Mark Hows - 2022 Wildlife Blog

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Welcome to my wildlife blog - I will chronicle my exploits looking for wildlife in the UK and post links to trip reports from further afield. I have plenty of target species this year from Plants and fungi to Ladybirds and plenty of things in between and tracking these down will keep me busy. I will be doing plenty of mammal watching and there will be some twitching in the mix as well which should keep me out of trouble - hopefully! and all this will be fuelled by lots of Chips and Ice Cream.
 

July

Saturday 23rd - Soggy Sedges

black alpine sedge

An early start at Ben Lawers and a small group headed up the hill in misty conditions, it started to rain and it rained off and on all day and the mist never cleared. Despite the conditions we found 45 species of Grasses, sedges and rushes, the pick black alpine sedge. We saw a few of the specialities lower down on the crags alpine forget me not, hoary whitlowgrass, alpine mouse ear the conditions were not right to go any higher. So we headed down making a few stops including mountain and downy willow, a really good trip shame about the weather.


Friday 22nd - Cairngorm Catchup

Scandinavian small reed

A little soggy but the moth trapping was sucessful with 31 species including scarce silver Y which was new for me others were antler moth, garden tiger, grey mountain carpet, broom moth. I headed off to see a pretty scarce plant the Alpine sow thistle I can't say any more but I saw several plants in flower. I headed off for some food made a couple of stops for plants one flowered wintergreen, just about in flower, but serrated was pretty much over. A stop at Insh marshes where I saw Scandinavian small reed, quite a distinctive purple colour hence its latin name of Calamagrostis purpurea. I then headed to my B&B for some welcome sleep.


Thursday 21st - Cracking Corrie Fee

Yellow Oxytropsis

I was stopped during the night drive at a toiled block by the A1, here a few moths we attracted to the light, slender brocade the pick. A good opportunity for a nap before heading to Corrie Fee. I could not find and Alpine woodsia despite an extensive search so moved along for Yellow Oxytropsis, here was Gavin Mclean who had beaten me to it. A couple of hard to reach patches were in flower. I spent the rest of the afternoon there looking around some nice woolly willow the pick before heading back to the car. Other plants of note seen were alpine saw wort and holly fern. As I left a stoat crossed the road, nice to see. After some food I headed into Glenshee for the night to do some moth trapping between the rain showers.


Sunday 17th - Moths of Dungness

Plumed Fanfoot

I headed to Dungeness once again to meet up with Alan Lewis, James Hunter and Paul Chapman for another moth session. Conditions were good and moth activity was high and another count of over 200 moth species was recorded. We were joined by Sean Clancy and Jacob Spinks from the Obs for some of the evening. Top species were pygmy footman, Sussex emerald, Silver Barred, plumed fanfoot, gallium carpet, cynaeda dentalis, Langmaid's yellow underwing, bisignia procerella. We also has eyed ladybird, lesser cockroach, orange ladybird, harlequin ladybird, dark bush cricket to the traps as well.


Saturday 16th - Brilliant Breckland Mothing

Royal Mantle

After work I spent a few hours in the Brecks taking a look at a few of the plants, first stop was Thetford to see how the Creeping marshwort was doing a few plants were flowering but the site will need some urgent management to ensure the continued presence of the is species here. Next stop was Lakenheath for large flowered hemp nettle and I also had a nice fox and a Hobby. I made a quick stop to see a few other plants before meeting up with Alan Lewis, James Hunter and Paul Chapman for a moth trapping session. It was a little breezy but moth activity was very good and we trapped over 200 species, highlights were Tawny wave, goat moth, purple bordered gold, breckland plume, royal mantle - a top night.


 

June

Sunday 26th - Woefull Wintercress

Pale Sedge

The moth trap help 29 species, nothing rare but a few nice moths dusky brocade, buff arches, burnished brass of note. I headed for home via a couple of stops both looking for small flowered wintercress I drew a blank in Yorkshire in an extensive search at Figham Pastures and at Mountsorrel Marshes in Leicestershire but I did find some tufted sedge before heading to Bedford Purlieus, here a wander round produced some pale sedge.


Saturday 25th - Bempton Beckons

Black Browed Albatross

I started the day at the Wykeham raptor viewpoint, a cracking goshawk was the highlight but we also saw kestrel, red kites and common buzzards along with some nice crossbills. I headed to Bempton just as news of the albatross’s return, perfect timing and it showed well flying round one of the viewpoints several times. I had a good wander to see the rest of the seabirds before having a cold drink and ice cream and headed for the accomodation.


Friday 24th - Yorkshire Belle

Thistle Broomrape

I headed to Ribbleshead arriving in glorious weather, here at a little reserve I was looking for northern spike rush, it grew in the damp areas of the reserve and plenty of it was found. chimney sweeper moths a nice selection of orchids and Ribbleshead hawkweed also of note. I did some touristy things, popped in to see thistle broomrape then travelled to Wykeham raptor viewpoint for a few hours but saw nothing but buzzards and siskins. So I headed to Robin Hood's Bay where I was based for a couple of nights.


Thursday 23rd - The Goat

Goat Moth

I ran the moth traps at work quite a nice haul 48 species with lilac beauty, dotted footman and blackneck of note but the star was a goat moth my second in a few days.


Tuesday 21st - Lizard and the Goat

Lizard orchid

With Moth traps running in my nature reserve and in the garden on what was a very warm night produced a good haul, 90 species in the nature reserve, and 60 at home. The pic of the home traps was the lackey and the pick of the nature reserve traps was rosy footman, v moth, silky wainscot, Chilo phragmitella.


Saturday 18th - Staines Stuff

Bristle club rush

After the drive back from Wales I attended the BSBI and LNHS meeting at Staines Moor, conditions were good and we had a nice walk although one lath was overgrown and we had to find an alternative route. Several nice plants including field pennycress, pink water speedwell along with lots of hybrids but the highlight was a nice patch of Bristle club rush.


Friday 17th - Wye Oh Wye!

Scarce Hooktip Oecophora bractella

I left work early afternoon and made a stop at Daneway Banks I was after cut leaved selfheal I coul dnot find the classic white flowers but I did spot a pale lilac flowered candidate, or it could be a hybrid, I will investigate further. It was incredibly hot and the butterflies were moving very quickly but I did see a large blue during my search along with a common lizard and slow worm. I headed into Wales for some chips then headed into the Wye Valley. Here I was to meet James Hunter for some moth trapping, this site has some really scarce moths so with good conditions we were hopefull. Two other moth trappers were present and they were very helpful and we shared sightings during the evening. The moth catch was excellent with well over 100 species in our traps and 150 counted by our counterparts. The catch included some nice moths Blomer's Rivulet, Dusky Plume, Least Black Arches, Rosy Footman, Ruddy Carpet, Red necked Footman and some real rare moths Oecophora bractella, Dichomeris ustalella, Scarce Hook-tip . A top moth night.

