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Joseph N
Wednesday 4th January 2012, 19:19
Another year, another yearlist, but this time started in Norfolk and East Anglia. This year, with increasing time spent down in Norfolk, my yealist target is 220. A very good start to the year, with 85 species seen already, a number of which are rare or difficult species to see and with plenty of common species still to see. Hopefully a trip out to the usual sites back home will push it easily up to 100.

1. Woodpigeon
2. Jackdaw
3. Robin
4. Blue Tit
5. Wren
6. Magpie
7. Carrion Crow
8. Egyptian Goose (resident pair on my new Norfolk occasional patch, 1/1)
9. Long-tailed Tit
10. Herring Gull
11. Black-headed Gull
12. Common Gull
13. Greenfinch
14. Redwing
15. Grey Heron
16. Mute Swan
17. Rook
18. Jay
19. Moorhen
20. Dunnock
21. Great Tit
22. Coal Tit
23. Goldfinch
24. Chaffinch
25. Town Pigeon
26. House Sparrow
27. Cormorant
28. Collared Dove
29. Starling
30. Kestrel
31. Pheasant
32. Canada Goose
33. Brent Goose (Fingringhoe Wick, 2/1)
34. Shelduck
35. Mallard
36. Wigeon
37. Little Egret
38. Marsh Harrier
39. Peregrine
40. Ringed Plover
41. Avocet (x100+ Fingringhoe Wick, 2/1)
42. Grey Plover
43. Golden Plover
44. Lapwing
45. Knot
46. Dunlin
47. Redshank
48. Bar-tailed Godwit
49. Curlew
50. Great-spotted Woodpecker
51. Linnet
52. Bullfinch
53. Glossy Ibis (x1 on saltmarsh at Fingringhoe Wick, Essex 2/1)
54. Barn Owl (Fingringhoe Wick, 2/1)
55. Pied Wagtail
56. Sparrowhawk
57. Snipe
58. Marsh Tit (Buckenham and Strumpshaw, 2/1)
59. Teal
60. LESSER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE (x1 adult with Taiga Bean Geese at Buckenham, 4/1)
61. Bean Goose (x70 ssp fabalis at Buckenham, 4/1)
62. Barnacle Goose
63. Greylag Goose
64. White-fronted Goose (x10 Buckenham, 4/1)
65. Shoveler
66. Skylark
67. Ruff
68. Bittern (x1 briefly at Strumpshaw Fen, 4/1)
69. Tufted Duck
70. Pochard
71. Coot
72. Meadow Pipit
73. Gadwall
74. Ring-necked Duck (x1 female at Ranworth Broad, 4/1)
75. Lesser Black-backed Gull
76. Greater Black-backed Gull
77. Great-crested Grebe
78. Great Northern Diver (x1 Rollesbey Broad, 4/1)
79. Goldeneye
80. Common Crane (x15 in total: 4 at undisclosed site, 11 at roost, Stubb's Mill, 4/1)
81. Bewick's Swan (x34 in field at Catfield, 4/1)
82. Whooper Swan
83. Merlin (x1 at Stubb's Mill, 4/1)
84. Fieldfare
85. Pink-footed Goose
86. Buzzard
87. Oystercatcher
88. Eider
89. Guillemot
90. Shag
91. Rock Pipit
92. Turnstone
93. Purple Sandpiper
94. Red-breasted Merganser
95. Iceland Gull (x9 +ssp. 3w kumlieni ; 4 at Peterhead, 5at Fraserburgh with kumlieni , 14/1, x13 with sub adult kumlieni at Peterhead 5/2)
96. Kittiwake
97. Little Grebe
98. Tree Sparrow
99. Pintail
100. Yellowhammer
101. Hen Harrier (first = 14/1 ringtail Strathbeg)
102. Mistle Thrush
103. Waxwing (x8 at Lang Stracht, 15/1, and x1 Loanhead Terrace, Aberdeen 3/2)
104. Goldcrest
105. Greater Scaup (first = x1 female Loch of Skene, 15/1)
106. Red-throated Diver
107. Razorbill
108. Tawny Owl
109. Sanderling
110. Twite (first = x35 in dunes at Ythanmouth, 5/2)
111. Snow Bunting (x27 flew from dunes at Ythanmouth to Sands of Forvie, 5/2)
112. Glaucous Gull (x3 at Peterhead, 5/2)
113. Short-eared Owl (first = x1 at Strathbeg, 5/2 + 26/2, x3 Sands of Forvie, 26/2)
114. Goosander
115. Woodcock (first = Girdle Ness, 8/2)
116. Gannet
117. Fulmar
118. Siskin
119. Green-winged Teal (x1 self-found drake from Bay Hide, Strathbeg, 11/2)
120. Reed Bunting
121. Corn Bunting
122. Grey Wagtail
123. Long-tailed Duck
124. Smew (x1 redhead at Strathbeg, 26/2)
125. Song Thrush
126. GREATER YELLOWLEGS (x1 first-winter from Tower Pool Hide at Strathbeg, 11/3, tick, 2nd for North-East Scotland)
127. Sandwich Tern (first = 17/3 Donmouth)
128. Common Scoter
