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Old Thursday 23rd July 2009, 21:16   #3276
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Just got back from an amazing two-week holiday in western Poland with Simeon and Connor. We scooped 155 species - amazing for the time of year - including a few species not really recorded in the area before, and birds such as Black Woodpecker, Aquatic Warbler and White-tailed Eagle. We should be well-equipped for autumn migration! Other highlights included bouts of tripod jousting, a day trip in a dinghy, and wading through leech-infested swamp. I'll let you know when Simeon, Connor or I have finished out trip reports so you can read them or just look at the photos. Thanks to Wiktoria for her help and information on her amazing country!

TheSeagull - you need to add Poland to your gap-year itinerary!
Wow!!! you will have to fill me in on all the little details on Msn later mate!
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Old Thursday 23rd July 2009, 21:53   #3277
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My Polish year-list (from the two-week holiday) is 155 - only about 10 behind my UK yearlist (from 6 months in Norfolk!) - shows how little I've been bothered to get out really.
Birds of the trip were things like Aquatic Warbler and Black Woodpecker, also had Middle-Spotted Woodpecker, 13 species of raptor (highlights including lesser-spotted eagle, white-tailed eagle, honey buzzard, black kite etc.) and 16 species of warbler (highlights including icky, marsh, savi's, river, aquatic, barred and great reed...). Also loads of White Storks, Black Storks and Great-White Egrets!
Full trip report will probably take a while to do but will notify everyone when its done...good to be back!
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Old Friday 24th July 2009, 01:55   #3278
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We scooped 155 species - amazing for the time of year - including a few species not really recorded in the area before, and birds such as Black Woodpecker, Aquatic Warbler and White-tailed Eagle.
Wow! This is 13 species more than I've seen in Poland since I started birding, I should be embarrassed!

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I'll let you know when Simeon, Connor or I have finished out trip reports so you can read them or just look at the photos.
I'm looking forward to reading it!

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Thanks to Wiktoria for her help and information on her amazing country!
You're welcome. I'm glad that Poland didn't disappoint you ^^

I told birderbf that Poland is a great place to bird in and you guys confirm it

btw, yesterday another visit to Jamaica Bay with birderbf : 7 lifers and a Least Bittern among them ^^
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I told birderbf that Poland is a great place to bird in and you guys confirm it

btw, yesterday another visit to Jamaica Bay with birderbf : 7 lifers and a Least Bittern among them ^^
Poland sounds like a very good place to me, especially for someone who has barely birded in Europe. I have never really taken a walk in the woods off my continent. It's strange only birding from cities. For example, in Spain some towns had Gold and Greenfinches and there were Linnets and Serins in the less populated area, but I still couldn't dig up a Chaffinch.

That Least Bittern was only my second one ever, and my first in New York (which is now my primary listing region). It was my 314th species in the state, including several species not yet confirmed for the state list (including origin-uncertain geese) and a wandering Trumpeter Swan from the introduced population in Ontario. After taxes, that translates into 310 or thereabouts.
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Old Friday 24th July 2009, 03:18   #3280
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but I still couldn't dig up a Chaffinch.
There are lots of them in my neighborhood. This spring for two days I could even hear it from my room. But it used to be my the most embarrassing species that I hadn't seen for over one year after I started birding

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Chaffinch! I thought you meant Chiffchaff. I heard that a Chaffinch is the most numerous bird in Poland ^^ You can encounter it in the forests, parks and any other place where are at least a few trees

PS Sorry, English names are sometimes quite confusing for me!

