My UK Life List (268)

In 2018 I decided to get a bit more serious about my listing and for the first time I've started a 2018 Year List, a Greater Manchester List as well as a UK Life List.  This has been spurred on by the fact that I've started using Bubo as my online listing tool.  Much better and easier than using a spreadsheet in my opinion.  My current UK Life List and 2018 Year List totals are now shown on the right of this page as well as at the foot of the page.

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)
  • 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) - distant
  • Red-breasted Flycatcher (Kilnsea, Spurn, October)
  • Red-backed Shrike (Easington, Spurn, October) - brief
  • Long-billed Dowitcher (Banks Marsh, October) - distant
  • Desert Wheatear (Whitby, January)
  • Parrot Crossbill (Howden Reservoir, Derbyshire, January)
  • Caspian Gull (Pennington Flash, January)
  • Spotted Sandpiper (Holme Pierrepont, Nottinghamshire, February)
  • Turtle Dove (Knott End-on-Sea, February)
  • American Horned Lark (Staines Reservoirs, February) - currently a subspecies or race
  • Water Pipit (Oare Marshes, Kent, February)
  • Yellow-browed Warbler (Wombwell Ings, March)
  • Green-winged Teal (North Cave Wetlands, March)
  • Nightingale (May, Cliffe Pools RSPB, Kent, May)
  • Dartford Warbler (Thursley Common, Sussex, May)
  • Temminck's Stint (Pennington Flash, Leigh, May)
  • Honey Buzzard (Wykeham Raptor Viewpoint, Yorkshire, June)
  • Tree Pipit (Wykeham Raptor Viewpoint, Yorkshire, June)
  • Manx Shearwater (Liverpool Bay, July)
My UK life total as of Wednesday 22 June 2018 - 268 species 
(including subspecies but excluding escapees) 

Target Species for 2018/19:
  • Goshawk - better views needed.
  • Honey Buzzard - tick - Wykeham
  • Cuckoo - tick - cracked it!
  • Garden Warbler - quarter tick - better view needed
  • Tree Pipit - tick - Wykeham - bonus bird
  • Water Pipit - tick
  • Storm Petrel
  • Leach's Petrel - New Brighton - tick
  • Pomarine Skua
  • Manx Shearwater - tick
  • Dartford Warbler - tick
  • Nightingale - half tick, well-heard but better views needed
  • Turtle Dove - tick
  • Velvet Scoter
  • Surf Scoter
  • Wryneck
  • Hoopoe
  • Firecrest - better views needed
Places to go in 2018/19:
  • RSPB Minsmere 
  • RSPB Lakenheath
  • RSPB Strumshaw Fen
  • RSPB Lakenheath
  • RSPB Ouse Washes
  • Trout Mill Farm Osprey Hide, Rutland - a very disappointing session
  • Coquette Island
  • Bassenthwaite / Esthwaite Lakes - Osprey 
  • Washington WWT 
  • Arne WWT
  • Welney Marshes WWT
  • Kent and Sheppey - a few parts done
  • 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! 
  • Norfolk Coast - partially done 
  • Rutland Water 
  • Skomer 
  • The Outer Hebrides - the Uists 
  • The Shetland Isles
  • Orkney