129. Black-tailed Godwit
130. Stock Dove
131. Stonechat
132. Chiffchaff
133. Green Woodpecker
134. Blackcap
135. Lesser Redpoll
136. Cetti’s Warbler
137. Kingfisher (x1 at Costessey House Private Estate, first on 4/4/)
138. Woodlark (x2 briefly at undisclosed site in Thetford Forest, 5/4/)
139. Stone Curlew (x2 at Weeting Heath, 5/4/)
140. Sedge Warbler
141. Bearded Tit
142. Garganey (x4 on Hockwold Washes, Lakenheath RSPB, 5/4/)
143. Common Crossbill
144. Treecreeper
145. Willow Warbler (first = 7/4/12 at Horsey Mere)
146. Red-legged Partridge
147. Swallow (first = 8/4/12 at Costessey House Private Estate)
148. Spoonbill (x2 at Cley Marshes NWT, 10/4, x10 at same location on 16/7)
149. Wheatear
150. Little Ringed Plover
151. Spotted Redshank
152. Sand Martin
153. Grey Partridge
154. King Eider (x1 drake at Ythan Estuary, 14/4)
155. Black-throated Diver (x1 flew east off Portsoy, 21/4)
156. Arctic Skua
157. Common Tern
158. House Martin
159. Hooded Crow
160. Osprey
161. Swift
162. Greenshank
163. Whitethroat
164. Lesser Whitethroat (x1 at Costessey House Private Estate, 5/5)
165. Grashopper Warbler (x1 at Holkham, 6/5)
166. Common Sandpiper
167. Little Gull
168. Whimbrel
169. Little Tern
170. Arctic Tern
171. Manx Shearwater
172. Red-crested Pochard (x1 drake at Loch of Strathbeg, 26/5)
173. Great Skua
174. Common Cuckoo
175. Puffin
176. Velvet Scoter
177. Spotted Flycatcher
178. Redstart (first = female at Collieston, 9/6)
179. Marsh Warbler (x1 at Collieston, 9/6, tick)
180. Wood Warbler (x3 singing at Cragendarroch Woods, 10/6)
181. Tree Pipit
182. Garden Warbler
183. American Wigeon (x1 eclipse plumage drake at Loch of Strathbeg, 23/6)
184. Surf Scoter (first= x1 drake off Murcar, 23/6)
185. Raven
186. Whinchat (pair at Hay Bluff, Herefordshire, 5/7)
187. Red Kite
188. Nuthatch
189. Iberian Chiffchaff (x1 male at Porlock, Somerset, 9/7, tick)
190. Reed Warbler
191. Hobby
192. Water Rail
193. Great White Egret (x2+ at Ham Wall RSPB, Somerset, 9/7)
194. Little Owl (x2 at Costessey House Private Estate, 14-18/7)
195. Wood Sandpiper
196. Curlew Sandpiper
197. Green Sandpiper
198. Nightjar (x2 at Dersingham Bog, 16/7)
199. Mediterranean Gull (x1 sumplum ad at Cromer, 17/7)
200. Yellow-legged Gull (self found adult at Costessey House Private Estate, 18/7)
201. Yellow Wagtail
202. Black-necked Grebe (x1 sumplum at Frampton Marsh, Lincolnshire, 19/7, tick)
203. Sooty Shearwater (first = 9 past Girdle Ness, 6/8)
204. Little Stint (first = 6 at Strathbeg, 19/8)
205. Pectoral Sandpiper (x2 on small pool along back Slains road, Slains' Pools, 9/9)
206. Buff-breasted Sandpiper (x1 at Strathbeg, 21/9, tick)
207. Black Guillemot
208. Little Bunting (x1 at second quarry, Sumburgh Head)
209. Yellow-browed Warbler (x5, Shetland: Boddam 27/9, 2 Hestingott 27/9, 2 Wester Quarff 28/9 - 4 self-found)
210. Isabelline Shrike (x1 first winter at Toab, Shetland, 27/9)
211. Brambling (first = x20 at Wester Quarff, Shetland 27/9)
212. Richard’s Pipit (x1 at Quendale, Shetland, 29/9)
213. Common Rosefinch (x1 at Quendale quarry, Shetland, 29/9, tick)
214. Olive-backed Pipit (x1 at Hestingott, Shetland, 29/9, tick)
215. Hawfinch (x1 at Hestingott, Shetland, 29/9)
216. American Golden Plover (x1 adult at Veensgarth, Shetland, 29/9)
217. Siberian Stonechat (x1 1st winter at Hoswick, Shetland, 30/9, tick)
218. Slavonian Grebe (x1 winter plumage at Inchgarth Reservoir, 7/10)
219. Dipper
220. Willow Tit (x1 at Rainton Meadows, Durham, 14/10, tick)
221. Ring-necked Parakeet (x8 at Hampstead Heath, London, 22/10, tick)
222. Red-flanked Bluetail (x1 1w male at Stiffkey Campsite Wood, 22/10)
223. Ring Ouzel (x15 at least at Kelling, 23/10)
224. Black Redstart (x1 1st winter at Kelling on airfield, 23/10)
225. Little Auk (x1 at Girdle Ness, 28/10, tick)

