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Old Tuesday 20th March 2018, 11:12   #3826
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Purple Sandpiper from boat to Marienhamn, Aland.
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Old Tuesday 20th March 2018, 21:02   #3827
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Saw my first Marsh Harrier today
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Old Tuesday 20th March 2018, 22:46   #3828
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On a birding trip to Jamaica I had 43 lifers. The last was Scaly-breasted Munia in Montego Bay.

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Old Wednesday 21st March 2018, 05:32   #3829
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2 Week trip to Nepal resulted in 177 lifers, latest was Fire-Breasted Flowerpecker.

During the last days I got news that there was a Dark-eyed Junco very close to my hometown (first for Belgium). Rushed there the first day I was home, and got that one as a bonus for my WP list, :-)
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Old Wednesday 21st March 2018, 05:53   #3830
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Superb Lyrebird last week on the outskirts of Canberra at Tidbinbilla.
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Old Monday 2nd April 2018, 09:30   #3831
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My most recent 'life' bird was a Lesser Spotted Woodpecker on 28th March at The Vyne, in Hampshire. It was particularly relevant because I have a podcast and last week's episode was on Woodpeckers! It's a shame I didn't see it a week earlier because i could have included the sighting in the episode! But I was pleased to see it, nonetheless! :)
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Old Monday 2nd April 2018, 20:44   #3832
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Purple-naped Spiderhunter was the underwhelming last one of a great bunch in Vietnam, with good views of all the localised laughingthrushes targeted (including Golden-winged).

No thanks to our Vietnam Birding and its bird guide though (don't ask).
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Old Tuesday 3rd April 2018, 01:07   #3833
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I've added two life birds since last summer, when I last posted in this thread.

#521: Boreal Owl, seen on 10/4/2017 at Hidden Valley in Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado, while tagging along with a local bird researcher who bands the owls there every fall.

#522: Garganey, seen on 12/4/2017, a rarity that showed up at Waller Park in Santa Maria, California (north of Santa Barbara).

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Old Tuesday 3rd April 2018, 15:01   #3834
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4 lifers on a 12-day trip (21 March - 1 April) with the Namibia Bird Club to the south of Namibia. Hot and very dry. Saw Cinnamon-breasted Warbler, Namaqua Warbler, Barlow's Lark, and Karoo Eremomela
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Old Tuesday 3rd April 2018, 16:19   #3835
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Purple-naped Spiderhunter was the underwhelming last one of a great bunch in Vietnam, with good views of all the localised laughingthrushes targeted (including Golden-winged).

No thanks to our Vietnam Birding and its bird guide though (don't ask).
I had to scratch my head over that one until I remembered it's the bird FKA Purple-naped Sunbird, which I think is a pretty smart-looking thing!

Would you say that Golden-winged Laughingthrush is do-able independently?
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Old Tuesday 3rd April 2018, 17:22   #3836
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Bittern!

Saw my first bittern at RSPB Minsmere today in the aptly named Bittern Hide.
Put a better pic on the gallery :) But my camera is just a cheapy!
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Old Tuesday 3rd April 2018, 17:31   #3837
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I had to scratch my head over that one until I remembered it's the bird FKA Purple-naped Sunbird, which I think is a pretty smart-looking thing!

Would you say that Golden-winged Laughingthrush is do-able independently?
I'll send a pm.
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Old Wednesday 4th April 2018, 19:54   #3838
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Grey-headed Swamphen

Last of the bunch from NE India. Sitting on 2036 now.
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Old Friday 6th April 2018, 06:27   #3839
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Grey-headed Swamphen

Last of the bunch from NE India. Sitting on 2036 now.
So you broke the limit of 2000 species? Congratulations!
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Old Friday 6th April 2018, 10:53   #3840
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So you broke the limit of 2000 species? Congratulations!
Yep, thanks!

2000 was Fire-tailed Myzornis. Not a bad one for that milestone!
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Old Friday 6th April 2018, 11:14   #3841
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Snowy Owl in Pembrokeshire yesterday.

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Old Friday 6th April 2018, 13:23   #3842
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White-winged Scoter, with the Velvet Scoters off Musselburgh, Scotland, 5/4/2018
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Old Sunday 8th April 2018, 15:01   #3843
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Saw my first Blackcap in the garden this afternoon.
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Old Sunday 8th April 2018, 18:01   #3844
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Saw my first Blackcap in the garden this afternoon.
That's presumably just a first for the year, not an outright first ever for you?
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Old Sunday 8th April 2018, 21:27   #3845
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That's presumably just a first for the year, not an outright first ever for you?
Nope first one ever for me to see one.
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Old Monday 9th April 2018, 02:01   #3846
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Old Monday 9th April 2018, 07:54   #3847
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The not quite so exotic - but first for me Common Scoter - on holiday near Lowestoft, Suffolk, UK.

Well done on the snowy owl Rich, I'll have to go more wild than Kessingland to see one of those :)
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Old Monday 9th April 2018, 22:31   #3848
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Got eared grebe, sharp-shinned hawk, black chinned hummingbird and lark sparrow this weekend in the Texas hill country, with the last one on the morning of my wedding. It was a nice de-stressor the day of. Also picked up 11 other lifers between my bachelor party and my buddy's in the last several months, neither of which were birding trips. Honeymoon in Hawaii should net me a few more good ones as well.

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Old Tuesday 10th April 2018, 06:50   #3849
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The not quite so exotic - but first for me Common Scoter - on holiday near Lowestoft, Suffolk, UK.

Well done on the snowy owl Rich, I'll have to go more wild than Kessingland to see one of those :)
Cheers Julie. Was totally unexpected. I'm 50 in 2021 and the OH had given me a pass to drop everything, and go and see one anywhere in the UK that year. I was expecting/ hoping it would be on the Outer Hebs

Might need a new target now

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Old Thursday 12th April 2018, 14:52   #3850
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Snowy Owl in Pembrokeshire yesterday.

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Rumour has it that it was the same one that disappeared from Norfolk/Lincs before I had a chance to get over there, even though I had a fully stamped and authorized free weekend pass despite the fact that the broken cooker was sitting in the middle of kitchen waiting for me to replace it. (OH has a soft spot for owls so was quite keen to come along for the ride)
Good for you though Rich I am currently turning a very nasty shade of green
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