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Green Listing 2021 - Joint thread (1 Viewer)

Colin Conroy

Colin Conroy
Best of luck with the albatross! I made two unsuccessful trips to Helgoland (which were otherwise no punishment) for it. Sylt (a six hour drive at least) was too far for me.
I saw Black Swan on my local patch, but adding that to my list is really, really pushing it!
Thanks. Unfortuantely I realised that it is way too far for me - I had planned to try doing an overnight trip on Friday and Saturday but the bird disappeared for a couple of days so I did a different trip on the first part of the route only, camping at a site in the North York Moors (very hilly) and it almost killed me. There is absolutely no way I would make it to Bempton and back in anything less than four or five days, and then it's always going to be a matter of luck actually seeing the bird.
I didn't add anything to the list on that trip and then yesterday I did a much more local trip to our only Bearded Tit site in this area but didn't see any then when I got home I was greeted with the news that one of my stepsons had tested positive for Covid and none of us are allowed to go out of the house for the next ten days :-( (thankfully he's okay - not feeling very well but he's young and fit and the rest of us are vaccinated)
 

Colin Conroy

Colin Conroy
Best of luck with the albatross! I made two unsuccessful trips to Helgoland (which were otherwise no punishment) for it. Sylt (a six hour drive at least) was too far for me.
I saw Black Swan on my local patch, but adding that to my list is really, really pushing it!
I agree about Black Swan btw - they're not self-sustaining populations yet as far as I can tell - just the odd bird that pops up here and there. I've got the same thing with a Ruddy Shelduck that has been hanging around my area. I haven't bothered going for it as it's a lone bird. The RIng-necked Parakeets in one of our local parks, on the other hand, I think are fair game - they're breeding and here to stay
 

Xenospiza

Distracted
Supporter
Thanks. Unfortuantely I realised that it is way too far for me - I had planned to try doing an overnight trip on Friday and Saturday but the bird disappeared for a couple of days so I did a different trip on the first part of the route only, camping at a site in the North York Moors (very hilly) and it almost killed me. There is absolutely no way I would make it to Bempton and back in anything less than four or five days, and then it's always going to be a matter of luck actually seeing the bird.
I didn't add anything to the list on that trip and then yesterday I did a much more local trip to our only Bearded Tit site in this area but didn't see any then when I got home I was greeted with the news that one of my stepsons had tested positive for Covid and none of us are allowed to go out of the house for the next ten days :-( (thankfully he's okay - not feeling very well but he's young and fit and the rest of us are vaccinated)
I've driven through the North York Moors and anyone mad enough to cycle there definitely earns my highest respect!
 

kb57

Well-known member
Europe
After a long and tiring day working from home on Tuesday (13 Jul) left me with a headache I couldn't shake off, I went for a short walk in the gathering dusk near my home in NW Durham. The sight of a barn owl quartering a field literally two minutes away from my house really lifted my spirits - not a new species for my 'green list' as I saw one on a walk from home a while ago, but the closest I've ever seen one to the village, where tawny owls have always been more likely in the past.
 

Colin Conroy

Colin Conroy
After more than a month with no additions to my green/NMT list I've added three in one day - all at the same place - RSPB's Saltholme Reserve. Mediterranean Gull (with, I think, two plumage ticks for me - second summer and not-quite fledged chicks), Caspian Tern (a British tick for me too), and, slightly controversially, Ruddy Shelduck. I wasn't going to count Ruddy Shelduck if I saw it but a group of six turned up this morning and from talking to people it seems that they might be from the self-sustaining population in the Netherlands (and wherever they're from it seems less likely that they have all escaped from captivity together). If people don't think it should be on this group's list, please take it off (although it's already on the global list, from Germany).
I also saw a Black Swan today but I am definitely not counting that.
My list is now on 157, the joint UK list is on 175 and the global list is on 570
 

