December 31st   2 comments

Time to take stock of the year – the Crail year list starts anew tomorrow. I hoped this year to beat my record of 157 and ideally reach 160. I saw 161 species this year, so I’m very pleased. The species list was as follows:

Great Spotted Woodpecker - no. 72

Great Spotted Woodpecker – no. 72

Gannet - an annual crowd pleaser and no. 38

Gannet – an annual crowd pleaser and no. 38

Northern Wheatear - no. 106

Northern Wheatear – no. 106

Long-tailed Skua - no. 144

Long-tailed Skua – no. 144

Brunnich's Guilemmot - no. 153 and one of the stars of the year

Brunnich’s Guilemmot – no. 153 and one of the stars of the year

Pink-footed Goose - no. 89

Pink-footed Goose – no. 89

Arctic tern - no. 121

Arctic tern – no. 121

Golden plover - no. 61

Golden plover – no. 61

Knot - no. 135

Knot – no. 135

1 Herring Gull 01/01/2016
2 Blackbird
3 Carrion Crow
4 Tree Sparrow
5 Dunnock
6 Wren
7 Reed Bunting
8 Curlew
9 Grey Heron
10 Eider
11 Cormorant
12 Shag
13 Common Starling
14 Common Buzzard
15 Redshank
16 Black-headed Gull
17 Common Pheasant
18 Goldfinch
19 Goldeneye
20 Turnstone
21 Oystercatcher
22 Wigeon
23 Robin
24 Yellowhammer
25 Water Rail
26 Mallard Sunrise
27 Moorhen
28 Common Gull
29 Great Black-backed Gull
30 Song Thrush
31 Chaffinch
32 Blue Tit
33 Woodpigeon
34 Teal
35 Red-breasted Merganser
36 Meadow Pipit
37 Kittiwake
38 Gannet
39 Red-throated Diver 09:00
40 Long-tailed Duck
41 Stock Dove
42 Greenfinch
43 Skylark
44 Rook
45 Great Tit
46 Jackdaw
47 Goldcrest
48 Mistle Thrush
49 Long-tailed Tit 10:00
50 Treecreeper
51 Dipper
52 Corn Bunting
53 House Sparrow
54 Bullfinch
55 Stonechat
56 Guillemot
57 Rock Pipit
58 Purple Sandpiper
59 Razorbill
60 Little Auk
61 Golden Plover 11:00
62 Kestrel
63 Fieldfare
64 Redwing
65 Coal Tit
66 Linnet
67 Whooper Swan
68 Mute Swan
69 Coot
70 Tufted Duck
71 Little Grebe
72 Great Spotted Woodpecker 12:00
73 Magpie
74 Feral Pigeon
75 Sparrowhawk 13:00
76 Lapwing
77 Collared Dove
78 Perergrine
79 Merlin 14:00
80 Fulmar 02/01/2016
81 Ringed Plover
82 Sanderling
83 Grey Wagtail
84 Grey Plover
85 Lesser Black-backed Gull 06/01/2016
86 Pied Wagtail 08/01/2016
87 Bar-tailed Godwit 09/01/2016
88 Dunlin
89 Pink-footed Goose
90 Great Northern Diver
91 Black Guillemot
92 Grey Phalarope
93 Woodcock 10/01/2016
94 Common Scoter
95 Slavonian Grebe
96 Tawny Owl 13/01/2016
97 Grey Partridge 15/01/2016
98 Bean Goose (Taiga) 17/01/2016
99 Greylag Goose 31/01/2016
100 Common Snipe 28/02/2016
101 Pintail 05/03/2016
102 Great Crested Grebe 06/03/2016
103 Sisikin 12/03/2016
104 Puffin 27/03/2016
105 Sandwich Tern 02/04/2016
106 Northern Wheatear 03/04/2016
107 Shelduck
108 Chiff-chaff
109 Blackcap
110 Black Redstart 06/04/2016
111 Barn Swallow 07/04/2016
112 Velvet Scoter 08/04/2016
113 Sand Martin 10/04/2016
114 Common Redstart 13/04/2016
115 Goosander 15/04/2016
116 Hawfinch 16/04/2016
117 Willow Warbler 30/04/2016
118 House Martin
119 Whimbrel
120 Common Swift 01/05/2016
121 Arctic Tern 02/05/2016
122 Common Whitethroat
123 Manx Shearwater
124 Storm Petrel
125 Sedge Warbler 06/05/2016
126 Yellow Wagtail
127 Marsh Warbler 11/05/2016
128 Common Tern 14/05/2016
129 Garden Warbler 27/05/2016
130 Canada Goose 06/06/2016
131 Marsh Harrier 13/06/2016
132 Little Stint 05/08/2016
133 Whinchat 06/08/2016
134 Common Sandpiper
135 Knot 12/08/2016
136 Lesser Whitethroat 20/08/2016
137 Greenish Warbler
138 Curlew Sandpiper
139 Black-tailed Godwit
140 Pied Flycatcher 21/08/2016
141 Mediterranean Gull 22/08/2016
142 Gadwall 27/08/2016
143 Sooty Shearwater
144 Long-tailed Skua
145 Arctic Skua
146 Greenshank 28/08/2016
147 Great Skua
148 Tree pipit 04/09/2016
149 Little Gull 10/09/2016
150 Black-throated Diver
151 Redpoll 18/09/2016
152 Spotted Flycatcher 20/09/2016
153 Brunnichs Guillemot 25/09/2016
154 Lapland Bunting 02/10/2016
155 Yellow-browed Warbler
156 Red-flanked Bluetail 05/10/2016
157 Barnacle Goose 06/10/2016
158 Brambling 08/10/2016
159 Snow Bunting 30/10/2016
160 Pomarine Skua 06/11/2016
161 Jack Snipe 29/12/2016

On behalf of John Anderson and myself (Will Cresswell) – thank you for reading this year; Happy New Year and here’s to another year of good birding and wildlife around Crail. I’m hoping to beat the New Year’s day record of 79 tomorrow…

Posted December 31, 2016 by wildcrail in Sightings

2 responses to “December 31st

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  1. Thank you so much for this blog – Happy New Year and we look forward to more birds and more illuminating comments (and John’s pictures) next year!

  2. Happy New Year, Will & John. Fingers crossed for an even better 2017 around Crail (and for me, a bit further afield too – mostly Angus & North Fife).

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