Saturday, 17 October 2020

2020 Bird Year list

I don't often keep a year list of birds but thought this year has been so different I thought it would be worth recording for posterity. This is a list, as far as I can recall up until Sat 17th October.
Goldcrest

Song thrush



  1. Red throated diver
  2.  Little grebe
  3.  Great crested grebe
  4.  Fulmar
  5.  Gannet
  6.  Cormorant
  7.  Cattle egret
  8.  Little egret
  9. Great egret
  10.  Grey heron
  11.  Spoonbill
  12.  Mute swan
  13.  Pink footed goose
  14.  Greylag goose
  15.  Canada goose
  16.  Barnacle goose
  17.  Brent goose
  18.  Shelduck
  19.  Egyptian goose
  20.  Mallard
  21.  Gadwall
  22.  Shoveler
  23.  Teal
  24.  Pochard
  25.  Tufted duck
  26.  Common scoter
  27.  Goldeneye
  28.  Red kite
  29.  Marsh harrier
  30.  Hen harrier
  31.  Common buzzard
  32.  Sparrowhawk
  33.  Kestrel
  34.  Hobby
  35.  Peregrine
  36.  Red legged partridge
  37.  Grey partris=dge
  38. Pheasant
  39.  Water rial
  40.  Coot
  41.  Moorhen
  42.  Oystersactcher
  43.  Avocet
  44.  Little ringed plover
  45.  Ringed plover
  46.  Grey plover
  47.  Golden plover
  48.  Lapwing
  49.  Knot
  50.  Sanderling
  51.  Turnstone
  52.  Dunlin
  53.  Green sandpiper
  54.  Redshank
  55.  Greenshank
  56.  Black tailed godwit
  57.  Bar tailed godwit
  58.  Curlew
  59.  Snipe
  60.  Red necked phalarope
  61.  Ruff
  62.  Great skua
  63.  Black headed gull
  64.  Herring gull
  65.  Lesser black backed gull
  66.  Greater black backed gull
  67.  Common gull
  68.  Mediterranean gull
  69.  Sandwich tern
  70.  Common tern
  71.  Wood pigeon
  72.  Collared dove
  73.  Cuckoo (heard)
  74.  Tawny owl
  75.  Little owl
  76.  Short eared owl
  77.  Barn owl
  78.  Swift
  79.  House martin
  80.  San martin
  81.  Swallow
  82.  Hoopoe
  83.  Kingfisher
  84.  Rose ringed parakeet
  85.  Green woodpecker
  86.  Great spotted wood[ecker
  87.  Skylark
  88.  Rock pipit
  89.  Meadwo pipit
  90.  Pied wagtail
  91.  Yellow wagtail
  92.  Grey wagtail
  93.  Wren
  94.  Dunnock
  95.  Robin
  96.  Redstart
  97.  Wheatear 
  98.  Song thrush
  99.  Mistle thrush
  100.  Fieldfare
  101.  Redwing
  102.  Blackbird
  103.  Ring ouzel
  104.  Barred warbler
  105.  Garden warbler
  106.  Blackcap
  107.  Lesser whitethroat
  108.  Whitethroat
  109.  Sedge warbler
  110.  Cetti's warbler
  111.  Reed warbler
  112.  Willow warbler
  113.  Chiffchaff
  114.  Radde's warbler
  115.  Yellow browed warbler
  116.  Pallas's warbler
  117.  Goldcrest
  118.  Spotted flycatcher
  119.  Pied flycatcher
  120.  Red breasted flycatcher
  121.  Great tit
  122.  Coal tit
  123.  Marsh tit
  124.  Blue tit
  125. Long tailed tit
  126.  Bearded reedling
  127.  Nuthatch
  128.  Tree creeper
  129.  Brown shrike
  130.  Magpie
  131.  Jay
  132.  Carrion crow
  133.  Raven
  134.  Jackdaw
  135.  Rook
  136.  Starling
  137.  House sparrow
  138.  Chaffinch
  139.  Brambling
  140.  Linnet
  141.  Lesser redpoll
  142.  Goldfinch
  143.  Greenfinch
  144.  Siskin
  145.  Bullfinch
  146.  Reed bunting
  147.  Yellowhammer
  148.  Snow bunting
Redstart


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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. In 2016 I spent time at Portland Bird Obs and two trips to Aviero, Portugal. 2017 found me back in Sri Lanka in Feb/March, then July and back for New Year's Eve celebrations in December. Also returned to The Camargue in May for a 4 day trip. Few plans for 2018, but nothing yet booked apart from a trip to the IOW.

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