My UK Life List (253)

This is my UK life list of birds that I have positively identified since I began semi-serious birding in late 2009:
  • Blackbird (Garden, Resident)
  • House Sparrow (Garden, Resident)
  • Robin (Garden, Resident)
  • Starling (Garden, Resident)
  • Collared Dove (Garden, Resident)
  • Wood Pigeon (Garden, Resident)
  • Magpie (Garden, Resident)
  • Pied Wagtail (Tyldesley, Resident)
  • Blue Tit (Garden, Resident)
  • Great Tit (Garden, Resident)
  • Coal Tit (Garden, Resident)
  • Long-tailed Tit (Garden, Resident)
  • Goldfinch (Garden, Resident)
  • Song Thrush (Garden, May)
  • Mistle Thrush (Astley Moss, May)
  • Skylark (Cow Hill, Bolton, February)
  • Grey Heron (Moses Gate, February)
  • Black-headed Gull (Pennington Flash, February)
  • Bullfinch (Pennington Flash, February)
  • Chaffinch (Pennington Flash, February)
  • Greenfinch (Pennington Flash, February)
  • Willow Tit (Pennington Flash, February)
  • Dunnock (Pennington Flash, February)
  • Reed Bunting (Pennington Flash, February)
  • Wren (Pennington Flash, February)
  • Brambling (Pennington Flash, February)
  • Great Spotted Woodpecker (Pennington Flash, Resident)
  • Moorhen (Pennington Flash, Resident)
  • Coot (Pennington Flash, Resident)
  • Mallard (Pennington Flash, Resident)
  • Canada Goose (Pennington Flash, Resident)
  • Mute Swan (Pennington Flash, Resident)
  • Wigeon (Pennington Flash, March)
  • Teal (Pennington Flash, March)
  • Shoveler (Pennington Flash, March)
  • Tufted Duck (Pennington Flash, March)
  • Gadwall (Pennington Flash, April)
  • Lapwing (Pennington Flash, April)
  • Little Ringed Plover (Pennington Flash, April)
  • Redshank (Pennington Flash, April)
  • Green Sandpiper (Pennington Flash, April)
  • Cormorant (Pennington Flash, April)
  • Goldeneye (Pennington Flash, April)
  • Great Crested Grebe (Pennington Flash, April)
  • Little Grebe (Pennington Flash, April)
  • Shelduck (Pennington Flash, April)
  • Greylag Goose (Pennington Flash, May)
  • Kestrel (Pennington Flash, May)
  • Buzzard (Astley Moss, May)
  • Sandwich Tern (Anglesey, August)
  • Little Egret (Anglesey, August)
  • Curlew (Anglesey, August)
  • Oystercatcher (Anglesey, August)
  • Herring Gull (Anglesey, August)
  • Common Pheasant (Astley Moss, May)
  • Red-legged Partridge (Astley Moss, May)
  • Swallow (Astley Moss, May)
  • Jackdaw (Anglesey, May)
  • Common Tern (Pennington Flash, May)
  • Yellowhammer (Astley Moss, May)
  • Wheatear (Astley Moss, May)
  • Whimbrel (Astley Moss, May)
  • Little Owl (Moss Lane, May)
  • Cuckoo (Astley Moss, May)
  • Stock Dove (Pennington Flash, May)
  • Black-tailed Godwit (Lightshaw Flash, May)
  • Meadow Pipit (Lightshaw Flash, May)
  • Swift (Astley Moss, May)
  • Carrion Crow (Astley Moss, Resident)
  • Hobby (Astley Moss, May)
  • Guillemot (Anglesey, June)
  • Razorbill (Anglesey, June)
  • Chough (Anglesey, June)
  • Whitethroat (North Wales, June)
  • Jay (Pennington Flash, June)
  • Common Snipe (Horrocks Flash, August)
  • Nuthatch (Pennington Flash, October)
  • Black-necked Grebe (Juvenile, Pennington Flash, October)
  • Common Scoter (Pennington Flash, October)
  • Pochard (Pennington Flash, October)
  • Ruddy Duck (Pennington Flash, October)
  • Sparrowhawk (Astley Moss, October)
  • Fieldfare (Astley Moss, October)
  • Redwing (Pennington Flash, October)
  • Grey Wagtail (Pennington Flash, October)
  • Goosander (Pennington Flash, October)
  • Tree Sparrow (Astley Moss, November)
  • Pied-billed Grebe (Hollingworth Lake, November) - Mega!
