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Old Thursday 12th September 2019, 19:40   #76
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12/9/2019 - Yerevan, Armenia

Made it to the host city for this conference! Severely jet-lagged so didn't have any energy for birding or sightseeing really. Got one year tick aimlessly pottering around town at around dusk.

403. * Laughing Dove

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13/9/2019 - near Sevan & Dilijan, Armenia

First two Armenia lifers today! First one was at Tsovagyugh near Sevan (and very, very abundant there) and long-awaited second lifer was at Haghartsin Monastery near Dilijan.

404. * Armenian Gull
405. * European Bee-Eater
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Old Sunday 15th September 2019, 14:14   #78
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14/9/2019 - Armash, Armenia

First day's proper birding in Armenia, and my first time birding with a paid guide! Fantastic day at the Armash fish ponds on the Turkish border today! Got both the site specialties (lapwing and bee-eater), but the only roller sighting was extremely far away, which was slightly disappointing. Very good day regardless:

406. * White-Tailed Lapwing
407. Western Yellow Wagtail
408. * Blue-Cheeked Bee-Eater
409. Bearded Reedling
410. Wood Sandpiper
411. * White-Winged Tern
412. * European Roller
413. * Purple Heron
414. * Spanish Sparrow
415. * Pygmy Cormorant
416. * Eurasian Penduline Tit
417. * Squacco Heron

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15/9/2019 - Yerevan, Armenia

A morning up at Victory Park in Yerevan gave a few more for the life list, including another one of the year's top birds! Incredibly confiding wryneck at close range was a real treat to see

418. Spotted Flycatcher
419. * Eurasian Wryneck
420. * Syrian Woodpecker
421. * Red-Breasted Flycatcher
422. Red-Backed Shrike
423. Lesser Whitethroat
424. * Icterine Warbler

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18/9/2019 - Garni area, Armenia

Wednesday, as is tradition, featured the organised conference trip! This time to Garni and Geghard. An obscenely long lunch rather limited our time at either of the tourist attractions (and my ability to bird them), but I did get a couple from today for the list. First of all, 1 from the bus enroute to Garni temple:

425. * Long-Legged Buzzard

Then one more flying over the temple itself in great numbers:

426. * Alpine Swift

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22/9/2019 - Southern Armenia

Raptor bonanza along the road from Yerevan to Tatev! First two from the bus, the first in the vicinity of Zangatakun in Ararat province, the second on an electricity pylon at Spandarian Reservoir:

427. European Honey Buzzard
428. * Short-Toed Snake Eagle

Then one over Shaki waterfall. Can't rule out this being either an Eastern Imperial or a Greater Spotted Eagle as the photos are poor, but any of those would be a lifer and a year tick so it doesn't change my numbers

429. * Lesser Spotted Eagle

Then one more at Karahunj. It's likely I also had these at Shaki, but the first definitve ones came at Karahunj.

430. * Lesser Kestrel



Summary for September:

34 year ticks
21 lifers

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So once again I discovered there was a bird I forgot to add to the list. Again, rather than go back and update all the numbers, I'm just going to add it here. I've updated the totals for March to include this one.

3/3/2019 - Lubbock, TX, USA

431. Cooper's Hawk

Now onto the birds I actually saw today...

5/10/2019 - Lubbock, TX, USA

It took 48 hours to get back from Armenia due to some problems with flights, so I was rather ill for a week or so. Not 100% still but back to birding today. Got 1 somewhat expected lifer from Clapp today; good to have it finally off the wishlist though!

432. * Least Flycatcher

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Down to the cemetery today to see if the recent Northerly winds and cold weather had brought back some of the winter birds; and they had! Absolutely heaving with birds, including many I haven't seen since February/March time and 1 lifer.

433. * Red-Naped Sapsucker

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A full day's birding today in honour of the eBird big day! Ended up with 46 species over 4 sites... probably could have gotten a fair few more if I'd remembered to include a playa lake on my route, but c'est la vie! Three lifers among today's tally; one from Lubbock Lake Landmark and two from the cemetery.

434. * Eastern Meadowlark
435. * Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker
436. * Mountain Bluebird

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20/10/2019 - Becton, TX, USA

Cracking day's birding today with a local birder friend at the playas in the northeast corner of Lubbock county. Plenty of life, year and country ticks, and a whole host of rarities to boot! I really need to get me a car...

437. * Long-Billed Dowitcher
438. * Lark Bunting
439. * McCown's Longspur
440. Horned Grebe
441. * Cave Swallow
442. * American Golden Plover
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21/10/2019 - Lubbock, TX, USA

I've been hunting high and low for this one all autumn, so of course I find it on my walk into work, and of course its on a day when I didn't bring my camera! Still, good to have this 'common' fall migrant sighted at last.

443. * Nashville Warbler
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