Exploring the Thames and Severn Canal

A circular walk taking in the Thames and Severn Canal.

Snowdon - 30 Years in the making

After almost thirty years of trying we finally get perfect conditions for an ascent of Snowdon.

Juvenile Herring Gulls at Conwy Castle

Conwy Castle has had a few extra guests of late and they were putting on a great display.

Malham Cove

A spring visit to Malham Cover delivers Redstarts, Wheatear and nesting Peregrine Falcons.

Sunset over Worm's Head

A perfect sunset over Worm's Head on Gower.

Saturday, 1 January 2005

Bird List 2009

Along a similar vain to my life list, this is a list of those birds that I have seen so far in 2009. Those birds marked in bold I have seen. Those which aren't in bold are still evading me.

Total count for 2009: 175

Mute Swan
Bewick’s Swan
Whooper Swan
Bean Goose
Pink-footed Goose
White-fronted Goose
Lesser White-fronted Goose
Greylag Goose
Snow Goose
Canada Goose
Barnacle Goose
Brent Goose
Red-breasted Goose
Egyptian Goose
Ruddy Shelduck
Shelduck
Mandarin Duck
Wigeon
American Wigeon
Gadwall
Teal
Green-winged Teal
Mallard
Black Duck
Pintail
Garganey
Blue-winged Teal
Shoveler
Red-crested Pochard
Canvasback
Pochard
Redhead
Ring-necked Duck
Ferruginous Duck
Tufted Duck
Scaup
Lesser Scaup
Eider
King Eider
Steller’s Eider
Harlequin Duck
Long-tailed Duck
Common Scoter
Black Scoter
Surf Scoter
Velvet Scoter
Bufflehead
Barrow’s Goldeneye
Goldeneye
Hooded Merganser
Smew
Red-breasted Merganser
Goosander
Ruddy Duck
Red Grouse
Ptarmigan
Black Grouse
Capercaillie
Red-legged Partridge
Grey Partridge
Quail
Pheasant
Golden Pheasant
Red-throated Diver
Black-throated Diver
Great Northern Diver
Little Grebe
Great Crested Grebe
Red-necked Grebe
Slavonian Grebe
Black-necked Grebe
Fulmar
Cory’s Shearwater
Great Shearwater
Sooty Shearwater
Manx Shearwater
Balearic Shearwater
Wilson’s Petrel
Storm Petrel
Gannet
Cormorant
Shag
Bittern
Cattle Egret
Little Egret
Great White Egret
Grey Heron
Glossy Ibis
Spoonbill
Honey-buzzard
Black Kite
Red Kite
Marsh Harrier
Hen Harrier
Montagu’s Harrier
Goshawk
Sparrowhawk
Buzzard
Rough-legged Buzzard
Greater Spotted Eagle
Golden Eagle
White Tailed Sea Eagle
Osprey
Kestrel
Red-footed Falcon
Merlin
Hobby
Gyr Falcon
Peregrine Falcon
Water Rail
Spotted Crake
Corncrake
Moorhen
Coot
Oystercatcher
Black-winged Stilt
Avocet
Stone-curlew
Little Ringed Plover
Ringed Plover
Kentish Plover
Lesser Sand Plover
Greater Sand Plover
Caspian Plover
Dotterel
American Golden Plover
Pacific Golden Plover
Golden Plover
Grey Plover
Lapwing
Knot
Sanderling
Western Sandpiper
Red-necked Stint
Little Stint
Temminck’s Stint
Least Sandpiper
Curlew Sandpiper
