Join for FREE
It only takes a minute!
Magnifying the passion for nature. Zeiss Victory Harpia 95. New!

Welcome to BirdForum.
BirdForum is the net's largest birding community, dedicated to wild birds and birding, and is absolutely FREE! You are most welcome to register for an account, which allows you to take part in lively discussions in the forum, post your pictures in the gallery and more.

Your Most Recent "Life" Bird

Reply
 
Thread Tools Rating: Thread Rating: 57 votes, 4.79 average.
Old Tuesday 18th October 2005, 18:47   #101
ISCZ-blue
Just fledged!
 
ISCZ-blue's Avatar

 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Kiel
Posts: 4
Crag Martin: 11th, January 2005 on 54.28N-09.50E !

There were three storms in a row with strong winds from SW the days before and information about wintering crag martins north of the Alpes.

On a walk, watching for ringed gulls, along the harbour, my fellow birdwatchers suddenly yelled, that a wader was approaching from the east. When I used my binocular on this bird, I immediately realized, that it was a pale brownisch martin, but without a breastring. When it turned towards south, it showed the delta-like wings, similar to those of common starling.

A crag martin in winter up to the baltic sea is a rare event, I asure, and was a really unexpected lifer for me.

All the best,
Tom
ISCZ-blue is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Tuesday 18th October 2005, 22:55   #102
rb_stern
Richard stern
 
rb_stern's Avatar

 
Join Date: Apr 2003
Location: Nova Scotia, Canada
Posts: 1,676
I had another Lifer 2 weeks ago. I spent a week in Umbria, Italy - with non-birders, and it rained almost non-stop. I saw plenty of Collared Doves, Hooded Crows and Jackdaws, Great Tits and Blackbirds and even a pair of Marsh Harriers - all of which I had seen many times before in the U.K. I sort of made up for the lousy birding with good friends, good food and wine, and massive exposure to mediaeval art and architecture. But unexpectedly, as I stood in the pouring rain outside the Cathedral in Todi, listening to a friend expounding the virtues of "swallow-tailed crenellations" on the tower, I noticed a lone bird flitting in the trees along the side - and it was something I have been trying to find in the U.K. for years - a Firecrest - another attractive Lifer.

Richard
__________________
Richard Stern
RR#1 Port Williams
NS, Canada

[email protected]
rb_stern is offline  
Reply With Quote

BF Supporter 2005 2006 2012 2013 2014 Support BirdForum With A Donation

Old Thursday 20th October 2005, 23:10   #103
Swift
Registered User

 
Join Date: Apr 2003
Location: Up North
Posts: 575
Quote:
Originally Posted by Steve Jones
Just had 3 new birds in 3 weekends, and all local -
Leach's Petrel at Fleetwood
Yellow-Browed Warbler at Newton (trough of bowland)
Lesser Scaup at Myerscough Quarry (very local).

It can't last.
Well done Steve two "tarts ticks" and a connoisseurs bird.
Swift is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Thursday 20th October 2005, 23:46   #104
Karl J
Registered User
 
Karl J's Avatar

 
Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: eastest Norfolk
Posts: 2,362
i was really pleased with the Hoopoe up the coast the other day.

It really stood out as a most interesting bird, unusual & colourful etc, and great views of it scootering around in the field digging up worms. even saw it's raised crown feathers

http://www.rspb.org.uk/birds/guide/h/hoopoe/index.asp
__________________
Karl J
Karl J is offline  
Reply With Quote

BF Supporter 2007 2008 Support BirdForum With A Donation

Old Friday 21st October 2005, 01:02   #105
buckskin hawk
Oklahoma Birder

 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Eastern Oklahoma
Posts: 715
Blog Entries: 6
Thanks Karl for the web site. I appreciate finally figuring out what was so special about this bird. I've seen pictures and knew it was beautiful but didn't realize why everyone wrote about them so much. So yours was basically lost and trying to find it's way to Africa??
buckskin hawk is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Friday 21st October 2005, 09:30   #106
Karl J
Registered User
 
Karl J's Avatar

 
Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: eastest Norfolk
Posts: 2,362
Hi BH, yes i guess it was maybe blown a little off course by last weeks easterly winds, but it now hasnt been reported (not on Birdguides anyway) for the past 2 days perhaps it's on its way south again

It really was, luckily, a cracking view of a super little bird, right in the middle of a horse paddock.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	Hoopoe 1.jpg
Views:	283
Size:	84.6 KB
ID:	32387  Click image for larger version