Chips - Kibby's, Chepstow – Hot Dog and chips – 6.5/10


Thursday 16th - Local Moth trapping

Rosy footman

With Moth traps running in my nature reserve and in the garden on what was a very warm night produced a good haul, 90 species in the nature reserve, and 60 at home. The pic of the home traps was the lackey and the pick of the nature reserve traps was rosy footman, v moth, silky wainscot, Chilo phragmitella.


Monday 13th - Garden Badgers

Badger

I feed the badgers, foxes, muntjac and hedgehogs in my garden every night but tonight I was still in the garden when the first badger turned up and it was still light enough to use the camera at high ISO with no flash although grainy I got some nice photos. The first badger is pretty tolerant of me and I had ages watching her feed. Fully fed she deaparted and I put some more food down and one of the other badgers turned up and I managed a couple of photos before leaving it in peace.


Sunday 12th - Sefton Stuff

Sharp Club Rush

I headed for the Sefton Coast, first stop Crosby was for Dune Wormwood and Slender Spike-rush both located fairly easily before heading to Ainsdale. Here the extensive dune system took a bit of searching for my target species, the first sharp club rush round a pond and eventually in the saltmarsh saltmarsh flat sedge. The last site was extremely dry all the plants were struggling and I only found one rather shrivelled plant of Long Bracted sedge and a few rather poorly looking bristle club rush plants.


Saturday 11th - Welsh Wizz

Welsh Mudwort True Lovers Knot

I had a few things to do in Wales so I planned a visit to Porthmadog, low tide was lunchtime so I headed onto the saltmarsh a littel in advance and a low tide I was in position and found plenty of welsh mudwort in the mud on the edge of the receding water, time was short and I took my photos as the water started to rise again and I left the saltmarsh. I drove into Cheshire got some chips and headed to Flaxmere a small nature reserve picked at random to do some moth trapping (I had secured a permit last minute) conditions were Ok, quite windy but reasonably mild otherwise. I ran the traps all night the total was 72 species, nothing rare but some nice species true lovers knot, ghost moth, small angle shades, peach blossom, clouded buff, small fanfoot, brown silver lines the highlights.

Chips - Oh my Cod, Frodsham – Cheese onion fryit and Chips – 6.5/10


Friday 10th - Breckland Bugs

Cylindrical Sinodendron

I met up the Andrew Jewels for a few hours of ladybird searching, out first site was pretty quite a gorse shieldbug the highlight cream spotted, 14 spot, adonis the ladybirds but the best find was a Cylindrical Sinodendron an awesome looking beetle. We tried a different site and had much more sucess with a nice selection of ladybirds eyed, striped, pine, harlequin, 7 spot, Rhyzobius litura and the pick a red marsh ladybird. Corn spurrey was noted growing along the path along with some common fiddleneck.


Thursday 9th - Suffolk Struggle

Crested Cow Wheat

I was following up on some info about on slender Tufted sedge and small flowered wintercress but an extensive search for both proved fruitless, I did have a nice muntjac. I headed for home via a roadside nature reserve where a good display of crested cow wheat was in full bloom along with a few sulphur clover plants.


Tuesday 7th - Arable Aside

Black Grass

I was following up on some info about Black grass actually on my commute to work. So on the way home I took a walk and easily found a large patch of black grass along with a nice selection of other arable weeks. Plenty of butterflies and a few moths along the way as well.


Monday 6th - Oresome Orchids

Early Marsh Orchid form ochroleuca

I took an afternoon trip into Suffolk to a small fen land nature reserve, here gorws a rare orchid, Early Marsh Orchid form ochroleuca and they are doing well with almost 30 in pristine condition along with a scattering of other orchids. I stumbled across a field full of ox-eye dasies and another full of poppies and Phacelia in full bloom.


Saturday 4th - Best of the Brecks

Grey CarpetMaiden's Pink Rosy Marbled

I met James Hunter and Alan Lewis in the Brecks, our target was grey carpet a very elusive moth. Our first site we quickly located one despite the strong breeze. Our second site drew a blank but nearby a site had a few, all very happy we started on some botany. A very nice selection of plants were encountered on our tour round the brecks. tower mustard, tall rocket, flixweed, field mouse ear, wall bedstraw, breckland wormwood, small alison, slender sandwort, sand catchfly, annual knawel, perenial knawel, hoary cinquefoil, russian cinqefoil, maiden's pink, blue fescue, purple milk vetch, smooth rupturewort the highlights. It was time forr chips before heading to our Breckland moth trapping site. Conditions were sub optimal but we had a great night with over 90 species, varied coronet, Pale shouldered brocade, Green Oak Tortrix, Fox moth, clouded buff, Small Scabious Plume, Cream Spot tiger, lobster moth, rosy marbled and blackneck the highlights. We just got the start of the heavy rain as we packed up in the early hours.

Friday 3rd - Dorset and Hants Hits

Wood tiger Moth

The moth traps only held a few species, (the temperature rapidly dropped overnight) the pick horse chestnut and fox moth. I headed into Dorset and at a nice downland reserve, here I found the cracking wood tiger moth along with Alabonia geoffrella. The only other wildlife interest was a stop in Hampshire for Bulbous foxtail also mudwort, blue water speedwell and a few other plants. Pretty tired I headed home after a quick nap.


Thursday 2nd - Cornish Cream

Cornish Shieldbug Thyme Broomrape

I headed to Cornwall overnight my first stop was the Lizard where I had one target twin headed clover I tried two spots and after a long search found it (only single headed due to the recent drought). Plenty of other nice plants in the area thyme broomrape, fringed rupturewort, rosy garlic. I was unsucessful searching for Cornish Moneywort and I cracked my head on a sharp tree beanch cutting my head open as well as giving it a massive knock. Sennen was busy but I found some quiet areas in the dunes with Lady's bedstraw and after 1.5 hours searching I found a cornish shieldbug. I had plenty of time so made a couple of stops for sand cat's tail, creeping forget me not, large quaking grass and an ice cream. I headed across Dartmoor for Ponies another ice cream, grabbed some chips in Exmouth , threw some moth traps down and totally exhausted got some sleep.

Chips - Krispies, Exmouth – Battered Sausage, cheese bites, Chips (battered) and pea fritter – 9/10


Wednesday 1st - Super Serapia

Small Flowered Tongue Orchid

I popped to see the Suffolk Small Flowered Tongue Orchid after work, it was in lovely condition and well worth the effort to visit.


 

May

Sunday 29th - Return to the Scene of the Crime

Eleanora’s falcon

It was very cold as I packed up but I still had a few moths little thorn the pick amongst 20 or so species scorched carpet, scorched wing, great prominent, marbled brown. I drove to Swindon and then had a couple of hours further sleep. I had no plan so headed homeish but news of the Eleanora’s falcon still being present I turned towards Kent at the end of the M4. I had a brief stop for some Fragrant orchids, slow worm and common lizard but made it to Worth Marsh once again. The Eleanora’s falcon was showing very well in a bush close to the path. It did a few flights returning to the same bush. After a couple of hours of good views I headed off, a quick stop for some solitary bees was a wash out with heavy rain so I headed home after a pretty good weekend.

