Sunday, 1 May 2016

End of April Year List

Black redstart, Aveiro, Portugal





  1. red throated diver (Titchwell)
  2. slavonian grebe (Dungeness)
  3. little grebe (Wells Next the Sea)
  4. great crested grebe (Dungeness)
  5. gannet (West Runton)
  6. cormorant (Titchwell)
  7. little egret (Titchwell)
  8. grey heron (Titchwell)
  9. mute swan (Titchwell)
  10. bean goose tundra (Salthouse)
  11. pink footed goose (Holkham)
  12. greylag goose (Titchwell)
  13. canada goose (Burnham Overy Staithe)
  14. barnacle goose (Dungeness)
  15. brent goose (Titchwell)
  16. shelduck (Titchwell)
  17. Egyptian goose (Holkham)
  18. mandarin (Little Hadham)
  19. mallard (Titchwell)
  20. gadwall (Titchwell)
  21. pintail (Oare Marshes)
  22. shoveler
  23. wigeon
  24. teal (All above: Titchwell)
  25. pochard (Dungeness)
  26. red crested pochard (Lackford Lakes)
  27. common scoter (Titchwell)
  28. goldeneye ( Titchwell)
  29. smew (Dungeness)
  30. red breasted merganser (Titchwell)
  31. red kite (Well Next the Sea harbour)
  32. marsh harrier (Titchwell)
  33. common buzzard (Little Hadham)
  34. kestrel (Little Hadham)
  35. hobby (Rainham Marsh)
  36. sparrowhawk (Bishop's Stortford)
  37. peregrine falcon (Titchwell)
  38. red legged partridge (Choseley)
  39. grey partridge (Holkham)
  40. pheasant (Little Hadham)
  41. moorhen (Titchwell)
  42. coot (Dungeness)
  43. oystercatcher (Titchwell)
  44. avocet (Titchwell)
  45. ringed plover (Dungeness)
  46. grey plover
  47. golden plover 
  48. lapwing
  49. sanderling (All above: Titchwell)
  50. purple sandpiper (Sheringham)
  51. turnstone (Titchwell)
  52. dunlin (Titchwell)
  53. green sandpiper (Lemsford HMWT Reserve)
  54. redshank
  55. black tailed godwit
  56. bar tailed godwit
  57. curlew (All above: Titchwell)
  58. whimbrel (Kelling Water Meadows)
  59. snipe (Dungeness)
  60. woodcock (Little Hadham)
  61. ruff (Titchwell)
  62. Great Skua (Dungeness)
  63. black headed gull
  64. common gull
  65. herring gull
  66. lesser black backed gull
  67. great black backed gull (All above: Titchwell)
  68. glaucous gull (Salthouse)
  69. sandwich tern (Dungeness)
  70. common tern (Rainham Marsh)
  71. guillemot (West Runton)
  72. razorbill (Dungeness)
  73. wood pigeon (Little Hadham)
  74. Stock dove (Burnham Overy Staithe)
  75. collared dove (Little Hadham)
  76. cuckoo (Little Hadham)
  77. tawny owl (Little Hadham)
  78. barn owl (Titchwell)
  79. Little owl (Little Hadham)
  80. swift (Rainham Marsh)
  81. kingfisher (Titchwell)
  82. green woodpecker (Little Hadham)
  83. Great spotted woodpecker (Little Hadham)
  84. Lesser Spotted woodecker (Spellbrook)
  85. skylark (Choseley)
  86. swallow (Little Hadham)
  87. house martin (Hadham Hall)
  88. water pipit
  89. meadow pipit
  90. pied wagtail (All above: Titchwell)
  91. grey wagtail 
  92. wren
  93. dunnock 
  94. robin (All above: Little Hadham)
  95. black redstart (Dungeness)
  96. wheatear (Dungeness)
  97. stonechat
  98. redwing
  99. fieldfare (All above: Little Hadham)
  100. song thrush
  101. mistle thrush (Both Titchwell)
  102. blackbird (Little Hadham)
  103. garden warbler (Little Hadham)
  104. blackcap (Little Hadham)
  105. whitethroat (Thorley Wash)
  106. Dartford warbler (Kelling Water meadows)
  107. sedge warbler (Spellbrook)
  108. willow warbler (Little Hadham)
  109. chiffchaff (Titchwell)
  110. cetti's warbler (Titchwell)
  111. reed warbler (Rainham Marsh)
  112. goldcrest (Little Hadham)
  113. firecrest (Dungeness)
  114. spotted flycatcher (Rainham Marsh)
  115. great tit
  116. blue tit
  117. coal tit (All Little Hadham)
  118. marsh tit (Titchwell)
  119. long tailed tit 
  120. nuthatch 
  121. treecreeper 
  122. magpie
  123. jay
  124. jackdaw
  125. carrion crow
  126. rook (All above: Little Hadham)
  127. raven (Dungeness)
  128. starling
  129. house sparrow (All above: Little Hadham)
  130. tree sparrow (Dungeness)
  131. chaffinch  Little Hadham)
  132. brambling (Titchwell)
  133. linnet (Titchwell)
  134. goldfinch (Little Hadham)
  135. greenfinch (Little Hadham)
  136. siskin (North Creake)
  137. bullfinch (Little Hadham)
  138. reed bunting (Titchwell)
  139. lapland bunting (Blakeney Freshmarsh)
  140. yellowhammer (Choseley)
  141. corn bunting (Choseley)
updated 17.05.16

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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