Name:	Hoopoe 021.jpg
Views:	231
Size:	75.2 KB
ID:	32388  
__________________
Karl J
Karl J is offline  
Reply With Quote

BF Supporter 2007 2008 Support BirdForum With A Donation

Old Friday 21st October 2005, 09:39   #107
London Birder
Registered User
 
London Birder's Avatar

 
Join Date: May 2003
Location: London
Posts: 3,335
last lifer was the Baltimore Oriole in Oxford on New Years Eve a couple of years back
__________________
D. McKenzie.
London Birder is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Friday 21st October 2005, 18:11   #108
buckskin hawk
Oklahoma Birder

 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Eastern Oklahoma
Posts: 715
Blog Entries: 6
Quote:
Originally Posted by Karl J
Hi BH, yes i guess it was maybe blown a little off course by last weeks easterly winds, but it now hasnt been reported (not on Birdguides anyway) for the past 2 days perhaps it's on its way south again

It really was, luckily, a cracking view of a super little bird, right in the middle of a horse paddock.
If I found a lifer in my horse's paddock, I would be doing cart-wheels. All that seems to hang out there are the flock of English Sparrows. There is a common snipe on the pond, however which was a lifer for me this year. Great find!
buckskin hawk is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Sunday 30th October 2005, 18:16   #109
lvn600
Registered User

 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: central ct.
Posts: 1,590
Today-Black-throated Green Warbler. I was actually dissapointed that a field I wanted to check out was unreachable due to flooding.I caught this lifer on the way back to my truck on a wooded path in Haddam CT.
lvn600 is offline  
Reply With Quote

BF Supporter 2006 2007 Support BirdForum With A Donation

Old Sunday 30th October 2005, 20:06   #110
Rob Williams
Registered User

 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Droitwich
Posts: 397
14 October, Bittern at Upton Warren, Worcestershire (English Midlands).


Rob
Rob Williams is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Monday 31st October 2005, 06:47   #111
the bird
Carpe diem

 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Hambleton, North Yorkshire
Posts: 581
Leaches storm Petrel - fly past last month somewhere on the Northumberland coastline.

Yellow-browed Warbler - again last month somewhere on the Northumberland coastline.

total of approx 7-8 lifers this year.

Well choughed.
the bird is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Monday 31st October 2005, 07:08   #112
jacana
Will Jones
 
jacana's Avatar

 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Uppsala, Sweden
Posts: 4,422
black necked grebe
ring necked duck
gadwall
black tailed godwit
have been my newest lifers, nothing very special but they have filled in a few gaps in my list!

can't remember weather lesser and greater white fronted geese were this year or last year...
jacana is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Monday 31st October 2005, 07:48   #113
Taryn
Registered User
 
Taryn's Avatar

 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: South Africa
Posts: 598
There is a Wooly Necked Stork (Ciconia episcopus) right outside the window as I am writing this! Quite exciting!
Taryn is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Monday 31st October 2005, 08:23   #114
Blackstart
Saxophonus pinus
 
Blackstart's Avatar

 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: Bohemian Wastes
Posts: 790
Black-throated Diver was a new bird for me this weekend on the Vltava River north of Prague.

This is the most frequently seen diver species in the Czech Republic.

-Adam
Blackstart is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Monday 31st October 2005, 08:27   #115
Edward
Umimmak
 
Edward's Avatar

 
Join Date: Feb 2003
Location: Seal Pup Inlet
Posts: 4,738
Four lifers this month, all from out west
Swainson's Thrush
White-rumped Sandpiper
Hermit Thrush
Blackpoll Warbler

E
__________________
Birding Iceland
Edward is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Monday 31st October 2005, 13:21   #116
martin uk442
cambs birder

 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: little paxton. cambs
Posts: 6
Last Lifer

OK Larry, hows things?
Hears one for you, my last lifer was a Blackpoll Warbler! on the isles of scilly in the uk. Not very exciting for you no doubt but an absolute belter for me!!!!!!!!!!!!!
martin uk442
martin uk442 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Monday 31st October 2005, 13:33   #117
Tero
Master Naturalist, NE
BF Supporter 2018
 
Tero's Avatar

 
Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: Nebraska
Posts: 8,468
I had four interesting sparrows last saturday. One I claim to have seen in the spring, which I had forgotten but marked down. Included LeConte's Sparrow. These 4 were at Riverlands by Alton. You get all kinds of sparrows in the reserves along the river, that you do not see elsewhere. The river is a migratory flyway.
__________________
humorblog
http://esabirdsne.blogspot.com/
Last in ABA list: 367 Cassin's finch (day before that had American dipper). Also added Atlantic puffin from 2009.
Tero is offline  
Reply With Quote