Purple Sandpiper
Dunlin
Ruff
Jack Snipe
Snipe
Wilson’s Snipe
Great Snipe
Woodcock
Black-tailed Godwit
Bar-tailed Godwit
Whimbrel
Slender-billed Curlew
Curlew
Common Sandpiper
Spotted Sandpiper
Green Sandpiper
Spotted Redshank
Greenshank
Lesser Yellowlegs
Marsh Sandpiper
Wood Sandpiper
Redshank
Turnstone
Red-necked Phalarope
Grey Phalarope
Pomarine Skua
Arctic Skua
Long-tailed Skua
Great Skua
Ivory Gull
Sabine’s Gull
Kittiwake
Black-headed Gull
Little Gull
Ross’s Gull
Mediterranean Gull
Great Black-headed Gull
Common Gull
Ring-billed Gull
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Herring Gull
Yellow-legged Gull
Caspian Gull
American Herring Gull
Iceland Gull
Glaucous Gull
Great Black-backed Gull
Little Tern
Caspian Tern
Whiskered Tern
Black Tern
Sandwich Tern
Royal Tern
Common Tern
Roseate Tern
Arctic Tern
Guillemot
Bridled Guillemot
Razorbill
Black Guillemot
Little Auk
Puffin
Rock Dove
Feral Pigeon
Stock Dove
Woodpigeon
Collared Dove
Turtle Dove
Rufous Turtle Dove
Mourning Dove
Ring-necked Parakeet
Great Spotted Cuckoo
Cuckoo
Barn Owl
Snowy Owl
Little Owl
Tawny Owl
Long-eared Owl
Short-eared Owl
Nightjar
Swift
Kingfisher
Bee-eater
Roller
Hoopoe
Wryneck
Green Woodpecker
Great Spotted Woodpecker
Lesser Spotted Woodpecker
Short-toed Lark
Lesser Short-toed Lark
Crested Lark
Woodlark
Skylark
Shore Lark
Sand Martin
Swallow
House Martin
Red-rumped Swallow
Richard’s Pipit
Blyth’s Pipit
Tawny Pipit
Tree Pipit
Meadow Pipit
Rock Pipit
Water Pipit
Yellow Wagtail
Citrine Wagtail
Grey Wagtail
Pied Wagtail
White Wagtail
Waxwing
Dipper
Wren
Dunnock
Robin
Nightingale
Bluethroat
Black Redstart
Redstart
Whinchat
Stonechat
Siberian Stonechat
Wheatear
Ring Ouzel
Blackbird
Fieldfare
Song Thrush
Redwing
Mistle Thrush
Cetti’s Warbler
Grasshopper Warbler
Sedge Warbler
Marsh Warbler
Reed Warbler
Blackcap
Garden Warbler
Lesser Whitethroat
Whitethroat
Dartford Warbler
Yellow-browed Warbler
Wood Warbler
Chiffchaff
Iberian Chiffchaff
Willow Warbler
Goldcrest
Firecrest
Spotted Flycatcher
Pied Flycatcher
Bearded Tit
Long-tailed Tit
Blue Tit
Great Tit
Crested Tit
Coal Tit
Willow Tit
Marsh Tit
Nuthatch
Treecreeper
Penduline Tit
Golden Oriole
Red-backed Shrike
Lesser Grey Shrike
Great Grey Shrike
Southern Grey Shrike
Woodchat Shrike
Jay
Magpie
Nutcracker
Chough
Jackdaw
Rook
Carrion Crow
Hooded Crow
Raven
Starling
Rose-coloured Starling
House Sparrow
Spanish Sparrow
Tree Sparrow
Chaffinch
Brambling
Serin
Greenfinch
Goldfinch
Siskin
Linnet
Twite
Lesser Redpoll
Mealy Redpoll
Arctic Redpoll
Common Crossbill
Scottish Crossbill
Common Rosefinch
Bullfinch
Hawfinch
Snow Bunting
Yellowhammer
Cirl Bunting
Reed Bunting
Corn Bunting

