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December


31st

Tree Sparrow (17), Whooper Swan (7), Fieldfare (247), Skylark (69), Yellowhammer (22), Redwing (127), Blackbird (91), Bullfinch (5), Linnet (21), Goldfinch (14), Snipe (2) & Stock Dove (7), Kilmarnock > Springside Disused Railway Line, Ayrshire.

 

Wigeon (217), Teal (103), & Lapwing (200), Capringstone, Ayrs.

 

Goosander (2 mm), Red-breasted Merganser (m), Great Black-backed Gull (63), Goldeneye (20), Shewalton, Ayrs.

 

Whooper Swan (6 ads), Drybridge, Ayrs.

 

Whooper Swan  (4 ads + 2 juvs) & Wigeon (35), Cunninghamhead, Ayrs.

 

28th

Jack Snipe & Stonechat, Northcraig Reservoir, Ayrshire.

 

 

27th

Smew (ad male), Castle Semple Loch, Renfrewshire.

 

Iceland Gull (ad), Auld Brig, Ayr Ayrshire.

 

 

26th

Peregrine, Bogside, Ayrshire.

 

Mediterranean Gull (ad), Barassie, Ayrs.

 

 

November


7th

Masked Shrike (juv) still at Kilrenny, Fife. Velvet Scoter nearby at Largo Bay plus hundreds of Pink-footed Geese south.

 

 

6th

Yellow Wagtail (1st-W), Brent Goose (4) & Rock Pipit (3-4), Maidens Harbour, Ayrshire.

 

 

5th

Raven (2), Whooper Swan (6), Greylag Goose (6), Fieldfare (200+), Wigeon (46), & Teal (10), Kilmarnock - Springside disused railway line, Ayrshire.

 

Shoveler (2), Wigeon (130), Teal (40), Curlew (37), Carpingstone, Dreghorn, Ayrs. Kingfisher nearby on the Annick Water.

 

 

October


30th

Firecrest, Nuthatch & Ring-necked Parakeet in Sunny Hill Park, Hendon, London..

 

 

17th

Siberian Chiffchaff in Sunny Hill Park, Hendon, London.

 

 

10th

Staines Reservoirs, Surrey: Caspian Gull (1), Little Stint (2), Dunlin (53), Ruff (1), Black-tailed Godwit (3), Ringed Plover (2), Pintail (5), Shelduck (7) and Linnet (150+).

 

 

9th

 

Visible migration over Sunny Hill Park, Hendon, London, 0820-1020h: Redwing (441), Fieldfare (39), Meadow Pipit (52), Skylark (2), House Martin (3), Swallow (1) and Linnet (5). Comma.

 

2nd

Yellow-legged Gull & Kingfisher at Walthamstow Reservoirs. Also Migrant Hawker.

 

 

 

 

September


25th

Sandwich Tern, Yellow-legged Gull & Yellow Wagtail at Walthamstow Reservoirs. Migrant Hawker (3).

 

 

21st

Little Gull (juv), House Martin (200+) at The Round Pond, Kensington Gardens.

 

 

19th

Shelduck (136), Common Sandpiper (19) at Barking Bay. Kingfisher at East India Dock Basin.

 

 

18th

Wheatear (m) in Sunny Hill Park, Hendon.

 

 

12th

Dunlin (2) at Holyfield Goose Field (Crannum Hide), River Lee Country Park, Essex. Also Wigeon (13) and Kingfisher (caught 12 very small fish in 11 minutes), Migrant Hawker (66), Red-eyed Damselfly (4), Common Darter, Common Blue Damselfly.

 

 

11th

Bar-tailed Godwit (2) west over The Wetlands Centre, Barnes WWT. Also Migrant Hawker (22+), Common Darter, and Ruddy Darter.

 

 

6th

Migrant Hawker in Regent's Park at lunchtime.

 

 

5th

Migrant Hawkers and Speckled Woods common in Kenwood Estate, Hampstead Heath.

