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Birds I have Seen In The World (1 Viewer)

Joseph N

Lothian Young Birder
My Life List

The title is self-explanatory. All the birds I have seen in the world are recorded here, in order of family, starting with the Divers. At the end of a family, the total number of birds seen in the family is added up. If a bird is in a monotypic family (a family with only that particular bird in), they are recorded at the end too.

The Birds:

Divers (Gaviidae):

Red-throated Diver (Gavia stellata)
Black-throated Diver (Gavia arctica)
Great Northern Diver (Gavia immer)

Total divers seen = 3

Grebes (Podicipedidae):

Slavonian Grebe (Podiceps auritus)
Little Grebe (Podiceps ruficollis)
Great Crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus)

Total grebes seen = 3

Shearwaters (Puffinus, Calonectris):

Manx Shearwater (Puffinus puffinus)
Sooty Shearwater (Puffinus griseus)

Total shearwaters seen = 2

Petrels (Procellariidae, Hydrobatidae):

Northern Fulmar (Fulmarus glacialis)

Total petrels seen = 1

Gannets (Sulidae):

Northern Gannet (Morus bassanus)

Total gannets seen = 1

Cormorants (Phalacrocoracidae):

Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo)
European Shag (Phalacrocorax aristotelis)
White-breasted Cormorant (Phalacrocorax lucidus)

Total cormorants seen = 3

Darters (Anhigidae):

African Darter (Anhinga rufa)

Total Darters seen = 1

Herons, Egrets and Bitterns (Aredidae):

Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea)
Purple Heron (Ardea purpurea)
Goliath Heron (Ardea goliath)
Black-crowned Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax)
Little Egret (Egretta garzetta)
Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis)
Great White Egret (Ardea alba)
Great Bittern (Botaurus stellaris)

Total, Herons Egrets and Bitterns seen = 8

Storks (Ciconiidae):

White Stork (Ciconia ciconia)
Marabou Stork (Leptoptilos crumeniferus)
Saddle-billed Stork (Ephippiorhynchus senegalensis)

Total Storks seen = 3

Ibises and Spoonbills (Threskiornithidae):

Glossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus)
Sacred Ibis (Threskiornis aethiopicus)
Hadeda Ibis (Bostrychia hagedash)
Eurasian Spoonbill (Platalea leucorodia)

Total Ibises and Spoonbills seen = 4

Flamingos (Phoenicopteridae):

Greater Flamingo (Phoenicopterus roseus)

Total Flamingos seen = 1

Swans (Cygnus):

Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Whooper Swan (Cygnus cygnus)
Bewick's Swan (Cygnus columbianus)
Black Swan (Cygnus atratus)

Total Swans seen = 4

Geese (Anatidae):

White Fronted Goose (Anser albifrons)
Pink Footed Goose (Anser brachyrhynchus)
Bean Goose (Anser fabalis)
Greylag Goose (Anser anser)
Bar-headed Goose (Anser indicus)
Snow Goose (Anser caerulescens)
Ross’s Goose (Anser rossii)
Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)
Barnacle Goose (Branta leucopsis)
Brent Goose (Branta bernicla)
Egyptian Goose (Alopochen aegyptiacus)
Spur-winged Goose (Plectropterus gambensis)

Total Geese seen = 12

Ducks (Anatinae, Aythyinae, Tadorninae etc.):

Common Shelduck (Tadorna tadorna)
Ruddy Shelduck (Tadorna ferruginea)
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)
Gadwall (Anas strepera)
Northern Pintail (Anas acuta)
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata)
Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope)
Common Teal (Anas crecca)
Green-winged Teal (Anas carloinensis)
Garganey (Anas querquedula)
Yellow-billed Duck (Anas undulata)
Common Pochard (Aythya ferina)
Greater Scaup (Aythya marila)
Lesser Scaup (Aythya affinis)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
Common Eider (Somateria mollissima)
King Eider (Somateria spectabilis)
Common Scoter (Melanitta nigra)
Velvet Scoter (Melanitta fusca)
Surf Scoter (Melanitta perspicillata)
Long-tailed Duck (Clangula hyemalis)
Common Goldeneye (Bucephala clangula)
Smew (Mergellus albellus)
Goosander (Mergus merganser)
Red-breasted Merganser (Mergus serrator)
Ruddy Duck (Oxyura jamaicensis)
White-faced Whistling Duck (Dendrocygna viduata)
Comb Duck (Sarkidiornis melanotos)
Southern Pochard (Netta erythrophthalma brunnea)

