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Old Friday 4th May 2018, 12:56   #26
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28th April, Knockhill, Dunfermline
Went on a birthday treat today, driving round a skid pan then on a rally course. Didn't think I'd add to my year list whilst indulging my inner petrol-head, but the birch scrub round the skid pan supported one new addition:

178. Willow Warbler
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Old Friday 4th May 2018, 13:11   #27
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3rd May, Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire
Added a couple of 'heard-only's' whilst doing work stuff
Sedge Warbler (heard-only)
Green Woodpecker (heard-only)

Then finished work in time to visit RSPB Rye Meads for an hour or so. Could've done with a bit more time to see more warblers.

Common Whitethroat (heard-only and uncountable glimpse)
179. Common Tern
Cettl's Warbler (heard-only)
Eurasian Reed Warbler (heard only)
180. Common Pochard
181. Stock Dove
182. Garden Warbler

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Old Saturday 12th May 2018, 08:35   #28
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11th May, Co. Durham

Just like last year, the ultimate birding month finds me stuck in the office with deadlines to meet. At least working late means I'm going home at dusk...saw a pale shape above the hedgerow, no traffic on the road so stopped briefly to watch a barn owl doing that 'suspended in the air a couple of metres from the ground' thing they do when just about to strike. Nice connection with nature after a disconnected day.

183. Western Barn Owl

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Old Wednesday 16th May 2018, 13:08   #29
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15th May, Clumber Park, Nottinghamshire

Had to go to Nottinghamshire for work reasons, and managed to fit in an evening walk in Clumber Park. Didn't hear nightjar or woodlark, but did see two roding woodcock (or maybe the same one on a different part of its territory..).

184. Eurasian Woodcock

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Old Thursday 24th May 2018, 12:51   #30
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19th May - a long weekend in Lithuania

Kaunas airport

185. Common House Martin
White Wagtail (ssp. alba)
186. Hooded Crow
(some large raptors, probably LSE, seen from the car)

Neman River near Jurbarkas - ca. 15min break from driving in a riverside car park

187. Sedge Warbler
188. Caspian Gull
189. White Stork

Silute

190. Common Swift

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Old Thursday 24th May 2018, 12:57   #31
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20th May, north of Silute

191. Montagu's Harrier Nice grey male

Juodcrante, Curonian Spit

Great Reed Warbler (heard-only)
192. Common Whitethroat
193. Wood Warbler

South of Klaipeda - another grey male harrier, possibly Hen / Pallid, but seen while driving and couldn't stop..

Sysa, Nemunas Delta - evening visit

Thrush Nightingale (heard-only)
River Warbler (heard-only)

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Old Thursday 24th May 2018, 13:09   #32
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21st May, Rusne fishponds, Nemunas Delta

194. Black Tern
195. Common Cuckoo
196. Red-backed Shrike
197. Yellowhammer
Barred Warbler (heard-only)
198. Fieldfare

Uostadvaris, Nemunas Delta

Savi's Warbler (heard-only)
199. Western Marsh Harrier
200. Lesser Spotted Eagle
Western Yellow Wagtail (looked like blue-headed, ssp. flava)

Scythebill says I have 200 excluding 'heard-onlys', so I've made a mistake again somewhere...EDIT..turns out it was stock dove at RSPB Rye Meads, which I was sure I'd seen earlier somewhere - LSE was a pretty cool 200th! Had I been a passenger rather than driver, and were I as sharp-eyed as my wife, I'd have also added black woodpecker, black redstart and green / grey-headed woodpecker sp. to my year list

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Old Friday 25th May 2018, 11:41   #33
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24th May, Durham City

No time to go looking for sand martins, and I could've sworn this was already on my list - apparently not though!

201. Grey Wagtail
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Old Thursday 31st May 2018, 12:21   #34
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27th May, Druridge Pools, Northumberland
Heard via Twitter there were a few waders around at Druridge...didn't have a lot of time to spare, but turned out to be a good move...

