Lifers - UK Birds

Since 1967, when my Grandfather Tom Edwin Adlam, VC, sat me down by his dining room window which overlooked the bird table, I have had a keen interest in bird watching. With his Collins Bird book to hand, I managed to identify Great Spotted Woodpecker, Marsh Tit, Coal Tit and Nuthatch coming down to the feeders. The garden was next to the Oak Woods at Blackmoor in Hampshire and the bird life here was fantastic. Needless to say from that moment onwards I was hooked.

In essence this is my 50th anniversary of birdwatching, which has proved to be one of the most enjoyable past times I've ever had and one that hasn't waned at all.

Below are the all the British Birds have recorded in that time and in amongst the residents I have highlighted a few of interest, that I've been fortunate to see.


UK Species Total as of 18 Apr 18 is 283


Divers
Great Northern Diver
Black-throated Diver
Red-throated Diver

Grebes
Great Crested Grebe
Red-necked Grebe, Priorslee Flash, Shropshire 1998
Slavonian Grebe, River Stour, Kent 1968
Black-necked Grebe, Priorslee Lake, Shropshire 2009

True Fulmars
Fulmar

Shearwaters
Manx Shearwater
Sooty Shearwater, Portland, Dorset 2017

Storm Petrels
Storm-petrel
Leach's Storm-petrel, North Sea, Waxham, Norfolk 1996

Gannets and Boobies
Gannet

Cormorants
Shag
Cormorant

Herons, Egrets and Bitterns
Grey Heron
Great White Egret, Cotswold Water Park, Wiltshire 2008
Little Egret
Cattle Egret, Seend Cleeve, Wiltshire 2009
Bittern

Spoonbills
Spoonbill

Flamingos
Greater Flamingo, Isle of Grain, Kent 1974

Swans
Mute Swan
Whooper Swan
Bewick's Swan

Geese
Greylag Goose
Pink-footed Goose
Greater White-fronted Goose
European White-fronted Goose
Greenland White-fronted Goose
Dark-bellied Brent Goose
Pale-bellied Brent Goose
Brant Goose
Canada Goose
Taiga Bean Goose
Barnacle Goose
Tundra Bean Goose
Egyptian Goose

Surface-feeding Ducks
Shelduck
Mandarin
Mallard
Gadwall
Wigeon
Teal
Garganey
Pintail
Shoveler

Diving Ducks
Tufted Duck
Ring-necked Duck
Pochard
Common Eider
Common Scoter
Velvet Scoter, North Sea, Waxham, Norfolk 1991
Goldeneye
Long-tailed Duck
Lesser Scaup, Monkmoor Pool, Shropshire 2005
Greater Scaup, Grafham Water, Cambridgeshire 1995
Red-crested Pochard, Paxton, Cambridgeshire 2001
Ferruginous Duck, Lydiard Park, Swindon, Wiltshire 2011

Sawbills
Goosander
Red-breasted Merganser
Smew

Stiff-tails
Ruddy Duck

Eagles
Golden Eagle

Buzzards

Common Buzzard
Rough-legged Buzzard, Forres, Scotland 1993

Hawks
Goshawk
Sparrowhawk

Kites
Red Kite

Osprey
Osprey, Reedham Marshes, Norfolk 1994

Harriers
Marsh Harrier
Hen Harrier
Montagu's Harrier, Burnham Market, Norfolk 2007

Falcons
Peregrine Falcon
Hobby
Merlin
Kestrel
Red-footed Falcon, Hickling NNT, Norfolk 1995

Grouse
Red Grouse

Partridges and Pheasants
Red-legged Partridge
Grey Partridge
Quail
Pheasant

Cranes and Bustards
Common Crane, Horsey Mere, Norfolk 1985

Rails and Crakes
Moorhen
Coot
Spotted Crake
Water Rail

Waders
Oystercatcher
Lapwing
Ringed Plover
Little Ringed Plover
Kentish Plover
Greater Sand Plover, Cley, Norfolk 1992
Golden Plover
Grey Plover
Turnstone
Long-billed Dowitcher, Weymouth 2012

Small Sandpipers
Curlew Sandpiper
Dunlin
Temminck's Stint
Knot
Sanderling
Purple Sandpiper
Least Sandpiper, Lodmoor RSPB Reserve 2017

Snipes and Woodcocks
Snipe
Woodcock
Jack Snipe

Curlews and Godwits
Curlew
Whimbrel
Black-tailed Godwit
Bar-tailed Godwit
Lesser Yellowlegs, Port Meadow, Oxfordshire 2010

Larger Sandpipers
Redshank
Spotted Redshank
Greenshank
Common Sandpiper
Wood Sandpiper
Green Sandpiper
Ruff
Buff-breasted Sandpiper, Southwell, Portland 2017
White-rumped Sandpiper, Breydon Water, Norfolk 1996
Pectoral Sandpiper, Weybourne, Norfolk 1996
Stilt Sandpiper, Lodmoor RSPB Reserve 2017

Avocets
Avocet

Stilts
Black-winged Stilt, Titchwell, Norfolk 1994

Stone Curlews
Stone Curlew, Narborough, Norfolk 1993

Pratincoles
Oriental Pratincole, Gimmingham, Norfolk 1993

Phalaropes
Wilson's Phalarope, Grafham Water, Cambridgeshire 2007
Grey Phalarope, Gaily Reservoir, Staffordshire 2002

