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Old Tuesday 9th January 2018, 11:55   #26
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A new year bird in the garden this morning.

57. Bullfinch
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Happy New Year Everyone xxx


Slow start to the year due to working 11hr shifts at work (start in the dark & finish in the dark grrrr) and then, on Saturday, I came down with a very heavy cold which has left me feeling SO drowsy All of my birding so far has been confined to what I can see from the windows at work or when out delivering newspapers but I'm feeling a bit better today so gong to venture out for a short stroll in Hulne Park.

Total so far......

January 1st

1: House Sparow
2: Rook
3: Herring Gull
4: Blackbird
5: Wood Pigeon
6: Jackdaw
7: Blue Tit
8: Starling
9: Collared Dove

January 2nd

10: Black-headed Gull


January 5th

11: Wren
12: Feral Pigeon
13: Carrion Crow
14: Pied Wagtail


Not stressing at all as circumstances beyond my control have got in the way of birding properly and I have another 51 weeks to enjoy myself Taking part in Bird Watching Magazine's #My200BirdYear as I generally lose focus around late spring and the past couple of years have seen my allotment taking up way too much time 2018 is the year I take back my birding!!!

Right.....off to bird HP and tick off some woodland goodies
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Old Tuesday 9th January 2018, 14:33   #28
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Back in Sweden and got two more on the way from the airport before it got dark

55. Hooded Crow
56. Whooper Swan
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Old Tuesday 9th January 2018, 22:34   #30
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On the way home from work I picked up a new bird for the year.

74. Merlin

This bird has been wintering in a city park for the past several years. Ive already looked for it four times this year and finally got lucky today on my fifth attempt. I pulled up and there it was perched on a light fixture at a baseball field.

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I had to go near to Kenilworth this afternoon so took the chance to call into the Abbey Pool for the Whooper Swan that has been there for a few days. It was easy to see as it was only about ten feet from the bankside.

58. Whooper Swan
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This afternoon I took a walk through a thick pine grove behind my house looking for owls. I had a great look at a roosting Barred Owl who didn’t seem too concerned by my presence at all.

75. Barred Owl

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34. Barred owl
35. American robin
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Old Saturday 13th January 2018, 14:11   #34
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Went for a cycle around Uppsala today to pick up a few extra birds:

57. Eurasian Tree Sparrow
58. Common Redpoll
59. Arctic Redpoll
60. Mute Swan
61. Common Goldeneye
62. Red Crossbill
63. Twite
64. White-throated Dipper
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Three new birds today, so Im now up to 78 for the year.

76. Fox Sparrow
77. Pine Siskin
78. Horned Lark

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I have changed my car so decided to have a drive in it today to see what it's like on a run. I had a day out in Gloucestershire and had four new birds of the year, two of which were real quality birds.

59. Penduline Tit
60. Stonechat
61. Meadow Pipit
62. Richards Pipit
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Today I went to the Ohio River, which forms the border between West Virginia and Ohio, to chase a Great Black-backed Gull that had been reported yesterday. I dipped on that bird, but did add three birds to my Year List.

79. Herring Gull
80. Peregrine Falcon
81. Double-crested Cormorant

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A friend sent me a message telling me that both a Caspian Gull and a female Mandarin Duck was less than half a mile from my house on Stoke Floods, Coventry. Needless to say that I loaded up and was on site within 10 minutes. The Mandarin Duck was feeding with the Mallards and the Gull was sitting motionless on a pontoon way out in the lake.

From here I followed my mate to the nearby Longford Park as there had been a few Ring-necked Parakeets that had been seen a few times over the past few days. Sure enough as we got out of the car two could be heard and within minutes they were spotted in a nearby tree to the car park.

63. Mandarin Duck
64. Caspian Gull
65. Ring-necked Parakeet.
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65. Bohemian Waxwing

Flew past my office window today
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After work I stopped by a site on the Monongahela River where a pintail had been reported. I quickly found my target, which was a new bird for the year.

82. Northern Pintail

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It's full winter here. Guys sitting on ice at big lake. Not a gull to be seen. Two bald eagles. 3 hours, 20 miles (3 on foot) gave:
36. Yellow-bellied sapsucker
37. Rough-legged hawk
38. Merlin
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Two more new birds this morning whilst out walking my dog.

66. Little Egret
67. Wren
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A few more from Charlecote, near Stratford upon Avon.

68. Corn Bunting
69. Yellowhammer
70. Linnet
71. Raven
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I had a trip over to Eyebrook Reservoir today (a few miles south of Rutland Water) then down to Ravensthorpe Reservoir and finally near home at Wolston. Birds added today were:

72. Red Kite
73. Smew
74. Wigeon
75. Gadwall
76. Dunlin
77. Siskin
78. Golden Plover
79. Little Owl
80.Red-legged Partridge
81. Goldeneye
82. Great White Egret
83. Pochard
84. Skylark
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Some birding this afternoon after work provided me a new bird for the year.