Migrant Hawker (6+) around Cool Oak Bridge, Brent Reservoir, London plus usual birdlife including Gadwall, Shoveler, Ruddy Duck & Great Crested Grebe.

 

 

 

4th

 

Cornmill Meadows, Waltham Abbey, Essex: Green Sandpiper (1), Kingfisher (1), Migrant Hawker (74), Brown Hawker (3), Common Darter (23+), Ruddy Darter (2), Banded Demoiselle (11+), Blue-tailed Damselfly (34+), Grass Snake (1). Also a Migrant Hawker at Hendon Central tube station.

 

 

2nd

Camley Street Natural Park, King's Cross, London: Migrant Hawker (10+), Common Darter (5+).

 

 

1st

Camley Street Natural Park, King's Cross, London: Migrant Hawker (c10), Brown Hawker (3-4), Common Darter (6+) at lunchtime.

 

 

 

 

 

 

August


31st

Sunny Hill Park, Hendon, London: Single Migrant Hawker and Painted Lady 1920h.

 

 

30th

Finnarts Bay/Garry Wood, Ayrshire: Purple Hairstreak (1), Wall (2) and a Mink at the river mouth.

Knockdolian Hill, Ayrshire: Wall (27), Small Copper (16), Painted Lady (14) plus Grayling, Common Blue, Peacock, Meadow Brown, Red Admiral, Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell, Green-veined White, Small White and Large White.

 

 

 

 

29th

Migrant Hawker at the old Barony Pit site, Ayrshire.

Corsencon Hill forestry, Ayrshire: Emerald Damselfly (45) at two small lochans.

 

 

28th

Changue, Barr, Ayrshire: Peacock (38), Scotch Argus (2), Golden-ringed Dragonfly (1), Common Hawker (3), Black Darter (3), Common Darter and Emerald Damsefly, plus Crossbill, Siskin, and Bullfinch.

 

 

 

27th

Shiel Hill & Burnston Burn, Ayrshire: Scotch Argus (13), Black Darter (4), Common Darter (33), Comon Hawker (7). Skares, Ayrshire: Emerald Damselfly (19).

 

 

23rd

Little Egret at East India Dock Basin, East London, 1925h. Also Mallard (135), Cormorant (21), Tufted Duck (1), Canada Goose, Coot, Moorhen and a Fox family. Kestrel at Canary Wharf.

 

 

21st

 

Staines Reservoirs, Surrey/London: Black Tern (1), Black-necked Grebe (2), Garganey (2), Hobby (1), Turnstone (2), Black-tailed Godwit (22), Greenshank (7), Wood Sandpiper (5), Green Sandpiper (3), Little Ringed Plover (5), Ruff (3), Ringed Plover (20+), Golden Plover (1), Dunlin (13 + 10 south), Snipe (12 + 13 south), Common Sandpiper (9), Redshank (1), Lapwing (abundant), Yellow Wagtail (4). Migrant Hawkers in copula.

 

 

 

11th

Hobby over (from Sunny Hill Park area) Sherrock Gardens, Hendon, London. Also Purple Hairstreak (9) counted at 1850h on three oaks.

 

 

9th

Migrant Hawker in Brampton Grove, Hendon, London.

 

 

4th

Hendon Park, London: Purple Hairstreak (13) counted between 1920 and 2007h. Also (3-4) Migrant Hawkers.

 

 

3rd

Gatekeeper in a garden in Sunningfields Road, and Holly Blue at Hendon Central tube station, London.

 

 

2nd

Little Egret, Green Sandpiper, Kingfisher, Emperor Dragonfly, Red-eyed Damsefly and Southern Hawker at the London Wetlands Centre, Barn Elms WWT.

 

 

1st

Moorfield, Kilmarnock, Ayrshire: Grayling (148), Meadow Brown (1), Small Tortoiseshell (1) and Green-veined White (1).

 

New Cumnock > Dalmellington > Loch Doon, Ayrshire: Scotch Argus - abundant although kept down by the wind. Adder basking on a forest track at Loch Doon.

