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Martin's 2017 List (Wash DC area)

 
 
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Old Tuesday 3rd January 2017, 04:36   #1
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Martin's 2017 List (Wash DC area)

Hi all -

Here's a belated Happy New Year and I wish you all an enjoyable and rewarding birding year for 2017.

1-2 January

Maryland/Washington DC
1. Song Sparrow
2. American Crow
3. Northern Cardinal
4. Rock Pigeon
5. European Starling
6. House Sparrow
7. Canada Goose
8. Mallard
9. Ring-billed Gull
10. Herring Gull
11. Great Black-backed Gull
12. White-throated Sparrow
13. Double-crested Cormorant
14. Turkey Vulture
15. Downy Woodpecker
16. American Robin
17. Fish Crow

Latest Lifer: 569 : Black-billed Magpie (Park City Ski Resort, Park City, UT, USA; December 2016)

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Old Sunday 8th January 2017, 04:23   #2
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More in the neighborhood...

3 January

Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA
18. Blue Jay
19. Dark-eyed Junco
20. Hermit Thrush

Latest Lifer: 569 : Black-billed Magpie (Park City Ski Resort, Park City, UT, USA; December 2016)

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Old Tuesday 7th February 2017, 17:29   #3
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Catching on my January birding... Was happy to go to Zurich and the Netherlands for work and see lots of old friends.

And a few more in the neighborhood. Bu,t no lifers yet so far...

15 January

Seefeldquai, Zurich, Switzerland
21. Mute Swan
22. Gadwall
23. Red-crested Pochard
24. Common Pochard
25. Tufted Duck
26. Little Grebe
27. Great Crested Grebe
28. Great Cormorant
29. Red Kite
30. Eurasian Coot
31. Black-headed Gull
32. Mew Gull
33. Yellow-legged Gull
34. Carrion Crow
35. Great Tit
36. Eurasian Blackbird
37. Song Thrush
38. White Wagtail
39. Eurasian Tree Sparrow

19-22 January

Blijdorpse Polder, The Netherlands
40. Gray Heron
41. Eurasian Magpie

PGGM, Zeist, The Netherlands
42. Common Wood-Pigeon
43. European Robin

Vinkeveen, The Netherlands
44. Graylag Goose
45. Smew

The Hague, The Netherlands
46. Eurasian Jackdaw

Bussum, The Netherlands
47. Common Buzzard
48. Northern Lapwing
49. Rose-ringed Parakeet

Frankendael, The Netherlands
50. White Stork

Chevy Chase, MD, USA
51. Great Blue Heron
52. Black Vulture
53. Red-tailed Hawk
54. Northern Mockingbird

Latest Lifer: 569 : Black-billed Magpie (Park City Ski Resort, Park City, UT, USA; December 2016)

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Old Wednesday 8th February 2017, 20:11   #4
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Visiting family in Portland, Oregon - and happy to be adding to my year list, including two new lifers.

2 February

Chevy Chase, MD, USA
55. Red-bellied Woodpecker

6-8 February

Berrydale Park, Portland, OR, USA
56. Anna's Hummingbird
57. Steller's Jay
58. Common Raven
59. Varied Thrush
60. Fox Sparrow
61. Spotted Towhee

Mt. Tabor Park, Portland, OR, USA
62. Glaucous-winged Gull
63. Northern Flicker
64. California Scrub-Jay

Latest Lifer: 571 : Fox Sparrow (Berrydale Park, Portland, OR, USA; February 2017)
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I almost wasn't going to go out this evening, in the pouring rain but I ventured out to Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden, near Reed College, in search of West Coast waterfowl. I nearly backed out, not because of the rain but because the website also said the garden is temporarily closed. Fortunately that meant I could just enter without having to pay the customary admission price ($5 or so.)

It paid off and I was very happy to see 19 species of birds while becoming increasingly soaked. After almost two hours I had 12 new year birds, and 4 new lifers, including two types of goose, the Bushtit and an amazing ruby-crowned Kinglet, with a stripe of red, that landed inches from me in all its splendor and waited around for a good 15 seconds before flying off again.

8 February

Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden, Portland, OR, USA
65. Greater White-fronted Goose
66. Cackling Goose
67. Wood Duck
68. Ring-necked Duck
69. Lesser Scaup
70. Bufflehead
71. Hooded Merganser
72. Pied-billed Grebe
73. American Coot
74. Belted Kingfisher
75. Bushtit
76. Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Latest Lifer: 575 : Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden, Portland, OR, USA; February 2017)

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Picked up a few more birds in the US in the last weeks.

February - March

77. Brown-headed Cowbird - Berrydale Park, Portland, OR
78. Carolina Chickadee - Chevy Chase, MD
79. Red-shouldered Hawk - Chevy Chase, MD
80. Eastern Bluebird - Greenbriar Local Park, MD
81. Downy Woodpecker - Chevy Chase, MD

Off to Frankfurt tomorrow and hope to see pick up a few more...