Saturday 28th - Western Wander

Late Spider Orchid pale shouldered shieldbug

James and I had a quick look at some local orchids a colony of lady orchids, one or two early purple still clinging on and loads of common twayblades including a trifolia variation spotted by James. We went our separate ways and I headed for some Late spider and Man orchids, then to a pond to see our smallest plant rootless duckweed and it was tiny! I got some breakfast and took a look at sand catchfly and toothed medick. That was the end of my trip to Kent I had to get to Wiltshire mid afternoon so headed off as I had two stops Nr Southampton to fit in. They went like clockwork, smooth stalked sedge and pale shouldered shieldbug easily located. I made my Wiltshire with plenty of time to spare and thus finished early so I headed to Cardiff to see some balm leaved figwort. Still early I headed to the Forest of Dean to search for wild boar. I found a sounder by a main road but the headed off after I pulled into a layby and walked back, still nice to see them. It was almost dark so I threw a couple of moth traps down and got some sleep.

Friday 27th - Elenora's etc.

white banded carpet Tawny Barred Angle f nigofulvata

I left work even earlier than planned and battled with the M25 and its resident idiots and eventually made it to Worth Marsh, the Eleanora’s falcon was missing but it returned and sat distantly all the time I was there, nice to see but it would have been nice to get better views. Marsh frogs, scarce chaser and plenty of people to chat to made the time go quickly and I joined Alan Lewis and James Hunter for some chips before heading to some local woods to do some moth Trapping with a local moth trapper. It was not too long before or traps bore fruit netted pug, flame carpet, nemoralis, fern the pick of about 75 species. We also caught a rather unusual nigofulvata form of Tawny Barred Angle. The local Mother had caught the target the rather scarce white banded carpet to make a great trip.

Chips - Eastry Fish Bar, Eastry – Battered Sausage, Chips and Pickled Egg – 7.5/10


Thursday 26th - Mysterious Moles

Mole

I found a mole on the path barely alive with no obvious signs of injury, I tried to get some water into it but it did not make it. I had found a dead one in the same area a couple of days before. I assume the dry weather is bringing them out.


Wednesday 25th - Oxon Flora

True Fox Sedge

I headed to Oxfordshire where Jon Holt kindly showed me a nice selection of plants in a local meadow. Plenty of Narrow leaved water dropwort throught the meadow. Both True and false fox sedge and a rather nice stand of bladder sedge were the highlights, but the meadow held a nice selection of other plants. We took a short drive to see a couple of local hawkweeds and before heading home.

Chips - Berryfields Fish Bar, Aylesbury - Battered Burger and Chips - 8/10


Tuesday 24th - Fantastic Fulbourn

4 Spotted Moth

I took an evening wander round Fulbourn Fen to see the orchids, A nice selection of Early Marsh, southern marsh and common spotted along with loads of common twayblades. But the star was a handful of massive hybrids.

Sunday 22nd - Helping the Hunter

4 Spotted Moth

I met up with James Hunter locally to help him see 4 Spotted moth, I had a good site and we quickly found three, one showed well for photos. We headed to Therfield Heath where the last pasque flowers were still hanging on and a few adonis blues were about but the main event was the amazing white helleborine display all in great condition, awesome. We took a quick look at a local stone curlew before finishing for the day.

Saturday 21st - Breck Bits

Military Orchid

After a cup of tea and sausage butty I was ready for some plants, first stop was military orchid, the first few were in flower. I checked out a few sites for Flixweed without success popped in at Weeting to see the moth trap catch - pretty similar to my catch on Thursday. I took a look at the local tower mustard before heading home for some sleep.

Friday 20th - Moth Nigh Pt 2

Silver Barred

I was joined by James Hunter and Alan Lewis for a Mothing session at Chippenham Fen, it was a little early in the season for many of the specialities but silver barred, grey birch, flame wainscot and reed leopard were on the wing. Just over 90 species were recorded. It was a fantastic sunrise with grasshopper warblers buzzing as we packed up - a top site.

Chips - Rumbles, Exning - Burger and Chips - 8/10


Thursday 19th - Moth Night

Cream Spot Tiger

It was the start of national moth night so I headed to the Brecks for an all night session. Plenty of moths and 90 species were recorded including a few of the Breckland specialities. Some of the highlights Cream Spot tiger, clouded buff, small elephant hawkmoth, Leche’s twist moth, Oblique striped, Sharp angle carpet, Great Prominent, Broken barred carpet, Tawny Barred angle.

Chips - Historic Chips, Lakenheath - Fishcake and Chips - 8/10


Wednesday 18th - Wicken Wander

Marsh Valerian

I had an evening wander round Wicken Fen, plenty of warblers and a couple of butterflies but not much really. A few plants marsh valerian of note.


Monday 16th - Web Wanderer

Autumn Webworm

I had not even heard of the moth Autumn Webworm but Jame Hunter had trapped the third for Britain so it was an evening trip to Dartford to look at this rare moth.


Sunday 15th - Nipped to Norfolk

Alabonia geoffrellaBluebell conch

I headed to Norfolk mid morning my first stop was to visit the 700 year old Hethel old thorn a truly special hawthorn tree. I dodged a rain shower travelling to Ringland here I was looking for moths, between the showers I managed a 40 min search and located the rather splendid Alabonia geoffrella, Eyed ladybird and Lesser Thorn-tipped Longhorn Beetle and eventually my target Hysterophora maculosana - Bluebell conch on a bluebell, until once again rain intervened.


Saturday 14th - Wales and Home the Long Way

Welsh ragwort Downy Fruited Sedge

I headed to Conwy overnight, after dawn I headed for a part of the coast path where I had information for purple ramping fumitory, I quickly found the plants and after a quick breakfast I headed off in search of my main target welsh ragwort. I had been given several recent sites to check and the second one paid off, only a couple of plants but after failing last year it was good to catch up with this rather rare plant. I did a couple of non wildlife things before ending up in Oxfordshire to check out a site for Downy fruited sedge. It was a bit smaller than I thought but I did find a few growing with the milkwort.


Monday 9th - Thompson Tufted

Tufted sedge

After work I headed to Thompson Water for a wander to see water violets and tufted sedge both were growing well in most of the pingo's.


Sunday 8th - Spring Spectacle

Spring Gentian

After some sleep I headed to Teesdale on what was a cracking day - Teesdale violets and mountain pansies were everywhere then came the highlight spring gentians, I had only ever seen them in the Burren before so it was great to see them here. I spent hours wandering admiring the awesome display of plants with a little excursion to see Oblong woodsia, it had been a tough couple of days so I called it a day and headed home for some sleep.


