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Gander's 2018 Two Hundred Or Bust List

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Old Monday 7th May 2018, 09:07   #26
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7th May

Seafield, Fife

157. Common Tern
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Old Friday 25th May 2018, 07:49   #27
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Middle of the North Sea (Offshore Platform)

158. Lesser Whitethroat
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Old Tuesday 29th May 2018, 12:42   #28
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Being away offshore for a key three weeks of the year has put a serious dent in my hopes of 200 species this year, however, a first for my offshore birding turned up this morning, and has given me a glimmer of hope.

159. Pied Flycatcher
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Old Wednesday 30th May 2018, 18:03   #29
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Back on dry land, went looking for Red-Backed Shrike. No sign of one, but came back with........

Crail

160. Corn Bunting

Fife Ness

161. Black-Throated Diver
162. Manx Shearwater (Lifer)
163. Arctic Skua.
164. Arctic Tern

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Old Saturday 2nd June 2018, 08:53   #30
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An early morning foray into central Fife produced......

Mountcastle

165. Garden Warbler

That equals my previous best number of species for a year, so now its gravy until January.
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Old Wednesday 6th June 2018, 21:26   #31
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A very productive day's birding in the Perthshire glens produced....

166. Cuckoo
167. Whinchat
168. Red Kite
169. Short-eared Owl

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Old Monday 11th June 2018, 16:14   #32
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170. Water Rail
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Old Wednesday 13th June 2018, 22:28   #33
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Glen Dye

171. Spotted Flycatcher

Ythan Estuary

172. King Eider (Lifer)
173. Little Tern (Lifer)

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Old Wednesday 25th July 2018, 21:15   #34
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25th July

A second visit to the Ythan Estuary produced two lifers today. That is four lifers in two visits. Needless to say, the Ythan Estuary is now one of my favourite places on Earth.

174. Sooty Tern (Lifer)
175. Eurasian Spoonbill (Lifer)
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Old Friday 27th July 2018, 18:56   #35
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27th July

Tay Reedbeds

176. Reed Warbler (Lifer)
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Old Wednesday 22nd August 2018, 20:47   #36
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Wilderness, Fife

177. Ruff
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Old Wednesday 29th August 2018, 19:54   #37
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Loch Garten

178. Crested Tit (Lifer)

Loch Ruthven

179. Slavonian Grebe
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Old Sunday 2nd September 2018, 21:58   #38
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Eden Estuary

180. Golden Plover
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Eden Estuary

181. Curlew Sandpiper (Lifer)
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Old Monday 8th October 2018, 21:49   #40
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Fife Ness

182. Little Stint
183. Pomarine Skua (Lifer)
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Old Thursday 11th October 2018, 18:20   #41
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Kilminning

184. Yellow-Browed Warbler (Lifer)
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Old Thursday 15th November 2018, 13:17   #42
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By late August, I was thinking that 200 was probably beyond me. By the end of September, I had accepted that I was bust. Sitting offshore, I had watched too many reports as target birds passed through my local area. Birds that I had missed for the same reason in the Spring, now took advantage of my absence in the Autumn. I had calculated at the beginning of the year, that I would need in the region of 30 lifers. I am currently on 21.

This year has by no means been a disaster. In fact it has been a great year. Strangely enough, it has not been the real rarities that have let me down, such as Red-Crested Pochard, Sooty Tern and yesterday's Hoopoe. It is some of the scarce but gettable birds like Bearded Reedling, Yellow Wagtail and Black Tern that have inflicted much pain on me, despite great effort.

I am not sure that 200 in a year will ever be possible on an offshore rota, unless I travel much further afield, but I look forward to trying again next year. As for this year, I'll keep trying, just to see how close I can get.

Montrose Basin

185. Hoopoe
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Falkirk

186. Waxwing

Slamannan

187. Bean Goose (Lifer)

Skateraw

188. Snow Bunting
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Old Thursday 27th December 2018, 18:02   #44
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27th December

A final flourish!

Riverside Nature Park, Dundee

189. Spotted Redshank

Arbroath

190. Black Redstart (Lifer)

Barry Buddon

191. Shore Lark (Lifer)

St Andrews

192. Surf Scoter
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