Skuas
Great Skua
Arctic Skua
Long-tailed Skua

Gulls
Black-headed Gull
Little Gull
Mediterranean Gull
Herring Gull
Yellow-legged Gull, Priorslee Lake, Shropshire 2006
Caspian Gull, Granville Tip, Telford 2007
Lesser Black-backed Gull, Larus fuscus
Lesser Black-backed Gull, Larus fuscus graellsii, Priorslee Lake, Shropshire 2006
Siberian Gull, Larus fuscus heuglini, Priorslee Lake, Shropshire 2006
Great Black-backed Gull
Glaucous Gull, Felixstowe, Essex 1985
Common Gull
Kittiwake
Iceland Gull, Priorslee Lake, Shropshire 2003
Ross's Gull, Weymouth Bay 22 Feb 18

Terns
Sandwich Tern
Common Tern
Arctic Tern
Roseate Tern, Treyarnon bay, Cornwall 1970
Little Tern
Black Tern

Auks
Razorbill
Guillemot
Black Guillemot
Little Auk
Puffin

Pigeons and Doves
Rock Dove
Stock Dove
Wood Pigeon
Collared Dove
Turtle Dove

Cuckoos
Cuckoo

Owls
Barn Owl
Dark-breasted Barn Owl, Tyto alba guttata, Cotswold Water Park Wiltshire 2008
Short-eared Owl
Little Owl
Tawny Owl
Long-eared Owl

Nightjars
Nightjar

Swifts
Swift

Kingfishers
Kingfisher

Hoopoe
Hoopoe, Portland Bill, Dorset 1980

Parakeets
Rose-ringed Parakeet

Woodpeckers
Green Woodpecker
Great Spotted Woodpecker
Lesser Spotted Woodpecker
Wryneck, Kingston Seymour, Somerset 2008

Larks
Shore Lark
Lesser Short-toed Lark, Salhouse, Norfolk 1997
Woodlark
Skylark

Swallows and Martins
Swallow
House Martin
Sand Martin

Pipits
Tree Pipit
Meadow Pipit
Water Pipit, New Passage, Gloucestershire 2016
Rock Pipit

Wagtails
Pied Wagtail
White Wagtail, New Passage, Gloucestershire 2016
Grey Wagtail
Yellow Wagtail

Orioles
Golden Oriole, Lakenheath, Suffolk 2006

Starlings
Starling

Waxwings
Waxwing

Crows
Jay
Magpie
Chough
Raven
Rook
Carrion Crow
Hooded Crow
Jackdaw

Dippers
Dipper

Wrens
Wren

Accentors
Dunnock

Warblers
Grasshopper Warbler
Savi's Warbler, Hickling NNT, Norfolk 1988
Reed Warbler
Sedge Warbler
Cetti's Warbler
Common Whitethroat
Lesser Whitethroat
Garden Warbler
Blackcap
Dartford Warbler, Wimbourne, Dorset 1989
Greenish Warbler, Portland 2017
Willow Warbler
Siberian Chiffchaff, Portland 21 Nov 17
Chiffchaff
Wood Warbler
Firecrest, Waxham, Norfolk 1991
Goldcrest
Yellow-browed Warbler, Sutton, Norfolk 1994
Pallas's Warbler, Waxham, Norfolk 1994
Dusky Warbler, Waxham, Norfolk 1994
Radde's Warbler Wakeham, Dorset 25 Oct 17

Flycatchers
Spotted Flycatcher
Pied Flycatcher
Red-breasted Flycatcher, Portland, Dorset 16 Oct 17

Wheatears
Greenland Wheatear, Harbledown, Kent 1968
Northern Wheatear

Chats
Stonechat
Whinchat
Common Rock Thrush, Isle of Portland, Dorset 1989
Blue Rock Thrush, Stow-on-the-Wold, 5 Jan 17

Redstarts
Black Redstart
Common Redstart
Robin
Nightingale
Red-flanked Bluetail, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk 1994

Thrushes
Blackbird
Ring Ouzel
Fieldfare
Redwing
Song Thrush
Mistle Thrush

Tits
Coal Tit
Continental Coal Tit, Portland Bird Observatory 2018Great Tit
Blue Tit
Crested Tit
Marsh Tit
Willow Tit

Long-tailed Tits
Long-tailed Tit

Bearded Tits
Bearded Tit

Penduline Tits
Penduline Tit, Horsebere Reserve, Gloucestershire 2016

Nuthatches
Nuthatch

Treecreepers
Treecreeper

Sparrows
Tree Sparrow
House Sparrow
Lark Sparrow, Waxham, Norfolk 1991

Finches
Brambling
Chaffinch
Goldfinch
Siskin
Serin, Wakeham, Portland 2017
Greenfinch
Bullfinch
Hawfinch
Lesser Redpoll
Twite
Linnet

Crossbills
Scottish Crossbill

Buntings
Corn Bunting
Yellowhammer
Reed Bunting
Snow Bunting
Lapland Bunting, Happisburgh, Norfolk 1988
Lark Bunting, Halvergate, Norfolk 1988



Additional Species not included in my UK Life List

The species below I have classed as ungraded as they are unlikely to appear as a wild bird in the UK

Hooded Merganser, Radipole, Weymouth, Dorset 2008