Saturday 7th - Bird race is Back

Mandarin DuckWall Brown

It was a midnight start in Downham Market I had to stop for a hedgehog crossing the road before picking Stephen Patemore up for our Bird race. We headed into the Fens, the weather was less than optimal but we started getting some good birds calling corncrake and spotted crake. and the first bird sightingbarn owl. Mammals were very plentiful, badger, fox and rabbit added to the list. We managed to dodge some heavy showers in between stops. Finally dawn arrived and we hit the Brecks and got caught in a couple of heavy rain showers but we managed to get most of the targets so headed for the coast where we could not find the dusky warbler, but the red breasted goose, temminck’s stint and dotterel were more accommodating. The last bird to add was peregrine falcon to bring our total to 147 for the day – notable omissions were green woodpecker and yellow wagtail. One thing to note was the number of hares we saw well over 100 on our travels.


Friday 6th - A lovely Meadow

Meadow Saxifrage

After work I headed to Keddington Churchyard for an awesome botanical spectacle here are large swathes of meadow saxifrage a very impressive sight and well worth a visit.


Thursday 5th - Sweet Singers

Nightingale

After work I headed to the Brecks to see, well actually hear nightingales, I got a full show, both sight and sound, always a treat to see and hear these birds. I popped into see a few plants spring speedwell had already flowered, but spring vetch, shepherd's cress and field mouse ear were all in good condition.


Monday 2nd - Chippy

Chinese Water Deer

I Headed to Chippenham Fen for my first night of Moth trapping here this year conditions were reasonable and I had a few moths coming in continously, slow and steady. Some nice moths of note were flame wainscot, grey birch, tawny pinion, pinion spotted pug with aloost 40 species in total, by 4am I was packed up and headed for home for 40 winks before work.


 

April

Friday 29th - Moth Catchup

Frosted Green

The weather has been pretty cold at night so moth trapping in my garden and my little nature reserve at work has been pretty slow with only a few moths trapped on each occasion. Moths of note - Streamer, brindled beauty, Powdered Quaker, iron prominent, frosted green, early grey, purple thorn, seraphim, swallow prominent, muslin moth and lured Emperor moth in at both locations.


Thursday 28th - Breckland Ladybirding

scymnus nigrinus

I headed to the Brecks for a couple of hours after work, first was a look in the Little River Ouse for stream water crowfoot plenty just starting to flower. The rest of the time I spent looking for ladybirds and it was quite productive with a nice selection pine, harlequin, striped, cream streaked, 16, 18 and 22 spot, scymnus sutaralis, and scymnus nigrinus. Also a couple of micro moths, Esperia sulphurella, Syndemis musculana a firecrest and hairy and green shieldbugs completed a nice evening.


Wednesday 27th - Local Gold

Woad

After work the last three evenings I have been visiting local sites for Goldolocks buttercup micro species Bourn, Stradisall, horseheath and all produced plenty to see but the ID's a little trickier. I also made a visit for Poa bulbosa Bulbous meadow grass and while there also found three nerved sandwort which I made a trip to Suffolk at the weekend for - typical. I managed to catch up with a nice patch of woad growing locally.


Saturday 23rd - Sexy Adders

Adders

I had no firm plans so thought I would try to catch up with three nerved sandwort (which I never seem to have seen), I had a rough area to try in the woods near Minsmere. With the possibility of looking for adders at Minsmere after. I had a leisurely start and after a brief search found three nerved sandwort along with a nice selection of other plants and a Incurvaria pectinea micro moth. I stopped on the way to Minsmere for a singing Nightingale always lovely to hear. At Minsmere I quickly located a mating pair of Adders which showed quite nicely and I watched them for a while before taking a wander. ashy mining bees and early colletes I had another look at the adders before heading off.


Wednesday 20th - Garden Mothing (well Actually Badgers)

Badger

I set the moth traps up in the garden despite the poor moth weather not for moths but to illuminate the garden so I could photograph the badgers. Upto three come every evening and one in particular ignores the photography. Two showed up including the confiding one but I got photos of both during the evening. None of the muntjacs or the fox turned up which was a shame. I did catch 4 hebrew characters in the moth trap.


Sunday 17th - Kicking around in Kent

Early Spider Orchid

A sensible start to get over the bridge before it was too busy, the first stop was in Bean Country park where I quickly found my target of southern wood rush, plenty of other plants there incuding some nice moschatel. The weather was good so a quick stop at a wall for some wall lizards getting frisky. Some touristy stuff ensued before heading the Samphire hoe where the Early spider orchids were not in abundance and I only found a handful.


Saturday 16th - A Peaky Blinder

Soft Leaved Sedge

An early start and I was in the peak district to see Soft leaved sedge it was in abundance in a small nature reserve on what was a lovely morning. The rest of the day I did non wildlife stuff but did find an orange underwing moth.


Friday 15th - Pasque Flower Spectacle

Pasque Flower

An early start and I was at Barnack Hills and Holes reserve before the dog walkers, here was a nice display of Pasque flowers and I managed to find some Rare spring sedge. But my main target was at Willow Tree Fen, where the common cranes were showing well with their two chicks, really nice to see. Late morning I headed towards home making a stop at Therfield Heath where the Pasque flowers were growing in profusion and it was an amazing sight, Church hill was completely covered in them. I made a stop at Fowlmere RSPB to look for early longhorn moth but again failed in my search, still a pretty awesome day.

Chips - Fish n Chick n, Royston - Battered Sausage and Chips - 8/10


Tuesday 12th - Mobile Mothing

Emperor Moth Broom TipNephus redtenbacheri

After work I popped to the Brecks in search of ladybirds, my first site had a cracking goshawk flyover low past me. I found a few ladybirds pine, scymnus sutaralis, 7 spot, 24 spot, Rhyzobius litura and Nephus redtenbacheri . A lure brought in a nice emperor moth a good start as I I was in the Brecks for my first local mobile trapping session. Weather was mixed, a bit of drizzle, a bit too windy then it cleared and the temperature fell so I finished up by 1am and headed home. Final tally was 28 species - Satellite, broom tip, pine beauty, oak beauty, water carpet, tissue, Ypsolopha ustella. I also had some moth traps in my little nature reserve one failed (light switch did not work) a small catch of 11 species brindled beauty the pick.

Chips - Historic Fish and Chips, Lakenheath - Saveloy, Chips and onion rings - 8/10


Monday 11th - Breckland Botany

Grape Hyacinth18 Spot ladybird

After work I popped to the Brecks in search of ladybirds I found cream spotted, cream streaked, pine and 18 spotted along with scymnus sutaralis at one site in a fairly short period of time. But it was too blowy for sweep netting and my umbrella struggled tapping so I gave up and did some botany instead. A nice selection of the early Breckland specialities were in flower field mouse ear, shepherd's cress, spring vetch, grape hyacinth, fingered speedwell, brecklands speedwell, little mouse ear all seen as I visited a couple of sites.

Saturday 9th - Bits and Bobs Locally

Black Squirrel Wild Daffodil

I started at Fowlmere at dawn a couple of muntjac and water voles and a lone hare but nothing for photos. It was quiet apart for a few warblers. I headed to Letchworth for the black squirrels which were showing well as did a rather nice song thrush. A quick stop at Stocking Springs Wood where the wild daffodils and wood anenome's were handing over to the bluebells. I stopped in at St Albans briefly, some pochards on the park lake were nice and the herons were already sitting on chicks in the Heronry but the highlight was the courting little egrets. I tried Fowlmere on the way home for Early longhorn moths without any luck, only a muntjac and chiffchaff for my efforts and that was enough for the day.

