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chris butterworth
Tuesday 3rd January 2012, 11:28
January 1, Champagne-Ardennes, North-eastern France

Yet again I started the year at Annettes parents. The weather hasn't really been condusive to bringing lots of birds down from the north but I still managed to top 100 for my 'New Years Day Bash'.

1 Mute Swan
2 Whooper Swan. ( c.60)
3 Taiga Bean Goose. ( c 100 )
4 Tundra Bean Goose. ( c. 300+)
5 Gtr Whitefronted goose ( 90+ )
6 Greylag Goose ( of uncertain provenance )
7 Mallard
8 Gadwall
9 Common Teal
10 Northern Shoveler
11 Red-crested Pochard
12 Tufted Duck
13 Goosander
14 Reeves Pheasant ( 4 )
15 Common Pheasant
16 Red-legged Partridge
17 Grey Partridge
18 Little Grebe
19 Great Crested Grebe
20 Rock / Feral Pigeon
21 Stock Pigeon
22 Common Wood Pigeon
23 Eur. Collared Dove
24 Common Crane ( c. 1700+ )
25 Common Moorhen
26 Eur / Black Coot
27 Grey Heron
28 Nthn Lapwing
29 Green Sandpiper ( 2 )
30 Eur. Woodcock
31 Common Snipe
32 Black-headed Gull
33 Mew Gull
34 Eur. Herring Gull
35 White-tailed Eagle ( 19 )
36 Red Kite ( 12 )
37 Rough-legged Buzzard ( 3 )
38 Common Buzzard
39 Nthn. Sparrowhawk
40 Nthn. Goshawk ( 1 )
41 Common Barn Owl
42 Eur. Eagle Owl ( 1 )
43 Tawny Owl
44 Little Owl
45 Long-eared Owl ( 5 in roost site )
46 Eur. Green Woodpecker
47 Grey-headed Green Woodpecker ( 6 )
48 Great Spotted Woodpecker ( 7 )
49 Midd. Spotted Woodpecker ( 4 )
50 Less. Spotted Woodpecker ( 2 )
51 Black Woodpecker ( 5 - getting commoner )
52 Eur. Kestrel
53 Great Grey Shrike ( 5 )
54 Black-billed Magpie
55 Eur. Jay
56 Western Jackdaw
57 Rook
58 Hooded Crow ( 19 )
59 W. Carrion Crow
60 Marsh Tit
61 Crested Tit
62 Coal Tit
63 Eur. Blue Tit
64 Great Tit
65 Sky Lark
66 Crested Lark ( spreading northward ? )
67 Wood Lark ( single flock of 7 )
68 Common Longtailed-tit
69 Cetti's Warbler ( 2 seen )
70 Eur. Nuthatch
71 Short-toed Treecreeper
72 Eur. Wren
73 Goldcrest
74 Firecrest
75 Bohemian Waxwing ( a pitiful 31 this year )
76 Common Starling
77 White-throated Dipper ( 1 on dam @ Lac d'Foret )
78 Mistle Thrush
79 Eur. Blackbird
80 Song Thrush
81 Redwing
82 Fieldfare
83 Eur. Robin
84 Black Redstart
85 Hedge Accentor
86 House Sparrow
87 Tree Sparrow
88 Water Pipit ( 2, with Dipper )
89 Meadow Pipit
90 Common Chaffinch
91 Brambling ( c.100 )
92 Lesser Redpoll
93 Mealy Redpoll ( c. 35 )
94 Eur. Goldfinch
95 Eur. Greenfinch
96 Eur. Siskin
97 Eur. Bullfinch
98 Hawfinch ( 'lots' )
99 Red Crossbill
100 Corn Bunting
101 Reed Bunting
102 Yellowhammer
103 Cirl Bunting

There were 'easy' birds missed as well as crackers like Tengmalm's Owl - but I'm not bitter. Honest. I'm not. Really. :C

Chris

chris butterworth
Friday 6th January 2012, 12:01
January 3, 'Run to the Ferry', Belgian coast ( including Het Zwin )

As in previous years we were booked to get the ferry from Oostende. Unlike previous years someone had turned the sea on it's side. When the boat finally left it sailed across the North Sea appearing somewhat damper on the inside than the outside. I still managed a good selection of birds along the Belgian coast road though. :t:

104 Tundra Swan
105 Pink-footed Goose
106 Lesser White-fronted Goose ( from a Scandinavian re-introduction scheme )
107 Barnacle Goose
108 Dark-bellied Brent Goose
109 Egyptian Goose ( becoming commoner ? )
110 Nthn. Shelduck
111 Nthn. Pintail
112 Eur. Wigeon
113 Common Pochard
114 Gtr. Scaup
115 Common Scoter
116 Velvet Scoter ( thankfully, in flight! )
117 Common Goldeneye
118 Smew
119 Red-breasted Merganser
120 Slavonian Grebe ( 9, sheltering in dykes )
121 Red-necked Grebe
122 Water Rail
123 Red-throated Diver
124 Gt. Cormorant
125 Gt. Bittern
126 Little Egret
127 Gt. Egret
128 Eur. Oystercatcher
129 Pied Avocet
130 Ringed Plover
131 Grey Plover
132 Eur. Golden Plover
133 Red Knot
134 Sanderling
135 Purple Sandpiper
136 Dunlin
137 Eur. Curlew
138 Black-tailed Godwit
139 Bar-tailed Godwit
140 Common Redshank
141 Ruff
142 Ruddy Turnstone
143 Jack Snipe
144 Mediterranean Gull
145 Caspian Gull ( in Zeebrugge harbour )
146 Less. Black-backed Gull
147 Glaucous Gull
148 Gt. Black-backed Gull
149 River Kingfisher
150 Marsh Harrier
151 Mrlin
152 Peregrine Falcon
153 Eur. Penduline Tit
154 Bearded Reedling
155 Horned Lark
156 Common Chiffchaff
157 Pied Wagtail
158 Grey Wagtail
159 Twite
160 Lapland Longspur
161 Snow Bunting

January 4, 'The Ferry!'

162 Nthn. Fulmar
163 Nthn Gannet
164 Black-legged Kittiwake
165 Common Guillemot

January 5, Wirral Peninsula

166 Canada Goose ( ! )
167 Pale-bellied Brent Goose
168 Short-eared Owl
169 Eur. Stonechat
170 Rock Pipit

Finally up to date ( phew! ) - but still smarting from dipping on a Sabine's Gull at Hilbre yesterday :C

Chris

chris butterworth
Monday 9th January 2012, 10:51
January 8, West Kirby, Wirral

171 Northern Raven ( Flew over the Royal Liverpool GC while I was on the shore )
172 Eur. Shag ( juv / 1st w bird on West Kirby Marine Lake )
173 Yellow-legged Gull ( adult on Marine Lake )

January 9, Ashton Park, West Kirby, Wirral

174 Blackcap

Chris

chris butterworth
Thursday 19th January 2012, 15:35
January 19, Parkgate, West Cheshire

175 Eur. Spoonbill

Chris

p.s Hi Barbara !!!!!!!!!!!!!

C

chris butterworth
Monday 6th February 2012, 14:53
05 February, North Wales

Glyn Ceiriog > Llangollen road, Berwyns

176 Black Grouse

1 male and 3 females at first light.

Between Cerrigydrudion and Pentrefoelas, on the A5

177 Red Grouse

Baffled that I didn't pick any up in the Berwyns. 2 flying across the road in front of the car.

Slopes of Carnedd Dafydd, at the start of the Nant Ffrancon Pass

178 Red-billed Chough

I was on my way over to South Stack for this species but 5 were flying around the south-western face of the mountain.

Chris

Larry Lade
Monday 6th February 2012, 15:48
Chris, I see that you are off to another great start for your "year list". Way to go!

chris butterworth
Monday 5th March 2012, 14:25
03 March, Ormskirk and Mere Sands Wood, SW Lancashire, UK.

179 Sand Martin

I was sheltering from the rain when a single bird came belting through, like a drunken bat!

180 Osprey

We were just scanning through Common Buzzard ( in case one was the wintering Roughleg ) when I thought "That's not a gull!!!" as it glided away over the trees. Brief glimpse, but good enough. :t:

181 Ruddy Duck

My first for a couple of years. The cull must be finally biting.

04 March, Marshside, Southport, Merseyside

181 Pied Avocet

Chris, I see that you are off to another great start for your "year list". Way to go!

You can't keep a good man down Larry, or, as Annette is fond of saying to anyone who'll listen, "He's passed all hopes of redemption". It was nice to get out at the start of spring migration and get some more birds to go on the list. It's been FAR too long since the last ones.

Chris

chris butterworth
Tuesday 13th March 2012, 14:51
13 March, Haha-jima, Ogasawara Is, Japan.

182 Bonin Petrel ( 17 close in, in the channel between Haha-jima and Chichi-jima )
183 Wedge-tailed Shearwater ( 20+ as above )
184 Brown Booby ( 11 back on their nesting site )
185 Eastern Buzzard ( toyoshimai ) ( My first record of this taxon )
186 Pacific Golden Plover ( 3 )
187 Red-necked Stint ( 17 )
188 Eur. Whimbrel ( 5. It doesn't matter where you go in t'old world, there's a Whimbrel! )
189 Sooty Tern ( 20+)
190 Oriental Turtle Dove ( 20+)
191 Black-backed Wagtail ( 1 )
192 Brown-eared Bulbul ( 20+)
193 Blue Rock Thrush ( 20+)
194 White's Thrush ( 1 - "singing" )
195 Japanese White-eye ( 20+. As the birds in the Ogasawara's are a mix of the endemic taxon and the introduced nominate this is a bit of an 'iffy' tick but....)
196 Bonin Is. White-eye ( 20+. unlike most island endemics, the White-eye is really common. )

A cracking day spent wandering about the island with the highlight being a reasonable view of the endemic Buzzard. Having said that, sitting down eating lunch with a species of Pterodroma flying passed you is not something to be sniffed at. Off to catch the night ferry back to Tokyo soon so, more seabirds. :t:

Chris

chris butterworth
Thursday 15th March 2012, 14:03
14 March, Ferry between Ogasawara's and Tokyo

197 Black-footed Albatross ( 4 )
198 Laysan Albatross ( 9 )
199 Bulwer's Petrel ( 2 )
200 Matsudaira's Storm Petrel ( 1 ) Close enough to see the white shafts on the outer primaries.