Total Ducks seen = 29

Vultures (Aegypiinae):

White-backed Vulture (Gyps africanus)
Griffon Vulture (Gyps fulvus)

Total Vultures seen = 2

Eagles and Buzzards (Accipitridae):

Martial Eagle (Polemaetus bellicosus)
White-tailed Eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla)
African Fish Eagle (Haliaeetus vocifer)
Verreaux’s Eagle (Aquila verreauxii)
African Hawk Eagle (Aquila spilogastra)
Bonelli’s Eagle (Aquila fasciata)
Bateleur (Terathopius ecaudatus)
Common Buzzard (Buteo buteo)
Rough-legged Buzzard (Buteo lagopus)
Jackal Buzzard (Buteo rufofuscus)

Total Eagles and Buzzards seen = 10

Kites (Milvinae, Elaninae):

Red Kite (Milvus milvus)
Black Kite (Milvus migrans)
Black-shouldered Kite (Elanus axillaris)

Total Kites seen = 3

Harriers (Circinae):

Western Marsh Harrier (Circus aeruginosus)
Montagu’s Harrier (Circus pygargus)
Hen Harrier (Circus cyaneus)

Total Harriers seen = 3

Hawks (Accipitrinae):

Eurasian Sparrowhawk (Accipiter nisus)
Little Sparrowhawk (Accipiter minullus)

Total Hawks seen = 2

Falcons (Falconidae):

Common Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus)
Eurasian Hobby (Falco subbuteo)
Peregrine Falcon (Falco perigrinus)
Merlin (Falco columbarius)

Total Falcons seen = 4

Grouse (Tetraonidae):

Red Grouse (Lagopus scoticus)
Black Grouse (Tetrao tetrix)

Total Grouse seen = 2

Partridges and Pheasants (Phasianidae):

Red-legged Partridge (Alectoris rufa)
Grey Partridge (Perdix perdix)
Common Pheasant (Phasianus colchicus)
Common Quail (Coturnix coturnix)
Swainson’s Francolin (Francolinus swainsonii)
Natal Francolin (Francolinus natalensis)

Total Partridges and Pheasants seen = 6

Guineafowl (Numididae):

Helmeted Guineafowl (Numida meleagris)

Total Guineafowl seen = 1

Moorhens, Coots, Rails and Crakes (Rallidae):

Common Moorhen (Gallinula chloropus)
Eurasian Coot (Fulica atra)
Red-knobbed Coot (Fulica cristata)
Water Rail (Rallus aquaticus)

Total Moorhens, Coots, Rails and Crakes seen = 4

Cranes (Gruidae) :

Common Crane (Grus grus)
Blue Crane (Anthropoides paradisea)
Grey Crowned Crane (Balearica regulorum)

Total Cranes seen = 3

Oystercatchers (Haematopodidae):

Eurasian Oystercatcher (Haematopus ostralegus)

Total Oystercatchers seen = 1

Avocets and Stilts (Recurvirostridae):

Pied Avocet (Recurvirostra avosetta)
Black-winged Stilt (Himantopus himantopus)

Total Avocets and Stilts seen = 2

Coursers and Pratincoles (Glareolidae):

Bronze-winged Courser (Rhinoptilus chalcopterus)

Total Coursers and Pratincoles = 1

Plovers (Charadriidae):

Common Ringed Plover (Charadrius hiaticula)
Little Ringed Plover (Charadrius dubius)
Kentish Plover (Charadrius alexandrinus)
Kittlitz’s Plover (Charadrius pecuarius)
Three-banded Plover (Charadrius tricollaris)
Greater Sand Plover (Charadrius leschenaultii)
Eurasian Dotterel (Charadrius morinellus)
Eurasian Golden Plover (Pluvialis apricaria)
Grey Plover (Pluvialis squatarola)
Northern Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus)
Blacksmith Lapwing (Vanellus armatus)
Crowned Lapwing (Vanellus coronatus)