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Old Friday 24th July 2009, 06:52   #3281
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Hi everyone last night i went to Brockholes quarry and i saw 1 black tailed godwit, alot of lapwing, 7 l b b gull, 3 b h gull, 1 kestrel, swifts, sand martins, swallows, 2 heron, 4 pied wagtail, 1 hare, 2 common sandpiper, coot, mute swans, 1 g b b gull and 1 teal. I forgot a bird in crete that is a lifer, 3 White storks over the hotel.
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How do you forget White Storks!
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Old Friday 24th July 2009, 17:32   #3283
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I've uploaded some pictures from my Poland holiday onto my website but the full report is still not written.

http://www.freewebs.com/simsdiary/poland09.htm

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Old Friday 24th July 2009, 21:40   #3285
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I've uploaded some pictures from my Poland holiday onto my website but the full report is still not written.

http://www.freewebs.com/simsdiary/poland09.htm

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nice one mate I am really jealous!!!
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Old Saturday 25th July 2009, 16:19   #3286
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Hi Poland sounds great , i would like to see black and middle spotted woodpeckers
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Old Saturday 25th July 2009, 17:02   #3287
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anyone know what these are? ( i know they B flies )
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Old Saturday 25th July 2009, 17:24   #3288
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think first one is a comma , 2nd one is a red admiral
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Old Saturday 25th July 2009, 17:28   #3289
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First one is the underside of a Comma butterfly, second is a Red Admiral. (Got a handy butterfly book with 200 plates)
Good days Birding today with these lifers:
Mistle Thrush
Hen Harrier
Willow Warbler
Sparrowhawk
Kestrel
Red Kite

and an unidentified duck that looked like a female Teal but instead of a green feather it was purple. Mistle Thrush and Hen Harrier at Loch of Skene which was a bit too boggy today the rest at the LNR Den of Maidencraig (great place, first time I've been)
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Old Saturday 25th July 2009, 17:31   #3290
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hi seagull, some good birds , hen harrier and sparrowhawk are really cool
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Old Saturday 25th July 2009, 17:49   #3291
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Yes, I also got my parents to put a lottery on because I seen them all with minimum effort, it's my lucky day! There were even several baby rabbits feeding by the road and next to them was a Pheasant (another lifer)!
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Old Saturday 25th July 2009, 17:58   #3292
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i saw some baby rabbits in the park today too ! really cute
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Old Saturday 25th July 2009, 18:02   #3293
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i also saw 1 green woodpecker , 1 chaffinch and a whitethroat plus some butterflies
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I seen a baby frog which I picked up and moved off the path.
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cool , it was the baby frogs lucky day too , i have nt seen a frog for ages
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Old Saturday 25th July 2009, 18:18   #3296
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Well here I am in sunny Dorset for a week. I'm currently staying in a cottage in Lulworth, right next to the coast, where I can seawatch after 10 minutes' walk!

Birds thus far after a couple of hours of birding/swimming include peregrine off the cliffs, and families of whitethroat and stonechat in the inland scrubby areas. Some acrocephalus-sy type thing disappeared into a bush before I could get a real luck at it.

Hopefully I'll soon be getting to places like Durlston head, Brownsea island etc. (with Brownsea island being a strong possibility if it pisses it down tomorrow. Roseate terns with chicks I think!!!)

I'll keep you all posted.
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Old Saturday 25th July 2009, 21:35   #3297
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young birder

my suggestion is to join up with some birding groups in your area.

you can learn a lot from people that have been birding longer than you.

and if they have a mode of transportation that you don't at your age all the better right.

you can cover more terrain that way just make sure your parents approve first.

happy birding and good luck on achieving your goal!
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Old Saturday 25th July 2009, 21:52   #3298
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Well here I am in sunny Dorset for a week. I'm currently staying in a cottage in Lulworth, right next to the coast, where I can seawatch after 10 minutes' walk!

Birds thus far after a couple of hours of birding/swimming include peregrine off the cliffs, and families of whitethroat and stonechat in the inland scrubby areas. Some acrocephalus-sy type thing disappeared into a bush before I could get a real luck at it.

Hopefully I'll soon be getting to places like Durlston head, Brownsea island etc. (with Brownsea island being a strong possibility if it pisses it down tomorrow. Roseate terns with chicks I think!!!)

I'll keep you all posted.
Welcome to the county mate, maybe i will bump into you i reccomend going to Radipole lake and Lodmoor to see the Cettis warbler and resident Marsh harriers ( first breeding pair in Dorset in 50 years! )
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I know that the point of a year list is to get the most birds as possible but if I could go without seeing a Larus genus Gull just for one measly year I would be happy. But it's Aberdeen which would mean that I would have to make myself blind or something.
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