 

Skares, Ayrshire: Grayling (12), Meadow Brown (4), Common Blue (1), Small Tortoiseshell (3), Emerald, Common Blue, and Azure Damselflies and Common Darter.

 

 

 

 

July


31st

Finnarts Bay, Ayrshire: Purple Hairstreak (3), Wall (3), Peacock (9), Common Blue (8), Ringlet (2), Small Copper (3), Meadow Brown (16), Green-veined White (18), Small White (2), Common Hawker (1), Peregrine, Shag, Sandwich Tern, Raven, and Buzzard.

 

 

Shallochwreck Burn & Currarie Glen, Ayrshire: Probably hundreds of Purple Hairstreak flying. A count of 44 was made around 11 Sessile Oaks sampled in less than 30 minutes. Wall (4), Grayling (18), Ringlet (3), Common Blue (3), Small Copper (3), Green-veined White (36), Meadow Brown (8) and Small Tortoiseshell (4).

 

 

30th

 

Changue, Barr, Ayrshire: Scotch Argus (216), Ringlet (102), Green-veined White (86), Meadow Brown (28), Common Blue (23), Small Totoiseshell (3), Golden-ringed Dragonfly (5), Common Hawker (11), Black Darter (2), Common Darter, Large Red Damselfly, Crossbill (8), Jay (2), and Common Lizard.

 

 

29th

Purple Hairstreak - singles in Sunny Gardens Road and Sunningfields Road, Hendon, London, 1940h.

 

 

28th

Sunny Hill Park, Hendon, London: Purple Hairstreak (27) counted in 13 Oaks in the south side of the park between 1910h and 2010h. One observed flying 30 metres over open grassland to an Elm.

 

 

24th

 

Darlands Lake Nature Reserve & surrounding area, Middlesex: 16 butterfly species > Small Skipper (hundreds), Essex Skipper (hundreds), Large Skipper, Large White, Small White, Green-veined White, Purple Hairstreak, Small Copper, Holly Blue, Red Admiral, Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Comma, Speckled Wood, Gatekeeper (hundreds) and Meadow Brown. Many Six-spot Burnet moths (Zygaena filipendulae). Emperor Dragonfly (1).

 

 

Sunny Hill Park, Hendon, London: Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Large White, Small White, Green-veined White, Purple Hairstreak, Small Copper, Peacock, Speckled Wood, Gatekeeper and Meadow Brown.

 

 

19th

Craigcannochie, Pinwherry, Ayrshire: Ringlet (88), Dark Green Fritillary (1), Golden-ringed Dragonfly (2), Common Hawker (7), Common Darter (2), Large Red Damselfly (3), Jay, Buzzard and Bullfinch (juv), Fox (Ad. & cub).

 

 

Arecleoch Forest, Barrhill, Ayrshire: Dark Green Fritillary (2), Large Skipper (1), Small Heath, Common Blue, Ringlet (42), Golden-ringed Dragonfly, Common Hawker, and Common Darter, Buzzards, Grey Wagtail (b/2), Common Lizard in a patch of Bog Asphodels. Garden Tiger (Arctia caja) moth.

 

Pinbain Burn, Ayrshire: Northern Brown Argus (2), second brood Small Copper (2), Grayling (24), Common Blue, Small Tortoiseshell, Small White, Meadow Brown, Ringlet, Silver-Y, Peregrine, Buzzard, Kestrel, Raven and Gannet.

 

 

18th

Changue, Barr, Ayrshire: Scotch Argus (2), Ringlet (9). Crossbill, Raven, Buzzard, Siskin and Goldcrest noted.

 

Moorfield, Kilmarnock, Ayrshire: Grayling (61). Linnet (3 prs), Yellowhammer (3 singing mm) and Sparrowhawk (m) mobbed by hirundines and Swifts.

 

 

17th

Gailes, Ayrshire: Common Blue (109), Meadow Brown (72), Small Heath (36).