Life Bird List

I have attempted to keep various life lists over the years but having this website provided the perfect opportunity to keep one overall list. So here it is. Those birds marked in bold I have seen. Those which aren't in bold are still evading me.

Total count: 246

Common Crane

Bobolink
Mute Swan

Bewick’s Swan
Whooper Swan
Bean Goose
Pink-footed Goose
White-fronted Goose
Lesser White-fronted Goose
Greylag Goose
Snow Goose
Canada Goose
Barnacle Goose
Brent Goose
Red-breasted Goose
Egyptian Goose
Ruddy Shelduck
Shelduck
Mandarin Duck
Wigeon
American Wigeon
Gadwall
Teal
Green-winged Teal
Mallard
Black Duck
Pintail
Garganey
Blue-winged Teal
Shoveler
Red-crested Pochard
Canvasback
Pochard
Redhead
Ring-necked Duck
Ferruginous Duck
Tufted Duck
Scaup
Lesser Scaup
Eider
King Eider
Steller’s Eider
Harlequin Duck
Long-tailed Duck
Common Scoter
Black Scoter
Surf Scoter
Velvet Scoter
Bufflehead
Barrow’s Goldeneye
Goldeneye
Hooded Merganser
Smew
Red-breasted Merganser
Goosander
Ruddy Duck
Red Grouse
Ptarmigan
Black Grouse
Capercaillie
Red-legged Partridge
Grey Partridge
Quail
Pheasant
Golden Pheasant
Red-throated Diver
Black-throated Diver
Great Northern Diver
Little Grebe
Great Crested Grebe
Red-necked Grebe
Slavonian Grebe
Black-necked Grebe
Pied-Billed Grebe
Fulmar
Cory’s Shearwater
Great Shearwater
Sooty Shearwater
Manx Shearwater
Balearic Shearwater
Wilson’s Petrel
Storm Petrel
Gannet
Cormorant
Shag
Bittern
Cattle Egret
Little Egret
Great White Egret
Grey Heron
Glossy Ibis
Spoonbill
Honey-buzzard
Black Kite
Red Kite
Marsh Harrier
Hen Harrier
Montagu’s Harrier
Goshawk
Sparrowhawk
Buzzard
Rough-legged Buzzard
Greater Spotted Eagle
Golden Eagle
White Tailed Sea Eagle
Osprey
Kestrel
Red-footed Falcon
Merlin
Hobby
Gyr Falcon
Peregrine Falcon
Water Rail
Spotted Crake
Corncrake
Moorhen
Coot
Oystercatcher
Black-winged Stilt
Avocet
Stone-curlew
Little Ringed Plover
Ringed Plover
Kentish Plover
Lesser Sand Plover
Greater Sand Plover
Caspian Plover
Dotterel
American Golden Plover
Pacific Golden Plover
Golden Plover
Grey Plover
Lapwing
Knot
Sanderling
Western Sandpiper
Red-necked Stint
Little Stint
Temminck’s Stint
Least Sandpiper
Curlew Sandpiper
Purple Sandpiper
Dunlin
Ruff
Jack Snipe
Snipe
Wilson’s Snipe
Great Snipe
Long Billed Dowitcher
Woodcock
Black-tailed Godwit
Bar-tailed Godwit
Whimbrel
Slender-billed Curlew
Curlew
Common Sandpiper
Spotted Sandpiper
Green Sandpiper
Pectoral Sandpiper
Spotted Redshank
Greenshank
Lesser Yellowlegs
Marsh Sandpiper
Wood Sandpiper
Redshank
Turnstone
Red-necked Phalarope
