying WOODCHAT SHRIKE was our main target bird. The wind remained in the Northeast, it was clear with little cloud and 14 degrees C.


A COMMON CUCKOO flew across the road, close to the M25 junction, at 1045.


From 1300-1330 hours, Mick and I obtained outstanding views of the first-summer male WOODCHAT SHRIKE in Winterton South Dunes. It was frequenting an area of scattered bushes 250 yards south of the village and was regularly perching out in full view. It represented my 261st species of the year and was beautifully photographed by Chris Morgan.

The Winterton Dune scrub also produced two male LESSER WHITETHROATS, 3 singing male Common Whitethroats, numerous House Sparrows, a European Barn Swallow and a HOLLY BLUE butterfly.


Mick and I did the long walk out to the Weavers Bend hide but on arrival, there was no sign of the Wood Sandpipers present recently. What was noted were 2 pairs of Egyptian Geese, Common Teal, Gadwall, Shoveler, 2 pairs of Marsh Harriers, 2 pairs of Pied Avocets, 7 Common Redshank, 5 WHIMBREL, 1 Common Tern, a GRASSHOPPER WARBLER reeling by the hide, several Cetti’s Warblers, Sedge and Western Reed Warblers, Willow Warbler and 3+ Peacock butterflies.


TREE PIPITS in recent years are getting harder and harder to come by with the population continuing to seriously decline. In my local area now, they are completely lost, with no breeding birds in Bucks, Beds or Herts and the nearest being the odd singing male in Berkshire. Consequently, adding one to the Yearlist involves a fair bit of effort and today – after chatting to Norman Williams – two pairs were located at a regular site NW of Santon Downham village – two singing males displaying less than 100 yards from each other. Excellent views were obtained.

The same area held a large number of COMMON CROSSBILLS – one flock of at least 30 birds seen in flight. A HOBBY was also an unusual sighting.


Two pairs of STONE CURLEW were visible from the road, as well as 1 pair of Eurasian Curlew and a male NORTHERN WHEATEAR.


Officially known as Tubney Farm NT (at TL 554 665), this fabulous new wetland reserve (scrape) providing me with my first TEMMINCK’S STINTS of the year – a trio of birds affording excellent views from the spanking new hide and track adjacent (263)..

The scrapes also held Pied Avocet (3 pairs), Ringed Plover, Common Redshank, GREY PARTRIDGE (pair), Marsh Harrier, Shoveler, Yellow Wagtail, Linnet and CORN BUNTING.


Little of note other than a single LITTLE RINGED PLOVER present.

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