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Best Birds Seen On Your Birthday (1 Viewer)

Conwy Birder

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A simple question that arose during a conversation with a nature-friend earlier - what is the best bird or birds you have seen on your birthday?

For me the 10th June it was a very spotty Spotted Sandpiper in the lake district in 2017 whilst on a walking weekend break with my partner.
 

foresttwitcher

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United Kingdom
2020: Steller's Eagle - Hokkaido, Japan; with supporting cast of White-tailed Eagle, Red-crowned Crane, Slaty-backed Gull, Asian Rosy Finch & Black Scoter (amongst others).
 

lgonz1008

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United States
Only have one checklist for my birthday so far, middle of fall migration in a city park in Miami, amongst the dozens of migrants in a tiny park, the clear winner for me was a Worm-eating Warbler, with a supporting warbler cast of Black-and-white, Cape May, Black-throated Blue, Palm, Yellow-throated, American Redstart and Northern Parula.
 

JWN Andrewes

Poor Judge of Pasta.
In a UK context, nothing of note, although various a day or two either side, including non spotty Spotted Sandpiper, Ross's Gull, Great Spotted Cuckoo, Sardinian Warbler, Pied-billed Grebe and the very first accepted Lesser Scaup at Chasewater (God, that dates me though, don't it).

Abroad, ticked Common Black Hawk, American Pygmy Kingfisher, Hooded Oriole, Wilson's Plover & Mangrove Warbler all on the same birthday in Belize (39th I think).

Steller's Sea Eagle will be a tough one to beat!!
 

Xenospiza

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Well... I wouldn't want to exchange that day in Hokkaido with the my 35th birthday: 28 species with Pesquet's Parrot and Palm Cockatoo as absolute crackers. I only ever saw Red-breasted Pygmy Parrot, Doria's Goshawk, Pygmy Eagle and White-eared Bronze-Cuckoo that day.

My only other birthday with lifers just had seven: Rusty-tinged Antpitta, Brown Tinamou, Spotted Rail, Chestnut-eared Aracari, Barred Parakeet, Black-fronted Nunbird and the day's major target (well for my companions!) Varzea Thrush.
 

Himalaya

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Black Winged Stilts at Potteric Carr this year which could have been trumped by the Stilt Sandpiper at Alkborough but the latter was a no show!

Locally, a Bittern was a big bird. No reedbeds, upland area, found at a lodge.
 

Farnboro John

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Until 2008 I'd never had a tick on my birthday, so when on Sunday 6th January a White-crowned Sparrow turned up at Cley I clenched my teeth for twenty-four hours and took a day off on the Tuesday.... fingers well and truly crossed.

It was still there. Birthday tick!

In 2020 I was in the Gambia on my birthday and kicked off with Piapiac, followed by: Black-billed Wood Dove, Yellow-billed Shrike, Violet Turaco, Bearded Barbet, Mottled Spinetail, Snowy-crowned Robin Chat, both Lavender and Black-billed Waxbills, Long-tailed Nightjar, Standard-winged Nightjar (with standards!), Greyish Eagle Owl, Little Greenbul, Western Bluebill, Green-headed Sunbird, Grey-headed Bristlebill, Red-bellied Paradise Flycatcher, Brown and Blackcap Babblers.

Back at the hotel we bumped into Britseye and Spider and partied quite long into the night. Great birthday!

Cheers

John
 

kb57

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Europe
In recent years I've usually tried to get out birding on my birthday; Twite tops the list for good bird seen more than once, with Chough and Hen Harrier tied for best birds overall - the latter two both on the same occasion.
 

dandsblair

David and Sarah
Arranged to be in Savegre in Costa Rica on a big birthday and caught up with Resplendent Quetzal, Red-headed Barbet and Long-tailed Silky Flycatcher which were all lifers.
In UK either Little Auk or Ring Ouzel many years ago
 

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loiner

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There was a book published about 25 years ago that detailed which rare birds had turned up on each day of the year. As far as I can recall my birthday (January 18th) was considered the least likely day to find a rarity. I've not had a proper birthday tick, best was an American Wigeon in 2015 which was a local patch tick.
 

Andy Adcock

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Cyprus
There was a book published about 25 years ago that detailed which rare birds had turned up on each day of the year. As far as I can recall my birthday (January 18th) was considered the least likely day to find a rarity. I've not had a proper birthday tick, best was an American Wigeon in 2015 which was a local patch tick.
 

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Veteran of the Battle of Peppa Pig World (2022)
United Kingdom
This year, on safari in South Africa was my favourite birthday. Well before dawn I saw my first Spotted Eagle Owl outside the room, (then after dark finished the day with my first Leopard, which was dragging a dead wildebeest out of a river.)

Having a July birthday, I can't think of any other birthday highlights!
 

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