Total Plovers seen = 12

Curlews, Godwits, Snipes, Shanks, Sandpipers etc (Scolopacidae):

Eurasian Curlew (Numenius arquata)
Whimbrel (Numenius phaeopus)
Black-tailed Godwit (Limosa limosa)
Bar-tailed Godwit (Limosa lapponica)
Common Snipe (Gallinago gallinago)
Eurasian Woodcock (Scolopax rusticola)
Common Redshank (Tringa totanus)
Spotted Redshank (Tringa erythropus)
Common Greenshank (Tringa nebularia)
Lesser Yellowlegs (Tringa flavipes)
Green Sandpiper (Tringa ochropus)
Wood Sandpiper (Tringa glareola)
Marsh Sandpiper (Tringa stagnatilis)
Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos)
Curlew Sandpiper (Calidris ferruginea)
Purple Sandpiper (Calidris maritima)
Stilt Sandpiper (Calidris himantopus)
Red Knot (Calidris canutus)
Sanderling (Calidris alba)
Dunlin (Calidris alpina)
Pectoral Sandpiper (Calidris melanotos)
Little Stint (Calidris minuta)
Ruddy Turnstone (Arenaria interpres)
Ruff (Philomachus pugnax)
Grey Phalarope (Phalaropus fulicarius)

Total Curlews, Godwits, Snipes, Shanks, Sandpipers and other waders seen = 25

Stone-curlews (Burhinidae):

Water Dikkop (Burhinus vermiculatus)
Spotted Dikkop (Burhinus capensis)

Total Stone-curlews seen = 2

Skuas (Stercorariidae):

Great Skua (Stecorarius skua)
Arctic Skua (Stecorarius parasiticus)
Pomarine Skua (Stecorarius pomarinus)

Total Skuas seen = 3

Gulls (Laridae):

Black-headed Gull (Larus ridibundus)
Common Gull (Larus canus)
Herring Gull (Larus argentatus)
Yellow-legged Gull (Larus michahellis)
Greater Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus)
Lesser Black-backed Gull (Larus fuscus)
Little Gull (Larus minutus)
Glaucous Gull (Larus hyperboreus)
Iceland Gull (Larus glaucoides)
Black-legged Kittiwake (Rissa tridactyla)
Mediterranean Gull (Ichthyaetus melanocephalus)

Total Gulls seen = 11

Terns (Sternidae):

Little Tern (Sterna albifrons)
Sandwich Tern (Sterna sandvicensis)
Common Tern (Sterna hirundo)
Arctic Tern (Sterna paradisea)
Black Tern (Chlidonias niger)

Total Terns seen = 5

Auks (Alcidae):

Atlantic Puffin (Fratercula arctica)
Black Guillemot (Cepphus grille)
Common Guillemot (Uria aalge)
Razorbill (Alca torda)

Total Auks seen = 4

Sandgrouse (Pteroclididae):

Double-banded Sandgrouse (Pterocles bicinctus)

Total Sandgrouse seen = 1

Pigeons and Doves (Columbidae):

Rock Pigeon (Columba livia)
Feral Pigeon (Columba livia domesticus)
Wood Pigeon (Columba palumbus)
Stock Dove (Columba oenas)
Eurasian Collared Dove (Streptopelia decaocto)
European Turtle Dove (Streptopelia turtur)
Ring-necked Dove (Streptopelia capicola)
Laughing Dove (Streptopelia senegalensis)
Red-eyed Dove (Streptopelia semitorquata)

Total Pigeons and Doves seen = 9

Turacos (Musophagidae):

Grey go-away bird (Corythaixoides concolor)

Total Turacos seen = 1

Cuckoos and Coucals (Cuculidae):

Common Cuckoo (Cuculus canorus)
Burchell’s Coucal (Centropus burchelli)

Total Cuckoos and Coucals seen = 2

Owls (Strigidae, Tytonidae):

