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Old Friday 3rd May 2019, 10:40   #1
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My Work (Train Driving) List

I've never bothered keeping lists but decided it might be interesting to see how many species I have seen whilst doing my job of driving trains. I have only included species where I have been 100% sure of the identification. I see lots of birds but often only very briefly and my slow-working brain (as far as bird ID is concerned anyway!) can't always identify things in the few seconds available especially when it comes to small passerines. My boss also somewhat annoyingly insists that there are more important things for me to be looking at!

1. Mute Swan.
2. Canada Goose.
3. Barnacle Goose.
4. Greylag Goose.
5. Pink-footed Goose.
6. Shelduck.
7. Wigeon.
8. Mallard.
9. Shoveler.
10. Gadwall.
11. Pintail.
12. Teal.
13. Pochard.
14. Tufted Duck.
15. Goldeneye.
16. Red-breasted Merganser.
17. Goosander.
18. Eider.
19. Cormorant.
20. Great Crested Grebe.
21. Little Grebe.
22. Black-headed Gull.
23. Common Gull.
24. Herring Gull.
25. Lesser Black-backed Gull.
25. Great Black-backed Gull.
26. Oystercatcher.
27. Avocet.
28. Ringed Plover.
29. Lapwing.
30. Golden Plover.
31. Sanderling.
32. Knot.
33. Dunlin.
34. Redshank.
35. Common Sandpiper.
36. Black-tailed Godwit.
37. Curlew.
38. Snipe.
39. Woodcock.
40. Grey Heron.
41. Little Egret.
42. Great Egret.
43. Spoonbill.
44. Moorhen.
45. Coot.
46. Red-legged Partridge.
47. Grey Partridge.
48. Pheasant.
49. Woodpigeon.
50. Collared Dove.
51. Barn Owl.
52. Tawny Owl.
53. Little Owl.
54. Short-eared Owl.
55. Osprey.
56. Common Buzzard.
57. Red Kite.
58. Marsh Harrier.
59. Sparrowhawk.
60. Kestrel.
61. Merlin.
62. Peregrine.
63. Green Woodpecker.
64. Great Spotted Woodpecker.
65. Swift.
66. Swallow.
67. House Martin.
68. Skylark.
69. Meadow Pipit.
70. Pied Wagtail.
71. Grey Wagtail.
72. Dunnock.
73. Wren.
74. Starling.
75. Blackbird.
76. Song Thrush.
77. Mistle Thrush.
78. Fieldfare.
79. Redwing.
80. Robin.
81. Stonechat.
82. Wheatear.
83. Blackcap.
84. Chiffchaff (usually confirmed by voice when I have the window open).
85. Long-tailed Tit.
86. Blue Tit.
87. Great Tit.
88. Coal Tit.
89. Jackdaw.
90. Carrion Crow.
91. Rook.
92. Raven.
93. Jay.
94. Magpie.
95. House Sparrow.
96. Tree Sparrow.
97. Chaffinch.
98. Goldfinch.
99. Greenfinch.
100. Siskin.
101. Linnet.
102. Yellowhammer.

Not too shoddy I guess, though there are a few introductions in there. It no doubt helps that the main route I drive is a fairly slow speed route, and crosses two large river estuaries and passes through a RSPB reserve (Leighton Moss). Unfortunately trains also kill lots of birds but it is perhaps best that I keep my kill list to myself.

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Ooooh!! What a great job you have Andrea... and in such a lovely area too.

That's a pretty good list you've got there lass.
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Fantastic stuff Andrea, as a lad I of course dreamt of being an engine driver but switched to birds when steam finished! Your boss sounds a real fusspot, worrying about red lights or closed level crossings instead of letting you clinch a species id.
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I do see lots of sea creatures as for some odd reason wagons used by the engineering departments are all named after marine organisms. So I probably see plenty of dogfish, turbot, sealions, starfish; maybe a few walrus too and very occasionally a mermaid!
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I do see lots of sea creatures as for some odd reason wagons used by the engineering departments are all named after marine organisms. So I probably see plenty of dogfish, turbot, sealions, starfish; maybe a few walrus too and very occasionally a mermaid!
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Managed to add a couple of species in the last couple of weeks.

103. Bar-tailed Godwit - on the saltmarsh pools at Leighton Moss.
104. Marsh Tit - poking about in the vegetation on the disused bit of the platform at Silverdale, also adjacent to Leighton Moss.
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84. Chiffchaff (usually confirmed by voice when I have the window open).
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Managed to add a couple of species in the last couple of weeks.

103. Bar-tailed Godwit - on the saltmarsh pools at Leighton Moss.
104. Marsh Tit - poking about in the vegetation on the disused bit of the platform at Silverdale, also adjacent to Leighton Moss.
Shouldn't be too difficult to add Willow Warbler in the same way - must surely be some audible at one or another of the stations you stop at
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Shouldn't be too difficult to add Willow Warbler in the same way - must surely be some audible at one or another of the stations you stop at
Yes, Willow Warbler ought to be on my list but maybe I just tune it out whilst focusing on something else. Chiffchaff on the other hand cannot be tuned out whatever else I am doing! I'll make a special effort to add Willow Warbler.
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