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Old Thursday 4th January 2018, 12:32   #1
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Martin's 2018 List

Happy New Year to all,

There seems to be a lot more emphasis on experience over numbers this year - which is a positive trend.

Off to a slow start given it's very cold on the East Coast just now.

1-4 January

Chevy Chase, MD and Washington, DC
1. American Crow
2. American Robin
3. Blue Jay
4. Brown-headed Cowbird
5. Canada Goose
6. Dark-eyed Junco
7. Downy Woodpecker
8. European Starling
9. Great Black-backed Gull
10. Hairy Woodpecker
11. Herring Gull
12. House Sparrow
13. Mallard
14. Mourning Dove
15. Northern Cardinal
16. Northern Mockingbird
17. Red-bellied Woodpecker
18. Red-tailed Hawk
19. Ring-billed Gull
20. Rock Pigeon
21. Song Sparrow
22. Tufted Titmouse
23. White-throated Sparrow
24. Winter Wren

Latest Lifer: 652 : Mountain Chickadee (The Canyons, Park City, UT, USA; December 2017)

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Old Saturday 6th January 2018, 02:06   #2
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4-5 January

Chevy Chase, MD and Washington, DC
25. Bufflehead
26. Carolina Wren
27. Chipping Sparrow
28. Common Merganser
29. Hooded Merganser
30 Lesser Scaup
31. Northern Flicker


Latest Lifer: 652 : Mountain Chickadee (The Canyons, Park City, UT, USA; December 2017)
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Old Tuesday 23rd January 2018, 15:34   #3
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Couple more easy pick-ups. No lifers this year yet.


5 January

Chevy Chase, MD
32. Black Vulture
33. Turkey Vulture

20 January

Schiphol Airport, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
34. Great Crested Grebe
35. Common Buzzard
36. Eurasian Moorhen
37. Eurasian Magpie

20 January

Frankendael Park, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
38. Egyptian Goose
39. White Stork
40. Gray Heron
41. Eurasian Coot
42. Black-headed Gull
43. Mew Gull
44. Stock Dove
45. Common Wood-Pigeon
46. Eurasian Collared-Dove
47. Rose-ringed Parakeet
48. Eurasian Jay
49. Eurasian Jackdaw
50. Carrion Crow
51. Eurasian Blue Tit
52. Eurasian Nuthatch
53. Eurasian Blackbird
54. Mute Swan
55. Northern Shoveler
56. Gadwall
57. Tufted Duck

Latest Lifer: 652 : Mountain Chickadee (The Canyons, Park City, UT, USA; December 2017)
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A few days in Zurich and seeing a lot of familiar birds.

21 January

Lake Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland
58. Red-crested Pochard
59. Common Pochard
60. Little Grebe
61. Great Cormorant
62. Yellow-legged Gull
63. Lesser Black-backed Gull
64. Great Tit
65. Gray Wagtail
66. White Wagtail
67. Eurasian Tree Sparrow

23 January

Old Botanical Garden, Zurich, Switzerland
68. Red-necked Grebe
69. Common Chaffinch

Rieterpark, Zurich, Switzerland
70. Short-toed Treecreeper

Latest Lifer: 652 : Mountain Chickadee (The Canyons, Park City, UT, USA; December 2017)

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Old Saturday 10th February 2018, 20:53   #5
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Slow going. Looking forward to do some birding outside Buenos Aires next month.

28 January

Chevy Chase, MD, USA
71. Carolina Chickadee

31 January

Three Sisters Islands, DC, USA
72. Double-crested Cormorant

Latest Lifer: 652 : Mountain Chickadee (The Canyons, Park City, UT, USA; December 2017)
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Old Sunday 4th March 2018, 22:15   #6
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Some more local birds in recent days.

11-24 February

Chevy Chase, MD, USA
73. White-breasted Nuthatch
74. Common Grackle
75. House Finch
76. Red-breasted Nuthatch


Latest Lifer: 652 : Mountain Chickadee (The Canyons, Park City, UT, USA; December 2017)
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Old Tuesday 20th March 2018, 17:56   #7
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A few year birds on a layover in Panama.

17 March

Tocumen International Airport, Panama City, Panama
77. Broad-winged Hawk
78. Barn Swallow
79. Great-tailed Grackle


Latest Lifer: 652 : Mountain Chickadee (The Canyons, Park City, UT, USA; December 2017)
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Spent a great half day birding today in Buenos Aires at the very beautiful and impressive Ecológica Costanera Sur reserve. I saw 52 species, and 15 of them lifers.

Tomorrow I'll do a full day in Entre Rios, two days outside of Buenos Aires, which should be very promising.

