Thursday, 31 December 2009

End Of Year Review 2009

Here is my 2009 year list in full. Birds in red capitals are UK lifers and in blue Herts lifers.

  1. Mute Swan
  2. Whooper Swan
  3. Bewick's Swan
  4. Pink-Footed Goose
  5. Eurasian White-Fronted Goose
  6. Greylag Goose
  7. Canada Goose
  8. Dark-Bellied Brent Goose
  9. Black Brant
  10. Ruddy Shelduck
  11. Shelduck
  12. Egyptian Goose
  13. Mandarin Duck
  14. Wigeon
  15. Gadwall
  16. Teal
  17. Mallard
  18. Pintail
  19. Garganey
  20. Shoveler
  21. Red-Crested Pochard
  22. Pochard
  23. Tufted Duck
  24. Eider
  25. Common Scoter
  26. Velvet Scoter
  27. Goldeneye
  28. Smew
  29. Goosander
  30. Red-Breasted Merganser
  31. Ruddy Duck
  32. Red-Legged Partridge
  33. Grey Partridge
  34. Pheasant
  35. Red-Throated Diver
  36. Black-Throated Diver
  37. Little Grebe
  38. Great-Crested Grebe
  39. Black-Necked Grebe
  40. Fulmar
  41. Manx Shearwater
  42. Balearic Shearwater
  43. Gannet
  44. Cormorant
  45. Shag
  46. Bittern
  47. Cattle Egret
  48. Little Egret
  49. Grey Heron
  50. Honey Buzzard
  51. Red Kite
  52. Marsh Harrier
  53. Sparrowhawk
  54. Buzzard
  55. Kestrel
  56. Merlin
  57. Hobby
  58. Peregrine Falcon
  59. Water Rail
  60. Moorhen
  61. Coot
  62. Oystercatcher
  63. Avocet
  64. Collared Pratincole
  66. Little-Ringed Plover
  67. Ringed Plover
  68. Dotterel
  69. Golden Plover
  70. Grey Plover
  71. Lapwing
  72. Knot
  73. Sanderling
  74. Little Stint
  75. Temminck's Stint
  76. Curlew Sandpiper
  77. Dunlin
  78. Ruff
  79. Snipe
  80. Woodcock
  81. Black-Tailed Godwit
  82. Bar-Tailed Godwit
  83. Whimbrel
  84. Curlew
  85. Spotted Redshank
  86. Redshank
  87. Greenshank
  88. Green Sandpiper
  89. Common Sandpiper
  90. Turnstone
  91. Pomarine Skua
  92. Arctic Skua
  93. Mediterranean Gull
  94. Little Gull
  95. Black-Headed Gull
  96. Common Gull
  98. Herring Gull
  99. Glaucous Gull
  101. Lesser Black-Backed Gull
  102. Great Black-Backed Gull
  103. Little Tern
  105. Black Tern
  107. White-Winged Black Tern
  108. Sandwich Tern
  109. Common Tern
  110. Arctic Tern
  111. Guillemot
  112. Razorbill
  113. Puffin
  114. Feral Pigeon
  115. Stock Dove
  116. Woodpigeon
  117. Collared Dove
  118. Ring-Necked Parakeet
  119. Cuckoo
  120. Barn Owl
  121. Little Owl
  122. Tawny Owl
  123. Long-Eared Owl
  124. Swift
  125. Kingfisher
  126. Hoopoe
  127. Green Woodpecker
  128. Great-Spotted Woodpecker
  129. Lesser-Spotted Woodpecker
  131. Skylark
  132. Sand Martin
  133. Swallow
  134. House Martin
  135. Tree Pipit
  136. Meadow Pipit
  137. Rock Pipit
  138. Scandinavian Rock Pipit
  139. Water Pipit
  140. Yellow Wagtail
  142. Grey Wagtail
  143. White Wagtail
  144. Pied Wagtail
  145. Wren
  146. Dunnock
  147. Robin
  148. Nightingale
  149. Black Redstart
  150. Redstart
  151. Stonechat
  152. Wheatear
  153. Greenland Wheatear
  154. Blackbird
  155. Fieldfare
  156. Song Thrush
  157. Redwing
  158. Mistle Thrush
  159. Cetti's Warbler
  160. Grasshopper Warbler
  161. Sedge Warbler
  162. Marsh Warbler
  163. Reed Warbler
  164. Blackcap
  165. Garden Warbler
  166. Lesser Whitethroat
  167. Whitethroat
  168. Chiffchaff
  170. Willow Warbler
  171. Goldcrest
  172. Firecrest
  174. Bearded Tit
  175. Log-Tailed Tit
  176. Blue Tit
  177. Great Tit
  178. Coal Tit
  179. Willow Tit
  180. Marsh Tit
  181. Nuthatch
  182. Treecreeper
  184. Jay
  185. Magpie
  186. Jackdaw
  187. Rook
  188. Carrion Crow
  189. Raven
  190. Starling
  191. House Sparrow
  192. Tree Sparrow
  193. Chaffinch
  194. Brambling
  195. Greenfinch
  196. Goldfinch
  197. Siskin
  198. Linnet
  199. Twite
  200. Lesser Redpoll
  201. Crossbill
  202. Bullfinch
  204. Yellowhammer
  205. Reed Bunting
  206. Corn Bunting

Back Garden - 31.12.09

2 Robins, a House Sparrow and the Collared Dove visited the garden today.

Back Garden - 30.12.09

A Woodpigeon joined the Collared Dove on the feeders today along with 3 Blue Tits.