Wednesday 6th - Mad Mothing

Barred tooth Striped

After work I battled with torrential rain, traffic jams, road closures, imbiciles in cars to get to Deal for some chips. The main prize was not too far away, but the weather of rain, strong wind was sub optimal mothing weather - but he who dares. I met up with James Hunter to look for Barred Tooth Striped moth we had some pointers from Local Nigel Jarman but James had found a couple already. We had a good search but after a bout of poor weather we headed home after another mothing sucess.

Chips - Castle Chip Shop, Walmer - Burger, Chips and Mushy Pea fritter - 8/10


Monday 4th - Oresome orchid

Giant Orchid

After work I headed to the area in Oxfordshire where I grew up, I passed my Dad’s old office and a cricket ground where I played many away games in my youth. The site I went to was new to me yet so close to places I had been many times before. It was only 5 min walk to the site from the parking where down the side of a steep slope I could see 2 giant orchids apparently seeds were scatted here a few years ago and some had finally grown to plants. It was tricky to get down the slope but I got down to see the plants one had been snapped but repaired and the other was OK and in reasonable flower and nice to see whatever to origin.


Sunday 3rd - Sett Survey

Brindled Beauty

I finally completed my local Badger Sett survey, I had to use the drone for a couple as they were on private sites with no access. One other site I did trespass to check on. I had a few mammal sightings but nothing of note. I had a few moths a few night back which i forgot to mention. In my little nature reserve a nice brindled beauty the pick but a nice selection.

Saturday 2nd - Oh Deer

Chinese Water DeerHairy wood rush

I Headed to Woodwalton Fen for dawn, a muntjac was the first deer I spotted but I was after Chinese water deer and they showed quite well in the very cold conditions. I had over 30 individuals during my visit and had the reserve all to myself. I had a few marsh harriers, brown hares and the usual common birds on my wander by mid morning I was thirsty so headed back to the car for a drink. A few joggers entered the reserve so I headed off for some lunch. I did some touristy stuff before heading to Bedford Perlieus, I had an area to search for Hairy wood rush, I had a nice wander round, only a couple of people in the reserve and I easily found it amongst the commoner species. I headed home spotting a couple of fallow deer on the edge of my village.


 

March

Sunday 27th - Misty and Murky

Iceland Gull

Musselburgh was in thick mist so we headed the short distance to Cockenzie, which had better visibility but no sign of the Glaucous gull, a return to Musselburgh where conditions had not improved so we headed south stopping at Cheswick, here conditions were similar to Musselburgh so we carried on to Middlesborough where on a small lake in a park a nice juvenile Iceland gull was present showing nicely. Our last stop was at Swine moor to see the rather smart looking Baikal teal before heading home.


Saturday 26th - You Beauty

Rannoch brindled beauty Osprey

The temperature had dropped to -4 degrees overnight so our trap opening was a struggle, but we had a decent haul of moths 28 Rannoch sprawler, yellow horned, mottled grey, chestnut, and common quaker, small quaker, red swordgrass. A red squirrel crossed the road as we headed to get some hot food to thaw out before heading to Burghhead, I had a brief view of a white billed diver and some bottled nosed dolphins. The nearby Glaucous gull was nowhere to be seen so we tried our luck at Loch Oire where the drake ring necked duck was present. We headed back south to search for Rannoch brindled beauty again, A male was located quickly and a short while we located another. Our moth targets located we headed to Loch of the Lowes which shuts at 5pm (since when) so we got 30 mins, on site but had enough time for good views of the female Osprey and some distant whooper swans. Our last stop was at Loch ??? which was in the middle of nowhere but a nice place, here were three ring necked ducks a drake and two ducks. It was time for fuel, food and sleep.

Chips - Central fish and chips, Kinross - Haggis, Chips and Mushy Peas - 8/10


Friday 25th - Cairngorm Captures

Rannoch Sprawler Yellow Horned

After the overnight drive we woke in the borders and had a look for some Black grouse we located two males and a female along with plenty of red grouse, curlew, lapwing, meadow pipit. The sea conditions at Mussleburgh were perfect and we quickly located surf scoter but canoeists disturbed the birds before we could locate the White winged scoter and despite a good search we could not locate it in the time available. A stop in Edinburgh for the ring billed gull was unsuccessful so we headed north to an area south of the Cairngorms. Here we searched for hours for Rannoch brindled beauty without success the only sighting was a couple of roe deer. We headed up Cairngorm for a quick look, the reindeer were distant and the highlight was a pool full of mating frogs. Loch Garten was shut for some unknown reason despite the posted opening hours suggesting that it should be open. Time for chips before heading to Insh Marshes to a night of moth trapping. The first check had our target of the very rare Rannoch Sprawler we did another check before midnight and got some sleep.

Chips - Smiffy's, Aviemore - Haggis and Chips - 7.5/10


Monday 21st - Garden Moth Catchup

Nut Tree Tussock

I ran the traps last week and overnight, finally double figures last week, silver Y, clouded drab, oak beauty, hebrew character, common, small and double twin spot quaker. Last night nut tree tussock, early thorn, hebrew character, common and small quaker, lead coloured drab, march moth


Sunday 20th - Maltreath Miss

Stonechat

We headed home and took a quick look for the cattle egret that was near where we were staying but we could not find it. The last stop was at Maltreath pond where a nice selection of waders was present but no sign of any of the previous nights garganey but there were some areas of limited visibility.


Saturday 19th - Welsh Woes

opposite leaved saxifrage

A day of mostly non wildlife stuff on Anglesey but I did try for the ring necked duck on Cefni Reservoir, I could not locate it, but half the reservoir was in direct sunlight and was almost impossible to search. I did get a Weasel crossing the track and a nice patch of opposite leaved saxifrage near the car park on a rather lovely spring day.


Friday 18th - Great Orme Goats

Kashmir Goat

A day of mostly non wildlife stuff on Anglesey but I did try for the ring necked duck on Cefni Reservoir, I could not locate it, but half the reservoir was in direct sunlight and was almost impossible to search. I did get a Weasel crossing the track and a nice patch of opposite leaved saxifrage near the car park on a rather lovely spring day.


Tuesday 15th - Garden Goodies

Badger

I kept an eye out in the garden this evening, one of the regular muntjacs put in an appearance but I was after badgers, one turned up before midnight and I got a couple of photos and left it be eating the peanuts I had put out. A brief brown rat eluded the camera before I called it a night.


Sunday 13th - Nott that Plover Again

White Tailed PloverGlabrous Whitlowgrass

I happened to be in the vicinity of Nottingham so a quick trip to Attenborough Nature Reserve was in order to see Glabrous whitlowgrass. A nice Cetti’s warbler was singing but not much else apart from dog mess and joggers, shame the reserve is a nice place. I had other places to go to but mid afternoon finished up at Frampton Marsh. It started raining as I arrived, but I took a wander anyway ducking into the 360 hide during a heavy shower. Here was a nice selection of waders was present turnstone, dunlin, ruff, little stint, ringed plover, lapwing. Eventually the rain eased and I headed out where eventually the white tailed plover was located in some reeds not showing very well and it was time to head home.