20 March

Reserva Ecológica Costanera Sur, Buenos Aires, Argentina
80. Southern Screamer
81. Coscoroba Swan
82. Silver Teal
83. White-tufted Grebe

84. Pied-billed Grebe
85. Maguari Stork
86. Neotropic Cormorant
87. Rufescent Tiger-Heron
88. Cocoi Heron
89. Great Egret
90. Snowy Egret
91. Striated Heron
92. Whistling Heron
93. Harris's Hawk
94. Common Gallinule
95. Red-gartered Coot
96. Red-fronted Coot
97. White-winged Coot

98. Black-necked Stilt
99. Southern Lapwing
100. Wattled Jacana
101. Picazuro Pigeon
102. Spot-winged Pigeon
103. Picui Ground-Dove
104. White-tipped Dove
105. Eared Dove
106. Guira Cuckoo
107. Glittering-bellied Emerald
108. Gilded Hummingbird
109. Green-barred Woodpecker
110. Monk Parakeet
111. Yellow-chevroned Parakeet
112. Nanday Parakeet
113. Rufous Hornero
114. Cattle Tyrant
115. Great Kiskadee
116. Blue-and-white Swallow
117. Gray-breasted Martin
118. Brown-chested Martin
119. Masked Gnatcatcher
120. Rufous-bellied Thrush
121. Creamy-bellied Thrush
122. Chalk-browed Mockingbird
123. White-banded Mockingbird
124. Double-collared Seedeater
125. Golden-billed Saltator
126. Rufous-collared Sparrow
127. Solitary Black Cacique
128. Hooded Siskin


Latest Lifer: 667 : Hooded Siskin (Reserva Ecológica Costanera Sur, Buenos Aires, Argentina; March 2018)

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Old Wednesday 21st March 2018, 23:16   #9
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Had a fantastic day birding in the Entre Rios area of Argentina with the excellent Marcelo Gavensky of Birding Buenos Aires.

We saw 91 species, including 36 lifers, over a diverse range of beautiful birding locations. What a really impressive country with amazing birding.


21 March

Ceibas Area, Entre Rios, Argentina
129. Greater Rhea
130. Spotted Nothura

131. Yellow-billed Teal
132. Wood Stork
133. White-faced Ibis
134. Savanna Hawk
135. Roadside Hawk
136. White-tailed Hawk
137. Swainson's Hawk

138. Giant Wood-Rail
139. South American Snipe
140. Burrowing Owl

141. Nacunda Nighthawk
142. White Woodpecker
143. White-fronted Woodpecker
144. Southern Caracara
145. Chimango Caracara
146. American Kestrel
147. Firewood-gatherer
148. Brown Cacholote
149. Yellow-chinned Spinetail
150. Chotoy Spinetail
151. Vermilion Flycatcher
152. Austral Negrito
153. Spectacled Tyrant
154. Black-crowned Monjita

155. White Monjita
156. Tropical Kingbird
157. White-tipped Plantcutter
158. House Wren
159. Yellowish Pipit
160. Red-crested Cardinal
161. Black-and-rufous Warbling-Finch
162. Saffron Finch
163. Grassland Yellow-Finch
164. Great Pampa-Finch
165. White-browed Meadowlark
166. Screaming Cowbird
167. Shiny Cowbird
168. Grayish Baywing
169. Yellow-winged Blackbird
170. Brown-and-yellow Marshbird


Médanos Area, Entre Rios, Argentina
171. Black-necked Swan
172. Ringed Teal

173. Brazilian Teal
174. Red Shoveler
175. Yellow-billed Pintail

176. Rosy-billed Pochard
177. Black-headed Duck

178. Black-crowned Night-Heron
179. Bare-faced Ibis
180. Roseate Spoonbill
181. Cinereous Harrier

182. Plumbeous Rail
183. Pectoral Sandpiper
184. Lesser Yellowlegs
185. Brown-hooded Gull
186. Ringed Kingfisher
187. Sooty Tyrannulet
188. Masked Yellowthroat

189. Grayish Saltator


Latest Lifer: 703 : Masked Yellowthroat (Médanos, Entre Rios, Argentina; March 2018)

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Old Saturday 31st March 2018, 23:01   #10
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Have had a very nice and relaxing family Spring Break in Cancun, Mexico. Birding was not an official part of the trip but I was happy to spot some magnificent birds at our resort nonetheless.


26 March

Aeropuerto Internacional de Cancún, Cancún, Mexico
190. Tropical Mockingbird

26-31 March

Iberostar Cancún, Cancún, Mexico
191. Magnificent Frigatebird
192. Brown Pelican
193. Great Blue Heron
194. White Ibis
195. Semipalmated Plover
196. Laughing Gull
197. Ruddy Ground-Dove
198. Yucatan Vireo
199. Palm Warbler
200. Yellow-rumped Warbler
201. Yellow-throated Warbler
202. Indigo Bunting
203. Melodious Blackbird

Latest Lifer: 709 : Melodious Blackbird (Iberostar Cancún, Cancún, Mexico; March 2018)
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Old Saturday 7th April 2018, 20:22   #11
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A couple more for the year list.

3 April

Thompson Boat Center, Washington, DC, USA
204. Osprey

4 April

Three Sisters Islands, Washington, DC, USA
205. Cedar Waxwing

Latest Lifer: 709 : Melodious Blackbird (Iberostar Cancún, Cancún, Mexico; March 2018)
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A few hours hiking in Seneca Creek State Park. The warblers are back!

