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Old Sunday 17th June 2018, 20:27   #3876
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American dipper, Barrow's goldeneye, then:
Brewer's Sparrow - Spizella breweri
Black-headed Grosbeak - Pheucticus melanocephalus
Cassin's Finch - Haemorhous cassinii

I have a poor sound recording of the Brewer's, a car goes by in the middle
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Old Friday 6th July 2018, 22:21   #3877
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Ignoring the Clevedon Pied Crow, my first ticks since Georgia following five days in Madiera were Zino's (two pics of different individuals) and Desertas Petrels, Madeiran Petrel and Trocaz Pigeon.

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Old Saturday 7th July 2018, 05:53   #3878
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I keep forgetting to celebrate on here....

Moltoni's Warbler (Duncansby Head) and American Royal Tern (Pagham Harbour) yaay!

(Marion saw both and as usual says "I'm not bovvered....")

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Old Saturday 7th July 2018, 07:13   #3879
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The small matter of 155 lifers on my April visit to New York and Argentina. As it was my first visit it was hardly surprising that a full 150 of those were in Argentina!

Of these the first and one of the most memorable was an American Bittern in a bare tree in Central Park, and the last was a Rufescent Tiger Bittern in a fully-leaved tree at Costanera Sur nature reserve in Buenos Aires.

Other highlights included a dozen species of hummingbird, Andean Condor, Torrent Duck, Lesser Rhea and the amazingly wonderful Toco Toucan.

Lots more details and pix in my trip report here:

https://www.birdforum.net/showthread.php?t=359505

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Old Saturday 7th July 2018, 18:07   #3880
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Just got back from a trip to Abra Patricia, Peru. Last lifer of 93 was Musician Wren, but the best (most unexpected) bird was Maroon-chested Ground-dove, which was a bird that neither guide had ever seen other than in flight.

Also got the Marvelous Spatuletail (displaying!) and Long-whiskered Owlet.
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Old Tuesday 17th July 2018, 19:57   #3881
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One of those odd coincidences last Thursday. The bird in Radio 4's Tweet of the Day, which I heard while driving to the south coast of the UK, was the Sandwich tern. Which I had never seen.

Until I went on the Isle of Wight ferry that evening.

I heard its scream first, I doubt I would have noticed it otherwise as there was a plethora of black-headed gulls and a gannet.
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Old Sunday 29th July 2018, 12:59   #3882
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Just found out that the Eurasian Magpie has been split five ways, which has given me an armchair lifer with the Magpie I saw in Morocco in 2009. It has been renamed Maghreb Magpie (Pica mauritanica).
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Old Sunday 29th July 2018, 13:22   #3883
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Just found out that the Eurasian Magpie has been split five ways, which has given me an armchair lifer with the Magpie I saw in Morocco in 2009. It has been renamed Maghreb Magpie (Pica mauritanica).
Where will it end?!
The only prob is that for every new species you can tick there are more that you haven't seen (in my case, anyway). Azure-winged magpie has also been split.
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Old Sunday 29th July 2018, 21:36   #3884
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Sooty Shearwater.

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Old Sunday 29th July 2018, 23:55   #3885
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Just found out that the Eurasian Magpie has been split five ways, which has given me an armchair lifer with the Magpie I saw in Morocco in 2009. It has been renamed Maghreb Magpie (Pica mauritanica).
I get armchair Maghreb Magpie too
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Old Friday 3rd August 2018, 23:07   #3886
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Just found out that the Eurasian Magpie has been split five ways, which has given me an armchair lifer with the Magpie I saw in Morocco in 2009. It has been renamed Maghreb Magpie (Pica mauritanica).
This is where it helps me not to be very good. So I take pics whenever I can because I can't ID on sight. I took a pic of a magpie in Bhutan assuming it was from a different species but where I could not tell the difference, only for the guides to suggest it was not a new species after all. But now it seems to have split again.

So I assume, given its location, that this is in fact not a Eurasian magpie, but a black-rumped one?
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Old Saturday 4th August 2018, 08:59   #3887
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This is where it helps me not to be very good. So I take pics whenever I can because I can't ID on sight. I took a pic of a magpie in Bhutan assuming it was from a different species but where I could not tell the difference, only for the guides to suggest it was not a new species after all. But now it seems to have split again.

So I assume, given its location, that this is in fact not a Eurasian magpie, but a black-rumped one?
Yep, Black-rumped Magpie Pica bottanensis should be right
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Old Saturday 4th August 2018, 14:10   #3888
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Western Swamphen, Iberian Magpie, Western Olivaceous and Orphean Warblers and Spanish Imperial Eagle, all in Spain last week.
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Old Saturday 4th August 2018, 20:19   #3889
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Yep, Black-rumped Magpie Pica bottanensis should be right
Great. Given that it was at a temple, and perching on the sacred flags, I think it was a bird of pray.
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Old Sunday 5th August 2018, 00:15   #3890
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Great. Given that it was at a temple, and perching on the sacred flags, I think it was a bird of pray.

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Old Friday 17th August 2018, 07:47   #3891
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My second bogeybird, done!

Rock Pipit at Soderskar, Loviisa, Finland
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Old Friday 17th August 2018, 11:26   #3892
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Had a few in Spain recently - White Headed Duck, Griffon Vulture and Black Wheatear spring to mind.

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Five new armchair ticks from the Clements updates:

Mexican Duck
Andean Duck
Santa Marta Screech Owl
Oriental Magpie
Chivi Vireo

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Old Monday 20th August 2018, 21:30   #3894
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Sabine’s gull. On a pool on the side of the Brecon Beacons. Not where you’re supposed to see them but I bet the views were better
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Old Tuesday 21st August 2018, 05:11   #3895
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Sabineís gull. On a pool on the side of the Brecon Beacons. Not where youíre supposed to see them but I bet the views were better
Did you give directions to a fella with a dog by any chance?
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Old Sunday 9th September 2018, 21:00   #3896
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Common Murre. Not the best photo. Iím seeing a lot of hybrid gulls along the coast of Oregon to bad they canít be counted (though I donít really keep up all that well).
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Old Monday 10th September 2018, 02:20   #3897
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SW Australia

We're just back from a trip to SW Australia, where I ticked 116 new birds. The last was a Brown Falcon, Attached.

My 3000th lifer was Yellow-billed Spoonbill. I failed to photograph them as we drove by on the freeway south of Perth, but later I managed photos near Albany.

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Old Monday 10th September 2018, 06:40   #3898
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European Storm Petrel
Wilson's Storm Petrel
Cory' Shearwater
Sooty Shearwater
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Old Monday 10th September 2018, 19:15   #3899
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Red-throated Pipit in Sweden today. Finally, after missing them everywhere.

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Old Tuesday 11th September 2018, 00:50   #3900
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Seven lifers last week in the US:

Montrose Point, Chicago:

Bay-breasted Warbler
Chestnut-sided Warbler
Cape May Warbler
Swainson’s Thrush


Farmington, Connecticut:

Baltimore Oriole
Common Nighthawk


Andrews Point, Rockport, Mass.

Cory’s Shearwater (since the birds I saw off easten Italy 15 yrs ago are actually Scopoli’s)


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