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Old Friday 21st December 2018, 23:02   #1
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January 1st joint Birdforum list (2019 edition)

You are invited to join in the sixth annual Birdforum joint lists for 1st January. The idea is that those who want to take part provide a list of what they've seen or heard on 1 January and we produce joint lists for areas such as the UK, the USA, Europe, Australia, or wherever we get enough people interested.

The rules are simple - birds can be seen or heard, as long as the ID is firm. "Cat C" birds (that's UK jargon for introduced species with self-sustaining breeding populations) are OK as long as the bird was from the self-sustaining population. No escapes or captive birds, obviously. Birds must be encountered between midnight and midnight on 1 Jan, local time.

Each year we've done this, we've had some surprising relatively common omissions, so there's scope for everyone to contribute, even if you're only going out for a short walk. The aim is to use the wide spread of Birdforum members around the various countries to increase the total by seeing species where they're easy.

It's supposed to be a bit of innocent fun, don't change your plans specially. Having said which, if we can encourage one or two people to go out rather than stay in, great.

Here's a link to last year's thread so you can see how it works. Each thread has a link to the previous year in its first post.

Last year's totals: Europe 194 (UK 163, Rest of Europe 115), USA 120

2017 figures: USA 172, Europe 197 (UK 156, Rest of Europe 127), East Asia 87, Canada 16 (North America 180)
2016 figures: USA 205, Europe 167 (UK 150, rest of Europe 94), Australia 43.
2015 figures: USA 158, Europe 175 (UK 145, rest of Europe 119), Australia 89.
2014 figures: USA 185, UK 155.

Whatever you see on 1 Jan, please post a list either of everything you've seen or (easier for me) everything you've seen that you think may not have been reported yet. I'm hoping to be out and about most of the day so if anyone's online during the day and fancies doing some running totals, that would be great. If not, I'll catch up once I'm back online.
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Old Sunday 23rd December 2018, 07:47   #2
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I'll be out (as usual). So I'm in (as usual)!

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Same here. Though will be in Norfolk so I don't expect too much
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Old Sunday 23rd December 2018, 20:46   #4
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Dang. Working on 1st. Without changing my current rota my next Jan 1 off will be 2022!
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Old Sunday 23rd December 2018, 21:18   #5
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Dang. Working on 1st. Without changing my current rota my next Jan 1 off will be 2022!
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Is that a bit like the whisky of benelovence? ...
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I should be able to join this year. Here's to something real exciting to kick off the new year!
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Same here. Though will be in Norfolk so I don't expect too much
I'm also going to be in Norfolk, for once. The key thing with this game is it's not about seeing hundreds of species, but about seeing things which are easier in your part of the country than elsewhere.
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Old Friday 28th December 2018, 23:23   #9
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I'm also going to be in Norfolk, for once. The key thing with this game is it's not about seeing hundreds of species, but about seeing things which are easier in your part of the country than elsewhere.
I agree SA. Shore Larks and Bean Geese will definitely be looked for

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I'm also going to be in Norfolk, for once. The key thing with this game is it's not about seeing hundreds of species, but about seeing things which are easier in your part of the country than elsewhere.
Well, yes. However, I once did a 1 January in North Norfolk and got 112 species - but missed Grey Heron!

So define easier......

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I'll be giving it a go as usual, but (also as usual in recent years!) I'm down with some bug or other, so suspect it won't be very much
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Supposed to rain in PA, but I'll still be out and about.
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Well, yes. However, I once did a 1 January in North Norfolk and got 112 species - but missed Grey Heron!

So define easier......

John
Was in a team once that got 114 on a bird race in Norfolk in mid-January and Pied Wagtail was our most notable absentee! First bird I saw next morning on UEA campus...

I'm your man for Desert Wheatear this Jan first...but I didn't see him in a fifteen-minute quick look yesterday.
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Old Monday 31st December 2018, 22:21   #15
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Last year I chased around south Devon all day, contributed 3 species to the UK joint list, but didn't see greenfinch, long-tailed tit or collared dove. Firmly expecting to somehow miss pink-footed goose this year...
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Old Monday 31st December 2018, 22:24   #16
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Last year I chased around south Devon all day, contributed 3 species to the UK joint list, but didn't see greenfinch, long-tailed tit or collared dove. Firmly expecting to somehow miss pink-footed goose this year...
Lol. In North Norfolk! The only way you couldn't tick them was if you didn't get out of bed all day and wore noise cancelling headphones
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I think I might just have jinxed myself
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Old Tuesday 1st January 2019, 03:04   #18
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Robin, started singing at around 2:55am and still singing intermittently now.

How could I have guessed they'd be the first bird of 2019?
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Robin, started singing at around 2:55am and still singing intermittently now.

How could I have guessed they'd be the first bird of 2019?
Not even 2019 here yet
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Lol. In North Norfolk! The only way you couldn't tick them was if you didn't get out of bed all day and wore noise cancelling headphones
Despite pessimism I did indeed get a load of pink-foots overhead just now. Also Marsh Harrier so off to a decent start.
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Old Tuesday 1st January 2019, 08:26   #21
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A couple of garden birds seen over breakfast to kick of Europe's campaign:

House Sparrow
Great Tit

I'm off out shortly hopefully to increase it somewhat!

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Old Tuesday 1st January 2019, 08:37   #22
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First, tawny owl at 2.00 am

pheasant,
red legged partridge.
Blackbird
Mistle thrush
Robin
dunnock
Blue tit
great tit
Long tailed fit
Coal tit
Wren
Chaffinch
Rook
Jackdaw
Common buzzard
now into car for an eight hour round trip to family... so maybe more later.
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Tawny owl's one we sometimes miss, if I remember right.

Meanwhile I can add
Barn Owl
Twite
Lapwing
Shelduck

... and that Thornham Harbour is a great place. And that my autocorrect needs some education.
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Blackcap on the garden feeder this morning. Nice start to the year.
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