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Old Tuesday 9th January 2018, 10:55   #26
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A new year bird in the garden this morning.

57. Bullfinch
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Old Tuesday 9th January 2018, 13:27   #27
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Happy New Year Everyone xxx


Slow start to the year due to working 11hr shifts at work (start in the dark & finish in the dark grrrr) and then, on Saturday, I came down with a very heavy cold which has left me feeling SO drowsy All of my birding so far has been confined to what I can see from the windows at work or when out delivering newspapers but I'm feeling a bit better today so gong to venture out for a short stroll in Hulne Park.

Total so far......

January 1st

1: House Sparow
2: Rook
3: Herring Gull
4: Blackbird
5: Wood Pigeon
6: Jackdaw
7: Blue Tit
8: Starling
9: Collared Dove

January 2nd

10: Black-headed Gull


January 5th

11: Wren
12: Feral Pigeon
13: Carrion Crow
14: Pied Wagtail


Not stressing at all as circumstances beyond my control have got in the way of birding properly and I have another 51 weeks to enjoy myself Taking part in Bird Watching Magazine's #My200BirdYear as I generally lose focus around late spring and the past couple of years have seen my allotment taking up way too much time 2018 is the year I take back my birding!!!

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Old Tuesday 9th January 2018, 13:33   #28
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Back in Sweden and got two more on the way from the airport before it got dark

55. Hooded Crow
56. Whooper Swan
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Old Tuesday 9th January 2018, 21:34   #30
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On the way home from work I picked up a new bird for the year.

74. Merlin

This bird has been wintering in a city park for the past several years. Ive already looked for it four times this year and finally got lucky today on my fifth attempt. I pulled up and there it was perched on a light fixture at a baseball field.

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I had to go near to Kenilworth this afternoon so took the chance to call into the Abbey Pool for the Whooper Swan that has been there for a few days. It was easy to see as it was only about ten feet from the bankside.

58. Whooper Swan
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Old Thursday 11th January 2018, 21:46   #32
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This afternoon I took a walk through a thick pine grove behind my house looking for owls. I had a great look at a roosting Barred Owl who didn’t seem too concerned by my presence at all.

75. Barred Owl

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Old Friday 12th January 2018, 22:05   #33
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Old Saturday 13th January 2018, 13:11   #34
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Went for a cycle around Uppsala today to pick up a few extra birds:

57. Eurasian Tree Sparrow
58. Common Redpoll
59. Arctic Redpoll
60. Mute Swan
61. Common Goldeneye
62. Red Crossbill
63. Twite
64. White-throated Dipper
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Three new birds today, so I’m now up to 78 for the year.

76. Red Fox Sparrow
77. Pine Siskin
78. Horned Lark

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I have changed my car so decided to have a drive in it today to see what it's like on a run. I had a day out in Gloucestershire and had four new birds of the year, two of which were real quality birds.

59. Penduline Tit
60. Stonechat
61. Meadow Pipit
62. Richards Pipit
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Today I went to the Ohio River, which forms the border between West Virginia and Ohio, to chase a Great Black-backed Gull that had been reported yesterday. I dipped on that bird, but did add three birds to my Year List.

79. American Herring Gull
80. Peregrine Falcon
81. Double-crested Cormorant

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Old Wednesday 17th January 2018, 13:28   #38
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A friend sent me a message telling me that both a Caspian Gull and a female Mandarin Duck was less than half a mile from my house on Stoke Floods, Coventry. Needless to say that I loaded up and was on site within 10 minutes. The Mandarin Duck was feeding with the Mallards and the Gull was sitting motionless on a pontoon way out in the lake.

From here I followed my mate to the nearby Longford Park as there had been a few Ring-necked Parakeets that had been seen a few times over the past few days. Sure enough as we got out of the car two could be heard and within minutes they were spotted in a nearby tree to the car park.

63. Mandarin Duck
64. Caspian Gull
65. Ring-necked Parakeet.
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Old Wednesday 17th January 2018, 17:49   #39
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65. Bohemian Waxwing

Flew past my office window today
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After work I stopped by a site on the Monongahela River where a pintail had been reported. I quickly found my target, which was a new bird for the year.

82. Northern Pintail

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It's full winter here. Guys sitting on ice at big lake. Not a gull to be seen. Two bald eagles. 3 hours, 20 miles (3 on foot) gave:
36. Yellow-bellied sapsucker
37. Rough-legged hawk
38. Merlin
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Old Thursday 18th January 2018, 08:28   #42
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Two more new birds this morning whilst out walking my dog.

66. Little Egret
67. Wren
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A few more from Charlecote, near Stratford upon Avon.

68. Corn Bunting
69. Yellowhammer
70. Linnet
71. Raven
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I had a trip over to Eyebrook Reservoir today (a few miles south of Rutland Water) then down to Ravensthorpe Reservoir and finally near home at Wolston. Birds added today were:

72. Red Kite
73. Smew
74. Wigeon
75. Gadwall
76. Dunlin
77. Siskin
78. Golden Plover
79. Little Owl
80.Red-legged Partridge
81. Goldeneye
82. Great White Egret
83. Pochard
84. Skylark
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Some birding this afternoon after work provided me a new bird for the year.

83. Field Sparrow

The highlight, though, was getting a Peregrine Falcon for my Preston County year, and watching it dive bomb a flock of starlings and catching one in the air.

