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Gander's 2018 Two Hundred Or Bust List (1 Viewer)


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14th Nov

By late August, I was thinking that 200 was probably beyond me. By the end of September, I had accepted that I was bust. Sitting offshore, I had watched too many reports as target birds passed through my local area. Birds that I had missed for the same reason in the Spring, now took advantage of my absence in the Autumn. I had calculated at the beginning of the year, that I would need in the region of 30 lifers. I am currently on 21.

This year has by no means been a disaster. In fact it has been a great year. Strangely enough, it has not been the real rarities that have let me down, such as Red-Crested Pochard, Sooty Tern and yesterday's Hoopoe. It is some of the scarce but gettable birds like Bearded Reedling, Yellow Wagtail and Black Tern that have inflicted much pain on me, despite great effort.

I am not sure that 200 in a year will ever be possible on an offshore rota, unless I travel much further afield, but I look forward to trying again next year. As for this year, I'll keep trying, just to see how close I can get.:t:

Montrose Basin

185. Hoopoe


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27th Nov


186. Waxwing


187. Bean Goose (Lifer)


188. Snow Bunting


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27th December

A final flourish!

Riverside Nature Park, Dundee

189. Spotted Redshank


190. Black Redstart (Lifer)

Barry Buddon

191. Shore Lark (Lifer)

St Andrews

192. Surf Scoter


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