  • Waxwing (Horwich, November)
  • Smew (Clifton Marina, January)
  • Kingfisher (Pennington Flash, January)
  • Siskin (Pennington Flash, January) 
  • Dipper (Middlebrook Trail, Deane, February)
  • Avocet (Marshside, Southport, March)
  • Pintail (Marshside, Southport, March)
  • Golden Plover (Marshside, March)
  • Marsh Harrier (Chat Moss, March)
  • Whooper Swan (Chat Moss, March)
  • Treecreeper (Rindle Wood, March)
  • Sand Martin (Pennington Flash, March)
  • Chiffchaff (Lilford Park, March)
  • Blackcap (Pennington Flash, April)
  • White Wagtail (Pennington Flash, April)
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull (Pennington Flash, April)
  • Ring Ouzel (Astley Moss)
  • Willow Warbler (Astley Moss)
  • Common Sandpiper (Pennington Flash, April)
  • Common Gull (Pennington Flash, November)
  • Bittern (Leighton Moss RSPB, Lancashire, November)
  • Spotted Redshank (Leighton Moss RSPB, Lancashire, November)
  • Great Black-backed Gull (Kinmel Bay, North Wales, November) 
  • Snow Bunting (Kinmel Bay, North Wales, November) 
  • Turnstone (Menai Straits, Anglesey, November)
  • Ringed Plover (Menai Straits, Anglesey, November)
  • Rock Pipit (Menai Straits, Anglesey, November)
  • Brent Goose (Penrhos Nature Reserve, Anglesey, November)
  • Pink-footed Goose (Marshside, November)
  • Long-eared Owl (Marton Mere, January)
  • Great White Egret (Parkgate, Wirral, January)
  • Hen Harrier (Parkgate, Wirral, January)
  • Eider Duck (Fleetwood, January)
  • Short-eared Owl (Highfield Moss, Lowton, January)
  • Linnet (Highfield Moss, Lowton, January)
  • Mandarin Duck (Worthington Lakes, January)
  • Rook (Worthington Lakes, January)
  • Glossy Ibis (Leighton Moss RSPB, February)
  • Marsh Tit (Leighton Moss RSPB, February)
  • Peregrine Falcon (Moss Bank Park, Bolton, Lancashire, February)
  • Tawny Owl (Moore Nature Reserve, Warrington, February)
  • Red-breasted Merganser (Spinnies Nature Reserve, Bangor, February)
  • Tundra Bean Goose (Spinnies Nature Reserve, Bangor, February)
  • Stonechat (Point Lynas, Anglesey, February)
  • Shag (Point Lynas, Anglesey, February)
  • Barn Owl (Sefton Meadows, Liverpool, February)
  • Muscovy Duck (Feral, Pennington Flash, March)
  • Spoonbill (Parkgate, Wirral, March)
  • Mediterranean Gull (Pennington Flash, March)
  • Raven (Warton Quarry, March)
  • Green Woodpecker (Dunham Massey, April)
  • Reed Warbler (Pennington Flash, April)
  • Little Gull (Woolston Eyes, April)
  • House Martin (Marshside RSPB, Southport, May)
  • Ringed-neck Parakeet (Kew Gardens, London, May)
  • Yellow Wagtail (Rindle Road, May)
  • Puffin (Bempton Cliffs, May)
  • Gannet (Bempton Cliffs, May)
  • Kittwake (Bempton Cliffs, May)
  • Fulmar (Bempton Cliffs, May)
  • Red Kite (Long Mynd, Shropshire, May)
  • Knot (Pennington Flash, September)
  • Greenshank (Pennington Flash, September)
  • Dunlin (Marshside RSPB, September)
  • Cetti's Warbler (Leighton Moss RSPB, October)
  • Bearded Tit (Leighton Moss, RSPB, October)
