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  1. martinboer

    Martin (Wash DC) 2019 Year List

    And that's it, two more birds for the year -- with the Namaqua Sandgrouse being a lifer -- and finishing at 229. My lowest yearly total in a long time, so i will want to put in some more effort in 2020. Happy New Year to everyone! Martin December 30 - in Namibia 228. Namaqua Sandgrouse -...
  2. martinboer

    Martin (Wash DC) 2019 Year List

    Namibia has been a wonderful family vacation. While birding hasn't been my main focus, I did manage to already rack up 77 different species, 68 year birds and 10 lifers. And, we still have a few days to go! December 27 Langstrand, Erongo, Namibia 213. Greater Flamingo 214. African...
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    Martin (Wash DC) 2019 Year List

    Have had a great time visiting Namibia with my family for the winter holidays. We lived here in 2003-2005 and it's great to be back again. Also saw a few lifers among a load of year birds... And with the Africa Cuckoo saw my #800th Bird!!! December 22 Okapuka Ranch, Khomas, Namibia 160...
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    Martin (Wash DC) 2019 Year List

    Some more clean up over the last two months.. before our family holiday to Namibia. November 17 My House, Chevy Chase, MD, USA 151. Brown Creeper November 24 Frankfurt Airport, Germany 152. Fieldfare November 29-December 1 Portland, OR, USA - Visiting family for Thanksgiving 153. Anna's...
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    Martin (Wash DC) 2019 Year List

    Haven't updated my list in a while - but I managed to see a few more birds in the past few months - including three lifers - during a few foreign trips, but sadly have not had time for proper birding recently. August 4 Playa de Santanyi, Majorca, Spain 136. Common Swift 137. Audouin's Gull...
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    Martin (Wash DC) 2019 Year List

    Visited the Chesapeake Bay and saw quite a few new birds, including two Bald Eagle chicks and three lifers! Also just saw my 200th bird in the US. July 11 Blackwater Natural Wildlife Reserve, Cambridge, MD, USA 128. Ruby-throated Hummingbird 129. Least Tern 130. Forster's Tern 131...
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    Martin (Wash DC) 2019 Year List

    Short trip to London and visited St. James's Park. July 1 St. James's Park, London, England, GB 119. Graylag Goose 120. Black Swan 121. Egyptian Goose 122. Common Shelduck 123. Gadwall 124. Red-crested Pochard 125. Common Pochard 126. Tufted Duck 127. Lesser Black-backed Gull Latest Lifer...
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    Martin (Wash DC) 2019 Year List

    Visited my family in Amsterdam, saw 21 species and a lifer, although surprised to not have seen the Marsh Tit before... June 21 Zeeburg, Amsterdam, The Netherlands 107. Great Crested Grebe 108. Eurasian Coot 109. Mew Gull June 22 Park Frankendael, Amsterdam, The Netherlands 110. Mute Swan...
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    Martin (Wash DC) 2019 Year List

    Work travel to Tokyo and Kyoto. Saw a few more year ticks and two new lifers! June 8 Nijo Castle, Kyoto, Japan 98. Large-billed Crow 99. Eurasian Tree Sparrow Kyoto Imperial Palace Park, Kyoto, Japan 100. Eastern Spot-billed Duck 101. Japanese Tit 102. White-cheeked Starling 103. Japanese...
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    Martin (Wash DC) 2019 Year List

    Saw a few more local birds in the last few weeks. April/May Chevy Chase, MD, USA 95. House Finch 96. Gray Catbird 97. Brown-headed Cowbird Latest Lifer: 788 : White-throated Kingfisher (Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at Nile Plaza, Cairo, Egypt, April 2019)
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    Martin (Wash DC) 2019 Year List

    Have spent most of this week in Cairo, holed up in a hotel at a conference. But I did manage two journeys out and saw some great birds here, a new lifer: the glorious White-throated Kingfisher, which hovers just above the water like a Pelican and darts down. 23 April Four Seasons Hotel Cairo...
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    Martin (Wash DC) 2019 Year List

    In Los Angeles for a few days, and saw a few more birds for the year, including two lifers! 17 April Beverly Hills Marriott, Beverly Hills, CA 78. Black-chinned Hummingbird 18 April Venice Beach, Venice, CA 79. Rufous Hummingbird 80. Sanderling 81. Osprey 82. Phainopepla Latest Lifer: 787...
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    Martin (Wash DC) 2019 Year List

    Had a great time visiting Santa Barbara, California and even saw a few birds, including a lifer. 13-15 April Santa Monica State Beach, Santa Monica, CA 57. Western Gull 58. California Gull 59. Common Raven Zuma Beach and Lagoon, Malibu, CA 60. Willet 61. Brown Pelican East Beach, Santa...
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    Martin (Wash DC) 2019 Year List

    Have been slow to log, but have picked up a few more birds locally and skiing in Austria. 26 February Constitution Gardens and Reflecting Pool, Washington DC 50. Common Grackle 3 March Munich Airport, Munich, Germany 51. Great Egret 52. Common Buzzard 53. Carrion Crow 5 March Konigsleiten...
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    Martin (Wash DC) 2019 Year List

    Picked up a few more local birds in the past weeks... Chevy Chase, MD 46. Chipping Sparrow 47. Northern Shoveler 48. Tufted Titmouse 49. Ring-necked Duck Latest Lifer: 785 : Muscovy Duck (Hotel Los Lagos, Arenal, Costa Rica, August 2018)
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    Martin (Wash DC) 2019 Year List

    The weather is warming up and have seen more birds recently. Was also able to go on my first proper birding trip today, stretching my year list to 45. 19 January Chevy Chase, MD 28. Turkey Vulture 29. Hairy Woodpecker 20 January Liberty Mountain Resort, PA 30. Bald Eagle <- was glorious to...
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    Martin (Wash DC) 2019 Year List

    A few more local birds put me at 27. Still missing lots of common birds but it's snowing and hard to get visibility. 5-12 January Chevy Chase, MD and Woodend Sanctuary, MD, USA 19. Winter Wren 20. Barred Owl - this was a real beauty 21. Downy Woodpecker 22. White-breasted Nuthatch 23. Carolina...
  18. martinboer

    Martin (Wash DC) 2019 Year List

    Happy New Year to everyone. Was very happy to see 358 birds last year, a personal record but also due to heavy work travel, which should (hopefully) be considerably less this year. And off we go... 1-4 January Chevy Chase, MD and Washington, DC, USA 1. Mourning Dove 2. Black Vulture 3...
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