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Old Tuesday 11th April 2017, 14:10   #26
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Due to work and family commitments, I had very little time to get out birding yesterday, but I managed 20 minutes at El Pinet in the late afternoon, although a very loud family in the hide prevented anything too interesting coming close. Nevertheless, I managed to add:

La Marina village
27. House martin

El Pinet Salinas:
28. Slender-billed gull*
29. Kentish plover*
30. Collared pratincole* - quite a few on the distant islands
31. Shelduck
32. Yellow wagtail*

Then, on the way back as I cycled up the stony tracks through the scrubland around Urb La Marina, it was nice to see the return of my:

33. Little Owl*

I've seen Little Owls along this track more than anywhere else, but have not managed to find one for the last two years (not that they weren't there, of course!)

(* 5 species not on a previous list)
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Old Tuesday 9th May 2017, 09:12   #27
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Oh my goodness! I've rather let the BF list lapse the last few weeks... more than 40 new species to add, so here goes!

Back to Spain....

A short hop to Alicante airport to drop off the in-laws (whose house we stay at), allowed a short stop at the tower on the N332 through Santa Pola Salinas. Very quiet, except for:

34. Mallard
35. Turnstone

Then, had a quite fantastic evening cycle along the canals that lead from the Urbanizacion to the mouth of the Segura River.

Along the canals:
36. Red-rumped swallow*
37. Cuckoo
38. White wagtail
39. Green sandpiper
40. Quail!* Heard peep-pi-peeping from the farmland
41. Greenfinch
42. Iberian green woodpecker*
43. Red-legged partridge*
44. Cattle Egret*
45. Moorhen

At the Rio Segura:
46. Woodchat shrike* - possibly my best views ever, with a pair swooping from tree-to-tree and onto nearby fenceposts catching insects.
47. Audouin's gull*
48. Great tit
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Old Tuesday 9th May 2017, 09:18   #28
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Still in Spain...

A trip to the beach with the family over Easter weekend added:

49. Sandwich tern*
50. Mediterranean gull

And another evening ride out to Vistabella road, along the canal tracks:

51. Reed warbler*
52. Kestrel
53. Marsh harrier*
54. Chiffchaff
55. Corn bunting*
56. Western Orphean Warbler* - very surprised to find a pair feeding in bushes close to large trees at the end of the "sandpiper alley"

And from the El Hondo hides along VB road:
57. Great reed warbler*
58. Red-crested pochard
59. Coot
60. Black-necked grebe*
61. White-headed duck* (species 150 for 2017)
62. Great-crested grebe
63. Whiskered tern*
64. Little grebe

*9 species not on a previous list
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Old Tuesday 9th May 2017, 09:24   #29
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And more from Spain...!

My first "day off" - no work, and family with other plans... So I had a cycle down to Torrevieja and La Mata.

Along the Rio Segura heading into Guardamar:
65. Cormorant
66. Nightingale*

At Laguna La Mata reserve (which was remarkably green with lush undergrowth and great expanses of wildflowers):
67. Grey plover - new for my Spain list
68. Common tern*

Then at Los Balcones, south of Laguna Torrevieja:
69. Turtle dove*
70. Long-tailed tit
71. Linnet
72. Azure-winged magpie* (bingo!)

IN the late afternoon, I had a trip out to El Hondo with my two girls, who tolerate their Dad's birding on holiday, but like the boardwalks out to the hides at El Hondo!

73. Purple swamphen*

We also called in at the San Felipe visitor centre, adding:
74. Marbled duck*
75. Little stint*
76. Common sandpiper
77. Squacco heron*

* 8 species not on a previous list
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Old Tuesday 9th May 2017, 09:30   #30
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Managed a couple of rides before we left for home.

The first to the VB road hides:
78. Purple heron*
79. Jackdaw
80. Moustached warbler*
81. Cetti's warbler*

And much to my surprise, as I headed back through Urb Oasis:
82. Wren

We also had a day-trip to Cartagena on a bus tour, which was a great day out, and I surreptitiously added:
83. Pallid swift*
84. Monk parakeet*

And the final bike ride looked like it was going to be fruitless (yet another dip on the GS cuckoos!), but a short detour down a previously unexplored track (leading from Urb Oasis to the Palm-Farm track) added:
85. Stone curlew* :)
86. Crag martin*

Before I headed back to Urb La Marina, finally catching up with the small flock of
87. Tree sparrow

* 6 species not on a previous list
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Old Tuesday 9th May 2017, 09:32   #31
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Back home to the UK after the Easter break in Spain, and a few summer arrivals spotted:

107. Barn swallow - at Prestwick Carr

108. House martin - flyover, at Stobhill Morpeth
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Had a long, bank-holiday weekend trip to a bunkhouse near Barnard Castle in County Durham, which was a pleasant, relaxing break, but also very productive for new species for the year-list!

