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Trystan's tentative 2021 world list (1 Viewer)


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Well, I truly hope that the first few months of this year will see the successful implementation of the vaccine and falling cases. At present it seems unlikely that even a good UK list will be possible but lets see how it goes.

I started on January 1st after a period of quarantine, having been abroad, with walks round several local reserves, starting with Pugney's CP where there has been a Great northern diver resident for a week or so. A bird which didn't make it onto my year list at all last year.

En route

001. Kestrel
002. Carrion crow

Pugney's CP

003. Wood pigeon
004. Blackbird
005. Redwing
006. Magpie
007. Mallard
008. Mute swan
009. Tufted duck
010. Lapwing
011. Canada goose
012. Pochard
013. Goldeneye
014. Shoveler
015. Grey heron
016. Great crested grebe
017. Coot
018. Pied wagtail
019. Wigeon
020. Black headed gull
021. Common gull
022. Great black backed gull
023. Great northern diver - phew
024. Chaffinch
025. Robin
026. Cormorant
027. Greylag goose
028. Fieldfare
029. Nuthatch
030. Bittern - bonus, another bird that didn't make last years list, despite some effort later in the year.
031. Teal
032. Moorhen
033. Goldfinch
034. Blue tit

En route

035. Feral pigeon
036. Collared dove

Swillington ings

Was like walking on an ice rink - made birding rather difficult

037. Song thrush
038. Stock dove
039. Goosander
040. Gadwall
041. Pintail
042. Herring gull
043. Great tit
044. Dunnock
045. Reed bunting
046. Starling
047. Long tailed tit
048. Meadow pipit
049. Golden plover
050. Curlew
051. Stonechat
052. Mistle thrush
053. Little egret
054. Bearded tit
055. Snipe
056. Bullfinch
057. Greenfinch
058. Green sandpiper
059. Grey wagtail
060. Water pipit


061. Shelduck
062. Lesser redpoll
063. Buzzard
064. Jay
065. Goldcrest
066. Wren
067. Pheasant
068. Red legged partridge
069. Jackdaw
070. Coal tit
071. Willow tit - braved the masses of noisy families round the feeders, who seem to think waving your arms every time a robin or moorhen is around is a good way to see things. Took me 4 attempts here last year so very pleased to get this out of the way on day 1.
072. Red kite
073. House sparrow
074. Great spotted woodpecker


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2nd January

Didn't venture out again over the weekend except local walks.


075. Red grouse
076. Rook

3rd January


077. Sparrowhawk


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A bit more quality locally today.


079. Little owl


080. Iceland gull
081. Caspian gull


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Late addition today outside the house. Two males having a hooting match in adjacent trees.

082. Tawny owl


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Water levels on the local river back down to suitable levels and some good dipper activity today with a couple of singing birds seen.

083. Dipper

Swillington ings

084. Smew
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Cromwell bottom

Had a wander round here looking for a firecrest which had been seen yesterday but no sign.

085. Siskin
086. Treecreeper


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Swillington ings

Afternoon visit, staying until dark for woodcocks. 38 seen around yesterday but only managed one tonight, and that only with the powerful torch beam of another birder. Thanks!

087. Oystercatcher
088. Little grebe
089. Black necked grebe
090. Woodcock


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Not successful with Firecrest at Swillington this evening but a pair of Egyptian geese make my third site tick in a week.

093. Egyptian goose


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Another go this evening for Firecrest at Swillington. Apparently not seen since the morning, it wasn't looking promising but having heard goldcrest while walking down, I decided to backtrack and take a look in a slightly different area and stumbled across not one but two firecrests, one of which may or may not have been the original bird here.

094. Firecrest


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After another miserable non-productive weekend last week, I couldn't face another and wandered further than I've been restricting myself to so far this year. Managed to do all of the below sites without needing any petrol, any food or coming within 2 meters of another person and feel a whole lot better for it.

Near Ripponden

095. Twite


096. Pied-billed grebe

Hesketh Out Marsh

097. Redshank
098. Black tailed godwit
099. Skylark


100. Pink footed goose
101. Great white egret
102. Merlin


103. Dusky warbler

Not sure how likely this is to be the same bird that I saw here at the back end of 2018 against the likelihood of a different bird so close to the same spot.


104. Ring necked duck


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105. Yellowhammer
106. Goshawk


107. Mediterranean gull


108. Turnstone
109. Fulmar
110. Knot
111. Kittiwake
112. Purple sandpiper
113. Shag


114. Corn bunting
115. Linnet
116. Lapland bunting


117. Tree sparrow
118. Gannet
119. Razorbill
120. Guillemot

Near Sheffield

121. Long tailed skua

Good round trip again managing to avoid any human contact. Cut the time at the coast a bit short to go inland for the skua which is pretty strange. Had expected to get Crossbill, Marsh tit and Rock pipit on this circuit too but can't have everything.


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DIY weekend after the wind blew part of the garden fence down last week and managed an unexpected garden tick when 20 whooper swans came over. Seems like a lot have been on the move this weekend.

122. Whooper swan


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Presumably erroneous report of velvet scoter at swillington sent me over after work. Pleasant evening after the awful weekend weather and a few year ticks too.

123. Little ringed plover
124. Sand martin
125. Cetti's warbler

Also Med gull was a site tick.


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Another day, another non-appearance of a duck. This time garganey at Adwick washes, however, an opportunity for a few more year ticks, including a useful White fronted goose which apparently has been around a while.

126. Avocet
127. Dunlin
128. Greater white fronted goose


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Another jaunt after work, securing Spoonbill first before a second failed attempt for Garganey, this time at Swillington

Fairburn ings

130. Spoonbill


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A belated run into Notts today, too late for Hawfinch, but hopeful of Lesser pecker and late enough for Woodlarks.

A brief drum from the woodpecker was all I managed, no further sign, in contrast to the spectacle last year.


131. Brambling - 1 in a flock of redpolls and siskins
132. Woodlark - no problem locating a singing bird on the ground in spite of the cold snap
133. Green woodpecker

Langford Lowfields

134. Little bunting - best ever views of this species today but only after a very long wait.

Adwick Washlands

3rd time lucky with very close views of a drake Garganey which seemed to be displaying to the teals, and the first time I've heard its croaky call.

135. Garganey
136. Swallow - evidence suggests that 3 swallows do not make a summer, any more than 1 does.


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Another jaunt to the midlands today as there were a few birds of interest available, starting more successfully on the woodpecker first, and managing to see all three species before 7.30am

Sherwood forest

137. Lesser spotted woodpecker
138. Blackcap

Had a half-hearted attempt at Hawfinch after yesterdays report but no luck, also failed to find Marsh tit and Mandarin.

Crowhole, Derbyshire

139. Willow warbler
140. Great grey shrike - found it perched up after much trudging round in some excellent shrike habitat.

Carsington water

141. Red necked grebe - completing the set, disappointingly distant and hazy. Could have walked round for better views but the place was heaving with day trippers and not much fun.

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