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Old Monday 21st December 2015, 11:27   #626
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510 Grey Partridge. Finally, I saw one in the local fields.
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Old Tuesday 22nd December 2015, 00:53   #627
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I have looked for Perdix perdix several times up north of Missouri (Minnesota and Iowa) and have thus far come away empty. Certainly would like to get that bird one of these days!
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Old Tuesday 22nd December 2015, 10:22   #628
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One more for the year-list while in Sweden last week:

221. Crested tit

So, it looks unlikely I'll surpass last year's total of 224, as I can't see myself getting out much over the next two weeks what with family commitments, but still my second best total in the 5 years I've been listing.

All-in-all, quite a mixed year:
For my UK list - 147 species is my lowest UK total since I started listing (161 last year, but typically mid 150s)
On the other hand, my Spain list exceeded 100 for the first time (in fact, 110) versus a previous best of 96, adding 54 unique species to the overall year-list; and a business trip to Sweden and Finland - including taking the ferry between Stockholm and Helsinki - netted 75 species, including 11 unique species for the year-list
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Old Tuesday 22nd December 2015, 10:43   #629
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Oh, and a footnote: my aim to try to see 1000 species (of any kind) locally, by bicycle or on foot, has fallen rather short. As of today, I am at 507 species!

Alga: 6
Amphibian: 4
Annelid: 3
Birds: 139
Fish: 3
Centipede: 2
Chromist: 4
Crustacea: 9
Echinoderm: 2
Fern: 4
Flowering plants: 188
Fungi: 21
Horsetail: 3
Insects (incl Springtails): 81
Mosses and liverworts: 4
Molluscs: 11
Spiders and other arachnids: 8
Mammals: 14

I probably have another 60-80 photos of species I just couldn't get an ID for, but the real problem I have found is how disruptive it is to be looking to identify everything!!
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Old Tuesday 22nd December 2015, 14:39   #630
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187. Glauscous gull
That will be it unless I find a sapsucker.
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Old Thursday 24th December 2015, 12:09   #631
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A few days ago I got my last bird in Sweden for this year which was also a lifer. Pity I only got to see it for a couple of seconds!

280. Ural Owl

I still have some fairly easy birds to get now that I'm back in the UK for the Christmas period. Whether I'll get out to see them though is another matter entirely...
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Old Tuesday 29th December 2015, 02:34   #632
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I forgot my trip counts as a few days in 2015
188 bananaquit
188 Short tailed hawk
190 Blue-gray tanager
191 Band tailed pigeon
192 White winged dove
193 rufous-collared sparrow
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Old Tuesday 29th December 2015, 09:21   #633
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181 to date (plus the usual visit to the Muscovy ducks in Ely, just in case they become countable eventually)

160 at the end of October, 174 to end of November, 181 now. All in the UK.
Three lifers in the three months, ring-necked duck, caspian gull and grey phalarope. Plus some snow buntings at Horsey during my Norfolk holiday were my first ever self-found birds that Birdguides have put on their map.
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Old Tuesday 29th December 2015, 19:56   #634
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This afternoon I successfully chased a local rarity, which puts me at 239 for the year. Unless something unusual shows up in the next couple of days, that's probably it for the year.

239. Northern Shrike

Along with five other birders, I put in a few hours Sunday looking for this bird, but without success, so it was nice to get it in the bag today.

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Old Tuesday 29th December 2015, 23:33   #635
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194 tropical kingbird
195 clay-colored robin
196 short billed pigeon
197 great kiskadee
198 black vulture
199 plain wren
200 inca dove
201 Summer tanager
202 Scarlet-rumped cacique
203 Ochraceous wren
204 black-cowled oriole
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Old Wednesday 30th December 2015, 13:19   #636
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205 Piratic flycatcher
206 Passerinis tanager
207 White-shouldered tanager
208 Toucan chestnut-mandibled
(202 now corrected to Passerinis tanager)
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Old Wednesday 30th December 2015, 18:19   #637
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281. Short-toed Treecreeper

I did no birding when I was home and now I'm in Berlin for new year so I don't think I'll add anything else now. The Treecreeper was a nice end to the year though seen in the grounds of Charlottenburg Palace
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Old Wednesday 30th December 2015, 21:45   #638
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One or two got corrected above but numbers correct from then on:
Rio frio
209 mangrow swallow
210 Amazon kingfisher
211 Anhinga
212 little blue heron
212 boat-billed heron
213 sungrebe
214 ringed kingfisher
215 snowy egret
Yellow crowned nheron
216 bare-throated tigerheron
217 green kingfisher
218 neotropic cormorant
Fortuna:
219 Harris's hawk
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Old Thursday 31st December 2015, 13:11   #639
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220 buff-throated saltator
221 tawny crested tanager
222 golden-hooded tanager
223 collared aracari
224 gray-headed chacalaca
Will have a bunch today unless our 2 hour stop is all rain
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Old Thursday 31st December 2015, 13:50   #640
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Roadtrip to SE Arizona for the last day of the year...

Along the way, in Imperial County, CA:
387. Sandhill Crane
388. Snow Goose
389. Gambel's Quail
390. Stilt Sandpiper
391. Abert's Towhee
392. Common Ground-Dove

Will be checking in with my December 31st numbers later today!
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Old Friday 1st January 2016, 00:12   #641
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220 buff-throated saltator
221 tawny crested tanager
222 golden-hooded tanager
223 collared aracari
224 gray-headed chacalaca
Hanging bridges
225 Rufous tailed hummingbird
226 Tree creeper, brown Cocoa
227 White hawk
Missed one humming bird

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Old Friday 1st January 2016, 04:29   #642
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SE AZ couldn't disappoint:
393. Gila Woodpecker
394. Rufous-winged Sparrow
395. Bridled Titmouse
396. Verdin
397. Chihuahuan Raven
398. Canyon Towhee
399. Pyrrhuloxia
400. Plumbeous Vireo

400 BABY! HAPPY NEW YEAR, BIRDERS!
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Old Friday 1st January 2016, 14:55   #643
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Happy New Year to all!

With two sightings at Reed College in Portland Oregon on Christmas - including one lifer - I finish the year with a cool 218 sightings.

24 December

Reed Lake, Reed College, Portland, OR, USA
217. Hooded Merganser
218. Red Crossbill (New Lifer)

2015 in Review

The 218 sightings are a very nice improvement on last year's 165 species. I was fortunate to go on a lot of business and holiday trips in 2015 and reviewing the list now I am embarrassed I didn't see even more birds.

In 2015 I had the pleasure to bird in: Belgium (Brussels, Wallonia), Canada (Vancouver), China (Macau), Italy (Rome), Japan (Tokyo), Luxembourg, The Netherlands (Amsterdam), Peru (Lima), Portugal (Lisbon), Qatar (Doha), Switzerland (Kloisters, Zurich), UAE (Abu Dhabi), UK (London), US (California, Florida, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Oregon, Texas.)

Over the year I was able to lift my Life List to 465 from 382.

My goals for 2015 were:
- To see 200 birds (saw 218)
- Raise life total to 450 (to 465)
- Lift Belgium count to 100 (ended at 71 as I moved to the US in April...)


So, a pretty good performance for me at least and I hope everyone had an enjoyable year birding!


World life list: 465 (Red Crossbill, Portland, OR, USA; December 2015)
USA life list: 147 (Red Crossbill, Portland, OR, USA; December 2015)
2015 year list: 218 (Red Crossbill, Portland, OR, USA; December 2015)
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184, after 2 lifers and 1 other year-tick on the last day of the year. Pretty pleased with that.
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