From the bunkhouse, there was a lovely walk into Barnard Castle through Deepdale woods, which were thriving with wildlife. The first walk revealed:

109. Willow warbler
110. Blackcap
111. Marsh tit

While in Barnard Castle itself, on the Tees, there was a pair of:
112. Dipper

On the Sunday, we had a walk along the Upper Tees from Low Force to High Force, adding:
113. Common sandpiper - at Low Force
114. Common redstart - downstream from High Force

And on the b/h Monday, we walked the woods into Barnard Castle again, and I was delighted to add:
115. Pied flycatcher (my first ever singing male!)
116. Garden warbler
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Old Tuesday 9th May 2017, 09:40   #33
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One from the garden from last week:

117. Common whitethroat

Then, over the weekend, I had a chance to get out on my bike to Castle Island:
118. Common swift
119. Sand martin

Before having a trip into Upper Coquetdale with my girls on Sunday:
120. Northern wheatear
121. Whinchat
122. Cuckoo!! My first calling cuckoo in Northumberland for quite some time!
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A short trip to London for work mid-week, and had an evening stroll around Regent's Park. It never ceases to amaze me how much wildlife can exist in the centre of London! It's also hard in some cases to determine which of the species are ornamental and which are part of feral, wild populations (OK, for sure, the smew and eider are ornamental!). So I go by the policy of free-flying means wild/feral. And based on this, I added:

123. Egyptian goose
124. Red-crested pochard

Also:

125. Ring-necked parakeet
126. Stock dove
127. Reed warbler (at least two males singing from reeds around one of the "duck islands")

At least four fox [7] also seen.
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Had a quick dash into Morpeth yesterday on my bike, and by the blue footbridge east of the town centre, there was a singing:

128. Sedge warbler

Not only singing but doing excellent impressions of blackbird and dunnock, with a bit of lapwing thrown in every now and then!
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Forgot to add the new sightings from a short ride up to Druridge Bay the weekend before last. Was trying for the Citrine Wagtail at Lynemouth to start with, but not there, so headed further north. Slightly disappointing (mostly because my binoculars fell apart, so I couldn't get good views of anything!!), but did manage to add:

129. Sandwich tern
130. Common tern

Both fishing off the beach near the burn leading out from Druridge Pools. There was an "interesting" wader with a couple of redshank on the budge field too, which I guess could have been the reported Wood Sandpiper, but I couldn't be sure.

Then on the way back home, as I passed into Earsdon from Chevington Moor:

131. Red-legged partridge

Also worth noting that I added hedgehog [8] to my mammal list on Saturday night!
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Away last week with work, taking a customer to see our factories near Lyon in France, and Geneva in Switzerland. As I was with clients most of the time, I didn't really make much of an effort to go birding, but I still added a few species to each country's year list, and some more species to the overall year total.

In France:

44. Black kite - from the motorway near Lyon airport

An hour at "Le Grand Large" near Meyzieu (while I waited for my customer to arrive) added:

45. Collared dove
46. Serin
47. Willow warbler
48. Barn swallow

(and a whole host of interesting damselflies!)

And in the ancient citadel-city of Perouges (where we stayed for the night):

49. Great spotted woodpecker
50. Black redstart*
51. Eurasian treecreeper*

Finally, as I left our factory on the Industrial park near Saint Vulbas, I was surprised to see a couple of Wall Lizard basking on the path, and was then amazed to hear the lovely loud song of a:

52. Nightingale

* two species not on a previous list
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The Swiss list also moved on slightly:

From the motorway at Plan-les-Ouates:
33. Jay

From the motorway at Nyon(!):
34. Black kite*

In a short stroll along the waterfront in Montreux:
35. Mute swan
36. Yellow-legged gull
37. Red-crested pochard
38. Blackcap
39. Common tern
40. Cormorant

And nearby, in Villeneuve:
41. House martin

* 1 species not on a higher list
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A couple of family trips out over last weekend were rather favourable for me!

First, my favourite local experience: a trip out on the boat to the Farne Islands. Despite a very foggy start, this bumped the list along nicely, with:
132. Puffin
133. Fulmar
134. Razorbill
135. Arctic tern

Also, mammal number [9], Grey Seal.

Then, on Sunday, we had a day out at Washington WWT. Didn't get much of a chance to see the wild birds, but had an hour at the end at the hides. In addition to an impressive number of avocets (12+, including at least two recent fledgelings), I added:

136. Little ringed plover

And mammal number [10], Brown Rat.
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Not had a chance to update my list for a few weeks, so here are the additions from the last couple of months...!!

