Happy bird filled 2015

As in many, many years in the past few decades, I started the year with birding. I didn’t start early as allowed myself a little bit extra time in bed following an intensive shift on New Years Eve.

As public transport was on limited availability, I took the first bus and headed to the Grand Union Canal. It became one of my favourite birding sites in Buckinghamshire. Today I covered a bit more than 11 km long section of the canal and added a few new ebird spots.

Covered section of the Grand Union Canal in Milton Keynes. Map generated by Trails app.

Covered section of the Grand Union Canal in Milton Keynes. Map generated by Trails app.

Due to gusts and dark clouds, bird activity and detectability was limited. Anyway, I managed to see 37 taxons. Considering that mainly songbirds were seen and the major water bodies were not visited, it doesn’t seem to be a bad start. 37 species of today is 20% of all species I saw in the United Kingdom in 2014.

Here is the trip summary:

The Grand Union Canal (Section 74-90B), Milton Keynes

This is a combined list of 27 submitted eBird checklists from today.

Canada Goose 17
Mute Swan 2
Mallard (Domestic type) 141
Great Cormorant 2
Grey Heron 1
Eurasian Sparrowhawk 1
Common Buzzard 1
Eurasian Moorhen 64
Black-headed Gull 173
Mew Gull 1
European Herring Gull 5
Common Wood-Pigeon 296
Eurasian Collared-Dove 20
Common Kingfisher 2
Eurasian Green Woodpecker 1
Eurasian Magpie 100
Eurasian Jackdaw 99
Rook 1
Carrion Crow 45
Great Tit 23
Eurasian Blue Tit 62
Long-tailed Tit 12
Eurasian Wren 10
Blackcap 1
European Robin 40
Eurasian Blackbird 61
Fieldfare 1
Redwing 40
Song Thrush 4
European Starling 55
Dunnock 25
White Wagtail (British) 4
Meadow Pipit 1
Common Chaffinch 15
European Greenfinch 21
European Goldfinch 70
House Sparrow 78

This trip summary was created using the BirdLog app for iPhone and iPad.

All of my readers and followers, I wish a fantastic and birdy New Year!


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