Thursday 10th - Garden Mothing

Red Chestnut

I dusted off the moth traps in the garden for the first time in a while. The result was pretty mediocre march moth, hebrew character x2, common quaker x2, oak beauty, red chestnut, and dark chestnut still its a start.


 

February

Sunday 27th - Derbyshire

Hairy Whitlowgrass

I headed Derbyshire for one of the early flowering plants. Hairy Whitlowgrass is pretty scarce but I had been given a couple of sites to try. The first in Castleton did not have any but I did get some flowering opposite leaved saxifrage. The second site was smaller and easier to search but I quickly found at least a dozen plants in flower.


Saturday 26th - And Finally Some Otters

OtterRed Breatsed Gosse

I headed to the Brecks once more, this time I was beaten to the area by a few birders. I quickly lost them and after about 30 mins I heard geese alarming, I caught up with them and they we unhappy about the two otters feeding in the river. I followed the mother and cub for 45 mins and they showed extreemly well on what was a lovely morning. With nothing else doing I headed for the coast where the Red Breasted goose was showing well with a flock of brent geese. I popped into Titchwell for the usual stuff before heading to Hunstanton for Chips.

Chips - Henry's, Hunstanton - Cod Bites and Chips - 8/10


Sunday 20th - Some Small Mammals

Pygmy Shrew

The final tally of small mammals was 13 wood mice, 3 common shrews, 1 pygmy shrew, 3 bank voles and 3 yellow necked mice. Low as a trap percentage but given the time of year not too bad. My guests seemed to be pleased with the catch but no water shrew or harvest mouse.


Saturday 19th - Soaked Setup

Scarlet Elf Cup

I was setting up 100 small mammal traps at my little nature reserve, the weather was terrible heavy rain for most of the afternoon. It stopped briefly and I had a nice sparrowhawk pass right by me on one of its hunting sorties. A woodcock was flushed from the wood and I found a scarlet Elf Cup as I setup which was the only other thing of note. 30 traps were added when Mike Richardson turned up.


Saturday 12th - Yankee Robin

American Robin

I headed to Eastbourne along with most of the birding community to see the rather showy American Robin. It did put on a good show in sunny but blustery conditions. I took a trip down to the coast in Eastbourne to see the less showy Hume's warbler the weather conditions keeping it hunkered down. I did some other stuff for the rest of the day.

Chips - Woodingdean Fish Bar, Woodingdean - Battered Saveloy and Chips - 8/10


Saturday 5th - Bits in the Brecks

Daphne merezeum

Another morning visit to the Brecks while still dark, some nice views of the lesser spotted woodpeckers but no sign of any otters. It was a pleasant enough morning despite the lack of sightings. I made a stop on the way home for some Daphne merezeum a very early flowering shrub pretty scarce locally. It was already flowering and brightened up the day.

Chips - Historic Chips, Lakenheath - Saveloy and Chips - 8/10


 

January

Sunday 30th - Some Nice Work Stuff

A Night in my Garden

I was working again today, but being quite at work made for some nice wildlife viewing from my work window of the fox twice, muntjac, grey squirrel, rabbit and a nice selection of birds on the feeders and plenty of action round and about such as a flock of redwings and fieldfares. A walk round my little nature reserve during a break I managed to find a few ladybirds Orange, 7 spot, 10 spot and Rhyzobius chrysomeloides and a hawthorn shieldbug. A nice barn owl on the way home was a bonus.


Tuesday 25th - Oh What a Night

A Night in my Garden

There is plenty of mammal activity in my garden most nights, so tonight I put together a selection of clips showing some of the mammal coming and goings. Brown Rat, Muntjac, Badger and red fox all putting in an appearance. Here is a list of timings when they arrived.

A Night in my Garden


Sunday 23rd - Back to Bird Ringing

Long Tailed Tit

Some more bird ringing at my little nature reserve was mostly blue tits, a few great and long tailed tits, some goldfinches, chaffinches, dunnock, robin, blackbird and a magpie. I had a brief look for ladybirds and managed to find 7 and 10 spot and some harlequins.


Saturday 22nd - Bleak Brecks

Mandarin

I spent the whole morning looking for otters but nothing, it was a lovely morning with plenty of siskin and a few mandarin ducks but little else and at midday I headed for home.


Sunday 9th - Bird Ringing

Siskin

Bird Ringing at My little nature reserve this morning had some interesting species, tree creeper, siskin, reed bunting all new rung birds for the site. Plenty of tits, chaffinch, dunnock, wren caught and plenty of retraps for the site on a rather cold morning.


Sunday 2nd - Morning Mice

Wood Mouse

I was woken at 4am by noises in the house, it was the cat that had brought in a wood mouse. I rescued the mouse and put in a tank with some food. This was repeated at 5.30am with another wood mouse. Both were safely released a couple of hours later. The moth trap held just one moth a dark chestnut.


Friday 1st - Breckland Blow Out

Water Rail Brown Rat

I headed out to the Brecks while still dark, a muntjac was the first bit of wildlife to be seen with a barn owl shortly after and a fallow deer alongside the A11. I spent the morning walking round woodlark and lesser spotted woodpecker the only birds of note in very blustery conditions, but I did see a water vole briefly. I headed to Lakenheath RSPB for a few hours but it was very quiet, a few distant marsh harriers but little else apart from a showy water rail and a brown rat under the feeders. I popped into my little nature reserve to fill up feeders etc. on the way home. Almost home I stopped for a bat flying round, bat detector in the boot and quickly identified as a soprano pipistrelle and a roe deer on the edge of the village finished the day.

Chips - Historic Chips, Lakenheath - Saveloy and Chips - 8/10


 

2021 Review

Mammals

Walrus

A very different year as expected, no bat work at all but I managed to connect with 43 species of mammals this year and photographed most of them. Some nice encounters with Polecats, and the garden Badgers. In my little reserve I added two species house mouse and mink. But I was amazed to finally catch up with the walrus clearly the highlight of the year but I also added three other new UK mammal species to my list sei whale and two vagrant bats Kuhl's pipistrelle and Geoffroy's bat, a pretty good mammal year.

Birds

Black browed albatross

A poor year with only 183 species seen, I focussed on other taxa this year hence the low count. Some highlights were river warbler, roller, collared pratincole, white tailed plover to name a few, along with the new species I caught up with were Northern mockingbird, Green warbler, Two barred warbler, Red necked stint, long toed stint, belted kingfisher and the highlight of the year black browed albatross.

