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Old Thursday 17th October 2019, 09:02   #226
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After my big South Texas trip in March I’ve been off the birding grid - buried in work and personal affairs - but I never stopped keeping my eyes peeled. Here’s my passive year bird sightings from April through August:

April - TX Airport:
337. Horned Lark

April - Las Vegas conference:
338. Brewer’s Sparrow

April - Working in Topanga, CA:
339. Pacific-slope Flycatcher
340. Black-headed Grosbeak
341. California Quail

May - LA bird walks:
342. Ash-throated Flycatcher
343. Phainopepla
344. Western Tanager
345. Bell’s Vireo

May - Scuba boat near Anacapa Island, CA:
346. Pigeon Guillemot
347. Sooty Shearwater

May - Seeing family in Acadia, ME:
348. Red-bellied Woodpecker
349. Red-eyed Vireo
350. Blackburnian Warbler

June - Working in Santa Clarita, CA:
351. Common Poorwill

July - Wedding in upstate NY:
352. Eastern Wood-Pewee

July - Roadtrip birds in KS and CO:
353. Eastern Kingbird
354. Western Kingbird
355. Cliff Swallow
356. Wild Turkey

July - Hiking in Bryce Canyon, UT:
357. Canyon Wren
358. Cassin’s Finch
359. Pygmy Nuthatch
360. Clark’s Nutcracker
361. Mountain Chickadee
362. Rock Wren
363. Violet-green Swallow

July - Hiking in Zion Canyon, UT:
364. Golden Eagle
365. California Condor

August - Hiking in Big Bear, CA:
366. White-headed Woodpecker
367. Brown Creeper
368. Green-tailed Towhee
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Latest 2020: Cooper's Hawk (134 World, 55/54/49 CA, 30/29/27 LA Co.).

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Old Sunday 20th October 2019, 17:30   #227
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I have done virtually no birding since the 1st of May. Thankfully I have just managed a few days between Spurn and Flamborough picking up a Lifer on my first day with a 1st winter Red-eyed Vireo. Birds added to my paltry list were:-

178. Black-winged Stilt (from a few weeks ago)
179. Red-eyed Vireo. Lifer
180. Pied Flycatcher
181. Curlew Sandpiper
182. Little Gull
183. Arctic Skua
184. Yellow-browed Warbler
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Old Sunday 20th October 2019, 22:33   #228
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219. Eurasian Rock Pipit

At Dawlish Warren today
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Old Monday 21st October 2019, 22:34   #229
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This morning, in the Topsham area.

220. Black-tailed Godwit
221. Grey Plover
222. Long-billed Dowitcher
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Old Saturday 26th October 2019, 16:18   #230
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230. American pipit
231 LeConte's Sparrow Marsh Wren Community Wetlands US-NE 25 Oct 2019 View All
232 Nelson's Sparrow Marsh Wren Community Wetlands US-NE 25 Oct 2019 View All
233 Bonaparte's Gull Branched Oak SRA US-NE 26 Oct 2019
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Old Sunday 27th October 2019, 12:10   #231
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223. Pine Grosbeak

We seem to be heading into an invasion year for this species. Seen about 40 individuals around Uppsala today.
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Old Sunday 27th October 2019, 20:36   #232
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Today I made the nine-hour round-trip drive to north-central Ohio to chase a mega rarity that was found a week ago. Despite harsh weather conditions and considerable distance, I was finally able to spot my target and get decent looks.

406. Sharp-tailed Sandpiper

This vagrant from Siberia was a world lifer (no. 2484) and ABA Area lifer (no. 658).

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Old Wednesday 30th October 2019, 04:10   #233
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Embarrassed this was missing:
369. Marsh Wren
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Latest 2020: Cooper's Hawk (134 World, 55/54/49 CA, 30/29/27 LA Co.).
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Old Sunday 10th November 2019, 00:39   #234
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Haven't updated my list in a while - but I managed to see a few more birds in the past few months - including three lifers - during a few foreign trips, but sadly have not had time for proper birding recently.

August 4

Playa de Santanyi, Majorca, Spain
136. Common Swift
137. Audouin's Gull
138. Yellow-legged Gull
139. Eurasian Hoopoe
140. Great Tit
141. Cetti's Warbler
142. Spotted Flycatcher

August 5

Mondrago National Park, Majorca, Spain
143. Eurasian Marsh-Harrier

August 8

Aqualand El Arenal, Majorca, Spain
144. Eurasian Kestrel

August 16

Amstelpark, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
145. Ring-necked Pheasant
146. Stock Dove
147. Rose-ringed Parakeet

November 7

Bosque de Chapultepec, Mexico City, Mexico
148. Mexican Duck
149. Inca Dove
150. Great-tailed Grackle

Latest Lifer: 797 : Mexican Duck (Bosque de Chapultepec, Mexico City, Mexico, November 2019)

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Old Sunday 10th November 2019, 00:43   #235
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April - Working in Topanga, CA:
339. Pacific-slope Flycatcher
340. Black-headed Grosbeak
341. California Quail
How cool you were in Topanga - I moved there in 1982 from Amsterdam (The Netherlands) as a young boy and then up to Santa Barbara in 1985.
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Old Sunday 10th November 2019, 19:53   #236
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This morning I went over to the eastern panhandle of West Virginia to chase a regional rarity that was found two days ago. I easily found my target, which brings me up to 407 for the year.