Chris

chris butterworth
Friday 16th March 2012, 15:22
15 March, Ferry between the Ogasawara Is and Tokyo

201 Short-tailed Albatross ( 2 NW of Torishima. )
202 Pale-footed Shearwater ( 15 off Aogashima )
203 Bannerman's Shearwater ( 3 )
204 Tristram's Storm-Petrel ( 2 S. of Sofu Gan )

A cracking group of birds from the ferry - but it was travelling through the breeding range of some real gems.

Chris

chris butterworth
Saturday 17th March 2012, 15:41
16 March, Tokyo ( Meiji-jingu + Shinobazu-no-ike )

205 Mandarin Duck ( 18 )
206 Chinese Spot-billed Duck ( 7 )
207 Chinese Bamboo Partridge ( 2 )
208 Black-crowned Night Heron ( 5 )
209 Black-eared Kite ( 20+ )
210 Black-tailed Gull ( 20+ )
211 Collared Scops Owl ( 1 )
212 House Swift ( 11 )
213 Ring-necked Parakeet ( 12 )
214 Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker ( 2 )
215 Eastern Sky Lark ( 5 )
216 Olive-backed Pipit ( 2 )
217 east Asian Pipit ( 6 )
218 Daurian Redstart ( 5 )
219 Pale Thrush ( 2 )
220 Varied Tit ( 11 )
221 Bull-headed Shrike ( 1 )
222 Azure-winged Magpie ( 4 )
223 Japanese ( Large-billed ) Crow ( 20+ )
224 White-cheeked Starling ( 20+ )
225 Oriental Greenfinch ( 20+ )
226 Japanese Grosbeak ( 7 )
227 Black-faced Bunting ( 4 )
228 Meadow Bunting ( 9 )

Another quick rummage around my favorite birding spots in Tokyo turned up the usual gems. Off to Okinawa tonight.

Chris

chris butterworth
Monday 19th March 2012, 14:24
18 March, Okinawa

229 Cinnamon Bittern ( 1 )
230 Okinawa Rail ( 3 ). As usual, wandering around on someones lawn at first light.
231 White-breasted Waterhen ( 4 )
232 Lesser Sand Plover 9 20+ )
233 Grey-tailed Tattler ( 17 )
234 Ryukyu Scops Owl ( 1 )
235 Pacific Swift ( 9 )
236 Okinawa Woodpecker ( 2 )
237 Ryukyu Minivet ( 17 )
238 Barn Swallow ( 20+ )
239 Pacific Swallow ( 11 )
240 Ryukyu Robin ( 9 )
241 White-rumped Munia ( 20+ )
242 Scaly-breasted Munia ( 20+ )
243 Chestnut Munia ( 20+ )

The last three species are all introductions - but are both common and widespread on the island.

Chris

chris butterworth
Thursday 22nd March 2012, 14:04
20 March, Gilroy NP, Wirral.

244 Northern Wheatear
245 Willow Warbler

I'd just got in from Japan and needed milk and bread and stuff so I called into Gilroy on the way back from the shops. Two Wheatear on the fence posts in the 'New Pond' field were my first for the year and a couple of brief snatches of Willow Warbler song in Gilroy NP itself had me stumbling around looking up at the tops of the trees in the scrubby part by the pond. I finally picked it up before it bounced off to be replaced by a rather clean looking Chiffchaff. I went down about half an hour after to see if I could get a photo but it had moved to the other end of the site ( still giving single bursts of song ) and was right up the top of a tree against a bright sky. :-C

Chris

chris butterworth
Monday 26th March 2012, 12:37
25 March, Gilroy area, Wirral

246 Common Sandpiper

Chris

chris butterworth
Wednesday 28th March 2012, 13:18
28 March, West Kirby shore, Wirral

247 White Wagtail

Hoylake shore, Wirral

248 Ring Ouzel

New Brighton, Wirral

249 Little Gull

Chris

chris butterworth
Friday 30th March 2012, 15:14
29 March, West Kirby, Wirral

250 Barn Swallow

I was walking home yesterday afternoon when a single bird came belting through. Hopefully it'll be the first of many ( but - one Swallow does not a summer make :-C )

Chris

Larry Lade
Friday 30th March 2012, 15:44
The only swallow species I have so far this year is our Tree Swallow, but it will not be too much longer before I get the others, namely, Barn, Cliff, Bank (aka. Sand Martin) and Northern Rough-winged. The Purple Martins should be arriving shortly also.

chris butterworth
Tuesday 10th April 2012, 12:29
06 April, Gayton, West Cheshire

251 House Martin

08 April, Hoylake Langfields, Wirral

252 Eur. Whimbrel

Two birds in a field while I was carrying out my monthly WEBS survey.

