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✓ My Hemel Life List


  1. Little Grebe
  2. Great-crested Grebe
  3. Cormorant (sinensis)
  4. Cormorant (carbo)
  5. Little Egret
  6. Grey Heron
  7. Mute Swan
  8. Black Swan*
  9. Snow Goose*
  10. Greylag Goose
  11. Canada Goose
  12. Shelduck
  13. Egyptian Goose
  14. Mandarin
  15. Muscovy Duck*
  16. Mallard
  17. Gadwall
  18. Pintail
  19. Shoveller
  20. Wigeon
  21. Teal
  22. Pochard
  23. Tufted Duck
  24. Goldeneye
  25. Goosander
  26. Osprey
  27. Red Kite
  28. Marsh Harrier
  29. Common Buzzard
  30. Sparrowhawk
  31. Kestrel
  32. Hobby
  33. Peregrine
  34. Merlin
  35. Red-legged Partridge
  36. Grey Partridge
  37. Pheasant
  38. Water Rail
  39. Moorhen
  40. Coot
  41. Oystercatcher
  42. Ringed Plover
  43. Grey Plover
  44. Golden Plover
  45. Lapwing
  46. Green Sandpiper
  47. Woodcock
  48. Snipe
  49. Jack Snipe
  50. Black-headed Gull
  51. Common Gull
  52. Mediterranean Gull
  53. Herring Gull (argenteus)
  54. Yellow-legged Gull
  55. Lesser Black-backed Gull (graellsi)
  56. Common Tern
  57. Arctic Tern
  58. Feral Pigeon*
  59. Stock Dove
  60. Wood Pigeon
  61. Collared Dove
  62. Cuckoo
  63. Short-eared Owl
  64. Barn Owl
  65. Tawny Owl
  66. Little Owl
  67. Nightjar (Probable)
  68. Swift
  69. Kingfisher
  70. Ring-necked Parakeet
  71. Green Woodpecker
  72. Great Spotted Woodpecker
  73. Lesser Spotted Woodpecker
  74. Skylark
  75. Woodlark
  76. Sand Martin
  77. Swallow
  78. House Martin
  79. Water Pipit
  80. Meadow Pipit
  81. Pied Wagtail
  82. White Wagtail
  83. Yellow Wagtail
  84. Grey Wagtail
  85. Wren
  86. Waxwing
  87. Dunnock
  88. Robin
  89. Nightingale
  90. Redstart
  91. Black Redstart [One at horse paddock at W end of Nettleden Road, Water End (near Nettleden), 20/10/2014]
  92. Whinchat
  93. Stonechat
  94. Song Thrush
  95. Redwing
  96. Mistle Thrush
  97. Fieldfare
  98. Blackbird
  99. Ring Ouzel
  100. Garden Warbler
  101. Blackcap
  102. Lesser Whitethroat
  103. Whitethroat
  104. Sedge Warbler
  105. Grasshopper Warbler
  106. Reed Warbler
  107. Willow Warbler
  108. Chiffchaff
  109. Goldcrest
  110. Firecrest
  111. Spotted Flycatcher
  112. Great Tit
  113. Coal Tit
  114. Blue Tit
  115. Marsh Tit
  116. Long-tailed Tit
  117. Nuthatch
  118. Treecreeper
  119. Magpie
  120. Jay
  121. Jackdaw
  122. Rook
  123. Carrion Crow
  124. Raven
  125. Starling
  126. House Sparrow
  127. Tree Sparrow
  128. Chaffinch
  129. Brambling
  130. Linnet
  131. Lesser Redpoll
  132. Mealy Redpoll
  133. Goldfinch
  134. Greenfinch
  135. Siskin
  136. Bullfinch
  137. Reed Bunting
  138. Yellowhammer
  139. Corn Bunting [One at horse paddock at W end of Nettleden Road, Water End (near edge of Nettleden), 20/10/2014]
Not seen by me.

  • Ruddy Duck
  • Bittern
  • Black Stork [02/05/1990]
  • Gannet
  • Little Ringed Plover
  • Redshank

  • Bar-tailed Godwit
  • Turtle Dove [30/07/2001, Buncefield / Leverstock Green, flying S at M1 J8]
  • Tree Pipit
  • Yellow-browed Warbler [08/02/2009, Bourne End, canal in snowy weather - P. Woodbridge]
  • Shag?
  • (Common?) Crane / (White?) Stork species
  • Rough-legged Buzzard?
  • Red-rumped Swallow?
Escapees.
  • Red Junglefowl (Chicken)
  • Helmeted Guineafowl
  • Goshawk
  • Gyr / Saker x Peregrine hybrid
  • Eagle Owl
  • Budgerigar
  • Cockatiel
  • Golden Pheasant (not seen by me)
  • Eagle species? (not seen by me)
  • Harris Hawk (not seen by me)

Oddities.
  • Greylag Goose x Canada Goose hybrid (C.2)
  • Partly leucistic Black-headed Gull (3)
  • House Martin x Barn Swallow hybrid
  • Partly leucistic Blackbird (many)
  • Partly leucistic Jackdaw (2)
  • Partly leucistic Carrion Crow (many)