407. Snow Bunting

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Latest Preston County Lifer (No. 239): Long-eared Owl, 1/4/20
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Old Wednesday 20th November 2019, 16:12   #237
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Old Saturday 23rd November 2019, 22:44   #238
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Also a NE lifer.
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Old Sunday 24th November 2019, 14:51   #239
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224. Great Grey Owl

Cracking views this morning, jut a 50 minute walk from my house! Watched it hunting for an hour at first light before it eventually caught a water vole.
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Thanksgiving in Oregon to see family:
370. Eurasian Wigeon
371. Northern Pintail
372. Virginia Rail
373. Glaucous-winged Gull
374. Red-breasted Nuthatch
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Old Saturday 7th December 2019, 20:06   #241
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This morning I had great looks at a bird I thought I’d missed for the year.

408. Barred Owl

This is a bird I usually see within the first couple of months of the year. And although I heard a few throughout the year, this was the first I’ve seen.

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Old Tuesday 17th December 2019, 13:11   #242
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236 Greater White-fronted Goose

Dave, my barred owl was 234!
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Old Saturday 21st December 2019, 11:09   #243
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Travelling from Germany and crossing the English Channel at Dunkerque to visit family near London gave me:

418 Montagu's Harrier D
419 Pink footed Goose B
420 Common Scoter Channel F E
421 Velvet Scoter Channel F E
422 Great Skua Channel E
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Old Saturday 21st December 2019, 23:41   #244
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This evening I went to a nearby large open field and picked up a new bird for the year.

409. Short-eared Owl

It was my 200th species for Preston County this year.

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Last minute surprise in Gijón, Spain:

225. Caspian Gull

A pretty good bird for the country as far as I'm aware.

Might get a chance to get something else this year if I get the opportunity to go inland. Otherwise I think I might be done for the year.
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Spoke too soon!

226. Common Scoter

In the port of Gijón. Surprising miss from earlier in the year
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An off range bird seen by some 20 by now
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Old Friday 27th December 2019, 17:31   #248
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This morning I went to the eastern panhandle of West Virginia to twitch a potential state lifer. I found my target within seven minutes.

410. LeConte’s Sparrow

I tried to find it three days ago and spent over an hour looking for it without success. I realized I was too late in the day to see it; everyone who has seen the bird observed it around 8:00 am., so today I got an early start.

As I stated, it was a state lifer (number 285), my ninth of the year.

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Some more clean up over the last two months.. before our family holiday to Namibia.

November 17

My House, Chevy Chase, MD, USA
151. Brown Creeper

November 24

Frankfurt Airport, Germany
152. Fieldfare

November 29-December 1

Portland, OR, USA - Visiting family for Thanksgiving
153. Anna's Hummingbird
154. Glaucous-winged Gull
155. Steller's Jay
156. Black-capped Chickadee
157. Lesser Goldfinch
158. Bufflehead
159. Bushtit

Latest Lifer: 797 : Mexican Duck (Bosque de Chapultepec, Mexico City, Mexico, November 2019)
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Have had a great time visiting Namibia with my family for the winter holidays. We lived here in 2003-2005 and it's great to be back again.

Also saw a few lifers among a load of year birds... And with the Africa Cuckoo saw my #800th Bird!!!

December 22

Okapuka Ranch, Khomas, Namibia
160. Common Ostrich
161. Helmeted Guineafowl
162. Red-billed Francolin
163. Speckled Pigeon
164. Ring-necked Dove
165. Namaqua Dove
166. Gray Go-away-bird
167. Blacksmith Lapwing
168. Crowned Lapwing
169. African Gray Hornbill
170. Rosy-faced Lovebird
171. White-tailed Shrike
172. Brubru
173. Fork-tailed Drongo
174. Black-fronted Bulbul
175. Cape Starling
176. Groundscraper Thrush
177. Kalahari Scrub-Robin
178. Southern Masked-Weaver
179. Southern Red Bishop
180. Great Rufous Sparrow
181. Southern Gray-headed Sparrow

December 23

Casa Forno Restaurant, Namibia
182. Southern Cordonbleu

December 23-26

Etosha National Park, Namibia
183. African Cuckoo
184. Marabou Stork
185. Southern Yellow-billed Hornbill
186. Pale-winged Starling
187. Kori Bustard
188. Cape Crow
189. African Pipit
190. White-quilled Bustard
191. Three-banded Plover
192. Black-headed Heron
193. African Harrier-Hawk
194. White-backed Vulture
195. Gabar Goshawk
196. Rufous-crowned Roller
197. Pied Barbet
198. Cardinal Woodpecker
199. Crimson-breasted Gonolek
200. Pied Crow
201. Rock Martin
202. White-browed Sparrow-Weaver
203. Shaft-tailed Whydah

December 26

Ai Aiba Rock Painting Lodge, Namibia
204. Lappet-faced Vulture
205. Monteiro's Hornbill
206. Damara Red-billed Hornbill
207. Swallow-tailed Bee-eater
208. Southern Anteater-Chat
209. Mountain Wheatear
210. Dusky Sunbird
211. Cape Sparrow
212. Cape Wagtail

Latest Lifer: : 804 Mountain Wheatear (Ai Aiba Rock Painting Lodge, Namibia, December 2019)

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