Colin Conroy

Colin Conroy
Had two trips to the North Tees Marshes/beaches over the weekend and added 6 species to my NMT list, bringing me up to 163 now.
They were, Arctic Skua, Arctic Tern, Roseate Tern, Grey Plover, Barnacle Goose and Whimbrel. The two terns were also new for the UK and World lists for this group, bringing those totals to 177 and 573 respectively.
I think I've got a good chance of getting to 175 or 180 before the end of the year but I think 200 is unlikely (unless loads of rarities turn up in my local area (which is admittedly pretty good for rarities))
 

Richard Prior

Halfway up an Alp
Europe
Some of you should start a sub forum 'Extreme Green birding' looking at all the miles/kms being clocked up! If I don't start walking a bit further afield I'll be lucky to reach 100 by the year end. Still, two more in the past 48 hours for me, taking me to 89, Spotted Flycatcher and Pied Flycatcher.
 

Xenospiza

Distracted
Supporter
Well I missed Nightjar this year which breeds mightily close... just not at its traditional spot this year.

I usually just cycle 5 km, look at the sky and go home. But with no daily commute to the office, I need to move in some other way!
Also the Eifel, one of my favourite areas that requires a car journey is now a no-go-area after the floods.
 

Colin Conroy

Colin Conroy
I'd be really interested to hear how Laurent is getting on - he hasn't given us an update for a few months. Officially I'm ahead of him but I bet I'm not in reality. The way he was going I wouldn't be surprised if he's already over 200
 

Xenospiza

Distracted
Supporter
I'd be really interested to hear how Laurent is getting on - he hasn't given us an update for a few months. Officially I'm ahead of him but I bet I'm not in reality. The way he was going I wouldn't be surprised if he's already over 200
I think you're still ahead!
 

Colin Conroy

Colin Conroy
My Roseate Tern on the 14th of Aug was actually a juvenile Sandwich Tern so I've taken it off the world and UK lists. If anyone has had it since then, you'll need to add it back in. :oops:
 

kuzeycem

Medicinal Birding
Turkey
I hadn't even bothered to check here since I thought my latest additions to my home area were surely already on the global list. So it was surprising to see both Eurasian Penduline Tit and Red-breasted Flycatcher were new to the global list. With a few more additions, Asia list now stands on 109.
 

Swindon Addick

Registered User
Supporter
Wales
A very long gap since I last had anything to report. Partly that's for nice reasons (being allowed to travel further means less time spent birding within walking distance) and partly just things have been quiet locally. Several visits to Coate Water to try to get some hirundines or common tern on the list, any of which are normally easy there, but no joy. Until today when I decided I was just going to wait for the swallows to turn up. And while I was waiting I decided I might as well have a look through the large gang of black-headed gulls. Nothing new for the UK list, but nice to get my own list moving again.
1 September
53 Mediterranean Gull
54 Swallow
 

Colin Conroy

Colin Conroy
I hadn't even bothered to check here since I thought my latest additions to my home area were surely already on the global list. So it was surprising to see both Eurasian Penduline Tit and Red-breasted Flycatcher were new to the global list. With a few more additions, Asia list now stands on 109.
Nice - Those are both good birds and certainly not easy where I am (the UK) and I suspect also not easy in most of the other countries represented here.
 

Xenospiza

Distracted
Supporter
Nice - Those are both good birds and certainly not easy where I am (the UK) and I suspect also not easy in most of the other countries represented here.
I was on about two Penduline Tits a year when I started birding at my current location, but it's been four years since I saw one... The next four weeks are the best time of the year.
I always hope for Ortolan Bunting, Tawny Pipit and Dotterel in early September, but it's been another blank year (as have been the last 15 years for Ortolan Bunting...).
 

Colin Conroy

Colin Conroy
My list is now on 166 after the addition of Razorbill, Black Tern, Curlew Sandpiper and European Golden Plover. This brings the group's UK list to 179 and the world list to 577
 
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