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Old Monday 16th October 2017, 12:34   #51
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Was looking back through my 2017 year list and comparing to 2016's and realised that I have somehow missed listing two species this year. Rather than go back an edit all the earlier posts, I'll add them here:

151. Grey partridge (actually seen back in March at Cresswell Pond, species 98)
152. Kittiwake (actually seen on the Farne Islands in June, species 135)
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Old Monday 16th October 2017, 12:38   #52
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Out at the weekend off up the coast on my bike on Saturday morning. And unusually, a potential lifer had stayed around. In fact, managed to add three species to my UK year list, quite unusual for October. Not only that, one was the target lifer, and another was new for my Northumberland life list (taking it 206).

At Druridge Pools:
153. Red-necked Phalarope - the lifer :)

Then on the beach at the mouth of Chevington burn:
154. Shore Lark

And finally, at East Chevington, an impressive, loudly singing
155. Cetti's Warbler (new for Northumberland, for me)
Plus
156. Lesser Redpoll (at last!)
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A trip to the caravan park north of Berwick-upon-Tweed at the end of October half-term was a nice family break, and as usual, I managed a few meanderings along the cliffs and beaches north of the town. As usual, waders were present in good numbers, including quite a few Grey Plover which are always on the same beach at this time of year. And I was pleased to also add:

157. Peregrine - seen hunting along the cliffs both mornings
158. Knot
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Out on my bike at the weekend in search of some relative rarities in Northumberland. And very soon caught up with the small flock of

159. Hawfinch

seen at Abbey Fields, west of Morpeth. Lovely birds on a lovely sunny morning.

Headed down to Big Waters, and where the Red-crested Pochard pair was easy to spot, but I missed out on the White-fronted geese and the Red-breasted goose. I could see a flock of geese in fields on the Northern side of the lake, but they were mostly obscured by trees, and I couldn't find anywhere to get a good enough view to see the rarer species.
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Out to the coast last weekend, hoping for some interesting sea-watching, but the half hour I could stand, in cold north winds, didn't turn up a great deal. Nevertheless, just as I was about to call it a day, I had two passing:

160. Long-tailed duck
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A few final additions for the 2017 lists that I never got around to adding:

For Switzerland (in November), near Versoix, GE:
57. Hawfinch - new for my Swiss list :)

For France (also in November), in Meximieux:
55. Kestrel

And one last species for the 2017 UK list, added in the last week of December at East Chevington:
161. Water Rail
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....meaning that my overall scores for 2017 were as follows:

Global species list: 250 (Woohoo! My best year total by far, and including 33 lifers)

Made up of:

UK: 161, with 4 lifers
Spain: 87 (of which 48 were seen on other lists, leaving 39 unique species)
Switzerland: 57 (of which 50 were seen on other lists, giving 7 unique species)
France: 55 (51 on other lists, leaving 4 unique species)
Sweden: 53, including 1 lifer (49 on other lists, leaving 4 unique species)
USA: 43, of which 28 were lifers!! (8 on other lists, giving 35 unique species)
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