 

 

 

 

May


31st

 

Pinbain Burn, Ayrshire: Rock Pipit displaying, Fulmars nesting, Mallard (f + b/8), Ringed Plover and Oystercatcher nesting on the foreshore and Gannets offshore. Northern Brown Argus (6), Wall Brown (14), Small Copper (2), Peacock (2), Oramge Tip (1), Small White (1), Green-veined White (35+), Large White (1), Golden-ringed Dragonfly, Four-spotted Chaser (2) and Large Red Damselfy on the wing. Masses of Rock-rose (Helianthemum nummularium) flowering.

 

 

Shallochwreck Burn/Currarie Port, Ayrshire: Breeding Shag, several Eider broods and several Peregrine kill remains, Black Guillemot and Gannet offshore, Wall Brown (4), Small Copper (4), Green-veined White (50+). Wild (feral) Goat (27). Many spikes of Heath Spotted Orchid (Dactylorhiza maculata).

 

 

30th

 

Allantonplains Wood, Ayrshire: Redpolls singing. Small Heath (4), Green-veined White (100+), Small Tortoiseshell (1). Golden-ringed Dragonfly (1). Loudoun Hill, Ayrshire: Goshawk (m), and Oystercatcher (2prs) in the nearby quarry. Red Admiral (2) - one hilltopping and chasing every passing insects. Small Tortoiseshell (1). Kay Park, Kilmarnock, Ayrshire: Mute Swans (b/4). River Irvine/Laigh Milton Mill, Ayrshire: Mute Swans (b/4) and Daubenton's Bat (2).

 

 

 

29th

Moorfield, Kilmarnock, Ayrshire: Small Heath (12) and many spikes of Early Purple Orchid appearing.

 

 

23rd

 

Little Ringed Plover (pr), Cuckoo (singing m) and Kingfisher at Cornmill Meadows, Waltham Abbey, Essex. Odonata on the wing: Hairy Dragonfly, Emperor Dragonfly (singleton), Broad-bodied Chaser, Four-spotted Chaser, Banded Demoiselle, Large Red Damselfy, Azure Damsefly, Blue-tailed Damselfy and Common Blue Damselfly. Butterflies: Small Copper, Orange Tip, Holly Blue, Peacock, Small White and Green-veined White.

 

 

 

16th

Nuthatch and Ring-necked Parakeet (2) at Stanmore Common, Middlesex/N. London. Holly Blue, Speckled Wood, Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell, Orange Tip, Green-veined White, & Small White on the wing.

 

 

 

15th

 

Lesser Whitethroat (singing m) in hedgerow near Darlands Lake Nature Reserve, Middlesex/N. London, Nuthatch and fledgeling Tawny Owls calling in Woodridge Nature Reserve, Middlesex/N. London. Territorial Lapwing (7) on ploughed fields in the area. Small Copper, Brimstone, Holly Blue, Speckled Wood, Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell, Orange Tip, Green-veined White, Small White & Large White on the wing.

 

 

 

3rd

 

Willow Warbler (58 singing mm), Whitethroat (13 singing mm), Sedge Warbler (3 singing mm), Blackcap (2 singing mm), Lapwing (6 prs) and Oystercatcher (2 prs) along the Kilmarnock to Springside disused railway line/cycle path, Ayrshire.

 

 

2nd

Pintail (pr) at Garnock Floods (NS) and Shelduck (pr) at Lochlea farm pool, Ayrs.

 

 

1st

Redstart, Pied Flycatcher, Tree Pipit and Cuckoo arrived in Changue glen, Ayrs. (NX 2894, 2993). Green Hairstreak, Peacock, Orange Tip & Green-veined White on the wing,

 

 

 

 

April


25th

 

Greenshank (1), Dunlin (1), Ringed Plover (2), Little Ringed Plover (4), Common Tern (14), Cuckoo (3 singing mm), Shelduck (10), Nightingale (2 singing mm), Yellow Wagtail (1), Turtle Dove (1) and Egyptian Goose at River Lee Country Park, Herts/Essex. Orange Tip, Green-veined White, Large White, Holly Blue, Speckled Wood, Peacock, & Small Tortoiseshell on the wing.