Tuesday, 29 December 2009

Back Garden - 29.12.09

3 Fieldfares flew over around 10am then an hour later 7 Long-Tailed Tits flew onto the feeders only to be chased away by a Blue Tit. A Collared Dove stuffed its face for 5 mins on the seed provided.

Monday, 28 December 2009

Back Garden - 28.12.09

Presumably the same House Sparrow returned to the feeders and a Grey Wagtail sat on the shed roof for a few seconds before flying off.

Back Garden - 27.12.09

News of a Bittern at Hilfield Reservoir got me going for a few seconds until I remembered i'd got my son for the weekend so i'd have to put it out of my mind! A male House Sparrow on the feeders in the garden was the first of its kind to visit. A few Blue Tits were also seen.

Saturday, 26 December 2009

Back Garden - 26.12.09

A Collared Dove on the seed tray feeder was the first of its species to visit the back garden and a couple of Robins had a bit of handbags at 10 paces over who got to feed on the spilt seed!

New Arrival - 25.12.09

Christmas dinner at 8pm, presents opened at 9pm and 30+ Redwings and a Cormorant over Watford Football Club can only mean 1 thing! My future step-daughter gave birth to a baby girl on the 23rd and I spent most of Christmas day looking out of the top floor window of the maternity ward at Watford Hospital waiting for them to be allowed home!

The only other bird of note was a Goldcrest singing in the back garden.

Friday, 25 December 2009

Cassiobury Park - 24.12.09

Well as it's now just into the 25th - HAPPY CHRISTMAS!!

Yesterdays highlights were 2 Cormorants flying over the river, 6 Fieldfares over the council yard and 3 Sparrowhawks. 1 (probably the same as the last 2 days) by the river and a pair over the council yard showing off nicely the size difference between the sexes.

Wednesday, 23 December 2009

Cassiobury Park - 23.12.09

An excellent day in the park started off with 4 Bullfinches near the toilet block and a Sparrowhawk in virtually the same place as yesterday.

I then bumped into a couple i'd met before who bird the park occasionally and they said they were looking for the Kingfisher and some Siskins but had missed both so far. Within 10 seconds of them carrying on their jourey 3 Siskins flew over their heads without them realising then the Kingfisher flew into view by the rustic bridge and started bashing a fish to death!

I then had a quick look at the cress beds next to the fishing lake and found 2 Canada Geese, 6 Teal and 60+ Black-Headed Gulls. Then on the walk back towards the car park a Fox jumped out of nowhere and scared me half to death followed by a Great-Spotted Woodpecker drumming on the very top branch of a tree.

Probably the best birds of the day flew West over the car park. I heard the call of Fieldfare and as I looked up 5 flew over but behind them were 3 Lapwing which without old records to hand I think are pretty rare for the park.

Finally it was noticable that Wrens had become more obvious with at least 12 birds dotted around the park, mainly by the unfrozen river edges and 2 Common Gulls made it onto the list.

Tuesday, 22 December 2009

Cassiobury Park - 22.12.09

Highlight of the day was a Water Rail obviously forced out of hiding by the snow. A Little Owl started calling at 2.45pm and a Skylark, Fieldfare and Sparrowhawk flew over during the day and a Stock Dove put in an appearance aswell.

On the way home I noted 60+ Redwings eating berries behind the Total garage on St.Albans road near TK Maxx/Homebase.

Monday, 21 December 2009

Cassiobury Park - 21.12.09

The shortest day saw me in the park reducing a large Hawthorn hedge. A Lesser Redpoll flew low over my head just before midday a couple of Ring-Necked Parakeets went over aswell and a Sparrowhawk flew through the council yard being mobbed by 2 Carrion Crows.

Back Garden again - 20.12.09

Blue and Great Tits were the order of the day again with the only different bird being a Herring Gull over.

Saturday, 19 December 2009

Back Garden - 19.12.09

A couple of Blue and Great Tits joined about 10 Starlings on the feeders.

Cassiobury Park - 18.12.09

A very snowy day with up to 4 inches in places where it had drifted. Yesterdays heard possible Siskin flock was found along the canal and contained around 40 birds. 12 Moorhens were feeding along the river and around 40+ Redwing were around the park. A Lesser Redpoll flew over the cafe mid afternoon and 2 Skylarks and 2 Meadow Pipits also flew over presumably moved by the snow.

Thursday, 17 December 2009

Cassiobury Park - 17.12.09

A singing Mistle Thrush, 2 Ring-Necked Parakeets, a Sparrowhawk and the sound of a possible largish flock of Siskins were in Cassiobury Park.