Grey Phalarope
Pomarine Skua
Arctic Skua
Long-tailed Skua
Great Skua
Ivory Gull
Sabine’s Gull
Kittiwake
Black-headed Gull
Little Gull
Ross’s Gull
Mediterranean Gull
Great Black-headed Gull
Common Gull
Ring-billed Gull
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Herring Gull
Yellow-legged Gull
Caspian Gull
American Herring Gull
Iceland Gull
Glaucous Gull
Great Black-backed Gull
Bonaparte's Gull
Little Tern
Caspian Tern
Whiskered Tern
Black Tern
Sandwich Tern
Royal Tern
Common Tern
Roseate Tern
Arctic Tern
Gull-billed Tern
Guillemot
Bridled Guillemot
Razorbill
Black Guillemot
Little Auk
Puffin
Rock Dove
Feral Pigeon
Stock Dove
Woodpigeon
Collared Dove
Turtle Dove
Rufous Turtle Dove
Mourning Dove
Ring-necked Parakeet
Great Spotted Cuckoo
Cuckoo
Barn Owl
Snowy Owl
Little Owl
Tawny Owl
Long-eared Owl
Short-eared Owl
Nightjar
Swift
Kingfisher
Bee-eater
Roller
Hoopoe
Wryneck
Green Woodpecker
Great Spotted Woodpecker
Lesser Spotted Woodpecker
Short-toed Lark
Lesser Short-toed Lark
Crested Lark
Woodlark
Skylark
Shore Lark
Sand Martin
Swallow
House Martin
Red-rumped Swallow
Richard’s Pipit
Blyth’s Pipit
Tawny Pipit
Tree Pipit
Meadow Pipit
Rock Pipit
Water Pipit
Yellow Wagtail
Citrine Wagtail
Grey Wagtail
Pied Wagtail
White Wagtail
Waxwing
Dipper
Wren
Dunnock
Robin
Nightingale
Bluethroat
Black Redstart
Redstart
Whinchat
Stonechat
Siberian Stonechat
Wheatear
Isabelline Wheatear
Ring Ouzel
Blackbird
Fieldfare
Song Thrush
Redwing
Mistle Thrush
Cetti’s Warbler
Grasshopper Warbler
Sedge Warbler
Marsh Warbler
Reed Warbler
Marmoras Warbler
Blackcap
Garden Warbler
Lesser Whitethroat
Whitethroat
Dartford Warbler
Yellow-browed Warbler
Wood Warbler
Chiffchaff
Iberian Chiffchaff
Willow Warbler
Goldcrest
Firecrest
Spotted Flycatcher
Pied Flycatcher
Bearded Tit
Long-tailed Tit
Blue Tit
Great Tit
Crested Tit
Coal Tit
Willow Tit
Marsh Tit
Nuthatch
Treecreeper
Penduline Tit
Golden Oriole
Red-backed Shrike
Lesser Grey Shrike
Great Grey Shrike
Southern Grey Shrike
Woodchat Shrike
Jay
Magpie
Nutcracker
Chough
Jackdaw
Rook
Carrion Crow
Hooded Crow
Raven
Starling
Rose-coloured Starling
House Sparrow
Spanish Sparrow
Tree Sparrow
Chaffinch
Brambling
Serin
Greenfinch
Goldfinch
Siskin
Linnet
Twite
Lesser Redpoll
Mealy Redpoll
Arctic Redpoll
Common Crossbill
Scottish Crossbill
Common Rosefinch
Bullfinch
Hawfinch
Snow Bunting
Lapland Bunting
Yellowhammer
Cirl Bunting
Reed Bunting
Corn Bunting

Bird List 2010

With another year comes another list. Can I break the record of 175 species from 2009? I don't see why not!