UK in June:

137. Ruddy duck - at Bothal Pond (my first in the UK for maybe 20 years!)

138. Red Kite - over the A1 near Wetherby

139. Willow tit - at Benridge Moor north of Morpeth (while looking for redsart!)

And an addition to the mammal list: Field Vole [11]
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2019 year list: 235 (Snow Bunting, Bamburgh; October)

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I also had a trip to Sweden with work in June, and managed an evening on the riverbank at Uppsala and then a couple of hours at Nyckelvikens Nature Reserve before heading home. 52 species including a lifer, so All-in-all, quite productive seeing as I was working!

At Arlanda Airport:
1. White wagtail
2. Hooded crow*
3. Common siwft

In Uppsala:
4. Feral pigeon
5. Magpie
6. Fieldfare
7. Mallard
8. Common gull
9. Lapwing
10. Canada Goose
11. Grey heron
12. Black-headed gull
13. Buzzard
14. Skylark
15. Greylag
16. Common tern
17. Yellow wagtail - new for Sweden
18. Snipe - new for Sweden
19. Herring gull
20. Teal
21. Blue tit
22. Chaffinch
23. Robin
24. Great spotted woodpecker
25. Song thrush
26. Wood warbler* - a lifer :)
27. Common whitethroat
28. Blackbird
29. Woodpigeon

From the motorway, at Upplands Vasby:
30. Jay

In central Stockholm:
31. Lesser black-backed gull
32. Great tit

In Sodertalje:
33. House sparrow
34. House martin

In Vasby, from the motorway:
35. Jackdaw

Finally, had a couple of hours to wander around Nyckelvikens Nature Reserve, on the outskirts of Stockholm, before heading back to the airport, and was amazed to find such a peaceful oasis of nature so close to the cicty:
36. Goldfinch
37. Willow warbler
38. Raven*
39. Barn swallow
40. Nuthatch
41. Tufted duck
42. Goldeneye
43. Goosander
44. Common sandpiper - new for Swedish list
45. Starling
46. Common redstart - new for my Swedish list
47. Cormorant
48. Mute swan
49. Barnacle goose*
50. Tree sparrow
51. Green woodpecker
52. Pied flycatcher

And for the mammal list, at Nyckelvikens: red squirrel [12]

* 4 species not on an earlier/higher list
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UK life list: 228 (Red-backed Shrike, Newbiggin, UK; December 2018)
Morpeth Garden list: 70 (Willow Tit, October 2019)
2019 year list: 235 (Snow Bunting, Bamburgh; October)

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UK observation for July...

At Druridge Pools:
140. Wood sandpiper
141. Little Owl

At Prestwick Carr:
142. Grasshopper Warbler
143. Eurasian Treecreeper (really? my first of 2017?)

From Church Point, Newbiggin:
144. Gannet
145. Sooty Shearwater - a lifer :)
146. Common scoter
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2019 year list: 235 (Snow Bunting, Bamburgh; October)
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So, I'm back from 3 weeks in Florida for our family holiday. Most of the trip revolved around Theme Parks - Disney, Universal Studios, and SeaWorld parks - but we had one trip to a managed nature reserve (Wild Florida, which also has an Alligator sanctuary and runs Airboat trips out over the nearby swamp and lake), and even day-to-day visits to the parks resulted in some interesting - if rather brief - opportunities for birding.

All-in-all, I managed to see 41 confirmed species, of which 28 were lifers! In roughly chronological order:

At Detroit Airport, on the journey out:
1. House Sparrow

The first morning at our villa, in Polk County, east of Orlando, I got up early and stared out into the trees behind the villa for an hour or two. Loads of unknown bird songs and calls, but nothing I could actually get a visual on, but I did see:

2. Carolina wren* - lifer
3. Northern Mockingbird* - lifer
4. Common Ground Dove* - new for US list (which, to be honest, was less than 10 species!)

The a trip to Walmart to stock up added:
5. Common Grackle*
6. Boat-tailed Grackle* - lifer

Driving to our first theme park along US192, I spotted:
7. Snowy Egret* - new for US list
8. Cattle Egret - new for US list

And at Universal Studios/Islands of Adventure:
9. Double-crested Cormorant* - lifer
10. Mallard - new for US list
11. Feral Pigeon

Next, a visit to SeaWorld, where the feed for the numerous stars of the shows attracted large numbers of fish-eaters!
12. Black Vulture* - lifer
13. Great egret - new for US list
14. Wood stork* - lifer
15. Great Blue Heron* - lifer
16. Green Heron* - lifer
17. White Ibis* - lifer

12* species not on an earlier 2017 list
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2019 year list: 235 (Snow Bunting, Bamburgh; October)

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At Disney Springs:
18. Little Blue Heron* - lifer

And at one of the Outlet centers:
19. Blue Jay* - lifer

We went for dinner one evening at the Disney hotel, Grand Floridian, and on the grass verge outside the hotel was a group of:
20. Wild Turkey* - lifer