Tawny Owl (Strix aluco)
Barn Owl (Tyto alba)
Short-eared Owl (Asio flammeus)
Verreaux’s Eagle Owl (Bubo lacteus)
Spotted Eagle Owl (Bubo africanus)

Total Owls seen = 5

Woodhoopoes (Phoeniculidae):

Green Wood Hoopoe (Phoeniculus purpureus)

Total Woodhoopoes seen = 1

Kingfishers (Alcedinidae, Cerylidae, Halcyonidae):

Common Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis)
Malachite Kingfisher (Alcedo cristata)
Pied Kingfisher (Ceryle rudis)
Giant Kingfisher (Megaceryle maxima)
Brown-hooded Kingfisher (Halcyon albiventris)
Woodland Kingfisher (Halcyon senegalensis)

Total Kingfishers seen = 6

Bee-eaters (Meropidae):

European Bee-eater (Merops apiaster)
White-fronted Bee-eater (Merops bullockoides)

Total Bee-eaters seen = 2

Rollers (Coraciidae):

European Roller (Coracias garrulus)
Lilac-breasted Roller (Coracias caudatus)

Total Rollers seen = 2

Hornbills (Bucerotidae):

Southern Yellow-billed Hornbill (Tockus leucomelas)
Red-billed Hornbill (Tockus erythrorhynchus)
African Grey Hornbill (Tockus nasutus)
Southern Ground Hornbill (Bucorvus leadbeateri)

Total Hornbills seen = 4

Woodpeckers (Picidae):

Bennett’s Woodpecker (Campethera bennettii)
Green Woodpecker (Picus vindis)
Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major)

Total Woodpeckers seen = 3

Barbets (Lybiidae):

Black-collared Barbet (Lybius torquatus)
Crested Barbet (Trachyphonus vaillantii) PTO for Barbet total

Total Barbets seen = 2

Larks (Alaudidae):

Common Skylark (Alauda arvensis)
Crested Lark (Galerida cristata)
Greater Short-toed Lark (Calandrella brachydactyla)

Total Larks seen = 3

Swifts (Apodidae):

Common Swift (Apus apus)
White-rumped Swift (Apus caffer)
Little Swift (Apus affinis)
African Palm Swift (Cypsiurus parvus)

Total Swifts seen = 4

Swallows and Martins (Hirundinidae):

Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)
Red-breasted Swallow (Hirundo semirufa)
Wire-tailed Swallow (Hirundo smithii)
Red-rumped Swallow (Cecropis daurica)
Sand Martin (Riparia riparia)
Brown-throated Sand Martin (Riparia paludicola)
House Martin (Delichon urbicum)
Crag Martin (Ptyonoprogne rupestris)

Total Swallows and Martins seen = 8

Pipits and Wagtails (Motacillidae):

Rock Pipit (Anthus petrosus)
Water Pipit (Anthus spinoletta)
Meadow Pipit (Anthus pratensis)
Tree Pipit (Anthus trivialis)
Richard's Pipit (Anthus richardi)
African Pipit (Anthus cinnamomeus)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba)
Yellow Wagtail (Motacilla flava)
Grey Wagtail (Motacilla cinerea)
Cape Wagtail (Motacilla capensis)
African Pied Wagtail (Motacilla aguimp)

Total Pipits and Wagtails seen = 11

Wrens (Troglodytidae):

Northern Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes)

Total Wrens seen = 1

Dippers (Cinclidae):

White-throated Dipper (Cinclus cinclus)

Total Dippers seen = 1

Waxwings (Bombycillidae):

Bohemian Waxwing (Bombacylla garrulus)

Total Waxwings seen = 1

Bulbuls (Pycnonotidae):

Common Bulbul (Pycnonotus barbatus)

Total Bulbuls seen = 1

Accentors (Prunellidae):

Dunnock (Prunella modularis)

Total Accentors seen = 1

Thrushes (Turdidae):

