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Old Tuesday 2nd October 2012, 13:03   #51
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After the influx of rarities and migrants along the coast a couple of weeks ago, the last week has been fairly quiet, but a trip to Cresswell this lunch time added another couple of species to the list, taking me to 150 for the UK for 2012 :)

149 Long-tailed duck
150 Little stint

These, in fact, were both lifers for me
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Old Friday 12th October 2012, 16:56   #52
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Had a trip to Madrid with work - a whole week at a conference - and managed to get out to Casa de Campo one afternoon for a stroll around. Although there was nothing amazing, I managed to add

72 Monk Parakeet - a lifer
73 (Iberian) Green woodpecker (is it a full species or ssp?)
74 Great spotted woodpecker
75 Robin
76 Chaffinch
77 Blackbird!
78 Blue tit
79 Great tit
80 Short-toed treecreeper

Only the parakeet is new for the year, not on any other list. And they seem to be a real feral pest now, screeching and squawking over all the parks like the rn parakeets in London.
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Old Tuesday 30th October 2012, 07:52   #53
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A great long weekend away in Berwick-upon-Tweed, adding two more species to the UK list for 2012, including another lifer.

On the first evening, there were a large mix of waders in one of the bays by the caravan site. Mostly oystercatcher, redshank and turnstone, but also 3 curlew and singles of ringed plover, black-tailed godwit, sanderling, and

151 Grey plover (lifer)

The next day, another walk along the cliff revealed large numbers of turnstone and ringed plover, as well as small flocks of rock pipit, and several eider offshore. Then, on the cliffs:

152 Raven

And, further inland, with a few tits in trees near the Co-op, were two

153 Black redstart

Only one seen, but a second heard returning the first one's call. (New species for my UK lifetime list).

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Old Friday 2nd November 2012, 14:16   #54
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Creeping towards that 200 mark....

After a few local reports of an influx of waxwings, I headed out on my bike around Ashington this lunch time, and although the reported locations held nothing more than a single blackbird feasting on the rowan berries, further down the Morpeth road, there were three in a tree by a petrol station

154 Waxwing

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Old Monday 19th November 2012, 08:58   #55
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Two additions to my UK list this weekend, one a new species to the 2012 list... taking me to 199 species for the year!!

Out on my bike on Sunday afternoon, the first tick was a pair of

155 Brambling

just north of Ashington Rugby club. Then, on to Cresweel Pond, where the long-staying

156 Jack snipe

was just visible poking its head out of the reeds in front of the hide, and occasionally indulging in some bobbing... a life tick for me!

So, am I going to make it to 200 for the year? What will it be? Where will I find it?!?!
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So, 2 days in Germany, just south of Frankfurt added several species to my Germany all-time list, as well as bringing me a (debatable) 200th tick for the year!! All species seen at the small Lampertheimer Altrhein reserve during an hour's lunch break and the half hour of twilight before it got too dark to see anything!

35. Canada Goose
36. Bar-headed goose*
37. Swan Goose*
38. Blue tit
39. Bullfinch
40. Blackbird
41. Robin
42. Redwing
43. Long-tailed tit
44. Goldcrest
45. Great-spotted woodpecker
46. Buzzard

Of which the two goose species* are new to the 2012 list.

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Old Monday 3rd December 2012, 23:06   #57
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OK, I can probably ignore the dubious ticks above now as I made it to 200 for 2012 today

On a trip to Bothal pond to examine some Canada geese for anything unusual, there was a surprise in store:

157 Great northern diver

Yes! On Bothal pond, 8 miles in land! Not sure how common this is but was a mighty surprise to me. So that's 200 for the year (or 202 depending if naturalised escapes seen in Germany count) with 27 days left to go!
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A final work trip of the year took me to Copenhagen, with a short walk around the University campus in Ballerup before my meeting and an hour or so around Vestamager and Kastrup afterwards! And pretty productive:

1. Goldeneye - from the motorway bridge connecting Amager to Copenhagen!
2. Goldfinch - Ballerup
3. Chaffinch - Ballerup
4. Hooded Crow - Ballerup
5. Magpie - Ballerup
6. Woodpigeon - Ballerup
7. Jay - Ballerup
8. Mallard - Ballerup
9. Grey heron - Ballerup
10. Blue tit - Ballerup
11. Great tit - Ballerup
12. Blackbird - Ballerup
13. Robin - Ballerup
14. Fieldfare - Ballerup
15. Redwing - Kalvebod Fælled
16. Hen harrier* - Kalvebod Fælled
17. Kestrel - Kalvebod Fælled
18. Mute swan - Kalvebod Fælled
19. Canada goose - Kalvebod Fælled
20. Bean goose - Kalvebod Fælled
21. Siskin - Kalvebod Fælled
22. Cormorant - Vestamager
23. Little grebe - Vestamager
24. Coot - Vestamager
25. Herring gull - Kastrup
26. Black-headed gull - Kastrup

* of which, one species is new for 2012

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Old Thursday 27th December 2012, 19:10   #59
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On possibly my last trip out this year, I finally got the most unlikely of the missing species -

158 Kingfisher

taking my total for 2012 to 204
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