Latest Lifer: 575 : Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden, Portland, OR, USA; February 2017)

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Old Monday 13th March 2017, 16:36   #7
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Had a nice visit to the Palmengarten in Frankfurt today, seeing 20+ birds and a new lifer - three Eurasian Treecreepers.

March 13

Palmengarten, Frankfurt, Germany
82. Egyptian Goose
83. Eurasian Moorhen
84. Great Spotted Woodpecker
85. Eurasian Blue Tit
86. Eurasian Treecreeper
87. Eurasian Wren
88. Common Chaffinch
89. European Goldfinch

Latest Lifer: 576 : Eurasian Treecreeper (Palmengarten, Frankfurt, Germany; March 2017)

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Old Thursday 30th March 2017, 22:47   #8
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The migration season has kicked in!

I have enjoyed seeing some more birds near my home in recent days and I was lucky early this week to get to spend a long hour in the Ramble of Central Park on what was a rainy day.

My perseverance was rewarded with two new lifers!

March 18

Capital Crescent Trail, Bethesda, MD, USA
90. Carolina Wren
91. Chipping Sparrow
92. Eastern Towhee
93. Tufted Titmouse

March 28

The Ramble, Central Park, New York, NY, USA

94. Northern Shoveler
95. Black-capped Chickadee
96. Swamp Sparrow
97. Rusty Blackbird

98. Common Grackle

Spotted from the train on the way home today (March 30)...
99. Great Egret in Kearny Marsh US-NJ

And twittering around my neighborhood
100. White-breasted Nuthatch

Latest Lifer: 578 : Rusty Blackbird (Central Park, New York, NY, USA; March 2017)

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A nice little April Fool's surprise

April 1

Chevy Chase, MD, USA
101. Hairy Woodpecker


Latest Lifer: 578 : Rusty Blackbird (Central Park, New York, NY, USA; March 2017)

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Old Wednesday 5th April 2017, 14:29   #10
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I am spending a few days for work in Malta (the current rotating EU presidency holder, before moving to Estonia n July) and got some birding in on Tuesday.

I realize that Malta is very controversial for the awful fact that so many birds have been brutally killed here for sport. The good news is that BirdLife has been working very hard with the government over the last 10 years, trying to change the "culture" and taking important areas of the islands under control as bird sanctuaries.

In St. Paul's Bay, I had the opportunity to spend a few hours at BirdLife's Simar Nature Reserve, which was well maintained and I found the staff there very friendly, committed and well-informed. The Salina Saltpans were also well visited by birds and I was happy to add another two lifers to my list.

I made a point of mentioning to my hotel, taxi driver and at the local store that I was birdwatching, trying to get them to see the economic opportunity of having visitors come who want to enjoy nature and birding.

April 4

Is-Salina Nature Reserve, St. Paul's Bay, Malta
102. Ferruginous Duck
103. Black-winged Stilt
104. Ruff
105. Common Sandpiper
106. Mediterranean Gull
107. Sandwich Tern
108. Eurasian Blackcap

Simar Nature Reserve, St. Paul's Bay, Malta
109. Red-necked Grebe
110. Little Egret
111. Barn Swallow
112. Common House-Martin
113. Cetti's Warbler
114. Spanish Sparrow


Latest Lifer: 580 : Cetti's Warbler (Simar Nature Reserve, St. Paul's Bay, Malta; April 2017)

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Walked around D.C. today and saw quite a few birds, but only one new one for the year...

April 9

Constitution Gardens and Reflecting Pool, Washington, D.C., USA
115. Red-winged Blackbird

Latest Lifer: 580 : Cetti's Warbler (Simar Nature Reserve, St. Paul's Bay, Malta; April 2017)

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Visiting Annapolis with the family.

April 13

Annapolis Marriott Waterfront, Annapolis, MD, USA
116. Osprey
117. Bonaparte's Gull

Latest Lifer: 581 : Bonaparte's Gull (Annapolis Marriott Waterfront; April 2017)

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Saw two more for the list today...

April 14

The Adventure Park at Sandy Spring, MD, USA
118. Brown Thrasher
119. American Goldfinch

Latest Lifer: 581 : Bonaparte's Gull (Annapolis Marriott Waterfront; April 2017)

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Quick work trip to Bahrain and Oman.... In Bahrain I only saw 3 species but in Oman I had more time and caught 19 species on a Tuesday morning, including 6 new lifers (!!)

