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  1. Joseph N

    Joseph N's 2011 Year List

    I end the year with another 12 yearticks in December thanks to trips to Norfolk and Somerset. See the first post for recent highlights. A fantastic year, very happy with 232 despite it being 8 off last years 240. Happy New Year everyone Joseph
  2. Joseph N

    Joseph N's 2011 Year List

    2 year ticks since my last post, a Hume's Warbler at Foveran Bushes on 17/11 and 45+ Tundra Bean Geese today at Windyedge near Muchalls. This takes me up to 220 for the year; trips to Somerset and Norfolk respectively in December will hopefully boost the year list up to 225 species.
  3. Joseph N

    Joseph N's 2011 Year List

    3 useful passerine year ticks on a great day's birding locally take me up to 218for the year, see yearlist for more.
  4. Joseph N

    Joseph N's 2011 Year List

    Hit my yearlist target of 215 today with a great day's birding, Rough-legged Buzzard at Strathbeg and American Golden Plover at Ellon being the birds taking me up to this total.
  5. Joseph N

    Joseph N's 2011 Year List

    A trip to Norfolk and a scattering of scarces/rares (view yearlist) sees the yearlist go up to 213, just two off my yearlist target of 215.
  6. Joseph N

    Joseph N's 2011 Year List

    Up to 209 on Saturday with a very smart Semipalmated Sandpiper at the Ythan Estuary.
  7. Joseph N

    Joseph N's 2011 Year List

    Saw and photographed this beauty yesterday - Sandhill Crane - representing the third mega in Aberdeenshire this year. Also 12 Lapland Buntings flew over whilst watching it. Sensational stuff and takes the year list up to 208.
  8. Joseph N

    Joseph N's 2011 Year List

    Up to 206 with 2 valuable year ticks in the form of Merlin and Short-eared Owl at Strathbeg Lagoon - both stunning birds!
  9. Joseph N

    Joseph N's 2011 Year List

    Up to 204 today, with a Sooty Shearwater off Girdle Ness.
  10. Joseph N

    Joseph N's 2011 Year List

    I have just returned from a fantastic trip to the islands of Islay and Mull on the west coast. Highlights included adult Rose-coloured Starling, White-tailed Eagle, Chough and Golden Eagle. I am now on 203 year after managing 7 year ticks when away - it feels good to have reached over the 200...
  11. Joseph N

    Joseph N's 2011 Year List

    My first Great Skuas of the year yesterday means the yearlist has now increased to 196. Later on this week I am going on a trip to Islay and Mull, which should provide a good amount of very useful year-ticks and hopefully a lifer or two (Chough, Corncrake?).
  12. Joseph N

    Joseph N's 2011 Year List

    I've had 3 year ticks since I last updated this. Firstly a stunning male Black Grouse flushed from the heather at Glen Prosen in Angus on the 19th, then Arctic Tern at the Ythan on the 25th. Finally, there was yet another mega off Blackdog. This time a drake Black Scoter, which I got reasonably...
  13. Joseph N

    Joseph N's 2011 Year List

    On Sunday evening I got reasonably good views (down to 200-250 yards) of the American (ssp. deglandi) White-winged Scoter off Murcar Golf Course. After waiting a few days to see what the general consensus is on the bird and almost everyone in agreement that it is indeed a genuine White-winged...
  14. Joseph N

    Joseph N's 2011 Year List

    I have recently returned from a trip to Speyside, which saw my yearlist increase by 8 species, from 183 to 191. To see the yearticks, please look at the yearlist at the top of the page.
  15. Joseph N

    Joseph N's 2011 Year List

    Two year ticks today, with a fantastic Pectoral Sandpiper on Rigifa Pool and my first Arctic Skua of the year. This takes the year list up to 183 species.
  16. Joseph N

    Joseph N's 2011 Year List

    Since I last updated I have done a bit of woodland birding and also had a day's birding on the coast. It has been rather producitve with a total of 9 year ticks, taking me up to 181 for the year. See first post with year list for more.
  17. Joseph N

    Joseph N's 2011 Year List

    Two yearticks this week which takes me to 172 - Swifts over Aberdeen in the last few days plus my first Little Terns of the year at the Ythan today.
  18. Joseph N

    Joseph N's 2011 Year List

    Excuse the lack of updates recently. A truly fantastic last two weeks worth of birding locally, with the highlights including drake King Eider, a single summer plumaged White-billed Diver, Iceland Gull, 11 Dotterels and a drake Surf Scoter, plus others. For more details see the first post of the...
  19. Joseph N

    Joseph N's 2011 Year List

    I have returned from a trip down to Essex, Suffolk and Norfolk, almost all the birding being done in the latter counties. The highlights included Goshawk and Woodlark (both lifers), Stone Curlew, Dartford Warbler, White-fronted Goose and Gropper amongst others. For a full list of all 35 year...
  20. Joseph N

    Joseph N's 2011 Year List

    Fantastic day's birding at the Ythan today, with one lifer in the form of a very nice 1st winter Bonaparte's Gull from the Snub car park early this afternoon. Also two Swallows at the mouth of the Ythan and a female Scaup at Sands of Forvie NNR were new for the year. This takes the yearlist up...
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