Thursday, 9 July 2015

Updated year list

Very few birding opportunities since my Portland Weekend at the end of May, so yesterday's Norfolk visit, shortened by heavy rain, was my first awayday since then.
Only two year listers: an eclipse garganey from Daukes Hide, Cley and 3 little gulls over the Freshmarsh at Titchwell
Archive photo: SEO at Elmley 2013.

  1. red throated diver
  2. little grebe
  3. great crested grebe
  4. cormorant
  5. little egret
  6. grey heron
  7. mute swan
  8. pink footed goose
  9. greylag goose
  10. canada goose
  11. brent goose
  12. shelduck
  13. egyptian goose
  14. mallard
  15. gadwall
  16. shoveler
  17. wigeon
  18. teal
  19. pochard
  20. tufted duck
  21. goldeneye
  22. smew
  23. goosander
  24. red breasted merganser
  25. red kite
  26. marsh harrier
  27. hen harrier
  28. common buzzard
  29. kestrel
  30. red legged partridge
  31. grey partridge
  32. pheasant
  33. moorhen
  34. coot
  35. oystercatcher
  36. avocet
  37. ringed plover
  38. golden plover
  39. lapwing
  40. sanderling
  41. turnstone
  42. dunlin
  43. redshank
  44. black tailed godwit
  45. curlew
  46. snipe
  47. ruff
  48. black headed gull
  49. common gull
  50. herring gull
  51. lesser black backed gull
  52. greater black backed gull
  53. wood pigeon
  54. collared dove
  55. tawny owl
  56. little owl
  57. great spotted woodpecker
  58. skylark
  59. meadow pipit
  60. pied wagtail
  61. wren
  62. dunnock
  63. robin
  64. stonechat
  65. redwing
  66. mistle thrush
  67. blackbird
  68. great tit
  69. blue tit
  70. coal tit
  71. long tailed tit
  72. bearded reedling
  73. magpie
  74. jay
  75. jackdaw
  76. rook
  77. carrion crow
  78. starling
  79. house sparrow
  80. chaffinch
  81. linnet
  82. twite
  83. goldfinch
  84. bullfinch
  85. greenfinch
  86. reed bunting
  87. yellowhammer
  88. song thrush
  89. Jay
  90. sparrowhawk
91. kingfisher
92. Fieldfare
93: raven
94. scaup
95. black redstart
96. barnacle goose
97. cattle egret
98 great white egret
99 chiffchaff
100 gannet.
101 snow bunting
102 lapland bunting
103 iceland gull
104 kittiwake
105 water rail
106 brambling
107. wheatear
108. marsh tit
109. water pipit
110. grey wagtail
111. yellow legged gull
112. swallow
113. caspian gull
114. sandwich tern
115. barn owl
116. blackcap
117. little ringed plover
118. black necked grebe
119. sedge warbler
120. whitethroat
121. cuckoo
122. house martin
123. common tern
124. stone curlew
125. dotterel
126. common sandpiper
127. spotted redshank
128. whimbrel
129. little tern
130. lesser whitethroat
131. reed warbler
132. grasshopper warbler
133. garden warbler
134. willow warbler
135. dartford warbler
136. spoonbill
137. mediterranean gull
138. swift
139. sand martin
140. grey plover
141. turtle dove
142: greenshank
143. nightingale
144. hobby
145. woodlark
146. little bittern
147. crane
148. white wagtail
149. great northern diver
150. guillemot
151. razorbill
152: fulmar
153. shag
154.whinchat
155. spotted flycatcher
156. pied flycatcher
157. manx shearwater
158: garganey
159: little gull
160: wood sandpiper
161: curlew sandpiper
162: green sandpiper
163: goshawk (12.08.15)
164: red crested pochard
165: yellow wagtail
166: white rumped sandpiper
167; peregrine falcon (19.08.15)
168: arctic skua
169: little stint
170: tree pipit
171: icterine warbler
172: Stock dove
173: pintail
174: common scoter
175: knot
176: bar tailed godwit
177: great skua
178: ring necked parakeet
179: green woodpecker
180: rock pipit
181: cetti's warbler
182: goldcrest
183: nuthatch
184: treecreeper
185: tree sparrow
186: lesser redpoll
187: siskin


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This is me

This is me
At the end of another Norfolk Coastal footpath walk. 47 miles, 3 days 99 species of bird

Caley Wood view

Caley Wood view
sunshine through the canopy 29.05.08

A walk along the Warta Valley, Poznan, Poland. Feb 2007

A walk along the Warta Valley, Poznan, Poland. Feb 2007
Best birds on this walk: black and middle spotted woodpecker and short toed treecreeper

About Me

My photo
A primary school teacher for 30 years, I retired from teaching in July 2009 to set up my own science enhancement and communication company. The Primary Works offers science clubs, workshops and staged science shows nationwide. I have always been interested in bird watching since my early years. Apparently my first tick was after inquiring about a chaffinch and then receiving the Observer book of birds. By the age of 9 I had moved on to Tory Peterson's collins guide and was now involved on YOC birding holidays to Northumbria, Essex coast, Slimbridge and Yorkshire. My twitching rule is that I will willingly travel 1km for each gram the bird weighs. However, I have had many rarities just by being in the right place. I have travelled widely throughout Europe and also visited Australia and Sri Lanka. Further European destinations are planned and a bigger trip to The Crimea was planned for 2014 but now not possible. so 2014: Sri Lanka in January, Poland in April, Madeira in June and The Camargue in July. So far 2015 has been Sri Lanka in Jan, Poland in Feb, Sri Lanka in April and The Camargue coming up in 1st week of September.