Total count: 190

Bobolink
Mute Swan
Bewick’s Swan
Whooper Swan
Bean Goose
Pink-footed Goose
White-fronted Goose
Lesser White-fronted Goose
Greylag Goose
Snow Goose
Canada Goose
Barnacle Goose
Brent Goose
Red-breasted Goose
Egyptian Goose
Ruddy Shelduck
Shelduck
Mandarin Duck
Wigeon
American Wigeon
Gadwall
Teal
Green-winged Teal
Mallard
Black Duck
Pintail
Garganey
Blue-winged Teal
Shoveler
Red-crested Pochard
Canvasback
Pochard
Redhead
Ring-necked Duck
Ferruginous Duck
Tufted Duck
Scaup
Lesser Scaup
Eider
King Eider
Steller’s Eider
Harlequin Duck
Long-tailed Duck
Common Scoter
Black Scoter
Surf Scoter
Velvet Scoter
Bufflehead
Barrow’s Goldeneye
Goldeneye
Hooded Merganser
Smew
Red-breasted Merganser
Goosander
Ruddy Duck
Red Grouse
Ptarmigan
Black Grouse
Capercaillie
Red-legged Partridge
Grey Partridge
Quail
Pheasant
Golden Pheasant
Red-throated Diver
Black-throated Diver
Great Northern Diver
Little Grebe
Pied-Billed Grebe
Great Crested Grebe
Red-necked Grebe
Slavonian Grebe
Black-necked Grebe
Fulmar
Cory’s Shearwater
Great Shearwater
Sooty Shearwater
Manx Shearwater
Balearic Shearwater
Wilson’s Petre
Storm Petrel
Gannet
Cormorant
Shag
Bittern
Cattle Egret
Little Egret
Great White Egret
Grey Heron
Glossy Ibis
Spoonbill
Honey-buzzard
Black Kite
Red Kite
Marsh Harrier
Hen Harrier
Montagu’s Harrier
Goshawk
Sparrowhawk
Buzzard
Rough-legged Buzzard
Greater Spotted Eagle
Golden Eagle
White Tailed Sea Eagle
Osprey
Kestrel
Red-footed Falcon
Merlin
Hobby
Gyr Falcon
Peregrine Falcon
Water Rail
Spotted Crake
Corncrake
Moorhen
Coot
Oystercatcher
Black-winged Stilt
Avocet
Stone-curlew
Little Ringed Plover
Ringed Plover
Kentish Plover
Lesser Sand Plover
Greater Sand Plover
Caspian Plover
Dotterel
American Golden Plover
Pacific Golden Plover
Golden Plover
Grey Plover
Lapwing
Knot
Sanderling
Western Sandpiper
Red-necked Stint
Little Stint
Temminck’s Stint
Least Sandpiper
Curlew Sandpiper
Purple Sandpiper
Pectoral Sandpiper
Dunlin
Ruff
Jack Snipe
Snipe
Wilson’s Snipe
Great Snipe
Woodcock
Black-tailed Godwit
Bar-tailed Godwit
Whimbrel
Slender-billed Curlew
Curlew
Common Sandpiper
Spotted Sandpiper
Green Sandpiper
Spotted Redshank
Greenshank
Lesser Yellowlegs
Marsh Sandpiper
Wood Sandpiper
Redshank
Turnstone
Red-necked Phalarope
Grey Phalarope
Pomarine Skua
Arctic Skua
Long-tailed Skua
Great Skua
Ivory Gull
Sabine’s Gull
Kittiwake
Black-headed Gull
Little Gull
Ross’s Gull
Mediterranean Gull
Great Black-headed Gull
Common Gull
Ring-billed Gull
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Herring Gull
Yellow-legged Gull
Caspian Gull
American Herring Gull
Iceland Gull
Glaucous Gull
Great Black-backed Gull
Little Tern
Caspian Tern
Whiskered Tern
Black Tern
Sandwich Tern
Royal Tern
Common Tern
Roseate Tern
Arctic Tern
Guillemot
Bridled Guillemot
Razorbill
Black Guillemot
Little Auk
Puffin
Rock Dove
Feral Pigeon
Stock Dove
Woodpigeon
Collared Dove
Turtle Dove
Rufous Turtle Dove
Mourning Dove
Ring-necked Parakeet
Great Spotted Cuckoo
Cuckoo
Barn Owl
Snowy Owl
Little Owl
Tawny Owl
Long-eared Owl
Short-eared Owl
Nightjar
Swift
Kingfisher
Bee-eater
Roller
Hoopoe
Wryneck
Green Woodpecker
Great Spotted Woodpecker
Lesser Spotted Woodpecker
Short-toed Lark
Lesser Short-toed Lark
Crested Lark
Woodlark
Skylark
Shore Lark
Sand Martin
Swallow
House Martin
Red-rumped Swallow
Richard’s Pipit
Blyth’s Pipit
Tawny Pipit
Tree Pipit
Meadow Pipit
Rock Pipit
Water Pipit
Yellow Wagtail
Citrine Wagtail
Grey Wagtail
Pied Wagtail
White Wagtail
Waxwing
Dipper
Wren
Dunnock
Robin
Nightingale
Bluethroat
Black Redstart
Redstart
Whinchat
Stonechat
Siberian Stonechat
Wheatear
Ring Ouzel
Blackbird
Fieldfare
Song Thrush
Redwing
Mistle Thrush
Cetti’s Warbler
Grasshopper Warbler
Sedge Warbler
Marsh Warbler
Reed Warbler
Blackcap
Garden Warbler
Lesser Whitethroat
Whitethroat
Dartford Warbler
Yellow-browed Warbler
Wood Warbler
Marmoras Warbler
Chiffchaff
Iberian Chiffchaff
Willow Warbler
Goldcrest
Firecrest
Spotted Flycatcher
Pied Flycatcher
Bearded Tit
Long-tailed Tit
Blue Tit
Great Tit
Crested Tit
Coal Tit
Willow Tit
Marsh Tit
Nuthatch
Treecreeper
Penduline Tit
Golden Oriole
Red-backed Shrike
Lesser Grey Shrike
Great Grey Shrike
Southern Grey Shrike
Woodchat Shrike
Jay
Magpie
Nutcracker
Chough
Jackdaw
Rook
Carrion Crow
Hooded Crow
Raven
Starling
Rose-coloured Starling
House Sparrow
Spanish Sparrow
Tree Sparrow
Chaffinch
Brambling
Serin
Greenfinch
Goldfinch
Siskin
Linnet
Twite
Lesser Redpoll
Mealy Redpoll
Arctic Redpoll
Common Crossbill
Scottish Crossbill
Common Rosefinch
Bullfinch
Hawfinch
Snow Bunting
Lapland Bunting
Yellowhammer
Cirl Bunting
Reed Bunting
Corn Bunting

