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

Northeasterly winds continue


The cool North-easterly winds still blow and again are accompanied by intermittent rain showers. Such conditions continue to ground interesting migrants locally and today was no exception….

(0730 hours)

Up and about early but not in the same league as DB and the other Tring regulars – chasing Dave resulted in seeing the 5 COMMON GREENSHANKS that were roosting and feeding on the island in the North Lake and noting the first breeding attempt of Black-headed Gull at the site (a single pair nesting on the island) and 23 pairs of breeding Common Terns (all sadly to be taken by an American Mink later in the week). There were also 22 Tufted Duck on the lake and the COMMON CUCKOO was calling loudly and frequently from Pitstone Fen.


The local pair of LITTLE RINGED PLOVERS was seen, along with 2 Little Grebe, 8 Tufted Duck and singing Common Chiffchaff and Blackcap.


Very quiet by recent standards although 54 Common Swifts and 116 European Barn Swallows were of note; also 16 Mute Swans, 52 Tufted Duck and a Lapwing over.


Checking the reedbed behind Marsworth and the sewage farm proper revealed the presence of several CETTI’S WARBLERS, 5+ Western Reed Warblers, a rattling male LESSER WHITETHROAT and a calling male COMMON CUCKOO.


Made a hasty return visit to see a WHIMBREL that had pitched down and was roosting close to the Jetty – it was present until about 0905 hours before flying east (see Dave’s images above). In addition to the 2 HOBBIES flying around, a huge flock of hirundines had built up, with 500 or more Common Swifts present and a Lesser Whitethroat rattling from the hedgerow by the car park. Also new in were 2 adult summer Black-headed Gulls and 4 ARCTIC TERNS..

Dan Forder had seen and photographed a large flock of Whimbrel fly east (see below) but the only birds of interest I noted were a male YELLOW WAGTAIL which eventually flew north at 1235 (image below), 2 drake Northern Pochards and the first Greylag Goose gosling of the year.

Two COMMON RAVENS in heavy wing moult were seen over Wendover Woods but observed from the Wilstone bank.


A pair of EURASIAN CURLEW showing well but nothing else of note


At least 15 Common Terns on the lake and raft, with 1-2 CETTI’S WARBLERS in front of the hide and both Western Reed and Sedge Warblers singing.

Not that far away and to the north, a LITTLE OWL was sat on a telegraph pole just south of the pylons at Spinney Farmhouse.


A late visit highlighted in the sighting of a BARN OWL and the singing male COMMON NIGHTINGALE and two reeling male GRASSHOPPER WARBLERS nearby. All were in the vicinity of the Fishermen’s car park.

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