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Old Friday 1st June 2018, 11:44   #226
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With my Europe trip coming to a close, here were some final additions…

Journey from Rome to Pula, Croatia:
320. Common Wood-Pigeon
321. Eurasian Kestrel

And my 30th birthday spent traveling through Croatia's Istria region:
322. Great Spotted Woodpecker
323. White Wagtail
324. Corn Bunting (lifer)
325. Red-backed Shrike (lifer)
326. Subalpine Warbler (lifer - #947)


My hopes of cresting 1000 life birds by the big “3-0” were dashed, but I knew that was too lofty a goal months ago. Maybe I’ll get there for 31?

On Croatia’s Krk Island for some scuba diving:
327. European Shag
328. Common Linnet (lifer)
329. Cirl Bunting (lifer)

330. Golden Eagle
331. Eurasian Skylark

And on the final train back to Rome:
332. European Bee-eater (lifer - #950! personal goal for the trip)

Back to CT/NY area for a few days before returning to sunny LA…
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Old Friday 1st June 2018, 16:22   #227
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505. Common Rosefinch

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Two more that I was missing for the year list.

10 May

Laurel Hill Park, NJ, US
273. Scarlet Tanager

23 May

Grote Markt, Brussels, Belgium
274. Common Swift

Latest Lifer: 734 : Montagu's Harrier (Sofia International Airport, Sofia, Bulgaria April 2018)
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Old Saturday 2nd June 2018, 15:41   #229
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I had the pleasure of spending two days working in Shenzhen this week. Although there was no time for proper birding, I was able to free up an hour at a local park and ended up with four lifers, including dozens of Black Kites, floating effortlessly over Hong Kong on my way home.

31 May

The Ritz-Carlton Shenzen, poolside, Shenzhen, China
275. Red-whiskered Bulbul
276. Light-vented Bulbul

1 June

Central Park, Shenzhen, China
277. Greater Coucal
278. Long-tailed Shrike
279. Red-rumped Swallow
280. Oriental Magpie-Robin
281. Chinese Blackbird
282. Black-collared Starling

1 June

Renaissance Hong Kong Harbour View Hotel, Hong Kong, China
283. Black Kite


Latest Lifer: 738 : Black Kite, Renaissance Hong Kong Harbour View Hotel, Hong Kong, China, April 2018)

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Old Wednesday 6th June 2018, 23:20   #230
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206 fulvous whistling duck
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Old Saturday 9th June 2018, 16:44   #231
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506. Garden Warbler

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Old Sunday 10th June 2018, 17:34   #232
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Yesterday I left for an overnight trip to the eastern panhandle of West Virginia. I dipped on my target bird, Chuck-will’s-widow, which would have been a state lifer. However, while looking for the chuck, I saw a completely unexpected “wow” bird.

283. Northern Saw-whet Owl

Saw-whets are probably the most difficult species to see in West Virginia. They’re strictly nocturnal, are usually found in the thickest woodlands, and are tiny. This one, however, landed in the middle of the road, giving me great looks in my headlights. It was probably hunting frogs which came out onto the roads after a heavy rain. (The rain was probably why the chucks weren’t calling or out on the road).

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Old Sunday 10th June 2018, 21:44   #233
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207 common raven
I’m in Wyoming. There are no Nebraska ravens.
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Old Monday 11th June 2018, 21:00   #234
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207 common raven
I’m in Wyoming. There are no Nebraska ravens.
Now the real question is, was your Wyoming Raven a California Raven?
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Old Monday 11th June 2018, 21:01   #235
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Weekend birding north of LA through the eastern Sierra Mountains / Owens Valley:

333. Bell’s Sparrow
334. Red-necked Phalarope
335. Swainson’s Thrush
336. Olive-sided Flycatcher (CA lifer)
337. Willow Flycatcher
338. Black-chinned Hummingbird
339. Varied Thrush (local rarity out-of-season)
340. Rock Wren
341. Violet-green Swallow
342. Steller’s Jay
343. Green-tailed Towhee
344. Common Poorwill
345. Red-breasted Sapsucker
346. American Dipper (CA lifer)
347. Hairy Woodpecker
348. Dusky Flycatcher
349. Cassin’s Finch
350. Pygmy Nuthatch
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Old Tuesday 12th June 2018, 22:43   #236
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I have been away for just over a week touring through Yorkshire, Northumberland and Scotland. Along the way I saw a few new year birds.

165. Gannet
166. Puffin
167. Razorbill
168. Corn Bunting
169. Eider
170. Little Tern
171. Arctic Tern
172. Slavonian Grebe
173. Common Sandpiper
174. Spotted Flycatcher
175. Red Grouse
176. Golden Eagle
177. Ptarmigan
178. Green Sandpiper
179. Hooded Crow
180. Black Guillemot
181. White-tailed Eagle
182. Pied Billed Grebe
183. Black Grouse
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Old Thursday 14th June 2018, 01:15   #237
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This evening I chased a report made earlier this morning of a pair of Roseate Spoonbills. Once I arrived at the location, I quickly found my target.

