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January 1st joint Birdforum list (2016 edition)

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Old Monday 28th December 2015, 19:48   #1
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January 1st joint Birdforum list (2016 edition)

You are invited to join in the third 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.

Both years 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, so don't abandon your planned 1st Jan bird-race just to find us a Great White Egret. But if we can tempt you to abandon your plan for a day in front of the TV and go birding...

Last year's totals (thread here): USA 158, Europe 175 (UK 145, rest of Europe 119), Australia 89.

2014 figures (thread here): 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 Monday 28th December 2015, 21:15   #2
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Planning to be out trying for a century on Jan 1, so happy to contribute.

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Old Thursday 31st December 2015, 07:06   #3
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So Team UK now has a secondary target - to see if the rest of us put together can see as many species as John does...

Personally I'll be happy if I get decent weather and beat my personal best for 1 Jan, which is 55.

Happy birding everyone!
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Old Thursday 31st December 2015, 11:38   #4
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I'm in. Planning to head to Newport Wetlands etc. first thing.

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Old Thursday 31st December 2015, 13:05   #5
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So who's going to add the first bird? Tomorrow has already started in New Zealand and various other Pacific islands, so any time now . . .
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So who's going to add the first bird? Tomorrow has already started in New Zealand and various other Pacific islands, so any time now . . .
I've got this!! Tawny Frogmouth in my garden! A garden tick and a great way to start the year.
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Old Thursday 31st December 2015, 14:41   #7
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I've got this!! Tawny Frogmouth in my garden! A garden tick and a great way to start the year.
Brilliant!
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Brilliant!
Cheers Nutcracker, I certainly couldn't have dreamt of a better start to the year!
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Old Thursday 31st December 2015, 20:04   #9
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I'm in. Florida bird additions to come.
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Old Thursday 31st December 2015, 20:12   #10
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I've got this!! Tawny Frogmouth in my garden! A garden tick and a great way to start the year.
Fantastic Tim!!
Tawny Frogmouth is our favourite Ozzie bird that Rob and I have seen- and even better to have it in your garden , lol!!
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Old Thursday 31st December 2015, 20:17   #11
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apologies Gregor for calling you Tim - for some reason I can't correct/ edit the post... too much white wine methinks...
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Think I'm in. Weather looks dire though ... we'll see.
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Old Friday 1st January 2016, 04:04   #13
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So far in central Brisbane:
Tawny Frogmouth
Australian White Ibis
Pied Currawong
Welcome Swallow
Rainbow Lorikeet
Spotted Dove
Australian Magpie
Torresian Crow
Feral Pigeon
Magpie-lark
Pied Butcherbird
Noisy Miner
White- throated Needletail
White-breasted Woodswallow
Masked Lapwing
Eastern Cattle Egret
Blue-faced Honeyeater
Little Black Cormorant
Common Myna
Straw-necked Ibis

I'm in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland now. Hopefully a few more to add to the Aussie total for today later!
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Old Friday 1st January 2016, 07:31   #14
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From this afternoon (sadly walking with my family, so birding was very limited!)

Spangled Drongo
Grey Butcherbird
Australian Brushturkey
Crested Pigeon
Black-faced Cuckooshrike
Caspian Tern
Great White Egret
Great Cormorant
Australian Pelican
Dusky Moorhen
Laughing Kookaburra
Sulphur-crested Cockatoo
White-browed Scrubwren
Fairy Martin
Brown Thornbill
Grey Fantail
Lewin's Honeyeater
Variegated Fairywren
Eastern Whipbird
Large-billed Scrubwren
Rufous Fantail
Australasian Figbird
Topknot Pigeon

That's probably it for me today!
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Old Friday 1st January 2016, 08:37   #15
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So that's an excellent start by Gregor in Australia, with 43 species. thank you !