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Happy New Year, everyone - better late to report than never! Took some time to organize my lists before I could dig into 2018’s species count, but I finally finished tallying 2017 (519 species), and the Cambodia/Vietnam saga continued January 1st resetting the clock for another year of listing. Siem Reap, Jan 1st:
1. Zebra Dove
2. Yellow-vented Bulbul
3. Plain-throated Sunbird
4. Barn Swallow
5. Asian Brown Flycatcher
6. Asian Palm-Swift
7. Streak-eared Bulbul (lifer)
8. Common Myna
9. Shikra

Jan 2nd: I found a really fantastic organization in Siem Reap called the Sam Veasna Center (https://samveasna.org/) which focuses on bringing conservation to locals, curbing poaching, and creating ecotourism jobs and opportunities. They lead a lot of great bird tours around the country - to start out my year right, I arranged a day trip to the Prek Toal bird sanctuary:
10. Chinese Pond-Heron
11. Asian Openbill (lifer)
12. Little Cormorant (lifer)
13. Oriental Darter
14. Grey Heron
15. Brown Shrike (lifer)
16. Little Egret
17. White-throated Kingfisher
18. Large-billed Crow (lifer)
19. Rock Pigeon
20. Blue-tailed Bee-eater (lifer)
21. Great Cormorant
22. Indian Cormorant (lifer)
23. Greater Coucal
24. Racket-tailed Treepie (lifer)
25. Black Drongo
26. Striated Heron
27. Eurasian Tree Sparrow
28. Spot-billed Pelican (lifer)
29. Laced Woodpecker (lifer)
30. Intermediate Egret (lifer)
31. Cattle Egret
32. Black-headed Ibis (lifer)
33. Painted Stork (lifer)
34. Milky Stork (lifer)
35. Lesser Adjutant (lifer)
36. Greater Adjutant (lifer)
37. Purple Heron (lifer)
38. Olive-backed Sunbird
39. Dark-necked Tailorbird
40. Grey-headed Fish-Eagle (lifer)
41. Yellow-bellied Prinia (lifer)
42. Pin-striped Tit-Babbler (lifer)
43. Malaysian Pied-Fantail (lifer)
44. Whiskered Tern (lifer)
45. House Sparrow
46. Germain's Swiftlet
47. Red Collared-Dove (lifer)
48. Pied Bushchat (lifer)
49. Green Bee-eater (lifer)
50. Black-collared Starling (lifer)
51. Pied Kingfisher (lifer)
52. Indian Roller (lifer)

Bidding goodbye to Cambodia, the next leg of the trip was beach bound - Vietnam’s Phu Quoc island. Great seafood, decent beaches, and of course, a few good birds. Jan 4th-9th:
53. Brahminy Kite (lifer)
54. Spotted Dove
55. Oriental Pied-Hornbill (lifer)
56. Thick-billed Green-Pigeon (lifer)
57. Common Sandpiper

Jan 12: After a couple days in Ho Chi Minh City / Saigon, barely making our connection in Seoul, and 20 travel hours later… we found ourselves back in LA. On the drive home through the City of Angels:
58. Western Gull
59. Western Meadowlark
60. Red-tailed Hawk
61. Eurasian Collared-Dove
62. Cooper’s Hawk
63. Mourning Dove

I’m still recovering from jet lag, but in my efforts to snap out of it went for a walk through my local patch, Jan 14:
64. Northern Mockingbird
65. Yellow-rumped Warbler
66. Band-tailed Pigeon
67. Allen’s Hummingbird
68. White-throated Swift
69. Lesser Goldfinch
70. California Gull
71. California Scrub-Jay
72. Bewick’s Wren
73. House Finch
74. Acorn Woodpecker
75. California Thrasher
76. White-crowned Sparrow
77. Wrentit
78. Common Raven
79. California Towhee
80. Herring Gull
81. Cedar Waxwing
82. Spotted Towhee
83. Northern Flicker

A couple in the neighborhood:
84. European Starling
85. Red-whiskered Bulbul

A minor “chase” of a new state bird, Jan 17:
86. American Coot
87. Canada Goose
88. American Wigeon
89. Mallard
90. Brewer’s Blackbird
91. Brown-headed Cowbird
92. Great Egret
93. Anna’s Hummingbird
94. Rusty Blackbird (state lifer)

A few more around town, just driving:
95. Mitred Parakeet
96. Cassin’s Kingbird
97. Red-crowned Parrot
98. Yellow-chevroned Parakeet
99. American Crow
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Old Saturday 20th January 2018, 15:03   #47
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Today I went to the eastern panhandle of West Virginia. It has become a tradition of mine to make the trip at least once in January or February in order to build up my Year List. A lower elevation and milder climate means I can find birds there that I wont see in my part of the state until March or April. Unfortunately, out of a target list of ten species, I was only able to find three. However, it was a beautiful day and I had a great time nevertheless.

84. Belted Kingfisher
85. Savannah Sparrow
86. Northern Harrier

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Sleet, wind and rain this morning, but still spent a few hours at Venus Pool, hoping to beef up the year list.

67. Northern Shoveler
68. Common Shelduck
69. Eurasian Wigeon
70. Eurasian Teal
71. Eurasian Coot
72. Gadwall
73. Common Reed Bunting
74. Tufted Duck
75. Great Crested Grebe
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76. Green Sandpiper

On the stream at the bottom of the garden
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