New year’s eve.

Marston was bathed in sunshine this morning and was chilly, it felt slightly more like it should do at this time of year. Nothing mega noted, with one last roll of the dice I suppose one more good bird for the year was a bit too much to ask for.

The ringtail hen harrier was seen again on Tuesday so it’s probably over-wintering in the area like the one a couple of years ago. Stonechat still around too, but couldn’t find it today.

This morning half a dozen siskins were again in the small alders near the works. Two over-wintering green sandpipers were also at the works, along with a couple of grey wagtails. On the scrape were two wigeon and two little grebes. Everything seemed to be in two’s today. Two little egrets, too. Water rail, goldcrests, yep, two of each.

Fieldfares chatted and scattered all over the site, feeding on the deck and on the remaining berries. Several redpolls fed on seedheads and about thirty linnets flew up when a sparrowhawk went over.

Well, that’s Marston done with for another year. My best ever year on the patch, with some great birds. A total of 122 species (including two or three sub-species), was my best ever effort beating my previous best of 117 in 2013. I know of at least three other birds seen by others, that I didn’t connect with.

I can’t begin to estimate how many hours I’ve spent there this year, rarely going more than a day or two without a visit. Certainly, the hours spent there total more than ; A. Time spent watching telly. B. Time spent ont’ tinternet. C. Time spent in the pub. D. Time spent shopping. Hey, Iv’e probably spent/wasted? more time on patch than all four of these put together!

But it’s been very enjoyable, it’s such an interesting and intriguing place, you never know what’s going to turn up. Some birds make very brief stays so constant monitoring pays off.  I’m sure other stuff goes undetected.

Here is a list of birds for the year.

  1. jackdaw 03/01/2015
  2. kestrel 03/01
  3. carrion crow 03/01
  4. blackbird 03/01
  5. robin 03/01
  6. buzzard 03/01
  7. woodpigeon 03/01
  8. magpie 03/01
  9. starling 03/01
  10. fieldfare 03/01
  11. black headed gull 03/01
  12. long tailed tit 03/01
  13. common gull 03/01
  14. pheasant 03/01
  15. blue tit 03/01
  16. mistle thrush 03/01
  17. tufted duck 03/01
  18. mallard 03/01
  19. dunnock 03/01
  20. house sparrow 03/01
  21. redwing 03/01
  22. stock dove 03/01
  23. chaffinch 03/01
  24. golden plover 03/01
  25. moorhen 03/01
  26. greylag 03/01
  27. little grebe 03/01
  28. wren 03/01
  29. teal 03/01
  30. curlew 03/01
  31. goldfinch 03/01
  32. great tit 03/01
  33. linnet 03/01
  34. kingfisher 03/01
  35. gadwall 03/01
  36. jay 03/01
  37. goldcrest 03/01
  38. water rail 03/01
  39. reed bunting 03/01
  40. great spotted woodpecker 03/01
  41. greenfinch 03/01
  42. tree sparrow 03/01
  43. green sandpiper 03/01
  44. stonechat 03/01
  45. grey heron 03/01
  46. pied wagtail 03/01
  47. bullfinch 03/01
  48. song thrush 03/01
  49. grey wagtail 03/01
  50. reed warbler 03/01
  51. sparrowhawk 04/01
  52. mute swan 04/01
  53. cetti’s warbler 04/01
  54. chiffchaff 04/01
  55. herring gull 06/01
  56. wigeon 06/01
  57. meadow pipit 08/01
  58. little egret 08/01
  59. lapwing 10/01
  60. great black backed gull 10/01
  61. feral pigeon 10/01
  62. skylark 10/01
  63. snipe 10/01
  64. red legged partridge 10/01
  65. grey partridge 10/01
  66. treecreeper 14/01
  67. coal tit 14/01
  68. shoveler 16/01
  69. peregrine 19/01
  70. collared dove 19/01
  71. pink footed goose 19/01
  72. red kite 23/01
  73. green woodpecker 24/01
  74. goosander 24/01
  75. coot 28/01
  76. barn owl 01/02
  77. rook 01/02
  78. cormorant 11/02
  79. tawny owl 16/02
  80. oystercatcher 23/02
  81. canada goose 25/02
  82. woodcock 04/03
  83. shelduck 04/03
  84. egyptian goose 14/03
  85. yellowhammer 23/03
  86. lesser black backed gull 29/03
  87. swallow 08/04
  88. house martin 08/04
  89. blackcap 10/04
  90. yellow wagtail 10/04
  91. willow warbler 11/04
  92. sand martin 15/04
  93. cuckoo 15/04
  94. sedge warbler 15/04
  95. white wagtail 15/04
  96. blue headed wagtail 18/04
  97. common whitethroat 18/04
  98. little ringed plover 19/04
  99. wheatear 20/04
  100. hobby 26/04
  101. whimbrel 30/04
  102. swift 25/04
  103. garden warbler 03/05
  104. lesser whitethroat 10/05
  105.  yellow legged gull. 07/08
  106. turtle dove 08/08
  107.  greenshank 10/08
  108.  common sandpiper 14/08
  109.  wood sandpiper 14/08
  110.  marsh harrier 14/08
  111.  dunlin 14/08
  112.  spotted flycatcher 21/08
  113.  garganey 09/09
  114. raven 28/09
  115.  jack snipe 19/10
  116.  pintail 22/10
  117.  azorean gull 26/10
  118. lesser redpoll 06/11
  119. greenland white fronted goose 22/11
  120. goldeneye 22/11
  121.  siskin 12/12
  122.  hen harrier 23/12
  123. (‘channel’ wagtail 20/04)
HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYBODY.