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Old Wednesday 8th July 2015, 20:02   #26
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Continues to be a very enjoyable and interesting read Gregor. My husband Rob and I were at O'Reiily's in May 2014, for part of a long birding day out and saw some great birds including Bowerbirds- we would give the place a big thumbs up too
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Old Wednesday 8th July 2015, 21:13   #27
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I can vouch for the camping at Lamington N.P.; spent three nights there with my girlfriend. I can also vouch for the bird quality - had a Satin Bowerbird tending his bower in the bush about 2 m. from our tent! Lots of other stuff too.

Nary a snake nor a stinging leaf in sight (those were all up at Cape Tribulation); the only trespassers on our privacy were the numerous red-necked pademelons, a small 'roo-like thing. God, they were tame!

This was all 20 years ago, but I would hope that the camping area would still be as it was - it was idyllic!
Peter,

The stinging leaves are on the left as you arrive at O'Reilly's. That is what I was told, although 'tis true that the Aussies are great for their stories! As for snakes, well, one of O'Reilly's guides pointed out a red-bellied black snake, and there was a bigger black one down the hill, sort of behind the camping site. A guide mentioned a death adder along a forest path (after I'd walked the path). Death adders are the ones that are camouflaged in the leaf litter, until someone stands on them.

The birds at O'Reilly's seem not to mind visitors, so you don't usually need to walk around on "tip toes".

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Old Friday 10th July 2015, 21:41   #28
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July 10th, Bude, Cornwall
106. Sand Martin

Yarner Wood, Devon
107. Eurasian Siskin
108. Lesser Spotted Woodpecker
109. European Pied Flycatcher- at least two of them, my first in Britain
110. Grey Wagtail
111. Eurasian Nuthatch

Dartmoor, Devon
112. Tree Pipit

Bowling Green Marsh RSPB, Devon
113. Common Greenshank
114. Eurasian Curlew
115. Whimbrel
116. Red Knot
117. Spotted Redshank
118. Grey Plover
119. Eurasian Wigeon

I had a very productive day, starting at my friend's house in Bude and then stopping off at Yarner Wood and Bowling Green Marsh on the way home. Sadly I missed Redstart and Wood Warbler (and Treecreeper) at Yarner Wood and several waders at Bowling Green Marsh (including Redshank which will be difficult to get after leaving the UK). I still have a few days left, so I'll try and add a few more!
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Old Sunday 12th July 2015, 09:07   #29
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July 11th, Exe Estuary, Devon
120. Dunlin
Several Waders were seen from my grandparents' boat party up the River Exe, but sadly no Redshanks again.
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Old Monday 13th July 2015, 17:29   #30
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July 13th, Acres Down, Hampshire
121. Woodlark
122. Common Firecrest
123. Common Redstart

Sadly no raptors showed during our three hour walk around the area, but it was very nice to go birdwatching for the final time before I head to America on Thursday morning.
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Old Wednesday 15th July 2015, 19:35   #31
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July 15th, Hampton Court, Surrey
124. Ring-necked Parakeet

It was nice to get a final addition to my list before heading to America, while visiting my grandparents. It's a 4am start tomorrow!
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Old Friday 17th July 2015, 17:07   #32
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July 16th, Philadelphia Airport, Pennsylvania
125. American Crow

San Francisco, California
126. Western Gull

An extremely long day of travelling, but nice to finally arrive in San Francisco. I'm about to go and explore the city and hopefully find some more new birds!
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Old Saturday 18th July 2015, 01:51   #33
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July 17th, San Francisco, California
127. Mourning Dove
Golden Gate Park, San Francisco
128. American Robin
129. Lesser Goldfinch
130. Dark-eyed Junco
131. Brewer's Blackbird
132. Pied-billed Grebe
133. Double-crested Cormorant
134. Downy Woodpecker
135. Steller's Jay
136. Brown Creeper
137. Pygmy Nuthatch
138. Black-crowned Night Heron
139. Anna's Hummingbird
140. Violet-green Swallow
141. Song Sparrow
142. Pacific-slope Flycatcher
143. Caspian Tern
144. American Coot
145. Wood Duck
146. Brown-headed Cowbird
147. Allen's Hummingbird
148. Red-tailed Hawk
149. Black Phoebe
150. California Scrub Jay
151. House Finch
152. California Towhee

