Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Bird year list 2017: updated 05.05.17

With 2 weeks away in Sri Lanka and too much work, I have not been as active in birding as usual. Only last Friday was my 1st away day, to Rainham Marshes whilst yesterday was my first 2017 trip to North Norfolk. Consequently, many overwintering species are going to not be seen until the end of the year.
For what it is worth, my first list of the year is as follows. If no site recorded then local, i.e. Little Hadham parish, East Herts.
Little Hadham mandarin


  1. little grebe
  2. great crested grebe (Titchwell)
  3. fulmar (Dungeness)
  4. gannet (Dungeness)
  5. cormorant
  6. little egret (Rainham Marsh)
  7. grey heron
  8. spoonbill (Titchwell)
  9. mute swan (Kelling water meadows)
  10. greylag goose (Rainham)
  11. canada goose (Rainham)
  12. brent goose (Warham Greens)
  13. shelduck (Rainham)
  14. egyptian goose (Cley)
  15. mandarin
  16. mallard
  17. gadwall (Rainham)
  18. pintail (Rainham)
  19. shoveler (Rainham)
  20. wigeon (Rainham)
  21. teal (Rainham)
  22. pochard (Cley)
  23. redcrested pochard (Titchwell)
  24. tufted duck (Rainham)
  25. Ring necked duck (Dungeness)
  26. common scoter (Titchwell)
  27. Velvet scoter (Titchwell)
  28. long tailed duck (Titchwell)
  29. goldeneye (Dungeness)
  30. red breasted merganser (Titchwell)
  31. red kite
  32. marsh harrier (Cley)
  33. common buzzard
  34. sparrowhawk
  35. kestrel
  36. hobby (Wiveton)
  37. red legged partridge
  38. grey partridge
  39. pheasant
  40. moorhen
  41. coot
  42. oystercatcher (Cley)
  43. avocet (Kelling Water Meadows)
  44. little ringed plover (Titchwell)
  45. ringed plover (Rainham)
  46. grey plover (Titchwell)
  47. lapwing
  48. knot (Cley)
  49. turnstone (Burnham Overy Staithe)
  50. dunlin (Cley)
  51. common sandpiper (Kelling WM)
  52. redshank (Rainham)
  53. black tailed godwit (Cley)
  54. Bar tailed godwit (Titchwell)
  55. curlew (Warham Greens)
  56. whimbrel (Burnham Overy Staithe)
  57. woodcock
  58. snipe (Titchwell)
  59. jack snipe (Rainham)
  60. ruff (Cley)
  61. black headed gull
  62. common gull
  63. mediterranean gull (Titchwell)
  64. herring gull
  65. lesser black backed gull
  66. Great black backed gull (Kelling WM)
  67. Caspian gull (Dungeness)
  68. sandwich tern (Dungeness)
  69. Common tern (Dungeness)
  70. stock dove (Warham Greens)
  71. wood pigeon
  72. collared dove
  73. swift (Titchwell)
  74. tawny owl
  75. barn owl
  76. short eared owl (Cley)
  77. little owl
  78. green woodpecker
  79. great spotted woodpecker
  80. lesser spotted woodpecker
  81. skylark
  82. woodlark (Kelling Heath)
  83. sand martin (Rainham)
  84. house martin (Cley)
  85. swallow (Titchwell)
  86. meadow pipit (Cley)
  87. pied wagtail
  88. grey wagtail
  89. yellow wagtail (Rainham)
  90. wren
  91. dunnock
  92. robin
  93. Black redstart (Dungeness)
  94. wheatear (Kelling WM)
  95. stonechat (Kelling WM)
  96. song thrush
  97. redwing
  98. fieldfare
  99. mistle thrush
  100. blackbird
  101. blackcap 
  102. Lesser whitethroat (Kelling Water Meadows)
  103. whitethroat (Dungeness)
  104. sedge warbler (Rainham)
  105. cettis warbler (Rainham)
  106. reed warbler (Dungeness)
  107. willow warbler (Kelling Heath)
  108. chiffchaff
  109. goldcrest
  110. great tit
  111. blue tit
  112. coal tit
  113. long tailed tit
  114. bearded tit (Cley)
  115. nuthatch
  116. tree creeper
  117. magpie
  118. jay
  119. jackdaw
  120. rook
  121. carrion crow
  122. starling
  123. house sparrow
  124. chaffinch
  125. linnet
  126. goldfinch
  127. greenfinch
  128. siskin
  129. bullfinch
  130. reed bunting
  131. yellowhammer
  132. Corn Bunting (Choseley)
Norfolk turnstone


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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