Our only "wildlife" outing was to Wild Florida, south of Kissimmee. This is a wildlife reserve on the edge of a swamp and lake, which runs airboat tours and also houses a small zoo and alligator sanctuary. It was well away from anywhere built-up and would have been worth another visit to see more of the local wildlife, but a day there was definitely worthwhile.
21. Sharp-shinned Hawk* - lifer
22. Fish crow* - lifer
23. Collared Dove - new for US list
24. Osprey* - new for US list
Out on the Airboat, despite the load noise they make, we saw loads of birds (mostly herons) and a lot of other wildlife (thousands of dragonflies!). New species seen were:
25. Bald eagle* - lifer (WOW! What a bird!)
26. Glossy Ibis - new for US list
27. Sandhill Crane* - lifer
28. Limpkin* - lifer
29. Red-winged Blackbird* - lifer
30. Common Gallinule* - lifer

11* species new for 2017 overall list
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UK life list: 228 (Red-backed Shrike, Newbiggin, UK; December 2018)
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2019 year list: 235 (Snow Bunting, Bamburgh; October)

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Second week schedule was rather busy, so even less time to keep a look out for interesting birds, but still managed to add a few to the list.

At Volcano Bay water park, a late afternoon lightning storm resulted in torrential rain, which brought in a few:
31. American Crow* - lifer

At Magic Kingdom, there was an
32. Anhinga* - lifer
preening on a boardwalk as we waited to meet Belle!!

And at Animal Kingdom, amongst the "jungle" in the Africa zone, I spotted a
33. Ruby-throated Hummingbird* - lifer

While at Blizzard Beach, I finally noticed that some of the creamy coloured doves were actually:
34. Mourning Dove*

Over the villa one evening there were a few:
35. Purple martin* - lifer
and a couple of unidentified raptors, including a slate-grey, fast, sparrowhawk-like bird (which I'm hoping to identify at some point)

In the last week, we headed to the Royal Pacific hotel near Universal Studios park for a couple of nights, where I added:
36. Northern Cardinal* - lifer (which was a relief, as the rest of my family had seen one at Volcano Bay a few days before, which I missed while I was getting drinks..."Dad! We just saw a beautiful red bird with a crest!"...cue panic from me!)

A later visit to Volcano Bay gave a surprise fly-over
37. Brown Pelican*

And another trip to Animal Kingdom added:
38. Turkey Vulture* - lifer

Then, an early evening stroll near the villa, across the golf-course to the nearby lake added:
39. Red-shouldered Hawk* - lifer
40. Common Nighthawk* - lifer
41. Eastern Bluebird* - lifer (what a beauty!)

Finally, on the journey home, we had to change planes in Boston, where I picked up a few
42. Ring-billed gulls*
over the airport.

All 12* species new for 2017
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World life list: 536 (Terek Sandpiper, Abu Dhabi, UAE; September 2019)
UK life list: 228 (Red-backed Shrike, Newbiggin, UK; December 2018)
Morpeth Garden list: 70 (Willow Tit, October 2019)
2019 year list: 235 (Snow Bunting, Bamburgh; October)

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Old Monday 11th September 2017, 12:13   #46
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First Autumn migrant yesterday, at Bothal Pond:

147. Greenshank
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More travel with work, gave me a chance to advance my year's Swiss and French lists.

In Switzerland, I made decent progress for the amount of free time I had.

A stop by the Lake on the way out of Geneva, at Geneve plage, added:
42. Great crested grebe
43. Little grebe
...and in the Parc de la Grange, a new addition to my Swiss list:
44. Pied flycatcher (I saw lots of these on this trip in various locations)

By the border into France, at Corsier:
45. Starling
46. Barn swallow
47. Merlin!*

A short stop at Pas de Morgins, one of my regular haunts (hoping for Black Woodpecker...!) added:
48. Bullfinch
49. Grey wagtail

Then in Martigny, by my hotel:
50. Collared dove
51. Common redstart - new for Switzerland for me

The next day, as I headed north, I picked up a
52. Grey heron
at Gruyere services

Then, another stop at a small Nature Reserve I found last year:
53. Black redstart
54. Eurasian treecreeper
55. Firecrest*
56. Marsh tit
(and loads more pied flycatchers)

* 2 species not on an earlier list
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While on the above trip to Switzerland, I drove through France a short while, adding:
53. House martin - in DOuvaine
54. Dipper - Vallee d'Abondance
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Then, back in the UK, out on my bike along the coast north from Amble to Seahouses at the weekend, I added:

148. Brent goose - 7 came into mudflats near Boulmer
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Stopped off at St Mary's Island in Whitley Bay last week, coming back from the garage, and managed to hit both my target species, one that I knew was there, and a second that I hoped would be there:

149. Ruff
150. Yellow-browed Warbler (x2)
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