I had a great day walking around Golden Gate Park in the middle of San Francisco. It is fantastic being in a new country where virtually every bird is new for me! I will probably head back to the park tomorrow before starting my bus tour on the day after that.
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Old Sunday 19th July 2015, 14:25   #34
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Cult 18th, Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco
153. Cooper's Hawk
154. Brown Pelican
155. Heermann's Gull

I met up with my tour group yesterday evening. Sadly there are no other birders on it! I'm heading to Yosemite today though, so hopefully there will be some good birds!

Edit: just discovered that the parakeets I saw were in fact Red-masked, and thus I believe are not countable as a self-sustaining feral population, so that's one less bird!
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Old Thursday 23rd July 2015, 19:08   #35
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19th July, near Oakland, California
156. Turkey Vulture

20th July, Yosemite NP, California
157.:Clark's Nutcracker
158. American Black Swift
159. American Dipper

21st July, Mono Lake, California
160. Sage Thrasher
161. Least Sandpiper
162. Yellow-headed Blackbird
163. California Gull
164. Western Osprey

22nd July, Yosemite NP, California
165. Mountain Chickadee
166. American Kestrel
Bishop, California
167. Great-tailed Grackle

It has been very difficult to get any bird-watching in, but what an amazing place this part of the world is! I shall definitely be returning some day.
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Old Friday 24th July 2015, 17:35   #36
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July 24th, Las Vegas, Nevada
168. Northern Mockingbird

My only addition from two days Las Vegas. I certainly will not be returning!

Grand Canyon NP, Arizona
169. White-throated Swift
170. Zone-tailed Hawk
171. Woodhouse's Scrub Jay
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July 25th, Grand Canyon NP, Arizona
172. Spotted Towhee
173. Western Tanager
174. Cactus Wren
175. Western Kingbird
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July 26th, Arizona
176. Greater Roadrunner
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July 27th, Mesa Verde NP, Utah
177. Black-throated Grey Warbler
178. Juniper Titmouse
179. Broad-tailed Hummingbird
180. Chipping Sparrow
181. Pine Siskin
182. Cordillera Flycatcher
183. Black-billed Magpie
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July 28th, Santa Fe, New Mexico
184. White-breasted Nuthatch
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July 29th, Carlsbad Caverns, New Mexico
185. Northern Rough-winged Swallow
186. Cave Swallow
187. White-winged Dove
188. Common Nighthawk
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July 30th, Bandera, Texas
189. Black Vulture
190. American Cliff Swallow

San Antonio, Texas
191. Common Ground Dove
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July 31st, San Antonio, Texas
192. Northern Cardinal
193. Western Cattle Egret

San Marcos, Texas
194. Chimney Swift
195. Yellow-crowned Night Heron
196. Green Heron
197. Common Grackle
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August 1st, Texas
198. Ruby-throated Hummingbird
199. Purple Martin
200. Mississippi Kite
201. Killdeer
202. Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
We had a fantastic stop for breakfast in an area teeming with birdlife. Sadly, location-wise, all I know is that it was somewhere near Houston!

Louisiana
203. Little Blue Heron
204. Great Blue Heron
205. Black-necked Stilt
206. White-faced Ibis
207. Swallow-tailed Kite
208. Laughing Gull

New Orleans, Louisiana
209. Blue Jay
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August 2nd, Pearl River, Louisiana
210. Red-winged Blackbird
Sadly the only addition on a two hour tour of New Orleans's swamps. We did see heaps of Alligators though!
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August 3rd, Mississippi
211. Brown Thrasher
212. American White Pelican
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August 5th, Ijams, Tennessee
213. American Goldfinch
214. Pileated Woodpecker

The trip is going fantastically well, but there are disappointingly few birding opportunities! It does give me an excuse to return to this incredible country though...
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August 7th, Washington DC
215. Ring-billed Gull
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216. Snowy Egret

New York City
217. American Herring Gull
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August 9th, Central Park, New York
218. Grey Catbird
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