European Robin (Erithacus rubecula)
Bluethroat (Luscinia svecica)
Common Redstart (Phoenicurus phoenicurus)
Black Redstart (Phoenicurus ochruruos)
Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos)
Mistle Thrush (Turdus viscivorus)
Redwing (Turdus iliacus)
Fieldfare (Turdus pilaris)
Common Blackbird (Terdus merula)
Ring Ouzel (Turdus torquatus)
Groundscraper Thrush (Psophocichla litsitsirupa)

Total Thrushes seen = 11

Warblers (Sylviidae, Acrocephalidae, Phylloscopidae):

Garden Warbler (Sylvia borin)
Blackcap (Sylvia atricapilla)
Common Whitethroat (Sylvia communis)
Lesser Whitethroat (Sylvia curruca)
Desert Lesser Whitethroat (Sylvia curruca minula)
Sardinian Warbler (Sylvia melanocephala)
Dartford Warbler (Sylvia undata)
Sedge Warbler (Acrocephalus schoenobaenus)
Cetti’s Warbler (Cettia cetti)
Eurasian Reed Warbler (Acrocephalus scirpaceus)
Icterine Warbler (Hippolais icterina)
Willow Warbler (Phylloscopus trochilus)
Wood Warbler (Phylloscopus sibilatrix)
Chiffchaff (Phylloscopus collybita)
Greenish Warbler (Phylloscopus trochiloides)
Yellow-browed Warbler (Phylloscopus inornatus)

Total Warblers seen = 16

Crests (Regulidae):

Goldcrest (Regulus regulus)
Firecrest (Regulus ignicapillus)

Total Crests seen = 2

Flycatchers, Wheatears and Chats (Muscicapidae, Monarchidae):

Spotted Flycatcher (Muscicapa striata)
Pied Flycatcher (Ficedula hypoleuca)
Northern Wheatear (Oenanthe oenanthe)
Black Wheatear (Oenanthe leucura)
European Stonechat (Saxicola rubicola)
Whinchat (Saxicola rubetra)
Cape Robin-Chat (Cossypha caffra)
African Paradise Flycatcher (Terpsiphone viridis)

Total Flycatchers, Wheatears and Chats seen = 8

Tits (Paridae, Aegithalidae):

Great Tit (Parus major)
Coal Tit (Parus ater)
Crested Tit (Parus cristatus)
Marsh Tit (Parus palustris)
Black Tit (Parus niger)
Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus)
Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus)

Total Tits seen = 7

Nuthatches (Sittidae):

Eurasian Nuthatch (Sitta europaea)

Total Nuthatches seen = 1

Treecreepers (Certhiidae):

Common Treecreeper (Certhia familiaris)
Short-toed Treecreeper (Certhia brachydactyla)

Total Treecreepers seen = 2

Shrikes (Laniidae):

Red-backed Shrike (Lanius collurio)
Woodchat Shrike (Lanius senator)
Lesser Grey Shrike (Lanius minor)
Great Grey Shrike (Lanius excubitor)
Long-tailed Shrike (Lanius schach)
Common Fiscal (Lanius collaris)

Total Shrikes seen = 6

Sunbirds (Nectariniidae):

Greater Double-collared Sunbird (Cinnyris afer)
Amethyst Sunbird (Nectarinia amethystina)

Total Sunbirds seen = 2

Crows (Corvidae):

Carrion Crow (Corvus corone)
Hooded Crow (Corvus cornix)
Rook (Corvus frugilegus)
Eurasian Jackdaw (Corvus monedula)
Common Raven (Corvus corvax)
Common Magpie (Pica pica)
Eurasian Jay (Garrulus glandarius)
Pied Crow (Corvus albus)
White-necked Raven (Corvus albicollis)
Chough (Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax)

Total Crows seen = 10

Starlings (Sturnidae):

European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)
Spotless Starling (Sturnus unicolor)
Red-shouldered Glossy Starling (Lamprotornis nitens)
Burchell’s Glossy Starling (Lamprotornis australis)
Red-winged Starling (Onychognathus mono)

Total Starlings seen = 4

Oxpeckers (Buphagidae):

Red-billed Oxpecker (Buphagus erythrorhynchus)

Total Oxpeckers seen = 1

Sparrows (Passeridae):

House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)
Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus)
Cape Sparrow (Passer melanurus)