Bird List 2012

With another year comes another list. Can I break the record of 198 species from 2011? I don't see why not!

Total count: 190

Common Crane
Bobolink
Mute Swan
Bewick’s Swan
Whooper Swan
Bean Goose
Pink-footed Goose
White-fronted Goose
Lesser White-fronted Goose
Greylag Goose
Snow Goose
Canada Goose
Barnacle Goose
Brent Goose
Red-breasted Goose
Egyptian Goose
Ruddy Shelduck
Shelduck
Mandarin Duck
Wigeon
American Wigeon
Gadwall
Teal
Green-winged Teal
Mallard
Black Duck
Pintail
Garganey
Blue-winged Teal
Shoveler
Red-crested Pochard
Canvasback
Pochard
Redhead
Ring-necked Duck
Ferruginous Duck
Tufted Duck
Scaup
Lesser Scaup
Eider
King Eider
Steller’s Eider
Harlequin Duck
Long-tailed Duck
Common Scoter
Black Scoter
Surf Scoter
Velvet Scoter
Bufflehead
Barrow’s Goldeneye
Goldeneye
Hooded Merganser
Smew
Red-breasted Merganser
Goosander
Ruddy Duck
Red Grouse
Ptarmigan
Black Grouse
Capercaillie
Red-legged Partridge
Grey Partridge
Quail
Pheasant
Golden Pheasant
Red-throated Diver
Black-throated Diver
Great Northern Diver
Little Grebe
Pied-Billed Grebe
Great Crested Grebe
Red-necked Grebe
Slavonian Grebe
Black-necked Grebe
Fulmar
Cory’s Shearwater
Great Shearwater
Sooty Shearwater
Manx Shearwater
Balearic Shearwater
Wilson’s Petrel
Storm Petrel
Gannet
Cormorant
Shag
Bittern
Cattle Egret
Little Egret
Great White Egret
Grey Heron
Glossy Ibis
Spoonbill
Honey-buzzard
Black Kite
Red Kite
Marsh Harrier
Hen Harrier
Montagu’s Harrier
Goshawk
Sparrowhawk
Buzzard
Rough-legged Buzzard
Greater Spotted Eagle
Golden Eagle
White Tailed Sea Eagle
Osprey
Kestrel
Red-footed Falcon
Merlin
Hobby
Gyr Falcon
Peregrine Falcon
Water Rail
Spotted Crake
Corncrake
Moorhen
Coot
Oystercatcher
Black-winged Stilt
Avocet
Stone-curlew
Little Ringed Plover
Ringed Plover
Kentish Plover
Lesser Sand Plover
Greater Sand Plover
Caspian Plover
Dotterel
American Golden Plover
Pacific Golden Plover
Golden Plover
Grey Plover
Lapwing
Knot
Sanderling
Western Sandpiper
Red-necked Stint
Little Stint
Temminck’s Stint
Least Sandpiper
Curlew Sandpiper
Purple Sandpiper
Pectoral Sandpiper
Dunlin
Ruff
Jack Snipe
Snipe
Wilson’s Snipe
Great Snipe
Long Billed Dowitcher
Woodcock
Black-tailed Godwit
Bar-tailed Godwit
Whimbrel
Slender-billed Curlew
Curlew
Common Sandpiper
Spotted Sandpiper
Green Sandpiper
Spotted Redshank
Greenshank
Lesser Yellowlegs
Marsh Sandpiper
Wood Sandpiper
Redshank
Turnstone
Red-necked Phalarope
Grey Phalarope
Pomarine Skua
Arctic Skua
Long-tailed Skua
Great Skua
Ivory Gull
Sabine’s Gull
Kittiwake
Black-headed Gull
Little Gull
Ross’s Gull
Mediterranean Gull
Great Black-headed Gull
Common Gull
Ring-billed Gull
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Herring Gull
Yellow-legged Gull
Caspian Gull
American Herring Gull
Iceland Gull
Glaucous Gull
Great Black-backed Gull
Bonaparte's Gull
Little Tern
Caspian Tern
Whiskered Tern
Black Tern
Sandwich Tern
Royal Tern
Common Tern
Roseate Tern
Arctic Tern
Gull-billed Tern
Guillemot
Bridled Guillemot
Razorbill
Black Guillemot
Little Auk
Puffin
Rock Dove
Feral Pigeon
Stock Dove
Woodpigeon
Collared Dove
Turtle Dove
Rufous Turtle Dove
Mourning Dove
Ring-necked Parakeet
Great Spotted Cuckoo
Cuckoo
Barn Owl
Snowy Owl
Little Owl
Tawny Owl
Long-eared Owl
Short-eared Owl
Nightjar
Swift
Kingfisher
Bee-eater
Roller
Hoopoe
Wryneck
Green Woodpecker
Great Spotted Woodpecker
Lesser Spotted Woodpecker
Short-toed Lark
Lesser Short-toed Lark
Crested Lark
Woodlark
Skylark
Shore Lark
Sand Martin
Swallow
House Martin
Red-rumped Swallow
Richard’s Pipit
Blyth’s Pipit
Tawny Pipit
Tree Pipit
Meadow Pipit
Rock Pipit
Water Pipit
Yellow Wagtail
Citrine Wagtail
Grey Wagtail
Pied Wagtail
White Wagtail
Waxwing
Dipper
Wren
Dunnock
Robin
Nightingale
Bluethroat
Black Redstart
Redstart
Whinchat
Stonechat
Siberian Stonechat
Wheatear
Isabelline Wheatear
Ring Ouzel
Blackbird
Fieldfare
Song Thrush
Redwing
Mistle Thrush
Cetti’s Warbler
Grasshopper Warbler
Sedge Warbler
Marsh Warbler
Reed Warbler
Blackcap
Garden Warbler
Lesser Whitethroat
Whitethroat
Dartford Warbler
Yellow-browed Warbler
Wood Warbler
Marmoras Warbler
Chiffchaff
Iberian Chiffchaff
Willow Warbler
Goldcrest
Firecrest
Spotted Flycatcher
Pied Flycatcher
Bearded Tit
Long-tailed Tit
Blue Tit
Great Tit
Crested Tit
Coal Tit
Willow Tit
Marsh Tit
Nuthatch
Treecreeper
Penduline Tit
Golden Oriole
Red-backed Shrike
Lesser Grey Shrike
Great Grey Shrike
Southern Grey Shrike
Woodchat Shrike
Jay
Magpie
Nutcracker
Chough
Jackdaw
Rook
Carrion Crow
Hooded Crow
Raven
Starling
Rose-coloured Starling
House Sparrow
Spanish Sparrow
Tree Sparrow
Chaffinch
Brambling
Serin
Greenfinch
Goldfinch
Siskin
Linnet
Twite
Lesser Redpoll
Mealy Redpoll
Arctic Redpoll
Common Crossbill
Scottish Crossbill
Common Rosefinch
Bullfinch
Hawfinch
Snow Bunting
Lapland Bunting
Yellowhammer
Cirl Bunting
Reed Bunting
Corn Bunting

Bird List 2011

With another year comes another list. Can I break the record of 190 species from 2010? I don't see why not!