Other Wildlife and Trips

Ornate Shieldbug Fringed Gentian Beautiful Marbled

Following up on my other areas of interest I had a great year with some nice new Shieldbugs the highlights were Blue and ornate shieldbugs and cryptic leatherbug and I caught up with scaly cricket finally. I had a cracking moth year trapping at home and work regularly as well as regular mobile trapping in the Brecks and at Chippenham Fen. I also did some mobile trapping further a field in Scotland a couple of times and with James Hunter at a few places in the south catching some super moths Beautiful Marbled, Clifden Nonpareil, Convulvous hawkmoth, Southern chestnut, saxon, flame brocade, portland ribband wave, portland rustic, straw belle, pale yellow sallow, goat moth, Lemske's Gold Spot, brindled beauty and many more.

My 100 new plant project went well seeing well over 100 new species again this year such as Suffolk lungwort, Teesdale violet, Teesdale Sandwort, Rock Cinquefoil, Arctic Sandwort, Long Headed Clover, Alpine enchanters nightshade, Rough Mallow, Issler's Clubmoss, Norwegian Mugwort, Large Yellow Sedge, Alpine Milk Vetch, Diapensia and many more and I will try to do this again this year. The highlight was to finally see fringed gentian I had tried lots over the last few years but had not been sucessfull until now, plant of the year.

Trip wise everything was cancelled so I did all my wildlife watching in the UK


Catch up with the 2021 blog

 
 
 
 

2022 Targets

Green when Seen

  • Weather Earthstar
  • Elegant Earthstar
  • Boat Bug
  • Pipewort
  • Marsh Carpet
  • Oblong Woodsia
  • Field Cricket
  • Cornish Moneywort
  • Highland Cudweed
  • WAlpine Rush
  • Narrow-leaved Water-dropwort
  • Scarce tortoise sheldbug
  • Greater Streaked shieldbug
  • Netted Carpet
  • Rannoch Brindled Beauty
  • Welsh Groundsel
  • Purple ramping fumitory
  • Hayley Elm
  • Wood tiger
  • Perennial centaury
  • Twin headed clover
  • Wish List

    Green when Seen

  • Ladybird Spider
  • Red cage Fungus
  • Iceland Purslane
  • Heather Shieldbug
  • Cow Wheat shieldbug
  • Perennial Centaury
  • Highland Cudweed
  • 13 Spot Ladybird
  • Bee Beetle
  • Blue Heath
  • Purple Coltsfoot
  • Alpine bearberry
  • New Forest Bladder wort
  • Welsh mudwort
  • Marsh moth
  • Butterbur (moth)
  • Manchester treble bar
  • Dusky hooktip
  • Least Adders Tongue
  • WYellow Oxytropis
  • Dune spurge bug
  • Sand runner shieldbug
  • 2022 UK Mammal List (No Target This Year)

    Green when photographed

  • 1 - Wood Mouse
  • 2 - Grey Squirrel
  • 3 - Brown Rat
  • 4 - Muntjac
  • 5 - Fallow Deer
  • 6 - Roe Deer
  • 7 - Soprano Pipistrelle
  • 8 - Red Fox
  • 9 - Hedgehog
  • 10 - Badger
  • 11 - Rabbit
  • 12 - Brown Hare
  • 13 - Water Vole
  • 14 - Common Shrew
  • 15 - Pygmy Shrew
  • 16 - Yellow necked Mouse
  • 17 - Bank Vole
  • 18 - Otter
  • 19 - Feral Goat
  • 20 - Weasel
  • 21 - Red Squirrel
  • 22 - Bottle Nosed Dolphin
  • 23 - Red Deer
  • 24 - Chinese Water Deer
  • 25 - European Mole
  • 26 - Stoat
  • 27 - Soprano Pipistrelle
  • 28 - Brown Long Eared Bat
  • 29 - Noctule
  • 30 - Barbastelle
  • 31 - Whiskered Bat
  • 32 - Natterer's Bat
  • 33 - Daubenton's Bat
  • 2022 UK Ladybird Year List

    Green when photographed

  • 1 - Harlequin
  • 2 - 7 Spot Ladybird
  • 3 - 10 Spot Ladybird
  • 4 - Rhyzobius chrysomeloides
  • 5 - Orange Ladybird
  • 6 - Scymnus Interuptus
  • 7 - Cream Spotted Ladybird
  • 8 - Pine Ladybird
  • 9 - Cream Streaked Ladybird
  • 10 - 18 Spot Ladybird
  • 11 - Scymnus suturalis
  • 12 - 24 Spot Ladybird
  • 13 - Rhyzobius litura
  • 14 - Nephus redtenbacheri
  • 15 - Scymnus nigrinus
  • 16 - Striped Ladybird
  • 17 - 22 Spot Ladybird
  • 18 - 16 Spot Ladybird
  • 19 - Eyed Ladybird
  • 20 - Red Marsh Ladybird
  • 21 - Adonis Ladybird
  • 22 - 14 Spot Ladybird
  • 23 - Heather Ladybird
  • 24 - Water Ladybird
  • 25 - Dot Ladybird
  • 26 - Oak Ladybird
  • 27 - Ivy Ladybird
  • 500 UK Birds

  • 494 - Asian Desert Warbler
  • 495 - Lammergeier
  • 496 - Tennessee Warbler
  • 497 - Whites Thrush
  • 498 - Pallas's Grasshopper Warbler
  • 499 - Lanceolated warbler
  • 500 - Siberian Thrush
  • 501 - Taiga Flycatcher
  • 502 - Rufous-tailed scrub robin
  • 503 - Crag Martin
  • 504 - Northern Mockingbird
  • 505 - Red Necked Stint
  • 506 - Black Browed Albatross
  • 507 - Green Warbler
  • 508 - Long Toed Stint
  • 509 - Two barred Warbler
  • 510 - Belted Kingfisher
  • 511 - Eleanora’s falcon
  • 512 - Cape gull
  • 100 New Plant Species Photo Project



  • 1 - Hairy Whitlowgrass
  • 2 - Glabrous whitlowgrass
  • 3 - Hairy Woodrush
  • 4 - Soft-leaved sedge
  • 5 - Southern Woodrush
  • 6 - Three Nerved Sandwort
  • 7 - Bulbous Meadow-grass
  • 7 - Stream Water Crowfoot
  • 8 - Tufted Sedge
  • 9 - Distant Sedge
  • 10 - Welsh Ragwort
  • 11 - Purple Ramping Fumitory
  • 12 - Downy fruited sedge
  • 13 - True Fox Sedge
  • 14 - Bladder Sedge
  • 15 - Narrow-leaved Water-dropwort
  • 16 - Bay Willow
  • 17 - Oblong Woodsia
  • 18 - Smooth Stalked Sedge
  • 19 - Toothed Medick
  • 20 - Rootless Duckweed
  • 21 - Balm Leaved Figwort
  • 22 - Twin Headed Clover
  • 23 - Sand Cat's Tail
  • 24 - Bulbous Foxtail
  • 25 - Flat Sedge
  • 26 - Welsh Mudwort
  • 27 - Saltmarsh Flat Sedge
  • 28 - Sharp club-rush
  • 29 - Slender Spike-rush
  • 30 - Bristle club-rush
  • 31 - Grass-wrack Pondweed
  • 32 - Pale Sedge
  • 33 - Northern Spike Rush
  • 34 - Yellow Oxytropis
  • 35 - Alpine Blue Sow Thistle
  • 36 - Black alpine sedge
  • 37 - Alpine rush
  • 38 - Scandinavian small reed
  • 39 - Tufted Sedge
  • 40 - Scottish Dock
  • 41 - Mountain Willow