  • Merlin (Hesketh Out Marsh RSPB, October)
  • Sanderling (Ainsdale Beach, October)
  • Red-throated Diver, (Bempton Cliffs, October)
  • Bar-tailed Godwit (Ainsdale Beach, October)
  • Goldcrest (Garden, November)
  • Harris Hawk (escapee, Heaton Park, November)
  • Water Rail (Mere Sands Wood, November)
  • Woodcock (Risley Moss, December)
  • Hawfinch (Llanbedr-y-Cynnan, January) - distant
  • Redpoll (Conwy RSPB, January)
  • Black Guillemot (Holyhead Harbour, February)
  • Great Northern Diver (Holyhead Inland Sea, February)
  • Slavonian Grebe (Beddmanarch Bay, February)
  • Barnacle Goose (Caerlaverock, February)
  • Scaup (Loch Ryan, February)
  • Ruff (Martin Mere, March)
  • Lesser Spotted Woodpecker (Moore, March)
  • Black Swan (Marbury Country Park, March)
  • Grey Partridge (Rindle Road Cottages April)
  • Grey Plover (Ainsdale Beach, April)
  • Sedge Warbler (Doffcocker Lodge, May)
  • Red-crested Pochard - possible escapee (Lyme Park, May)
  • Pied Flycatcher (Lyme Park, May)
  • Garganey (Pennington Flash, May)
  • Black Tern (Pennington Flash, May)
  • Spotted Flycatcher (Bagnoles de L'Orne, July)
  • Redstart (Bagnoles de L'Orne, July)
  • Lesser Scaup (Pennington Flash, September)
  • Pectoral Sandpiper (Rumworth Lodge, September)
  • Great Grey Shrike (Astley Moss, October)
  • Long-tailed Duck (Leighton Moss RSPB, November)
  • Purple Sandpiper (New Brighton, November)
  • Red Grouse (Winter Hill, November)
  • Ross's Goose - possible escapee (Marshside, January)
  • Black Grouse (World's End, March)
  • Two-barred Crossbill (Binn Green, April)
  • Corn Bunting (Glazebury, April)
  • Dotterel (Pendle Hill, May)
  • Little Bittern (Elton Reservoir, May)
  • Rock Dove (Bempton Cliffs RSPB, May)
  • Red-necked Grebe (Frodsham, June)
  • Little Tern (Gronant, June)
  • Arctic Tern (Cemlyn Bay, April)
  • Bar-headed Goose - escapee (Conwy RSPB, June)
  • Osprey (Norton Marsh, Warrington, July)
  • Cattle Egret (Burton Mere Wetlands, September)
  • Red-necked Phalarope (Burton Mere Wetlands - Inner Marsh Farm, September)
  • Little Stint (Burton Mere Wetlands - Inner Marsh Farm, September)
  • Curlew Sandpiper (Burton Mere Wetlands - Inner Marsh Farm, September)
  • Whinchat (Burton Mere Wetlands - Inner Marsh Farm, September)
  • Shore Lark (Rossall Point, Fleetwood, December)
  • Twite (Knott End, January)
  • Bewick's Swan (Marsh Lane near Hesketh Out Marsh, January)
  • Laughing Gull (New Brighton Marina, February)
  • Water Pipit (Parkgate area, February)
  • Iceland Gull (Oban, April)
  • Hooded Crow (Oban, April)
  • Corncrake (Carr Lane, Hale, June)
  • Red-footed Falcon (Chatterley Whitfield, Staffs, July)
  • Montagu's Harrier (Blacktoft Sands RSPB, Goole) - very distant
  • Sabine's Gull (Pennington Flash, Leigh, August)
  • Ring-billed Gull (Preston Marina, August)
  • Yellow-legged Gull Juvenile (Preston Marina, August)
  • Wood Sandpiper (Little Woolden Moss, September)
  • Crested Tit (Loch Garten, March)
  • Golden Eagle (Findhorn Valley, March) - distant