 

 

 

24th

 

Turtle Dove (1), Garden Warbler (2 singing mm), and Nuthatch (2) in Scratchwood, Herts. Speckled Wood, Peacock, Comma, Red Admiral, Small Tortoiseshell, Holly Blue, Orange Tip, Green-veined White, & Small White on the wing.

 

 

12th   

 

Greenshank (2) at Doonfoot, Ayrshire. Pink-footed Goose (1) at Blairbowie farm pool, Ayrs. Sanderling (32), Black-throated Diver (1), Red-throated Diver (9), and Sandwich Tern (6) at Stevenston Point, Ayrs.

 

 

11th   

Golden Plover (70) on ploughed farmland at West Raws, Ayrshire. Kingfisher and Goosander (pr) on the River Irvine at Templetonburn, Kilmarnock, Ayrs.

 

 

10th

 

Shoveler (m), Wigeon (pr), Teal (12), Willow Warbler (9 singing mm), Snipe (27), Yellowhammer (13 singing mm), Tree Sparrow (9 prs) in the beeches, Lapwing (9 prs), Oystercatcher (pr), Curlew (pr), Great Spotted Woodpecker (1), Skylark (3 singing mm), Chiffchaff (1 singing m) along the Kilmarnock to Springside disused railway line/cycle path, Ayrshire.

 

 

 

 9th   

Little Grebe (pr), Coot (3 prs), Moorhen (pr), Oystercatcher (pr), Teal (11), at Northcraig Reservoir, Ayrshire.

 

 

 8th   

Green Sandpiper (1) at Capringstone, Ayrshire. Long-tailed Duck (f) at Shewalton sandpit, Ayrs. Shoveler (6mm+6ff) at Garnock Floods, Ayrs. Greenshank (2) at Bogside/Irvine Harbour, Ayrs. Sandwich Tern (5) at Irvine harbour mouth, Ayrs. Gannet (c40) following a fishing boat off Troon harbour, Ayrs. Redshank (3 prs) and Lapwing (3 prs) at Lochlea farm pool, Ayrs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

February


22nd   

Glaucous Gull (1st winter) and Black Guillemot (in breeding plumage) in Troon Harbour, Ayrshire.

 

 

15th  

Avocet (185), Dunlin (c1500), Grey Plover (c50), Shelduck (367), and Black-tailed Godwit (2) at East Tilbury, Essex.

 

 

 1st   

River Lee Country Park, Herts/Essex: Smew (14), Kingfisher and Great Crested Grebes with a brood of two small chicks at Seventy Acres Lake (TQ 373028), Bittern and Water Rail at the Bittern Watchpoint (TQ 375031), Brambling (3) and Stock Dove (65) at Hayes Hill Farm (TQ 383033), Shelduck (3) at Holyfield Goosefield from the Crannum Hide (TQ 379039).

 

 

 

 

 

January


31st  

Water Rail (3), Pintail (3), Ruddy Duck (35), and Ring-necked Parakeet (17) overhead at Barn Elms WWT, London.

 

 

30th

Siskin (44), Corn Bunting (20), Goosander (2), Fieldfare (310), Redwing (185), Lapwing (167), Redshank (4) and Kingfisher at River Ember/Moslesy Road (TQ 130667). Ring-necked Parakeets (2500+) roosting at Esher Rugby Club grounds, southwest London/Surrey (TQ 122659).

 

 

 

18th  

Hume's Warbler still at Fairlop Waters, Essex.

 

 

2nd  

Barn Owl at Northcraig Reservoir, Kilmarnock, Ayrshire.

 

 

1st  

Whooper Swan (2 ads + 4 juvs) at Holmsford Bridge, Dreghorn, Ayrshire.

 

 

 

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