BF Supporter 2005 2006 2007 2018 Support BirdForum With A Donation

Old Monday 31st October 2005, 13:48   #118
Martin Smyth
For a minute there I lost myself
 
Martin Smyth's Avatar

 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Ancient county of Coventry
Posts: 1,260
Twas a Paddyfield warbler,but have seen Manchurian reed warbler and Black- browed reed warbler have which have previously been treated as races of PW.
__________________
"Sitting in an English garden
Waiting for the sun
If the sun don't come you get a tan
From standing in the English rain"
Martin Smyth is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Monday 31st October 2005, 15:52   #119
dan pointon
Can't Stop

 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Staffs
Posts: 3,902
Ring Billed Gull - Westcliff on Sea, Essex. A tart cleared, followed by an ice cream from Rossi's, does life get any better?!
dan pointon is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Monday 31st October 2005, 16:06   #120
mcapper
Registered User
 
mcapper's Avatar

 
Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: Derbyshire
Posts: 460
Last UK lifer was Lesser Yellowlegs in Jan 2005 in Norfolk.

Last world lifer was Crested Caracara in Florida near Immokalee in September. Now that would be worth going to Norfolk to see!!

Matthew
mcapper is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Monday 31st October 2005, 17:46   #121
Oregonian
Registered User
 
Oregonian's Avatar

 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Oregon, USA
Posts: 685
From a trip to Georgia, USA last month - Red-cockaded Woodpecker, Scarlet Tanager, Canada Warbler, and Blue-winged Warbler.
I'm still short of 1400 worldwide, but I'm on holiday next month in Colombia, so I may pick up more.
__________________
Jeff Harding
Oregonian is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Monday 31st October 2005, 19:16   #122
cliven
Registered User

 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: West Yorkshire
Posts: 9
Corncrake, Great Skua, Black Guillemot and Ringed Plover on Pabbay, south of Barra in the Scottish Outer Hebrides in May this year. On a climbing trip not a birding trip but probably the most productive bird events I've had since my first visit to Leighton Moss a couple of years ago. Also the first time I'd heard Snipe roding at dusk.

The Corncrakes were so noisy and numerous that one of our party joked about throwing his boots at them just to get to sleep. Just took my bins out one afternoon off from rock-climbing not expecting to see the crake and after five minutes the cheeky fella strolled right across my field of view not to be seen again.
cliven is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Monday 31st October 2005, 19:43   #123
Keith Dickinson
Opus Editor
 
Keith Dickinson's Avatar

 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Leeds, Yorkshire
Posts: 9,198
Last lifer was the elusive Laughing gull in Yorkshire, succeeded on third attempt! So it is no longer laughing at me now
Total lifers this year = 6 Slowing down a bit now.
Keith Dickinson is offline  
Reply With Quote

BF Supporter 2006 2007 2008 2009 Support BirdForum With A Donation

Old Monday 31st October 2005, 19:46   #124
RobF
Registered User
 
RobF's Avatar

 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Over Wyresdale, Lancaster
Posts: 231
Ptarmigan in the snow at the top of Cairngorm last weekend.

Rob
RobF is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Monday 31st October 2005, 21:13   #125
LSB
Budget Birder
 
LSB's Avatar

 
Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: Northumberland
Posts: 1,754
2 Pallid Swifts yesterday both on my local patch too.You cant ask for more than that. Ive also had 17 lifers this year......
__________________
My Website + Blog
http://budgetbirder.webs.com/
LSB is offline  
Reply With Quote
Advertisement
Reply


Thread Tools
Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
HELP! Wild baby bird not found by parents iniowa Birds & Birding 2 Wednesday 4th June 2008 04:34
Blue Tit nest! Urgent! HELP! david2004 Garden Birds, Bird Feeding & Nestboxes 15 Saturday 16th April 2005 17:51
Nanaimo bird alert Neil Robins Birds & Birding 0 Wednesday 18th August 2004 12:02
Photo quiz steve_nova Bird Forum Fun Quizzes 23 Monday 24th May 2004 22:37

{googleads}

Fatbirder's Top 1000 Birding Websites

Help support BirdForum

Page generated in 0.22966003 seconds with 36 queries
All times are GMT. The time now is 02:25.