284. Roseate Spoonbill

This is the first record of this species for West Virginia. An added bonus for me was that the birds were found in my county. Needless to say, the birds were a West Virginia state lifer (number 271) and Preston County lifer (number 229).

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207. Common Raven - Corvus corax I-80 W, Rawlins US-WY
208. Prairie Falcon - Falco mexicanus 2200–2348 Elk St, Rock Springs US-WY
209. Black-billed Magpie - Pica hudsonia 9705 S US Highway 89, Jackson US-WY
210. Williamson's Sapsucker - Sphyrapicus thyroideus Grand Teton National Park, Jackson US-WY
211. American Dipper - Cinclus mexicanus Grand Teton National Park, Jackson US-WY (43.7498,-110.7296) US-WY
212. Western Tanager - Piranga ludoviciana Grand Teton National Park, Jackson US-WY
213. Calliope Hummingbird - Selasphorus calliope Grand Teton NP--Jenny Lake Campground & Visitor Center US-WY
214. Clark's Nutcracker - Nucifraga columbiana Grand Teton NP--Jenny Lake Campground & Visitor Center US-WY
215. Brewer's Blackbird - Euphagus cyanocephalus 139 N Cache Dr, Jackson US-WY
216. Violet-green Swallow - Tachycineta thalassina Yellowstone NP--Grant Village US-WY
217. Steller's Jay - Cyanocitta stelleri Yellowstone NP--Mud Volcano US-WY
218. Barrow's Goldeneye - Bucephala islandica Grand Teton NP--Moose Wilson Rd. wetlands overlook US-WY
219. Dusky Flycatcher - Empidonax oberholseri Grand Teton NP--Moose Wilson Rd. wetlands overlook US-WY
220. Brewer's Sparrow - Spizella breweri Grand Teton NP--Moose Wilson Rd. wetlands overlook US-WY
221. Black-headed Grosbeak - Pheucticus melanocephalus Grand Teton NP--Moose Wilson Rd. wetlands overlook US-WY
222. Cassin's Finch - Haemorhous cassinii Grand Teton NP--Moose Wilson Rd. wetlands overlook US-WY
223. Snowy Egret - Egretta thula National Elk Refuge, Jackson US-WY US-WY
224. Spotted Towhee - Pipilo maculatus Valentine, NE 69201, Valentine US-NE
225. Yellow-breasted Chat - Icteria virens
226 Blue grosbeak

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Old Saturday 16th June 2018, 23:28   #239
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This morning I went over to the Ohio River Valley with a target list of three species. It doesn’t happen often, but I did find all of my targets.

285. Summer Tanager
286. Dickcissel

The third target species, American Barn Owl, wasn’t a new bird for the year since I saw one in Jamaica in March, but it was a new bird for my West Virginia year list.

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Old Saturday 30th June 2018, 03:42   #241
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Been seeing a lot of this bird recently.

14 June

Chevy Chase, MD, USA
284. Gray Catbird

Latest Lifer: 738 : Black Kite, Renaissance Hong Kong Harbour View Hotel, Hong Kong, China, April 2018)
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This morning I went to a high-elevation location in a nearby county and picked up one new bird for the year.

287. Mourning Warbler

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Having a nice time visiting Mt Hood, Oregon for the 4th of July break.

4 July

The Bigfoot Lodge, Mt. Hood, OR, USA
285. California Quail
286. California Scrub-Jay
287. Violet-green Swallow
288. Purple Finch
289. Cassin's Finch

5 July

290. California Gull @ Chamberlain Lake , Lynn, WA, USA
291. Bald Eagle @ Hood River, OR, USA

Latest Lifer: 739 : Cassin's Finch, The Bigfoot Lodge, Mt. Hood, OR, USA, July 2018)

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Today I went to south-central West Virginia to a good location for Swainson’s Warbler. It took a little bit of effort, but I did eventually find my target.

288. Swainson’s Warbler

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Another one, at my mom's house...

6 July

Portland, OR, USA
292. Black-capped Chickadee

Latest Lifer: 739 : Cassin's Finch, The Bigfoot Lodge, Mt. Hood, OR, USA, July 2018)
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A week in Tokyo, working hard, and very hot conditions. So saw only a few birds unfortunately.

9-13 July

Tokyo Imperial Palace, Tokyo, Japan
293. Eurasian Wigeon
294. Large-billed Crow
295. Asian House-Martin
296. Oriental Turtle-Dove
297. Pacific Swift

Latest Lifer: 740 : Asian House-Martin, Tokyo Imperial Palace, Tokyo, Japan, July 2018)

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This morning I went to the eastern panhandle of West Virginia where someone found Vesper Sparrows last week. I heard one even before I got out of the car when I arrived at the location.

289. Vesper Sparrow

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An hour at Brandon Marsh, near Coventry produced two new birds for the year.

184. Pectoral Sandpiper
185. Green Sandpiper
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An early start at the Emsquelle (Source of the River Ems) Germany gave these 5 year birds:

156 Crested Tit
157 Firecrest
158 Marsh Tit
159 Spotted Flycatcher
160 Black Woodpecker
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