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2018


 

 

 

January 2018


 

 

River Thames, Purfleet, Essex (observations from my window)

 

Jan 14th

Wigeon (4), Teal (3), Marsh Harrier (ad m), Avocet (26), Golden Plover (51), Lapwing (459), Ringed Plover (13), Dunlin (812), Redshank (14), Yellow-legged Gull (1).

 

Jan 13th

Golden Plover (43) at dusk.

 

Jan 10th

Shelduck (1), Wigeon (2), Teal (3), Golden Plover (93), Lapwing (417), Dunlin (762), Redshank (31), Stock Dove (6), Linnet (28).

 

Jan 9th

Wigeon (4), Teal (4), Lapwing (367), Dunlin (753), Redshank (10).

 

Jan 8th

Gadwall (2), Wigeon (21), Lapwing (323), Dunlin (107), Redshank (5).

 

Jan 7th

Shelduck (1), Teal (25), Marsh Harrier (ad m), Lapwing (221), Curlew (2), Dunlin (144), Redshank (7), Rook (14), Long-tailed Tit (6), Fieldfare (1).

 

 

 

Jan 14th

Coldharbour Lane, Rainham Marshes, Essex: Bearded Reedling (2), Yellowhammer (1), Cetti's Warblers singing.

 

Jan 6th

Loch Libo, Renfrewshire, Clyde: 49 Whooper Swans (counted from train).

 

Ayrshire

Jan 5th

Kilmarnock-Irvine: A cycle from Kilmarnock to Irvine and back produced 88 species including Iceland Gull, Pink-footed Goose, Whooper Swan, Water Rail, Black Guillemot, Red-throated Diver, Eider, Dipper & Kingfisher.

Chronoloigical order:

Knockentiber-Springside disused railway line: Starling, House Sparrow, Jackdaw, Robin, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Dipper (singing, Carmel Water), Blue Tit, Wood Pigeon, Great Tit, Blackbird, Bullfinch, Long-tailed Tit (12), Goldcrest, Fieldfare (131), Magpie, Yellowhammer, Meadow Pipit, Kingfisher, Herring Gull, Grey Heron, Greylag Goose, (11W, 15SW), Redwing (119), Carrion Crow, Dunnock, Mallard (26), Treecreeper, Sparrowhawk (f), Chaffinch, Rook, Collared Dove, Song Thrush, Siskin (2), Goldfinch, Buzzard, Dunnock, Tree Sparrow, Raven (pr), Stock Dove (4), Skylark, Feral Pigeon, Pink-footed Goose (36), Grey Wagtail.

Capringstone: Goldeneye (1st-w m, 2ff), Wigeon (120+), Teal (85+), Mute Swan, Canada Goose, Mallard (20), Snipe (4), Grey Heron, Curlew (21), Grey Wagtail, Magpie (13), Black-headed Gull, Coal Tit.

Dreghorn Crematorium: Whooper Swan (4 ads, 2 juvs), Common Gull.

Dreghorn old pit bing (Holmsford Bridge-Long Drive/River Irvine): Grey Wagtail, Pheasant (3), Meadow Pipit (10).

Shewalton sand pit/Oldhall Pools: Moorhen, Water Rail, Tufted Duck, Whooper Swan (pr + juv), Mute Swan (pr + juv), Great Black-backed Gull, Coot, Little Grebe, Iceland Gull (1st-cy), Lesser Black-backed Gull, Cormorant.

Gailes: Kestrel

Irvine beach park: Stonechat, Mistle Thrush, Siskin (60+), Greenfinch.

Irvine harbour mouth/Bogside: Oystercatcher, Shag, Red-breasted Merganser, Redshank, Rock Pipit, Pied Wagtail, Linnet, Turnstone (20), Eider, Guillemot, Dunlin, Ringed Plover (160+), Razorbill, Red-throated Diver (2), Black Guillemot, Lapwing, Sanderling (60), Great Crested Grebe.

Irvine beach park: Oystercatcher (40+), Lesser Redpoll (2), Bullfinch (3).

River Irvine, Holmsford Bridge: Goosander (2).

 

Jan 1st - 2nd

Knockentiber-Springside disused railway line: A survey by bike produced 1778 individuals of 54 species: Jackdaw (462), Rook (378), Fieldfare (141), Starling (107), Blackbird (79), Skylark (66), Yellowhammer (62), Chaffinch (49), Herring Gull (44), House Sparrow (41), Feral Pigeon (37), Magpie (36), Wood Pigeon (34), Robin (25), Redwing (23), Great Tit (18), Carrion Crow (16), Wren (15), Reed Bunting (15), Mallard (14), Dunnock (13), Tree Sparrow (12), Goldfinch (11), Greenfinch (7), Song Thrush (6), Buzzard (5), Bullfinch (5), Siskin (4), Grey Wagtail (3), Lesser Redpoll (3), Common Gull (3), Goldcrest (3), Treecreeper (2), Long-tailed Tit (2), Teal (2), Brambling (2), Stock Dove (2), Lesser Black-backed Gull (1), Raven (1), Grey Heron (1), Coal Tit (1), Snipe (1), Great Spotted Woodpecker (1), Kingfisher (1), Dipper - singing (1), Blackcap (1), Collared Dove (1), Sparrowhawk (1), Mistle Thrush (1), Peregrine  (1), Kestrel (1), Pied Wagtail (1), Woodcock (1).

 

 

 

Gailes, Ayrshire - January 2017   Fraser Simpson

 Gailes-Firth of Clyde-Isle of Arran - January 2017

 

 

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