Total count: 198

Bobolink
Mute Swan
Bewick’s Swan
Whooper Swan
Bean Goose
Pink-footed Goose
White-fronted Goose
Lesser White-fronted Goose
Greylag Goose
Snow Goose
Canada Goose
Barnacle Goose
Brent Goose
Red-breasted Goose
Egyptian Goose
Ruddy Shelduck
Shelduck
Mandarin Duck
Wigeon
American Wigeon
Gadwall
Teal
Green-winged Teal
Mallard
Black Duck
Pintail
Garganey
Blue-winged Teal
Shoveler
Red-crested Pochard
Canvasback
Pochard
Redhead
Ring-necked Duck
Ferruginous Duck
Tufted Duck
Scaup
Lesser Scaup
Eider
King Eider
Steller’s Eider
Harlequin Duck
Long-tailed Duck
Common Scoter
Black Scoter
Surf Scoter
Velvet Scoter
Bufflehead
Barrow’s Goldeneye
Goldeneye
Hooded Merganser
Smew
Red-breasted Merganser
Goosander
Ruddy Duck
Red Grouse
Ptarmigan
Black Grouse
Capercaillie
Red-legged Partridge
Grey Partridge
Quail
Pheasant
Golden Pheasant
Red-throated Diver
Black-throated Diver
Great Northern Diver
Little Grebe
Pied-Billed Grebe
Great Crested Grebe
Red-necked Grebe
Slavonian Grebe
Black-necked Grebe
Fulmar
Cory’s Shearwater
Great Shearwater
Sooty Shearwater
Manx Shearwater
Balearic Shearwater
Wilson’s Petrel
Storm Petrel
Gannet
Cormorant
Shag
Bittern
Cattle Egret
Little Egret
Great White Egret
Grey Heron
Glossy Ibis
Spoonbill
Honey-buzzard
Black Kite
Red Kite
Marsh Harrier
Hen Harrier
Montagu’s Harrier
Goshawk
Sparrowhawk
Buzzard
Rough-legged Buzzard
Greater Spotted Eagle
Golden Eagle
White Tailed Sea Eagle
Osprey
Kestrel
Red-footed Falcon
Merlin
Hobby
Gyr Falcon
Peregrine Falcon
Water Rail
Spotted Crake
Corncrake
Moorhen
Coot
Oystercatcher
Black-winged Stilt
Avocet
Stone-curlew
Little Ringed Plover
Ringed Plover
Kentish Plover
Lesser Sand Plover
Greater Sand Plover
Caspian Plover
Dotterel
American Golden Plover
Pacific Golden Plover
Golden Plover
Grey Plover
Lapwing
Knot
Sanderling
Western Sandpiper
Red-necked Stint
Little Stint
Temminck’s Stint
Least Sandpiper
Curlew Sandpiper
Purple Sandpiper
Pectoral Sandpiper
Dunlin
Ruff
Jack Snipe
Snipe
Wilson’s Snipe
Great Snipe
Long Billed Dowitcher
Woodcock
Black-tailed Godwit
Bar-tailed Godwit
Whimbrel
Slender-billed Curlew
Curlew
Common Sandpiper
Spotted Sandpiper
Green Sandpiper
Spotted Redshank
Greenshank
Lesser Yellowlegs
Marsh Sandpiper
Wood Sandpiper
Redshank
Turnstone
Red-necked Phalarope
Grey Phalarope
Pomarine Skua
Arctic Skua
Long-tailed Skua
Great Skua
Ivory Gull
Sabine’s Gull
Kittiwake
Black-headed Gull
Little Gull
Ross’s Gull
Mediterranean Gull
Great Black-headed Gull
Common Gull
Ring-billed Gull
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Herring Gull
Yellow-legged Gull
Caspian Gull
American Herring Gull
Iceland Gull
Glaucous Gull
Great Black-backed Gull
Bonaparte's Gull
Little Tern
Caspian Tern
Whiskered Tern
Black Tern
Sandwich Tern
Royal Tern
Common Tern
Roseate Tern
Arctic Tern
Guillemot
Bridled Guillemot
Razorbill
Black Guillemot
Little Auk
Puffin
Rock Dove
Feral Pigeon
Stock Dove
Woodpigeon
Collared Dove
Turtle Dove
Rufous Turtle Dove
Mourning Dove
Ring-necked Parakeet
Great Spotted Cuckoo
Cuckoo
Barn Owl
Snowy Owl
Little Owl
Tawny Owl
Long-eared Owl
Short-eared Owl
Nightjar
Swift
Kingfisher
Bee-eater
Roller
Hoopoe
Wryneck
Green Woodpecker
Great Spotted Woodpecker
Lesser Spotted Woodpecker
Short-toed Lark
Lesser Short-toed Lark
Crested Lark
Woodlark
Skylark
Shore Lark
Sand Martin
Swallow
House Martin
Red-rumped Swallow
Richard’s Pipit
Blyth’s Pipit
Tawny Pipit
Tree Pipit
Meadow Pipit
Rock Pipit
Water Pipit
Yellow Wagtail
Citrine Wagtail
Grey Wagtail
Pied Wagtail
White Wagtail
Waxwing
Dipper
Wren
Dunnock
Robin
Nightingale
Bluethroat
Black Redstart
Redstart
Whinchat
Stonechat
Siberian Stonechat
Wheatear
Isabelline Wheatear
Ring Ouzel
Blackbird
Fieldfare
Song Thrush
Redwing
Mistle Thrush
Cetti’s Warbler
Grasshopper Warbler
Sedge Warbler
Marsh Warbler
Reed Warbler
Blackcap
Garden Warbler
Lesser Whitethroat
Whitethroat
Dartford Warbler
Yellow-browed Warbler
Wood Warbler
Marmoras Warbler
Chiffchaff
Iberian Chiffchaff
Willow Warbler
Goldcrest
Firecrest
Spotted Flycatcher
Pied Flycatcher
Bearded Tit
Long-tailed Tit
Blue Tit
Great Tit
Crested Tit
Coal Tit
Willow Tit
Marsh Tit
Nuthatch
Treecreeper
Penduline Tit
Golden Oriole
Red-backed Shrike
Lesser Grey Shrike
Great Grey Shrike
Southern Grey Shrike
Woodchat Shrike
Jay
Magpie
Nutcracker
Chough
Jackdaw
Rook
Carrion Crow
Hooded Crow
Raven
Starling
Rose-coloured Starling
House Sparrow
Spanish Sparrow
Tree Sparrow
Chaffinch
Brambling
Serin
Greenfinch
Goldfinch
Siskin
Linnet
Twite
Lesser Redpoll
Mealy Redpoll
Arctic Redpoll
Common Crossbill
Scottish Crossbill
Common Rosefinch
Bullfinch
Hawfinch
Snow Bunting
Lapland Bunting
Yellowhammer
Cirl Bunting
Reed Bunting
Corn Bunting