202. Glossy Ibis
203. Common Ringed Plover
204. Red Knot
205. Ruff
206. Garganey
207. Pectoral Sandpiper
208. Little Stint
209. Little Gull

Not sure how I've managed to avoid ringed plover for so long...also saw my first British greenshanks since 2016, last year's bogey bird, and my first male non-eclipse garganey for a very long time.
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Old Thursday 31st May 2018, 12:28   #35
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29th May, near Uttoxeter, Staffordshire

Work visit brought two new additions:

European Green Woodpecker (heard-only)
210. Common Sandpiper
211. Sand Martin

And another greenshank!
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Old Friday 8th June 2018, 11:56   #36
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7th June, Teesdale, Co. Durham

Listened to a singing redstart for ages at close quarters, but could not pick him out...until he flew off - not the greatest of views, but enough to count.

212. Common Redstart
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Old Monday 18th June 2018, 13:44   #37
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18th June, Beadnell Bay, Northumberland

213. Arctic Tern
214. Little Tern
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Old Tuesday 3rd July 2018, 11:32   #38
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30th June, North Cave Wetlands, Yorkshire

Managed to tag on some birding to a visit to Beverley in East Yorkshire. I'd been here last year for the first time, and was more than happy to share a return visit with my partner.

215. Black-necked Grebe
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Old Tuesday 28th August 2018, 11:41   #39
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July and August were birding-free zones this year I'm afraid, thanks to work and family commitments. A surprise bank holiday weekend visit to Switzerland organised by my wife provided some much-needed leisure time, and a few extra additions to my year list.

24th August, Geneva

216. Yellow-legged Gull

26th August, La Sauge nature reserve, Cudrefin

217. Ferruginous Duck (a local rarity I understand, which had been present for the past few weeks)

Cudrefin

218. Black Woodpecker

27th August, Lake Geneva

219. Red-crested Pochard

Also lots of great crested grebes, great views of kingfishers at La Sauge, and both red and black kites...though less of the latter than I was expecting around Geneva.
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Old Monday 8th October 2018, 16:38   #40
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9th September, Alnmouth

An hour sat at the edge of the dunes at high tide brought one long overdue addition in the form of gannets, and a very nice close inshore, dark-phase Arctic skua.

220. Northern Gannet
221. Parasitic Jaeger


18th September, Colchester

Work trip down south, where green woodpeckers seem much more common, finally resulted in visual contact this year

222. European Green Woodpecker

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Old Monday 8th October 2018, 16:42   #41
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25th September, Paris

Haven't been to any London parks this year, but rowing on the lake at Bois de Boulogne provided a more than decent substitute location from which to add parakeets to the year list.

223. Ring-necked Parakeet

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Old Monday 8th October 2018, 16:46   #42
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7th October, RSPB Saltholme

Couple of hours free for a visit to Saltholme, and three high quality additions to the year list...first jack snipe since I got back into birding, actually my second ever (the first being 47 years ago...) and an excellent view too! Thanks to the guys in the hides for pointing all three out, my spotting skills aren't great at the best of times and I wasn't on top form yesterday...

224. Water Rail
225. Jack Snipe
226. Merlin

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Old Friday 9th November 2018, 12:54   #43
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21st October, Lindisfarne

An afternoon walk on Holy Island at high tide...brisk south-westerlies precluded much excitement, although we managed to miss Cetti's warbler which had shown well at the Lough earlier in the day...apparently a first for the island. Only one somewhat overdue addition to the year list, but a good day out with the spectacle of brent geese flocking on the mudflats.

227. Bar-tailed Godwit
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Old Friday 9th November 2018, 13:02   #44
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4th November, Hauxley

Another long overdue species offshore, reflecting on how little I've got out recently - although it was scoter species #3 of the year...