10 April, Gilroy NP, Wirral.

253 Common Whitethroat

Hopefully, Larry, I should get a few of those in New York when I skive off from people making wedding arrangements 'n stuff later on this month :t: :t: :t:

Chris

Larry Lade
Tuesday 10th April 2012, 13:07
Today, Steve Kinder and I are taking a father and son (Amish folks from Chillicothe, Missouri) up to Squaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge for a day's birding. We might see the Bank Swallows up there. I'm sure there will be Tree Swallows, Barn Swallows and perhaps some Cliff Swallow too!

Larry Lade
Wednesday 11th April 2012, 00:35
Had a great morning out with our Amish friends, and we did get some Bank Swallows (Sand Martins, as you would call them over there) plus some other nice birds.

chris butterworth
Wednesday 11th April 2012, 13:15
I meant to ask ( and I'm being serious, for once ). How do Amish handle binoculars? Telescopes have been around for some considerable time but bins are relatively recent.

Chris

Larry Lade
Wednesday 11th April 2012, 14:50
The Amish father and son each have binoculars (I think they are Bushnell's). They both handle them quite well. They both have exceptional observational skills, in spotting birds with their naked eyes, hearing the bird songs quite well and identifying them fairly decently also.

chris butterworth
Monday 16th April 2012, 12:19
14 April, Gilroy N.P., Wirral

254 Sedge Warbler

Meols, Wirral

255 Yellow Wagtail ( 2 cracking bright yellow birds seen from the train! )

Woolston Eyes, Warrington, West Cheshire

256 Black-necked Grebe ( probably the largest breeding colony in UK, 12 birds noted. I know, it's pitiful compared to those in N. America but ........)
257 Garden Warbler

Chris

chris butterworth
Tuesday 17th April 2012, 13:13
16 April, Cubbins Green, West Kirby, Wirral

258 Lesser Whitethroat

17 April, Red Rocks, Wirral

259 Sandwich Tern
260 Common Tern

Chris

chris butterworth
Thursday 19th April 2012, 14:53
18 April, Moore Nature Reserve, Warrington, West Cheshire

261 Common Redstart ( I had another one today along the Wirral Way. Both pristine males )

Chris

chris butterworth
Friday 20th April 2012, 13:20
20 April, Gilroy N.P., Wirral

262 Common Grasshopper Warbler

Chris

chris butterworth
Monday 23rd April 2012, 14:40
23 April, Champagne - Ardennes, NE France

263 Garganey
264 White Stork
265 Common Quail ( heard )
266 Montagu's Harrier
267 Eur. Hobby
268 Corn Crake ( heard )
269 Spotted Crake ( heard )
270 Little Ringed Plover
271 Black Tern
272 Eur. Hoopoe
273 Tawny Pipit
274 Tree Pipit
275 Rufous Nightingale
276 Bluethroat
277 Savi's Warbler
278 Marsh Warbler
279 Common Reed Warbler
280 Great Reed Warbler
281 Icterine Warbler ( They seem to be getting scarcer here, year on year ).
282 Melodious Warbler ( The opposite of Icky's. By far the commoner of the two nowadays ).
283 W. Bonelli's Warbler
284 Wood Warbler
285 Collared Flycatcher ( No Pieds!).
286 Willow Tit
287 Golden Oriole ( A cracking male flying across a dark forest background. Stunning ).
288 Eur. Serin

Back in France because Annette wanted to vote 'from home' instead of going to the embassy in London this time. Sarkozy getting stuffed and a shed load of good birds. Brilliant.

Chris

chris butterworth
Thursday 26th April 2012, 13:15
26 April, Gilroy N.P., Wirral

289 Common Swift

( Just heard about 2 White Stork, on Tuesday. They were only a mile or so from my house and would have been my first in Wirral + Cheshire. Bitter? Me? Never ;) )

Chris

Larry Lade
Thursday 26th April 2012, 13:35
26 April, Gilroy N.P., Wirral

289 Common Swift

( Just heard about 2 White Stork, on Tuesday. They were only a mile or so from my house and would have been my first in Wirral + Cheshire. Bitter? Me? Never ;) )

Chris

Win some, lose some!

chris butterworth
Thursday 26th April 2012, 13:44
Win some, lose some!

Thanks for that, Larry. Got White Stork in France, so I'm alright for the year. But ................ that close to home :-C :-C :-C

Chris

chris butterworth
Friday 4th May 2012, 14:29
04 May, Burton Mere Wetlands, W. Cheshire

290 Garganey
291 Black-winged Pratincole ( my first for Wirral and Cheshire. )

Plus Great Egret :t:. The Pratincole turned up last night but I gambled on it still being present today ( and it was ........ for a couple of minutes. Then it vanished again ). The Garganey was dismissed as 'merely a Teal', it was a long way away, until it stretched up out of the water and flapped it's wings.