Wednesday, 16 December 2009

Around Watford (again!) - 16.12.09

A very cold and frosty start was brightened up by a small flock of 5 Bullfinches at Riverside Rec off of Riverside Road. Later in the snow 20+ Fieldfares flew over KGV Playing Fields with 3 Redwings for company. Then while driving home a newly fledged Feral Pigeon was on the small path underneath the Town Hall roundabout (underpass). It must have been thinking why was I born now and not in the summer!!

Tuesday, 15 December 2009

Tits galore!! - 15.12.09

A quick lookof my feeders this morning saw 3+ Blue Tits, 1 Great Tit and at least 1 possibly 2 Coal Tits. A Robin and Dunnock also paid a visit.

Monday, 14 December 2009

Garden Birding - 14.12.09

After a mornings Christmas shopping with only 15 Herring Gulls over Watford High Street as any sort of a birding highlight it wasn't until I got home that and excitement happened. Within 2 minutes of getting through the front door a tit flcok went through the garden briefly stopping off on my feeders. A couple each of Blue and Great Tits were joined by 6 Long-Tailed Tits and a singing Goldcrest.

Sunday, 13 December 2009

Lazy Sunday - 13.12.09

A Grey Wagtail in the garden for 30 seconds was a nice surprise this morning. Later a trip to the shops saw a few Mallard on the river infront of Tesco's in Watford along with a few Feral Pigeons and Black-Headed Gulls.

Saturday, 12 December 2009

Hilfield Reservoir - 12.12.09

A noon start saw me heading towards Tring Reservoirs but the A41 was shut at the Chesham turn off and the minor roads were chocka block so instead I headed for Hilfield Reservoir. Unfortunately no Mediterranean Gulls were on show in the roost but 3 Goldeneyes (1 male) were my first of the Winter. A Buzzard flew over and put up 16 Lapwings from nearby fields which didn't know which way to fly!

Friday, 11 December 2009

Apologies - 11.12.09

The header on my blog says giving you all my latest sightings no matter how dull they are, but I didn't realise just how dull it could get! The star bird of the day was a Stock Dove in Cassiobury Park! 2 Grey Wagtails, 2 Green Woodpeckers and 4 Ring-Necked Parakeets were the other sightings!

I hope to get out and about over the weekend so watch this space!

Thursday, 10 December 2009

Around Watford - 10.12.09

6 Cormorants flying over KGV playing fields and a Fieldfare this morning, 3 Grey Wagtails in Cassiobury Park and 8 Ring-Necked Parakeets in a tree in Paddock Road allotments, Oxhey this afternoon were the highlights.

Wednesday, 9 December 2009

Gulls Galore (not quite)! - 9.12.09

First thing there were 130+ Black-Headed Gulls in Cassiobury Park aswell as 3 Great-Spotted Woodpeckers, a Green Woodpecker and 2 Ring-Necked Parakeets. 7 Herring Gulls flew over Callowland Rec most likely towards the Hilfield Reservoir roost and just as I was about to open the door at home a Sparrowhawk glided over towards Woodside.

Tuesday, 8 December 2009

More Redwings - 8.12.09

Lots of small flocks of Redwings around Watford and Oxhey and a Ring-Necked Parakeet heard were the lowlights of today!

Woodpecker Minute - 7.12.09

After a non eventful weekend bird wise it was back to work today and a morning of cleaning leaves from bowling green gutters at Oxhey Grange! Not exciting incase your wondering! A singing Mistle Thrush accompanied my morning cuppa as did 2 Great-Spotted Woodpeckers chasing each other around a tree followed by a Green Woodpecker in the same tree a minute later! Later 18 Redwings flew over Callowland bowling green.

I forgot to mention a Little Egret in Cassiobury Park this afternoon aswell!

Friday, 4 December 2009

Watford/Oxhey - 4.12.09

If it wasn't for the frost on the floor I could have been mistaken it was Summer! 2 Singing Mistle Thrushes, 1 Singing Song Thrush and a summer plumaged Black-Headed Gull were all seen/heard today! Also seen today were 9 Siskin and 2 Little Owls.

Thursday, 3 December 2009

Watford Again - 3.12.09

10 Ring-Necked Parakeets flew over Cassiobury Park first thing plus 8 Fieldfares flew out of a tree near the tennis courts. 18 more Fieldfares flew over Paddock Road Depot in Oxhey in the afternoon.

Wednesday, 2 December 2009

Slightly less quiet! - 2.12.09

A Song Thrush in song as I got out the car this morning was a nice start followed by a few Redwings and a small tit flock which held at least 1 Nuthatch. A calling RN Parakeet finished the day off.

Tuesday, 1 December 2009

Around Town - 1.12.09

Well a new month but still the same old birds! 10 Redwings over the yard first thing were followed by a Grey Wagtail flying over the Happy Hour pub near Oxhey. Then this afternoon 4 Ring-Necked Parakeets were seen in a back garden on Wilcot Road also near Oxhey and a Sparrowhawk being mobbed by Feral Pigeons near Leavsden Studios on the way home.