Andrew Self

From Londonbirders

A London Birder since 1984. My local patch is Brent Reservoir and I’m fortunate enough to live adjacent to it. My best finds at Brent include: Great White Egret (a joint find and a first for London), Lesser Scaup (2nd for London but also seen elsewhere), Blue-winged Teal (3rd for London), Ring-billed Gull (10th), White-winged Black Tern (28th), two Yellow-browed Warblers and a Spoonbill (seen from my flat). I also co-found a Black Stork at Cheshunt on a bird race which was a first for London (this proves how luck plays its part in finding rarities as we wouldn't even have been there if we didn't still need Lesser Whitethroat!).

I’m also the London Bird Recorder and Editor of the London Bird Report. When I’m not at Brent Res I’m probably birding overseas. I have visited every continent and have seen 4539 species.

The best bird I've ever seen is Great Grey Owl - a female on a nest with three well grown young and a male nearby on lookout - stunning! Although an adult male Pied Harrier in Nepal comes a pretty close 2nd and the Yellow-headed-Picathartes in Ghana must be 3rd.

Apart from birds I'm also interested in butterflies (UK List 48 including Large Tortoiseshell & Monarch), moths (I run a trap) and mammals (Total 355; I saw 11 Tigers in 2005 and Mountain Gorilla, Wolf, Black Bear & Puma in 2006). And rock music (in the last few years I've been to see UFO (3 times), Rush, Magnum, Def Leppard & Whitesnake). My contact details are at #Email

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Here's a photo of me in Australia, more photos and a trip report can be found on my website: [1]


Patchlist Competition 2009 - Species Lists

Species Brent Res Westminster
Little Grebe 1
Great Crested Grebe 1
Black-necked Grebe 1
Cormorant 1 1
Little Egret 1
Grey Heron 1 1
Bittern 1
Mute Swan 1
Greylag Goose 1 1
Canada Goose 1 1
Egyptian Goose 1
Shelduck 1
Mandarin 1
Wigeon 1
Gadwall 1
Teal 1
Mallard 1 1
Pintail 1
Garganey 1
Shoveler 1
Red-crested Pochard 1
Pochard 1
Tufted Duck 1
Scaup 1
Common Scoter
Goldeneye 1
Goosander 1
Ruddy Duck 1
Osprey
Sparrowhawk 1 1
Marsh Harrier 1
Common Buzzard 1
Red Kite
Merlin 1
Kestrel 1 1
Hobby 1
Peregrine 1 1
Pheasant 1
Water Rail 1
Moorhen 1
Coot 1 1
Avocet 1
Oystercatcher 1
Lapwing 1
Ringed Plover 1
Little Ringed Plover 1
Dunlin 1
Sanderling 1
Ruff 1
Jack Snipe 1
Snipe 1
Woodcock 1
Black-tailed Godwit 1
Bar-tailed Godwit
Whimbrel 1
Curlew 1
Redshank 1
Greenshank 1
Wood Sandpiper 1
Green Sandpiper 1
Common Sandpiper 1
Mediterranean Gull 1
Little Gull 1
Black-headed Gull 1 1
Common Gull 1 1
Lesser Black-backed Gull 1 1
Yellow-legged Gull 1
Caspian Gull
Herring Gull 1 1
Great Black-backed Gull 1 1
Kittiwake
Little Tern
Common Tern 1 1
Arctic Tern 1
Black Tern 1
Feral Dove 1 1
Stock Dove 1
Woodpigeon 1 1
Collared Dove 1
Turtle Dove
Ring-necked Parakeet 1 1
Cuckoo
Tawny Owl 1
Little Owl 1
Long-eared Owl 1
Short-eared Owl
Swift 1 1
Kingfisher 1
Green Woodpecker 1
Great Spotted Woodpecker 1 1
Lesser Spotted Woodpecker
Skylark 1
Sand Martin 1
Swallow 1
House Martin 1
Tree Pipit 1
Meadow Pipit 1
Rock Pipit 1
Water Pipit 1
Yellow Wagtail 1
Grey Wagtail 1 1
Pied Wagtail 1
Wren 1 1
Dunnock 1
Robin 1 1
Nightingale
Redstart 1
Black Redstart
Whinchat
Stonechat
Wheatear 1
Ring Ouzel
Blackbird 1 1
Fieldfare 1
Song Thrush 1
Redwing 1
Mistle Thrush 1 1
Cetti's Warbler 1
Grasshopper Warbler 1
Sedge Warbler 1
Reed Warbler 1
Lesser Whitethroat 1
Common Whitethroat 1
Garden Warbler 1
Blackcap 1
Chiffchaff 1
Willow Warbler 1
Goldcrest 1
Firecrest 1
Spotted Flycatcher 1
Pied Flycatcher
Long-tailed Tit 1
Coal Tit 1
Blue Tit 1 1
Great Tit 1 1
Nuthatch 1
Treecreeper
Jay 1
Magpie 1 1
Jackdaw 1
Rook 1
Carrion Crow 1 1
Starling 1 1
House Sparrow 1
Chaffinch 1
Brambling 1
Greenfinch 1 1
Goldfinch 1 1
Siskin 1
Linnet 1
Lesser Redpoll 1
Crossbill 1
Bullfinch 1
Yellowhammer
Reed Bunting 1
TOTALS: 135 33

Email

I can be contacted at: a-self [AT] sky.com

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