228. Common Scoter
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11th November, Saltholme

A day to remember and treasure for me. RSPB reserve strangely quiet, could be something to do with the swift action elsewhere in Cleveland...we were sticking to 2018's 'no twitching' rule, admittedly helped by the fact that my current BirdGuides subscription seems to consist of two copies of 'Birdwatch' per month and no access to the sightings app...

Anyway, we've both seen pallid (but not house...) swifts before, whereas I have never seen my top-of-the-wanted-list outstanding unseen British breeding bird before today...

229. Long-eared Owl
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Old Tuesday 11th December 2018, 14:10   #46
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9th December, Jarrow

Not much time to go birding recently, but managed a take a couple of hours off to twitch some waxwings...first we've seen for a few years, a real pleasure to watch the 23-strong flock. A redwing made a nice bonus too, seen quite a few fieldfares this winter but thought redwings (not seen since early last winter) were going to escape me.
Locals didn't seem to mind the birding paparazzi encamped outside their front doors either. Whoever designed the planting scheme several decades ago for the housing estate should be congratulated for including so many berry-bearing rowan trees.

230. Bohemian Waxwing
231. Redwing
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Old Tuesday 18th December 2018, 12:02   #47
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17th December, Lindisfarne

Great day out at Holy Island and causeway saltmarsh. Flock of ca. 80 twite on the mainland in their usual place, three owls on the island - comprising 2 short-eared and a barn, and the usual sea ducks and divers offshore. Our day list of over 50 species included one new addition to the list, owl species #6 for the year:

232. Short-eared Owl
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Old Wednesday 2nd January 2019, 12:58   #48
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No more additions to the list before the end of 2018...laid low with a heavy cold and a ton of work deadlines in the final week of the year, so a hoped-for trip to Teesmouth for bean geese wasn't possible.
Both bean geese species are now promoted to my British 'most wanted' list of potential life ticks, after finally adding glaucous gull and long-eared owl in 2018 (although admittedly I had to go to Notsuke Peninsula in Hokkaido for the former...but as I don't keep a separate British life list, the main thing is I've finally seen glaucous gull).
2018 was a mixed year for me in a birding sense...on the one hand, I made it back to Hong Kong, and visited Japan for the first time, nailing all the classic Hokkaido species such as red-crowned crane, Blakiston's fish-owl, Steller's sea-eagle and Asian rosy-finch - and seeing my first ever albatrosses, in exceptional numbers on the Izu - Tokyo ferry. I also probably saw more streaked shearwaters in a couple of hours than all the other Procellaridae I've seen in my life until then (and yes, possibly including fulmars!).
A short visit to Lithuania was pretty cool too, although aquatic warbler eluded me and a couple of reeling Locustellas refused to reveal themselves...a great view of a singing wood warbler was actually my favourite moment from that trip, as a once-familiar species I hadn't seen for many years.
I also renewed my acquaintance with some species I'd only seen once, many years ago...solitary snipe (Stod Valley, Zanskar, 1981) and jack snipe (Gosforth Park, Newcastle, 1971), as well as one of my favourite birds, masked laughingthrush (Hong Kong, 1988).
On the negative side, I probably had a lot less actual birding than the previous couple of years, a fact emphasised by the size of my British list and absences of species I normally see every year without too much effort. Something I hope to redress in 2019...
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Old Friday 8th March 2019, 15:43   #49
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I know this is probably bad form, as I understand it your list remains in accordance with current taxonomy at the time of compilation, but I can hardly contain my excitement at my armchair twitch of another Zosterops species!

I needed to look something up to check a date (a red-billed chough record providing a memorable event), and noticed two 'new' species on my year list since I updated Scythebill to the latest IOC version, replacing Japanese white-eye. So...

23rd February, Mai Po, HK
#110. Swinhoe's White-eye

3rd March, Miyakejime, Izu Is.
#157. Warbling White-eye

I therefore made it belatedly to a still unimpressive 233 for the year, which I know is cheating a bit!
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