83. Field Sparrow

The highlight, though, was getting a Peregrine Falcon for my Preston County year, and watching it dive bomb a flock of starlings and catching one in the air.

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Happy New Year, everyone - better late to report than never! Took some time to organize my lists before I could dig into 2018’s species count, but I finally finished tallying 2017 (519 species), and the Cambodia/Vietnam saga continued January 1st resetting the clock for another year of listing. Siem Reap, Jan 1st:
1. Zebra Dove
2. Yellow-vented Bulbul
3. Plain-throated Sunbird
4. Barn Swallow
5. Asian Brown Flycatcher
6. Asian Palm-Swift
7. Streak-eared Bulbul (lifer)
8. Common Myna
9. Shikra

Jan 2nd: I found a really fantastic organization in Siem Reap called the Sam Veasna Center (https://samveasna.org/) which focuses on bringing conservation to locals, curbing poaching, and creating ecotourism jobs and opportunities. They lead a lot of great bird tours around the country - to start out my year right, I arranged a day trip to the Prek Toal bird sanctuary:
10. Chinese Pond-Heron
11. Asian Openbill (lifer)
12. Little Cormorant (lifer)
13. Oriental Darter
14. Grey Heron
15. Brown Shrike (lifer)
16. Little Egret
17. White-throated Kingfisher
18. Large-billed Crow (lifer)
19. Rock Pigeon
20. Blue-tailed Bee-eater (lifer)
21. Great Cormorant
22. Indian Cormorant (lifer)
23. Greater Coucal
24. Racket-tailed Treepie (lifer)
25. Black Drongo
26. Striated Heron
27. Eurasian Tree Sparrow
28. Spot-billed Pelican (lifer)
29. Laced Woodpecker (lifer)
30. Intermediate Egret (lifer)
31. Cattle Egret
32. Black-headed Ibis (lifer)
33. Painted Stork (lifer)
34. Milky Stork (lifer)
35. Lesser Adjutant (lifer)
36. Greater Adjutant (lifer)
37. Purple Heron (lifer)
38. Olive-backed Sunbird
39. Dark-necked Tailorbird
40. Grey-headed Fish-Eagle (lifer)
41. Yellow-bellied Prinia (lifer)
42. Pin-striped Tit-Babbler (lifer)
43. Malaysian Pied-Fantail (lifer)
44. Whiskered Tern (lifer)
45. House Sparrow
46. Germain's Swiftlet
47. Red Collared-Dove (lifer)
48. Pied Bushchat (lifer)
49. Green Bee-eater (lifer)
50. Black-collared Starling (lifer)
51. Pied Kingfisher (lifer)
52. Indian Roller (lifer)

Bidding goodbye to Cambodia, the next leg of the trip was beach bound - Vietnam’s Phu Quoc island. Great seafood, decent beaches, and of course, a few good birds. Jan 4th-9th:
53. Brahminy Kite (lifer)
54. Spotted Dove
55. Oriental Pied-Hornbill (lifer)
56. Thick-billed Green-Pigeon (lifer)
57. Common Sandpiper

Jan 12: After a couple days in Ho Chi Minh City / Saigon, barely making our connection in Seoul, and 20 travel hours later… we found ourselves back in LA. On the drive home through the City of Angels:
58. Western Gull
59. Western Meadowlark
60. Red-tailed Hawk
61. Eurasian Collared-Dove
62. Cooper’s Hawk
63. Mourning Dove

I’m still recovering from jet lag, but in my efforts to snap out of it went for a walk through my local patch, Jan 14:
64. Northern Mockingbird
65. Yellow-rumped Warbler
66. Band-tailed Pigeon
67. Allen’s Hummingbird
68. White-throated Swift
69. Lesser Goldfinch
70. California Gull
71. California Scrub-Jay
72. Bewick’s Wren
73. House Finch
74. Acorn Woodpecker
75. California Thrasher
76. White-crowned Sparrow
77. Wrentit
78. Common Raven
79. California Towhee
80. Herring Gull
81. Cedar Waxwing
82. Spotted Towhee
83. Northern Flicker

A couple in the neighborhood:
84. European Starling
85. Red-whiskered Bulbul

A minor “chase” of a new state bird, Jan 17:
86. American Coot
87. Canada Goose
88. American Wigeon
89. Mallard
90. Brewer’s Blackbird
91. Brown-headed Cowbird
92. Great Egret
93. Anna’s Hummingbird
94. Rusty Blackbird (state lifer)

A few more around town, just driving:
95. Mitred Parakeet
96. Cassin’s Kingbird
97. Red-crowned Parrot
98. Yellow-chevroned Parakeet
99. American Crow
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