April 18

Grand Hyatt Muscat, Muscat, Oman
120. Laughing Dove
121. Common Myna
122. Red-wattled Lapwing
123. Sooty Gull
124. Lesser Black-backed Gull
125. Saunders's Tern
126. Common Tern
127. Great Crested Tern
128. House Crow
129. Rock Martin
130. White-spectacled Bulbul
131. Hume's Wheatear
132. Chestnut-shouldered Petronia
133. Indian Silverbill

Latest Lifer: 587 : Chestnut-shouldered Petronia (Grand Hyatt Muscat, Muscat, Oman; April 2017)
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Such a big change over the past week as the flowers and plants are all in full bloom with spring nicely turning into summer - and very happy to welcome two year birds back.

April 27

Chevy Chase, MD, USA
134. House Finch
135. Brown Creeper

Latest Lifer: 587 : Chestnut-shouldered Petronia (Grand Hyatt Muscat, Muscat, Oman; April 2017)

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A couple of Catbirds traipsing through the backyard....

May 4

Chevy Chase, MD, USA
136. Gray Catbird

Latest Lifer: 587 : Chestnut-shouldered Petronia (Grand Hyatt Muscat, Muscat, Oman; April 2017)
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Early morning run birding around the Tokyo Imperial Palace, with two new lifers to be found.

May 7

Tokyo Imperial Palace, Tokyo, Japan
137. Eastern Spot-billed Duck
138. Oriental Turtle-Dove
139. Pygmy Woodpecker
140. Large-billed Crow
141. Brown-eared Bulbul

Latest Lifer: 589 : Pygmy Woodpecker (Tokyo Imperial Palace, Tokyo, Japan; May 2017)
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Seeing the sites with friends, and three more lifers...

May 7

Tamagawanogemachi Park, Tokyo, Japan
142. Black-tailed Gull
143. Japanese Tit
144. White-cheeked Starling

Latest Lifer: 592 : White-cheeked Starling (Tamagawanogemachi Park, Tokyo, Japan; May 2017)
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Spotted a few more local birds in the past weeks, including a Wild Turkey stuck far up in a tree, pointed out to me while I was running...

23 May
145. Tree Swallow (Ray's Meadow Local Park US-MD)

4 June
146. Wild Turkey (Capital Crescent Trail at Rock Creek Trail US-MD)

10 June
147. Black-crowned Night-Heron (My House, Chevy Chase, US-MD)

Latest Lifer: 592 : White-cheeked Starling (Tamagawanogemachi Park, Tokyo, Japan; May 2017)
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Two more recent pick-ups, including a lifer in Portland...

28 June
148. Common Swift (Hilton Amsterdam, The Netherlands)

22 July
149. Swainson's Thrush (Portland, OR, USA)

Latest Lifer: 593 : Swainson's Thrush (Portland, OR, USA; July 2017)

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Kicking off our summer holidays in Norway, which is always a wonderful place, and have managed to get in some birding as well, with 23 so far, including a lifer that I didn't realize I didn't have yet...

5 August

Rådhuskaia, Oslo
150. Barnacle Goose
151. Common Eider
152. Hooded Crow

6 August

Frognerparken, Oslo
153. Common Goldeneye

7 August

Vatnahalsen Høyfjellshotell AS
154. Northern Wheatear
155. Willow Tit

Latest Lifer: 594 : Common Eider (Rådhuskaia, Oslo, Norway; August 2017)

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Saw a few more birds in Norway, while taking the breath-taking train rides to Flåm and to Bergen.

8 August

Flåm, Norway
156. Black-legged Kittiwake
157. Common Chiffchaff

9 August

Finse, Norway
158. Red-breasted Merganser

Latest Lifer: 595 : Black-legged Kittiwake (Flåm, Norway; August 2017)
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Last week of vacation is up in rustic Eagles Mere, Pennsylvania, where there are a lot of hawks but (ironically?) not so many eagles...

19-25 August

Eagles Mere Lake, PA, USA
159. Ruby-throated Hummingbird
160. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
161. Eastern Phoebe
162. Cedar Waxwing
163. Broad-winged Hawk

Latest Lifer: 596 : Broad-winged Hawk (Eagles Mere Lake, PA, USA; August 2017)
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Went out to the ocean over Labor Day and saw some great shorebirds, including a new lifer: Lesser Yellowlegs.

2 September

Lighthouse Cove, Fenwick Island, Delaware, US
164. Snowy Egret
165. Glossy Ibis
166. Lesser Yellowlegs

3 September

Ocean City, Maryland, US
167. Sanderling
168. Laughing Gull

Latest Lifer: 597 : Lesser Yellowlegs (Lighthouse Cove, Fenwick Island, Delaware, USA; September 2017)
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Short trip to Paris, only saw one new bird for the year. But on my birthday, so that's something.

4 October

Jardin des Tuileries, Paris, France
169. Gray Wagtail

Latest Lifer: 597 : Lesser Yellowlegs (Lighthouse Cove, Fenwick Island, Delaware, USA; September 2017)
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