Grey heron

Grey heron
Over the allotment 28.09.08

Southern Hawker

Southern Hawker
Ridge footpath 27.08.08

Juvenile green woodpecker (17.08.08)

Juvenile green woodpecker (17.08.08)
Note the stripes, denoting a bird fledged this year.

common blue

common blue
Ash Valley G.C. 15.08.08

Indian balsam (impatiens glandulifera)

Indian balsam (impatiens glandulifera)
River Ash

azure damselfly

azure damselfly
River Ash 28.07.08

marbled white

marbled white
Discovered at Westland Green 22.07.08

ruddy darter

ruddy darter
Bush Wood 21.07.08

honeysuckle 19.07.08

honeysuckle 19.07.08
growing in hedgerow in Chapel Lane

cinnabar moth caterpillar

cinnabar moth caterpillar
Photographed on ragwort 19.07.08

Bittersweet

Bittersweet
Study of petals 11.06.08

male yellowhammer

male yellowhammer
08.06.08

common blue butterfly

common blue butterfly
06.06.08

River Ash

River Ash
looking south from the bridge at Hadham Ford

Common poppy (papaver rhoeas)

Common poppy (papaver rhoeas)
in rape field 29.05.08

Caley Wood sunshine

Caley Wood sunshine
29.05.08

Millenium Wood fox

Millenium Wood fox
24.05.08

common comfrey (symphytum officinale)

common comfrey (symphytum officinale)
06.05.08 banks of the River Ash

Garlic Mustard or Jack by the Hedge,(Alliara petiolata)

Garlic Mustard or Jack by the Hedge,(Alliara petiolata)
flowers, leaves and fruit edible . Good in salad and pesto

April showers

April showers
Double rainbow 30.04.08

Caley Wood bluebells

Caley Wood bluebells
22.04.08

Yellow Archangel

Yellow Archangel
Chapel Lane (20.04.08)

sunlight 16.04.08

sunlight 16.04.08
looking south west from Bush Wood

snowy buds

snowy buds
06.04.08 in Bush Wood

Looking north west

Looking north west
05.04.08 evening shower approaching

Back Garden

Back Garden
Easter Sunday (23.03.08)

Brick Kiln Hill

Brick Kiln Hill
Looking east (23.03.08)

No play today

No play today
The 2nd hole at Ash Valley golf course

Teasel head

Teasel head
Bush Wood (21.03.08)

Reflections

Reflections
daffodils at Bush Wood pond (21.03.08)

Swollen River Ash

Swollen River Ash
The river at the bottom of Winding Hill 16.03.08

Daybreak over the chapel

Daybreak over the chapel
Thursday 13th March

Wild daffodils (narcissus pseudonarcissus)

Wild daffodils (narcissus pseudonarcissus)
growing in Bush Wood

January snowdrops

January snowdrops
Banks of River Ash, north of Much Hadham

Good Moon

Good Moon
From garden 24.01.08

Village Green

Village Green
Looking east towards Acremore Street

Looking south before Hadham Ford

Looking south before Hadham Ford
rare January blue sky

Useful sites

The following are some useful websites that may interest readers of this blog.
Firstly, Bishop's Stortford Natural History Society http://bsnhs.webplus.net/

Fellow birder, Gary Whelan's blog. Gives reports from our trips out together plus reports from his trips abroad. http://hairybirders.blogspot.co.uk
http://www.hertsbirdclub.org.uk/ The official herts bird club website. Frequently updated, listing bird sightings around the county. Offers links to many other websites. Both of these sites also offer links to yahoo discussion groups.
http://www.birdforum.net/ An international site. You can enter as a guest but become a member( free) to post comments, bird sightings and just about anything to do with wild birds. Good news updates, classified section for binoculars, cameras etc.
http://www.guidedbirdwatching.com/ A new site set up where you can contact people worldwide who will help you find good birds in their country. UK section being set up presently.
http://www.britainsbirder.co.uk/
Fellow birders blog. Strtford resident, Graeme Smith regulary birds the area south of Stortford as well as around Spellbrook and the River Stort from Spellbrook to Twyford Locks. Some superb bird photography: Graeme uses a digital camera attached to his powerful telescope to get detailled images of the birds he sees. Well worth a browse.
Two local sites that may be of interest can be found at
http://www.thehadhams.com/ www.thepelhams.net/content/section/12/139/

South Easterly walk

South Easterly walk
black, normal, red extended walk

South Westerly route.

South Westerly route.
Black usual, red extended

North Easterly walk

North Easterly walk
black short, walk. Red, extended

North West Patch

North West Patch
black route regular. Red route the extended wander