8 April

Seneca Creek SP, Maryland, USA
206. Tree Swallow
207. Pine Warbler
208. Eastern Towhee

Latest Lifer: 710 : Pine Warbler (Seneca Creek SP, Maryland, USA; April 2018)
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Old Sunday 15th April 2018, 17:31   #13
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Had a great time birding in NYC's Central Park on Saturday morning. I saw 42 species including the Barn Owl, which was a welcome lifer.

14 April

Central Park, New York, NY, USA
209. Green Heron
210. Barn Owl
211. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
212. Golden-crowned Kinglet
213. Ruby-crowned Kinglet
214. Hermit Thrush
215. Louisiana Waterthrush
216. Field Sparrow
217. Red-winged Blackbird
218. American Goldfinch

Latest Lifer: 713 : Louisiana Waterthrush (Central Park, New York, NY, USA; April 2018)
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One more in the front garden.

19 April

My house, Chevy Chase, MD, USA
219. Fish Crow

Latest Lifer: 713 : Louisiana Waterthrush (Central Park, New York, NY, USA; April 2018)
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Nice layover birding at Istanbul airport in pretty much the nicest airport lounge I've ever been to.

21 April

İstanbul Atatürk Havalimanı, Istanbul, Turkey
220. Alpine Swift
221. Hooded Crow
222. Greater Short-toed Lark

Latest Lifer: 715 : Greater Short-toed Lark (İstanbul Atatürk Havalimanı, Istanbul, Turkey; April 2018)
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Went to Al-Qurm Natural Park in Muscat for some mid-morning birding and it was very, very hot. Was a treat seeing so many Indian Rollers again. Also finally spotted the Purple Sunbird.

22 April

Al-Qurm Natural Park, Muscat, Oman
223. Red-wattled Lapwing
224. Common Redshank
225. Laughing Dove
226. Indian Roller
227. House Crow
228. Red-vented Bulbul
229. White-eared Bulbul
230. Common Myna
231. Purple Sunbird

Latest Lifer: 716 : Purple Sunbird (Al-Qurm Natural Park, Muscat, Oman; April 2018)

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A few more birds outside my hotel...

22 April

Grand Hyatt Muscat, Muscat, Oman
232. Sooty Gull
233. Saunders's Tern
234. Common Tern
235. Great Crested Tern

Latest Lifer: 716 : Purple Sunbird (Al-Qurm Natural Park, Muscat, Oman; April 2018)
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Had a great day birding in and outside Sofia with Dancho Hristov. Saw lots of raptors and many lifers.

24 April

Aldomirovtsi Marsh, Bulgaria
236. Garganey
237. Ferruginous Duck
238. Sedge Warbler
239. Eurasian Reed Warbler
240. Savi's Warbler


Dragoman Marsh, Bulgaria
241. Purple Heron
242. Northern Lapwing
243. Ruff
244. Common Greenshank
245. Wood Sandpiper
246. Eurasian Hoopoe
247. Woodchat Shrike
248. Northern Wheatear

Petarch Ponds, Bulgaria
249. Little Egret
250. Squacco Heron
251. Eurasian Marsh-Harrier
252. Eurasian Sparrowhawk
253. Long-legged Buzzard
254. Common Sandpiper
255. Common Cuckoo
256. Red-footed Falcon
257. Red-backed Shrike
258. Common Raven
259. Eurasian Skylark
260. Great Reed Warbler
261. Eurasian Blackcap
262. Greater Whitethroat
263. Common Nightingale
264. European Stonechat
265. Western Yellow Wagtail
266. Ortolan Bunting
267. Corn Bunting
268. European Goldfinch

Sofia International Airport, Sofia, Bulgaria
269. Montagu's Harrier
270. Eurasian Kestrel
271. Rook
272. Common House-Martin

Latest Lifer: 734 : Montagu's Harrier (Sofia International Airport, Sofia, Bulgaria April 2018)
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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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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 Saturday 30th June 2018, 03:38   #21
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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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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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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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Family vacation in beautiful Costa Rica and have enjoyed getting some birding in - and have already spotted 35 species - on our first leg at the Los Sueños Resort, including tons of Macaws and lots of other lifers.

9-11 August

Los Sueños Resort, Herradura, Puntarenas, Costa Rica
298. Black-bellied Whistling-Duck
299. Least Grebe
300. Bare-throated Tiger-Heron
301. Little Blue Heron
302. White-tailed Kite
303. Crane Hawk
304. Common Black Hawk
305. Gray-cowled Wood-Rail
306. Northern Jacana

307. Spotted Sandpiper
308. Willet
309. Inca Dove
310. White-winged Dove
311. Costa Rican Swift
312. Rufous-tailed Hummingbird
313. Orange-chinned Parakeet
314. Scarlet Macaw
315. Yellow-bellied Elaenia
316. Dusky-capped Flycatcher

317. Social Flycatcher
318. Rufous-naped Wren
319. Cherrie's Tanager
320. Blue-gray Tanager

Latest Lifer: 758 : Blue-gray Tanager (Los Sueños Resort, Herradura, Puntarenas, Costa Rica, August 2018)

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