Wildlife Recording Techniques

I have often wondered how other people go about recording what wildlife they see when out and about in the great outdoors, if at all. Many people have blogs such as this one which is a great way of sharing information and stories but it can never store enough information to be a useful reference resource year on year. I also know that some people use products such as MapMate to log sightings and locations of absolutely everything that they see. These types of records are invaluable when passed to county recorders as they enable an accurate picture of wildlife in an area to be drawn up. However this method for me is far too time consuming. I would much rather be exploring instead of battling with data entry forms. I have also seen people that make field sketches along with copious notes to record their experiences. The skill that is shown via this method is often outstanding and in my opinion the results usually aren’t far off being works of art in their own right. All are perfectly valid ways of doing things as at the end of the day it comes down to what best suits the individual and what they are aiming to get out of the recording process in the first place.

I first started recording wildlife about three years ago, not long after I had moved to Swansea. I was slowly becoming aware of the vast array of species that could be found in the area and simply started jotting a few things down. Very quickly this developed into making detailed lists of numbers, locations and sexes of birds and other wildlife. The main reasoning behind these lists was that it gave me an excellent representation at the end of the day of just what I had seen. Over time the lists have almost become a bit of a competition in terms of trying to better previous ones which further adds to my enjoyment. Through the lists I have become much more aware of the changing populations of various species throughout the seasons, and have been able to build up a detailed knowledge base of where to go to see certain things and when. All of this has come simply through lists. It is also great on a bad day when I am stuck in the house to have a flick back through my various notepads to remind myself of some great times and experiences. As things have progressed I have also added a daily diary to record those one off sightings that wouldn't normally have found themselves onto a list. What follows is a brief description of my recording methods.

Firstly we have the notepads that I take out with me to do the initial recording in. These are small and pocket sized making them very easy to add to my normal outdoors gear. My usual method of recording involves noting each species down as I see it, along with a number to indicate how many there were and a small location indicator. Typically this is a local landmark or location but when at reserves it usually relates to a specific hide. These lists are usually made when out on longer visits as opposed to the odd sighting during a normal day.

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Once home I write these notepad lists up into a more formal and neat style in the form of these faux-leather bound books. These are far easier to flick through at a later date as the original notepads are often rather battered and at risk of falling to pieces after having been carted around in my pocket through all sorts of weather.

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Finally I have my day to day diaries. As I mentioned above these are for the odd sighting during the week that wouldn’t normally make it onto a list and serve as an excellent reference as to when I have visited certain locations. A specific trip can be easily found in the diary and I can reference that back to the longer lists that have been described above.

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I have recently added to these recording methods in the form of a digital listing on the BUBO Listings website. I have been paying much more attention to the arrival of spring migrants this year and had been having difficulty finding the dates at which I first saw the same migrants last year. BUBO allows me to easily record dates of first sightings and in future years will allow me to compare this data much more readily. The lists on BUBO are slightly lower in terms of the number of species recorded than those that I have been manually maintaining on this site. The reason for this is that BUBO does not list species such as White Wagtail as a separate entity whereas I do. For this reason I shall be keeping both sets of lists active - what I consider my tick list and what is considered an official list by the establishment. BUBO also allows me to have a fancy badge on my blog that lets you know the last new species that I have discovered.

Record, share and compare with BUBO Listing at www.bubo.org

I hope that this little overview has proved interesting and I would love to hear from you about your recording methods if indeed you have any.

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