Chris

chris butterworth
Saturday 5th May 2012, 14:50
05 May, Donkey Stand Flash, Parkgate, W. Cheshire

292 Temminck's Stint

Yet another cracking bird grabbed on my Old Farts Bus Pass :t: B (:

Chris

chris butterworth
Thursday 10th May 2012, 15:19
09 May, West Kirby, Wirral

293 Spotted Flycatcher

Picked up while walking into the village.

Chris

chris butterworth
Thursday 17th May 2012, 14:56
15 May, New York ( Central Park, Jamaica Bay )

294 Am. Black Duck
295 Green-winged Teal
296 Blue-winged Teal
297 Wood Duck
298 Redhead
299 Ring-necked Duck
300 Pied-billed Grebe
301 Chimney Swift
302 Ruby-throated Hummingbird
303 King Rail ( heard only )
304 Sora Rail
305 Common Gallinule ( Still sounds yeuchy but I suppose we've got to live with it )
306 Am. Coot
307 Double-crested Cormorant
308 Least Bittern
309 Green / Little Heron
310 Little Blue Heron
311 Snowy Egret
312 Great Blue Heron
313 Piping Plover ( Bit of a shock to pick this one up at Jamaica Bay. Cracking bird. )
314 Killdeer Plover
315 Willet
316 Greater Yellowlegs
317 Spotted Sandpiper
( There were other waders around - but I had been threatened with "removal of priviliges" if I took my 'scope :eek!:.)
318 Laughing Gull
319 Am. Herring Gull
320 Ring-billed Gull
321 Turkey Vulture (Is their range moving north?)
322 Sharp-shinned Hawk
323 Red-tailed Hawk
324 Northern Flicker
325 Downy Woodpecker
326 American Kestrel
[ Monk Parakeet. I don't know if it's on the NY list as an introduction - or just not 'countable' so I'll leave it out of the total ( for now ) ]
327 Eastern Kingbird
328 Eastern Wood Pewee
329 Least Flycatcher
330 Alder Flycatcher
331 Solitary Vireo
332 Red-eyed Vireo
333 American Crow
334 Fish Crow
335 Tufted Titmouse
336 Black-capped Chickadee
337 Tree Swallow
338 Purple Martin
339 Red-breasted Nuthatch
340 House Wren
341 Marsh Wren
342 Northern Mockingbird
343 Veery
344 Swainson's Thrush
345 American Robin
346 American Goldfinch
347 Purple Finch
348 House Finch
349 Tennessee Warbler
350 Northern Parula
351 Black + White Warbler
352 Black-throated Blue Warbler
353 Yellow-rumped Warbler ( s.s. )
354 Yellow Warbler
355 Common Yellowthroat
356 American Redstart
357 Red-winged Blackbird
358 Rusty Blackbird
359 Common Grackle
360 Brown-headed Cowbird
361 Baltimore Oriole
362 Savannah Sparrow
363 Song Sparrow
364 White-throated Sparrow
365 Red-breasted Grosbeak
366 Northern Cardinal.

Another 73 for the year. Not too shabby considering I only had one day spare - and only my bins :smoke:.

Chris

Larry Lade
Thursday 17th May 2012, 17:45
I wonder who it was that was going to "remove your privileges"! ;)

Jamaica Bay is a great place to bird!

chris butterworth
Friday 18th May 2012, 13:26
I wonder who it was that was going to "remove your privileges"! ;)

Jamaica Bay is a great place to bird!

" She who MUST be obeyed" - if I want to keep my privileges ( and various body parts as well ) :eek!:. It's a pity that it's such a drag to get to Jamaica Bay from central Manhatten on the A line. Do they really need all those stops ( when I'm going birding )?

Chris

Larry Lade
Friday 18th May 2012, 22:25
" She who MUST be obeyed" - if I want to keep my privileges ( and various body parts as well ) :eek!:. It's a pity that it's such a drag to get to Jamaica Bay from central Manhatten on the A line. Do they really need all those stops ( when I'm going birding )?

Chris

We have a son who lives in Brooklyn and he has an automobile! So, when I go back east for a visit, I have a ride available with someone who knows how to get to some of the birdy venues in the New York area. One can not hardly beat those circumstances! Got to love it!

chris butterworth
Saturday 19th May 2012, 14:56
We have a son who lives in Brooklyn and he has an automobile! So, when I go back east for a visit, I have a ride available with someone who knows how to get to some of the birdy venues in the New York area. One can not hardly beat those circumstances! Got to love it!

That's just being cruel Larry :-O :-O :-O. I must admit birding, and general wildlife watching, in big cities is always a great surprise and often turns up some really stunning stuff. Having said that, I'm much happier being out somewhere a touch wilder.

Chris

chris butterworth
Tuesday 12th June 2012, 12:20
10 June, Gait Barrows, Lancashire.

