Wednesday, 1 January 2014

Year listing 2014

And the tally for todays event;

Despite the most uninspiring winter for some time and a fairly dismal day, proof of what can be seen when people open their eyes!

1. House Sparrow - picked up by Rob Worsfold on the access road at Angram Farm
2. Great spotted woodpecker in the car park:
3. Sparrowhawk made an attack
4. Dislodging coal tit
5. Blue tit
6. Carrion crow
7. Woodpigeon
8. Collared dove
9. Great tit
10. Greenfinch
11. Goldfinch
12. Chaffinch
13. Goldcrest
14. Moorhen was logged earlier
15. Big numbers of greylag geese went over but to fleeting to see if anything exotic was amongst them
16. Robin
17. Jackdaw
18. Redwing
19. Mistle thrush
20. Blackbird
21. Stock dove
22. Mallard flew over as we left
23. Pheasant was in the woodland
24. As was wren
25. Kestrel had been logged earlier
26. Lapwing were over D res
27. Marsh Harrier passed the woodlands at the feeders
28. Blackcap was a nice spot by Gayna in D woods
29. Treecreeper was part of the same mixed flock
30. Mute swan over the tree tops
31. Barn owl seen on north scrub earlier (and later on Watton)
32. Siskin logged earlier by Derrick Venus
33. Willow tit on the freshly filled feeders
34. Long tailed tit
35. Bull finch at the top of North Scrub
36. Rook
37. Coot on D res
38. Tufted duck
39. Goldeneye
40. Wigeon
41. Black headed gull
42. Pochard
43. Shoveler
44. Gadwall
45. Teal
46. Herring gull
47. Common buzzard around Hempholme Meadow (the white buzzard later at Watton NR)
48. Common gull
49. Little egret heading north up river
50. Magpie over Struncheonhill
51. Grey Heron over Bethell's Bridge
52. Dunnock at Hempholme lock
53. kingfisher
54. Little grebe
55. Canada goose
56. Golden plover over Brandesburton
57. Great-black backed gull
58. Cormorant
59. Marsh tit on the feeders with another visit

A great morning.  Unfortunately the wind and rain came in for the afternoon and slowed the tally considerably as we went south after lunch;

60. Curlew on Watton Carrs
61. Redshank on Watton NR
62. Pintail - a fine drake:
63. Great crested grebe on O res
64. Peregrine over D res for the roost as the night came in
65. Lesser black backed gull
66. Iceland gull - bird of the day by Martin
67. Scaup - by Andy Nunn
68. A bookend sparrow by Rob again; this time tree at the old wildlife centre

Mammal sightings included roe deer, hare, rabbit, squirrel and arboreal stoat too.

All in not a bad effort; level with the 68 of last year with no smew or bittern yet to find.  And some terrible omissions like woodcock, linnet, yellowhammer, pied wagtail, fieldfare etc.