All year ticks from now on will be added on to this post so return to this to see all forthcoming additions. New post will signify updates to the yearlist. All sightings at Costessey House Private Estate refer to my local patch in Norfolk.

Joseph

Joseph N
Saturday 14th January 2012, 22:15
up to 101 after a sensational day's gulling - 9 Iceland Gulls and a Kumlien's Gull. Kumlien's Gull is a subspecies of Iceland Gull so is therefore not year-tickable. However, in the futurue this will become an armchair lifer and year tick.

Joseph N
Tuesday 17th January 2012, 20:56
up to 106 after a productive few hours birding on Sunday

Joseph N
Monday 6th February 2012, 12:11
after another fantastic day's winter birding yesterday the yearlist has moved up to 116 species - see highlights on first post.

Joseph N
Wednesday 8th February 2012, 15:35
Up to 119 after a trip round Girdle Ness today.

Joseph N
Saturday 11th February 2012, 17:41
up to 122 with the highlight being a self-found drake Green-winged Teal at Strathbeg.

Joseph N
Monday 27th February 2012, 19:15
up to 124 with redhead Smew as highlight.

Joseph N
Sunday 11th March 2012, 22:27
126 with Song Thrush and a local mega, Greater Yellowlegs at Strathbeg.

Joseph N
Sunday 25th March 2012, 20:26
I have now moved up to 131 for the year, having seen a few commoner species recently. See yearlist for updates.

Joseph N
Friday 13th April 2012, 19:56
After over a week in Norfolk, the year list has moved up to 153 species. See list above for highlights and other new year ticks.

Joseph N
Saturday 26th May 2012, 21:19
Sporadic spring birding due to the exams has seen some decent birds and the yearlist rise to 173 species since I last updated. See OP for highlights.

Joseph N
Monday 4th June 2012, 13:55
Up to 177 with a few locally common species that I was yet to catch up with, see list above for updates.

Joseph N
Wednesday 13th June 2012, 16:40
Up to 182 after a long weekend's worth of local birding. See list above for new yearticks.

Joseph N
Monday 25th June 2012, 19:30
Up to 184 with a couple of nice Nearctic duck sp. during the weekend. See above list for more.

Joseph N
Saturday 21st July 2012, 18:20
I am now back from three weeks away. This saw me spending a week each in Herefordshire, Somerset and Norfolk, all of which produced nice birds. In these counties a good deal of new birds for the year were seen, taking the yearlist up to 202. See list above for more.

Joseph N
Sunday 9th September 2012, 21:48
It's been slow moving since late July, but have notched up to 205, see highlights above.

Joseph N
Sunday 28th October 2012, 22:43
In what's been a fantastic autumn so far and trips to Shetland and Norfolk being productive, I'm now up to 225 species. Highlights can be seen above.