367 Pied Flycatcher ( at last )

Chris

chris butterworth
Friday 15th June 2012, 14:19
14 June, Vancouver, British Colombia, Canada

368 American Mourning Dove
369 Common Nighthawk
370 Black Swift
371 Vaux's Swift
372 Anna's Hummingbird
373 Calliope Hummingbird
374 Western Kingbird
375 Hammond's Flycatcher
376 Warbling Vireo
377 Hudsonian Magpie
378 Northern Rough-winged Swallow
379 Cliff Swallow
380 Grey Catbird
381 Magnolia Warbler
382 Black-throated Gray Warbler
383 American Redstart
384 Bullock's Oriole
385 Spotted Towhee
386 Chipping Sparrow
387 Dark-eyed Junco
388 White-crowned Sparrow
389 Black-headed Grosbeak

Most were seen in, and around, my daughter's house ( just on the edge of Grouse Mountain ). Off to do some 'proper birding' later with my grand-daughter :t:

Chris

chris butterworth
Monday 18th June 2012, 13:53
16 / 17 June, Lighthouse Park / Stanley Park / Burrard Inlet, Vancouver

390 Green-winged Teal
391 Lesser Scaup
392 Harlequin Duck
393 Western Grebe
394 Black-chinned Hummingbird
395 Rufous Hummingbird
396 Pelagic Cormorant
397 Brant's Cormorant
398 Black Oystercatcher
399 Surfbird
400 Bonaparte's Gull
401 Glaucous-winged Gull
402 Forster's Tern
403 Pigeon Guillemot
404 Marbled Murrelet
405 Ancient Murrelet
406 Rhinoceros Auklet
407 Bald Eagle
408 Red-bellied Sapsucker
409 Hairy Woodpecker
410 Olive-sided Flycatcher
411 Say's Phoebe
412 Hutton's Vireo
413 North-western Crow
414 Violet-Green Swallow
415 American Treecreeper
416 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
417 Cassin's Finch
418 Magnolia Warbler
419 Wilson's Warbler
420 Brewer's Blackbird
421 Song Sparrow
422 Western Tanager

Most of Saturday was spent sea-watching from Lighthouse Park and Sunday was a "family day" where Jessica and I were only allowed to take our bins with us.

Chris

chris butterworth
Tuesday 19th June 2012, 13:35
18 June, Reifel Island, Vancouver, B.C., Canada

423 Snow Goose
424 Cackling Goose ( nom. )
425 Am. Wigeon
426 Cinnamon Teal
427 Canvasback
428 Sandhill Crane
429 Am. Bittern
450 Semi-palmated Plover
451 Am. Avocet
452 Wilson's Phalarope
453 Wilson's Snipe
454 Short-billed ( Mew ) Gull
455 Western Gull
456 Swainson's Hawk
457 W. Wood Pewee
458 Dusky Flycatcher
459 W. Bluebird
460 Buff-bellied Pipit
461 Audubon's Warbler
462 Nthn. Waterthrush
463 Yellow-headed Blackbird
464 Chipping Sparrow
465 Fox Sparrow
466 Lazuli Bunting

Chris

chris butterworth
Friday 29th June 2012, 14:26
19 - 20 June. Garibaldi Provincial Park, B.C, Canada

467 White-winged Scoter
468 Barrow's Goldeneye
469 Bufflehead
470 Golden Eagle
471 Ruffed Grouse
472 Spruce / Franklin's Grouse
473 Band-tailed Pigeon
474 Rufous Hummingbird
475 Hammond's Flycatcher
476 Willow Flycatcher
477 Western Flycatcher
478 Steller's Jay
479 Gray Jay
480 Chestnut-backed Chickadee
481 Pacific Wren ( 1st since 'split' )
482 Golden-crowned Kinglet
483 Mountain Bluebird
484 Townsend's Solitaire
485 Varied Thrush
486 American Dipper
487 Cedar Waxwing
488 Solitary Vireo
489 Townsend's Warbler
490 MacGillivray's Warbler
491 Golden-crowned Sparrow
492 Pine Siskin
493 Brown-capped Rosy Finch

28 June. New Brighton, Wirral, UK

494 Little Swift ( My 1st UK bird :t: )

Chris

chris butterworth
Tuesday 28th August 2012, 14:56
25 August. BMW/IMF, Burton, W. Cheshire

495 Pectoral Sandpiper

26 August. c.3.5 n.m. off North Wirral coast

496 Manx Shearwater
497 European Storm-Petrel
498 Great Skua

Chris

chris butterworth
Monday 5th November 2012, 13:30
September. Chile

Underlined birds are 'lifers'.

