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  1. lazza

    Lazza's 2013 list

    Norway list: 18 (-14 on 2012) Species seen in 2013 not seen in 2012: 6 Blackbird Common redpoll Feral pigeon/rock dove?! Golden Eagle Goldfinch Nuthatch Species seen in 2012 but not seen in 2013: 20 Black-headed gull* Blue tit* Brambling* Common crane Common gull* Fieldfare* Great spotted...
  2. lazza

    Lazza's 2013 list

    France list: 31 (+5 on 2012) Species seen in 2013 not seen in 2012: 17 Blackcap Chaffinch Chiffchaff Collared dove Common swift Firecrest Garden Warbler Great spotted woodpecker Great tit Green woodpecker Greenfinch Mallard Red-crested pochard Reed warbler White/pied wagtail Woodpigeon...
  3. lazza

    Lazza's 2013 list

    Switzerland list: 34 (+4 on 2012) Species seen in 2013 not seen in 2012: 13 Barn swallow Common buzzard Common tern Goldcrest Goldfinch Goosander Great crested grebe Great tit House martin Pochard Serin Starling Woodpigeon Species seen in 2012 but not seen in 2013: 10 Black woodpecker Blue...
  4. lazza

    Lazza's 2013 list

    Spain list: 91 (+11 on 2012) Species seen in 2013 not seen in 2012: 24 Black-headed gull Cetti's warbler Cormorant Cuckoo Dunlin Great white egret Green sandpiper Jackdaw Kingfisher Lapwing Little ringed plover Little stint Long-tailed tit Muscovy duck Mute swan Night heron Sanderling Sandwich...
  5. lazza

    Lazza's 2013 list

    So, finally, a chance to take a look back on 2013: Final total, including all birds seen in all countries: 206 (+1 on 2012) UK list: 161 (+3 on 2012) Species seen in 2013 not seen in 2012: 21 Bearded tit Egyptian Goose Garden Warbler Grasshopper Warbler Greater Scaup Greenshank Hooded crow...
  6. lazza

    Lazza's 2013 list

    A pleasant ride today via Woodhorn and Cresswell, finally inched me past last year's total. Among a mixed flock of a couple of hundred greylag and Canada geese at Woodhorn were three 161 Greenland White-fronted geese Other highlights included 750-800 pinkfoot over Cresswell and a water rail in...
  7. lazza

    Lazza's 2013 list

    Woohoo! My first successful "twitch" of the year, adding a new bird to my life list (taking it to 431): 160. Lesser Grey Shrike Excellent close views of the bird at High Newton, that has been there for several days. My record this year on getting out to see rarities has been pretty poor, with...
  8. lazza

    Lazza's 2013 list

    Just comparing 2012 and 2013 UK lists, and there are a good few species I saw last year that I haven't seen this year... some of them are not exactly common, I realise, but there are still some pretty common birds I am missing (many of which I don't stand much chance of getting before year end)...
  9. lazza

    Lazza's 2013 list

    Another month passes by, and finally more species added: 158. Red-throated diver Two seen off-shore at Cresswell earlier this week. And, after some ID problems 159. Greater scaup So that takes my 2013 list to 1 more than my 2012 UK list, at 159 species, with 7 weeks still left in the...
  10. lazza

    Lazza's 2013 list

    At last! First new addition in the best part of a month. A wet and windy cycle ride out to Cresswell pond was tiring, and devoid of anything of great interest due to the very high water levels, with the sand bank almost completely submerged - two snipe being the only waders there, perched on the...
  11. lazza

    Lazza's 2013 list

    No new birds for ages, but on a trip to the South East for work, I stopped off to eat my lunch at Paxton Pits in Cambridgeshire. Still no new birds, but a new mammal: muntjac deer (11)
  12. lazza

    Lazza's 2013 list

    A trip down to London with work allowed me a little time to have a wander around Regent's Park (in search of flycatchers and warblers apparently present in reasonable numbers, but I could only get there late afternoon when the dog walkers and joggers had seen them all off). The ponds held large...
  13. lazza

    Lazza's 2013 list

    Get in! 200 up! A trip to Cresswell pond on Saturday morning provided me with species number 200 for 2013, a full 3 months earlier than last year :) 155. Ruff And what lovely birds too, 4 of them flying in with lapwing shortly before I left. For the record, I also bagged mammal number 10...
  14. lazza

    Lazza's 2013 list

    So, that takes me to 199 for the year! One to go for 200, which I only reached in mid-December last year.... :)
  15. lazza

    Lazza's 2013 list

    An early morning visit to one of the Vistabella road hides in El Hondo revealed a startling number of waders. The pools were heaving with flamingo, black-tailed godwit, stilt and egrets, with many other smaller waders that I wasn't able to identify. However, I did see: 78. Night heron* (almost...
  16. lazza

    Lazza's 2013 list

    12 days in Spain on our annual summer holiday was very productive, as expected, adding close to 30 new species to the Spain 2013 list, of which 15 were new birds for 2013, and 2 were lifers! The first morning, I was out on my bike for a short jaunt round the local streets of La Marina, and...
  17. lazza

    Lazza's 2013 list

    A ride from Newbiggin up to Druridge pools and back in the early evening sun was a pleasant last UK trip for a couple of weeks, as off to Spain today. Also added a new UK tick in Newbiggin (taking my UK list to 191): 152. Mediterranean Gull At least two adults on the beach with BH gulls...
  18. lazza

    Lazza's 2013 list

    Well, what a day! Headed out to Bamburgh yesterday, and cycled from there up to Harthope Valley. Parked up in the dunes car park in Bamburgh, and a brief look out to sea didn't show much, but in the dunes were goldfinch, linnet, whitethroat and a reeling 148. Grasshopper Warbler It didn't...
  19. lazza

    Lazza's 2013 list

    And another succesful pass by of Bothal pond at lunch time today added: 147. Green sandpiper - a new species for me at Bothal.
  20. lazza

    Lazza's 2013 list

    Not out much recently, but had a cycle out to Cambois past several good wader spots at the weekend. Despite plenty of birdlife being around, only added: 146. Little egret A single bird at Bothal pond along with a family of 4 grey heron (2 adult, 2 juvenile).
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