  • 50 New Moth Species Photo Project


  • 1 - Rannoch Sprawler
  • 2 - Rannoch Brindled Beauty
  • 3 - Mottled Grey
  • 4 - Yellow Horned
  • 5 - Barred tooth Striped
  • 6 - Ypsolopha ustella
  • 7 - Frosted green
  • 8 - Esperia sulphurella
  • 9 - Seraphim
  • 10 - Pinion-spotted Pug
  • 11 - Bluebell Conch
  • 12 - Autumn Webworm
  • 13 - Eulia ministrana
  • 14 - Little Thorn
  • 15 - Wood Tiger
  • 16 - Grey Carpet
  • 17 - Thisanotia chrysonuchella
  • 18 - Argolamprotes micella
  • 19 - Oecophora bractella
  • 20 - Blomer's Rivulet
  • 21 - Dichomeris ustalella
  • 22 - Dusky Plume
  • 23 - Scarce Hook-tip
  • 24 - Nemapogon koenigi
  • 25 - Ancylosis oblitella
  • 26 - Purple bordered gold
  • 27 - Phiaris palustrana
  • 28 - Scarce Silver Y
  • 29 - Plumed fan-foot
  • 30 - Dusky Peacock
  • 31 - Horse Chestnut
  • 32 - Mustima nitidalis


  • 2022 Bird Race

    No Particular Order

  • 1.    Barn Owl
  • 2.    Corncrake
  • 3.    Sedge Warblers
  • 4.    Lapwing
  • 5.    Avocet
  • 6.    Moorhen
  • 7.    Coot
  • 8.    Gadwall
  • 9.    Mallard
  • 10.  Greylag Goose
  • 11.  Shelduck
  • 12.  Black-tailed Godwit
  • 13.  Bittern
  • 14.  Whooper Swans
  • 15.  Redshank
  • 16.  Spotted Crake
  • 17.  Water Rails
  • 18.  Woodpigeon
  • 19.  Nightingale.
  • 20.  Tawny Owl
  • 21.  Pheasant
  • 22.  Robin
  • 23.  Skylarks
  • 24.  Stonechat.
  • 25.  Stone Curlew
  • 26.  Cuckoo
  • 27.  Song Thrush
  • 28.  Carrion Crow
  • 29.  Blackbird
  • 30.  Wren
  • 31.  Blackcap
  • 32.  Reed Warbler
  • 33.  Whitethroat
  • 34.  Garden Warbler
  • 35.  Egyptian Geese
  • 36.  Cetti’s Warbler
  • 37.  Mute Swan
  • 38.  Canada Goose
  • 39.  Shoveler
  • 40.  Tufted Duck,
  • 41.  Black-headed Gull
  • 42.  Lesser Black-backed Gull
  • 43.  .Jackdaw
  • 44.  Blue Tit
  • 45.  Great Tit
  • 46.  Rook
  • 47.  Reed Bunting
  • 48.  Grey Heron
  • 49.  Ruff
  • 50.  Teal
  • 51.  Greenshank
  • 52.  Garganey
  • 53.  Hobby
  • 54.  Kingfisher
  • 55.  Marsh Harriers
  • 56.  Cormorant
  • 57.  Jay
  • 58.  Herring Gull
  • 59.  Common Buzzard
  • 60.  Stock Dove
  • 61.  Goldfinch
  • 62.  Chiffchaff
  • 63.  Red-legged Partridges.
  • 64.  Greenfinch,
  • 65.  Collared Dove
  • 66.  Magpie
  • 67.  Swallows
  • 68.  Mistle Thrush
  • 69.  Starling
  • 70.  House Sparrow
  • 71.  Feral Pigeon
  • 72.  Mandarin Duck
  • 73.  Grey Wagtail
  • 74.  Great Spotted Woodpecker
  • 75.  Nuthatch
  • 76.  Coal Tit
  • 77.  Dunnock
  • 78.  Chaffinch
  • 79.  Long-tailed Tit
  • 80.  Goldcrest
  • 81.  Marsh Tit
  • 82.  Siskins
  • 83.  Firecrest
  • 84.  Treecreeper
  • 85.  Willow Warblers
  • 86.  Tree Pipit
  • 87.  Woodlark
  • 88.  Great Crested Grebes
  • 89.  Sand Martins
  • 90.  House Martin
  • 91.  Pied Wagtail
  • 92.  Linnets
  • 93.  Kestrel
  • 94.  Oystercatchers
  • 95.  Yellowhammer
  • 96.  Little Egret
  • 97.  Wigeon
  • 98.  Red Kite
  • 99.  Bearded Tit
  • 100. Curlew
  • 101. Dunlin
  • 102. Peregrine
  • 103. Ringed Plover
  • 104. Turnstones
  • 105. Bar-tailed Godwits
  • 106. White Wagtail
  • 107. Great Black-backed Gull
  • 108. Whimbrel
  • 109. Common Terns
  • 110. Pintail
  • 111. Little Terns
  • 112. Caspian Gull
  • 113. Sandwich Tern
  • 114. Common Scoters
  • 115. Mediterranean Gull
  • 116. Common Gull
  • 117. Gannet
  • 118. Meadow Pipit
  • 119. Spoonbills
  • 120. Little Grebe
  • 121. Common Sandpipers
  • 122. Sparrowhawk
  • 123. Red-breasted Goose
  • 124. Dark-bellied Brent Geese
  • 125. Lesser Whitethroat
  • 126. Little Ringed Plover
  • 127. Wood Sandpiper
  • 128. Barnacle Geese
  • 129. Great White Egret
  • 130. Pink-footed Geese
  • 131. Corn Buntings
  • 132. Swift
  • 133. Pochard
  • 134. Little Gull
  • 135. Yellow-legged Gull
  • 136. Temminck’s Stint
  • 137. Grey Plover
  • 138. Sanderling
  • 139. Knot
  • 140. Kittiwakes
  • 141. Grey Partridge
  • 142. Wheatears
  • 143. Dotterel
  • 144. Fulmar
  • 145. Bullfinch
  • 146. Turtle Dove
  • 147. Tree Sparrow
  • Plus Pale Bellied Brent Goose

    The Chip Count

    Chips 16
    Fish 1
    Fishcake 1
    Battered / Sausage 4
    Saveloy 4
    Spring Roll
    Pickled Egg 1
    Cheese and Onion Fritter 2
    Mushy Peas / Fritter 3
    Spam Fritter
    Haggis 2
    Mac n Cheese bites
    Pizza
    Parmo
    Burger 2
    John Bull
    Onion Rings 1
    Ice Cream 2

    2021 Total
    Chips 34
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