499 Lesser Rhea
500 Puna Rhea
501 Ornate Tinamou
502 Chilean Tinamou
503 Andean Tinamou
504 Elegant Crested Tinamou
505 Patagonian Tinamou
506 Black-necked Swan
507 Coscoroba Swan
508 Andean Goose
509 Upland Goose Less. Magellan Goose
510 Kelp Goose
511 Ashy-headed Goose
512 Ruddy-headed Goose
513 Flying Steamer Duck
514 Magellanic Steamer Duck ( + "Chiloe" Steamer Duck 0
515 Crested Duck
516 Spectacled ( Bronze-winged ) Duck
517 Torrent Duck
518 Chiloe Wigeon
519 Cinnamon Teal
520 Red Shoveler
521 Yellow-billed Pintail
522 Silver Teal
523 Puna Teal
524 Yellow-billed Teal
525 Rosy-billed Pochard
526 Andean Duck
527 Lake Duck
528 White-tufted Grebe
529 Great Grebe
530 Silvery Grebe
531 Chilean Flamingo
532 Andean Flamingo
533 James' Flamingo
534 Humbolt Penguin
535 Magellanic Penguin
536 Rockhopper Penguin
537 Grey-headed Albatross
538 Salvin's Albatross
539 Common Black-browed Albatross
540 Light-mantled Albatross
541 Sthn. Royal Albatross
542 Sthn. Giant Petrel
543 Sthn. Fulmar
544 Cape Petrel
545 Kermadec Petrel ( P.(a.) juana)
546 White-headed Petrel
547 Juan Fernandez Petrel
548 Masatierra Petrel
549 Stejneger's Petrel
550 Blue Petrel
551 Antarctic Prion
552 Slender-billed Prion
553 Grey Petrel
554 White-chinned Petrel
555 Pink-footed Shearwater
556 Sooty Shearwater
557 Little Shearwater ( elegans type )
558 Wilson's Storm-Petrel
559 Elliot's Storm-Petrel
560 Grey-backed Storm-Petrel
561 Black-bellied Storm-Petrel
562 Ringed Storm-Petrel
563 Peruvian Diving-Petrel
564 Common Diving-Petrel
565 Magellanic Diving-Petrel
566 Peruvian Booby
567 Masked Booby
568 Neotropical Cormorant
569 Red-legged Cormorant
570 Rock Cormorant
571 Guanay Cormorant
572 Imperial Cormorant
573 Peruvian Pelican
574 Cocoi Heron
575 Pacific Reef Egret
576 Black-crowned Night-Heron
577 Cattle Egret
578 Puna Ibis
579 Black-faced Ibis
580 Black Vulture
581 Andean Condor
582 White-tailed Kite
583 Black-chested Buzzard-Eagle
584 Cinerous Harrier
585 Chilean Hawk
586 Harris Hawk
587 White-throated Hawk
588 Variable Hawk
589 Rufous-tailed Hawk
590 Mountain Caracara
591 White-throated Caracara
592 Sthn. Caracara
593 Chimango Caracara
594 Aplomado Falcon
595 Plumbeous Rail
596 Spot-flanked Gallinule
597 Red-gartered Coot
598 Red-fronted Coot
599 Giant Coot
600 Horned Coot
601 Andean Coot
602 White-winged Coot
603 Peruvian Thick-knee
604 Sthn. Lapwing
605 Andean Lapwing
606 Puna Plover
607 Two-banded Plover
608 Snowy Plover
609 Rufous-chested Dotterel
610 Diademed Sandpiper-plover
611 American Oystercatcher
612 Blackish Oystercatcher
613 Magellanic Oystercatcher
614 Black-necked Stilt
615 Andean Avocet
616 Hudsonian Whimbrel
617 White-rumped Sandpiper
618 Baird's Sandpiper
619 Magellan Snipe
620 Puna Snipe
621 Fuegean Snipe
622 Rufous-bellied Seedsnipe
623 White-bellied Seedsnipe
624 Grey-breasted Seedsnipe
625 Least Seedsnipe
626 Andean Gull
627 Brown-hooded Gull
628 Dolphin Gull
629 Grey Gull
630 Belcher's Gull
631 Kelp Gull
632 Grey Noddy
633 Peruvian Tern
634 Large-billed Tern
635 Inca Tern
636 Sth. American Tern
637 Snowy-crowned Tern
638 Black Skimmer
639 Chilean Skua
640 Long-tailed Skua
641 Spot-winged Pigeon
642 Chilean Pigeon
643 West Peruvian Dove
644 Eared Dove
645 Picui Ground Dove
646 Bare-faced Ground Dove
647 Black-winged Ground Dove
648 Golden-spotted Ground Dove
649 Patagonian Conure
650 Austral Conure
651 Mountain Parakeet
652 Magellanic Horned Owl
653 Austral Pygmy Owl
654 Burrowing Owl
655 Rufous-legged Owl
656 Band-winged Nightjar
657 Andean Swift
658 Green-backed Firecrown
659 Juan Fernandez Firecrown
660 Andean Hillstar
661 White-sided Hillstar
662 Giant Hummingbird
663 Chilean Woodstar
664 Oasis Hummingbird
665 Ringed Kingfisher
666 Striped Woodpecker
667 Chilean Flicker
668 Andean Flicker
669 Magellanic Woodpecker

That's the non-passerines out of the way. I'll do the passerines later. Suffice to say, Chile is a superb country for birding - but don't try and cram it all in at once, unless someone else is doing the driving.