Good morning and Happy New Year to all in this thread.
Late start today, for us.
We have frost on the ground, for the first time this winter, here in South Norfolk, England.
Rob and I were lying in bed. Had we predicted the first bird we would hear this morning, we would not have laid odds on a mallard.
The second was much more predictable... a woodpigeon .
Best wishes, to all , Carol
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Old Friday 1st January 2016, 09:25   #16
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so my garden bird additions this morning are :
1 Mallard
2 Woodpigeon
3 Jackdaw
4 Pheasant
5 Carrion Crow
6 Blue Tit
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Old Friday 1st January 2016, 10:57   #17
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Next Garden additions from me for this morning:
7 Fieldfare ( Large Flock)
8 Starling
9 Mistle Thrush
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From the drive home from Rheine via Osnabrück to Paderborn, Germany:
Western Jackdaw
Common Blackbird
Great Tit
Common Wood Pigeon
European Blue Tit
Carrion Crow
Common Buzzard
Common Magpie
Northern Goshawk
Black headed Gull
Great Egret
Grey Heron
Common Starling
Canada Goose
Greylag Goose
Common Chaffinch
Feral Pigeon
Mallard
Common Pochard
Eurasian Coot
Rook
Eurasian Wren

A large skene of geese probably Greater White Fronted, but they were to high to see clearly and we were on the Autobahn at the time, so no stopping possible.

All seen along the road/Autobahn from the car. The weather is not so good, but I'm hoping to get out to one of the lakes tomorrow.
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I'm in! So far just one addition while walking the dog:

White-breasted Nuthatch

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House Sparrow
Blue Tit
Coal Tit
Blackbird
Wood Pigeon
Starling
Carrion Crow
... and a very scarce visitor to my garden ... a Male Bullfinch for 5 seconds.... come back, I want a picture!
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Old Friday 1st January 2016, 13:41   #22
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Here's my first 30 minutes in the yard:

Canada Goose
Mallard
Common Merganser
Herring Gull
Mourning Dove
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Blue Jay
American Crow
Black-capped Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
European Starling
Dark-Eyed Junco (Slate-colored)
House Finch
American Goldfinch
House Sparrow
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I'm back from 5 and a half hours or so on foot around the local patch (Falmouth) with 58 species in at times fairly miserable conditions. Was going to do the reservoirs too but sacked that in the end.

Have barely gone birding properly for months, so most of it was highlights for me; will post a full list up in a bit.



A good way to start the year though; Happy New Year All!!!!
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And just added to my list above:

Common Goldeneye
Red-breasted Merganser
Bald Eagle
Ring-billed Gull
White-throated Sparrow
Northern Cardinal
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1 Mute Swan
2 Mallard
3 Tufted Duck
4 Great Northern Diver
5 Fulmar
6 Gannet
7 Cormorant
8 Shag
9 Little Egret
10 Grey Heron
11 Little Grebe
12 Buzzard
13 Kestrel
14 Water Rail
15 Moorhen
16 Coot
17 Oystercatcher
18 Whimbrel
19 Curlew
20 Turnstone
21 Common Sandpiper
22 Greenshank
23 Redshank
24 Kittiwake
25 Black-headed Gull
26 Mediterranean Gull
27 Lesser Black-backed Gull
28 Herring Gull
29 Great Black-backed Gull
30 Feral Pigeon
31 Woodpigeon
32 Great Spotted Woodpecker
33 Magpie
34 Jay
35 Jackdaw
36 Rook
37 Carrion Crow
38 Goldcrest
39 Blue Tit
40 Great Tit
41 Coal Tit
42 Long-tailed Tit
43 Chiffchaff
44 Blackcap
45 Wren
46 Blackbird
47 Song Thrush
48 Redwing
49 Robin
50 Dunnock
51 House Sparrow
52 Grey Wagtail
53 Pied Wagtail
54 Rock Pipit
55 Chaffinch
56 Greenfinch
57 Goldfinch
58 Bullfinch

Pretty amazing that I managed to see them all in correct taxonomic order, eh?
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