  • Ptarmigan (Cairngorms, March)
  • Crossbill (Birkdale LNR, April)
  • Kentish Plover (Audenshaw Reservoirs, April)
  • Garden Warbler (Bickershaw Rucks, May) - not a great view
  • Wood Warbler (White Coppice, May)
  • Arctic Skua (Chanonry Point, Scotland, July)
  • Great Skua (Bempton Cliffs, July)
  • White-winged Black Tern (High Rid Reservoir, Bolton, September)
  • Black Redstart (Great Orme, October)
  • Booted Warbler (Great Orme, October)
  • Siberian Accentor (Easington near Spurn, October) - Mega
  • Isabelline Wheatear (Easington near Spurn, October)
  • Firecrest (Kilnsea, Spurn, October)
  • American Wigeon (Leighton Moss, October)
  • Black-throated Thrush (St. Asaph, December)
  • Dusky Thrush (Beeley, Derbyshire, January)
  • Eastern Black Redstart (Skinningrove, North Yorkshire, February) - Subspecies or race
  • 'Black Brant' Brent Goose (Kilnseas, Spurn, February) - Subspecies or race
  • Pallid Harrier (Welwick Marsh, near Spurn, February)
  • Bluethroat (Willow Tree Fen, Lincolnshire, February)
  • Glaucous Gull (Winterton-on-Sea, February)
  • Crane (Hicking Broad, February)
  • Egyptian Goose (Hickling Broad, February)
  • Pine Bunting (Dunnington, near York, March)
  • Goshawk (Wykeham Raptor Viewpoint, March)
  • Blue Rock Thrush (Stow-on-the-Wold, March) - possible escape
  • Eurasian White-fronted Goose (Slimbridge WWT, March)
  • White-tailed Eagle (Mull, March)
  • Black-crowned Night Heron (Shrewsbury, May)
  • Grasshopper Warbler (Bickershaw, May)
  • Bee-eater (East Leake, Notts, May)
  • Nightjar, (Budby, Notts, May)
  • Caspian Tern (St. Aidan's RSPB, July)
  • Purple Heron (Leighton Moss RSPB, August)
  • Leach's Petrel (New Brighton,Wirral, September)
  • Manx Shearwater (Leasowe, Wirral, September)
  • Red-breasted Flycatcher (Kilnsea, Spurn, October)
  • Red-backed Shrike (Easington, Spurn, October)
  • Long-billed Dowitcher
My UK life total as of Sunday 15 October 2017 - 253 species 
(including subspecies but excluding escapees) 

Target Species for 2016/17:
  • Black Redstart - Great Orme Coppermines - tick
  • Garden Warbler
  • Tree Pipit
  • Water Pipit
  • Grasshopper Warbler - Bickershaw, Wigan
  • Glaucous Gull - Winterton-on-Sea, Norfolk - Tick
  • White-tailed Eagle - Mull - tick
  • Storm Petrel
  • Leach's Petrel - New Brighton - tick
  • Pomarine Skua
  • Manx Shearwater - half tick
  • Dartford Warbler
  • Nightingale
  • Turtle Dove
  • Velvet Scoter
  • Wryneck
  • Nightjar - tick
Places to go in 2016/17:
  • Farne Islands - Puffin, Tern, Gannet, Kittiwake, Fulmar, Guillemot, Razorbill, Shag - done 
  • Bassenthwaite / Esthwaite Lakes - Osprey 
  • RSPB Minsmere 
  • Washington WWT 
  • Kincraig - Osprey - done 
  • Spurn Head - Autumn Migrants - done once 
  • Solway Firth - Skua passage - went but no luck 
  • Mull - White-tailed Sea Eagle, Golden Eagle, Hen Harrier - done, what a place! 
  • The Outer Hebrides - the Uists 
  • Norfolk Coast - partially done 
  • Rutland Water 
  • Skomer 
  • Shetland Isles