Chris

Larry Lade
Monday 5th November 2012, 13:54
That is Awesome Chris!

chris butterworth
Monday 5th November 2012, 14:05
That is Awesome Chris!

Thanks Larry. I must admit it was an awesome trip but I think that may have been my last self planned uber-trip. I think I'll let someone else work out the logistics from now on. ;) BTW this was the first time I've got back and it has taken more than a day or two to get over it. Decrepitude is slowly creeping up on me :-C.

Chris

Larry Lade
Monday 5th November 2012, 14:59
" ... Decrepitude is slowly creeping up on me :-C."

Tell me about it! I know the feeling! I'm getting a little older, a little slower, my memory is (well you know), I like a nap after lunch, etc., etc.

chris butterworth
Tuesday 6th November 2012, 13:01
September, Chile 2

670 Common Miner
671 Short-billed Miner
672 Greyish Miner
673 Puna Miner
674 Rufous-breasted Miner
675 Straight-billed Earthcreeper
676 Crag Chilla
677 Patagonian Forest Earthcreeper
678 Scale-throated Earthcreeper
679 Buff-winged Cincloides
680 Grey-flanked Cincloides
681 Chilean Seaside Cincloides
682 Blackish Cincloides
683 White-winged Cincloides
684 Wren-like Rushbird
685 Thorn-tailed Rayadito
686 Plain-mantled Tit-spinetail
687 Creamy-breasted Canastero
688 Austral Canastero
689 Cordilleran Canastero
690 Canyon Canastero
691 Dusky-tailed Canastero
692 White-throated Treerunner
693 Chestnut-throated Huet-huet
694 Black-throated Huet-huet
695 Moustached Turca
696 White-throated Tapaculo
697 Chucao Tapaculo
698 Magellanic Tapaculo
699 Yellow-billed Tit-tyrant
700 Juan Fernandez Tit-tyrant
701 Ticking Doradito
702 Many-coloured Rush-tyrant
703 Bran-coloured Flycatcher
704 Austral Negrito
705 Andean Negrito
706 Puna Ground-tyrant
707 Cinerous Ground-tyrant
708 Ochre-naped Ground-tyrant
709 Rufous-naped Ground-tyrant
710 White-browed Ground-tyrant
711 Black-fronted Ground-tyrant
712 Black-billed Shrike-tyrant
713 White-tailed Shrike-tyrant
714 Great Shrike-tyrant
715 Fire-eyed Diucon
716 Rufous-winged Bush-tyrant
717 Patagonian Tyrant
718 Rufous-tailed Plantcutter
719 Blue + White Swallow
720 Andean Swallow
721 Chilean Swallow
722 Sedge Wren
723 Austral Thrush
724 Chiguanaco Thrush
725 Chilean Mockingbird
726 Patagonian Mockingbird
727 Correndera Pipit
728 Hellmayr's Pipit
729 Cinerous Conebill
730 Tamarugo Conebill
731 Blue + Yellow Tanager
732 Black-hooded Sierra-finch
733 Grey-hooded Sierra-finch
734 Patagonian Sierra-finch
735 Mourning Sierra-finch
736 Plumbeous Sierra-finch
737 Red-backed Sierra-finch
738 Common Diuca-finch
739 White-bridled Finch
740 Yellow-bridled Finch
741 Chestnut-throated Seedeater
742 Black-throatd Seedeater
743 Bright-rumped Yellow-finch
744 Greater Yellow-finch
745 Patagonian Yellow-finch
746 Grassland Yellow-finch
747 Rufous-collared Sparrow
748 Peruvian Meadowlark
749 Long-tailed Meadowlark
750 Austral Blackbird
751 Yellow-winged Blackbird
752 Bay-winged Blackbird
753 Thick-billed Siskin
754 Hooded Siskin
755 Black Siskin
756 yellow-rumped Siskin
757 Black-chinned Siskin

13 October, Hoylake Langfields, Wirral

758 Yellow-browed Warbler

Pheew. Finally, up to date, and 159 'lifers' in one trip. :t:

Chris

chris butterworth
Thursday 8th November 2012, 09:04
8 November, Naha, Okinawa, Japan

759 Ruddy Crake
760 GreyStarling
761 Yellow-throated Bunting

Finally managed to get out into the Manko for lunch today.

Chris

chris butterworth
Friday 9th November 2012, 08:39
9 November, Okinawa.

762 Striated Heron
763 Intermediate Heron
764 Japanese Sparrowhawk
765 Barred Buttonquail
766 Long-toed Stint
767 Pintail Snipe
768 Amami Woodcock
769 Saunders Gull
770 Japanese Wood Pigeon
771 Whistling ( Red-capped) Green Pigeon
772 Black-throated Thrush
773 Zitting Cistiticola
774 Japanese Tit

Finding the Woodcock saved me a trip to Amami-oshima, but I might nip over for the Jay. I also managed to connect with species I really should have got earlier this year.

Chris