Total Sparrows seen = 3

Finches (Fringillidae):

Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs)
Brambling (Fringilla montifringilla)
Common Linnet (Carduelis cannabina)
Twite (Carduelis falvirostris)
Common Redpoll (Carduelis flammea)
European Goldfinch (Carduelis carduelis)
European Greenfinch (Carduelis chloris)
Eurasian Siskin (Carduelis spinus)
Eurasian Serin (Serinus serinus)
Eurasian Bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula)
Common Crossbill (Loxia curvirostra)

Total Finches seen = 10

Weavers and Bishops (Ploceidae):

Southern Masked Weaver (Ploceus velatus)
Southern Red Bishop (Euplectes orix)
Red-billed Quelea (Quelea quelea)

Total Weavers and Bishops seen = 3

Whydahs (Vidudae):

Pin-tailed Whydah (Vidua macroura)

Total Whydahs seen = 1

Buntings (Emberizidae):

Common Reed Bunting (Emberiza schoeniclus)
Cirl Bunting (Emberiza cirlus)
Corn Bunting (Miliaria calandra)
Snow Bunting (Plectrophenax nivalis)
Yellowhammer (Emberiza citrinella)

Total Buntings seen = 5

Mousebirds (Coliidae):

Speckled Mousebird (Colius striatus)

Total Mousebirds seen = 1

Drongos (Dicruridae):

Fork-tailed Drongo (Dicrurus adsimilis)

Total Drongos seen = 1

White-eyes (Zosteropidae):

Cape White eye (Zosterops pallidus)

Total White-eyes seen = 1

Monotypic species:

Hammerkop (Scopus umbretta)
Osprey (Pandion haliaetus)
Ostrich (Struthio camelus)
Hoopoe (Upupa epops)
Bearded Reedling (Panurus biarmicus)

Total monotypic species seen = 5


Quite a lot of (probably between 100 and 110) the bird species on my life list I have not seen in Britain (apart from vagrants I have seen here in the UK). However, there are a few birds that I haven't seen in the UK but are on the Official British List that I have seen abroad. For example, wintering Brambling in Spain last year. . Whenever I see a bird that I have never seen before, I will make sure this is updated. Feel free to comment.

NB: You can see my life list total in my blogspot on blogspot.com. Its advertised in my signature. ;)
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Joseph N

Lothian Young Birder
Thanks very much birdboybowley. I actually wrote the life list on Microsoft Word earlier this year. I just update it every time I see a new lifer. ;)

Joseph N

Lothian Young Birder
White-winged Black Tern has been added to the life list after the distant Black Tern I saw on Saturday was re-indentified as a White-winged Black.
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Joseph N

Lothian Young Birder
Grey Phalarope, Barn Owl, Cirl Bunting, and Richard's Pipit all added to the life list!
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Joseph N

Lothian Young Birder
End of 2009 Life List total = 343 species
End of 2009 British List total = 224 species

Lets see what the next year of birding holds. ;)

Joseph N

Lothian Young Birder
One British tick in the form of Brambling, as well as Water Pipit and Short-eared Owl added both to the British List and Life List.


Well-known member.....apparently so ;)
Hey Joe - I assume you've been to South Africa? If so did you see Hoopoe there because most authorities split it as African Hoopoe, so if you've seen one in Europe too then bonus (also might need to take it out the monotypic list then!;))
PS There's talk of splittng Ospreys too!

Joseph N

Lothian Young Birder
Thank you guys. Birdboybowley, yes I have been to South Africa, and I did see Hoopoe. That's interesting that most authorities split it, should I tick it? ;)

Joseph N

Lothian Young Birder
Managed to see my first Bewick's Swan yesterday, which was my worst bogey bird by a long mile. They're not at all common up here in Scotland, and it was very surprising to see one 10 miles north of Aberdeen at the Ythan.

Joseph N

Lothian Young Birder
I saw my first Firecrests, Med Gulls and a Lesser Scaup all on a holiday to Somerset and then to Dorset and Portland recently, with the first two being my main bogey birds. I also saw a lot of other nice birds but none of the others were lifers.
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