Discovery Park, Seattle
530. Northwestern Crow (L)
531. Barrow's Goldeneye (L)
And my first US Winter Wren, seen in England in May.
This has been a really good year, I've had amazing help from some terrific birders and I am thrilled to have passed the 500 target I set, particularly because I saw many more birds than I expected in the States without help, always satisfying.
Particular thanks go to Jane Turner who spent a very long morning with me driving from one side of Cheshire to the other and back, showing me birds I would never have got alone. And in Botswana, Grant Atkinson of Wilderness Safari's who made sure we got a terrific list including some new lifers in an area I've visited a number of times previously.
Roll on 2008.
Last Life bird (856) Whooper Swan
Last Year bird (158) Marsh Wren