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Green Listing 2023 - Joint Thread (1 Viewer)

Xenospiza

Distracted
This long weekend I added Wood Warbler, Black-tailed Godwit, Ruff and Common Sandpiper to my (green) yearlist. I thought I had just beaten the rain when I got home, but although I could see the clouds they never reached me!
 

01101001

Well-known member
Opus Editor
Poland
After getting Lesser Whitethroat a day too late, I finally got Wood Warbler on the same day as Xenospiza. Apart from that, I added Common Grasshopper Warbler today, and also had close and extended views of a Eurasian Wryneck (on the list already) flying around right above me, perching a few metres away, singing and calling. Hopefully, I can add a (flyover?) Tawny Pipit to that (from today as well), which was ID'ed by Merlin but is waiting for confirmation in the ID section just in case.

Given that it's May already, I was wondering what happened to @David_ (after the illness and broken bike) and @l_raty.
 

l_raty

laurent raty
and @l_raty.

I'm getting lazy, indeed, sorry. ;)

On 6 Apr, I moved to the coast. Weather was rather poor, and the only new birds I saw along the way were the three common species of Hirundinidae. (Cycled this day : 170 km.) Was joined there by my wife on the next day, who stayed until the 10th. During the couple of days that followed, the weather didn't improve much and we stayed in the area surrouding the place. Added Sandwich Tern, Whitethroat, Willow Warbler, Spoonbill, and a flyby Purple Heron (seen while trying without success to connect with an Alpine Swift that had been seen a couple of km NE of us). On 12 Apr, I cycled to the Diksmuide area (De Blankaart), then to Nieuwpoort following the IJzer, and back to Koksijde: many Sedge and a couple of Reed Warblers, Black-necked Grebe (finally...), Black-winged Stilts (there are many of them this year), Garganey, a singing Savi's Warbler, Bluethroat, Wheatear. (Cycled this day : 75 km.) On 13 Apr, I cycled back to Brussels via Nieuwpoort and Oostende, adding Yellow Wagtail and Lesser Whitethroat along the road. (Cycled this day : 170 km.)

On 27 Apr, I moved to the coast again, with Cuckoo and Nightingale along the way. (Cycled this day : 170 km.) (I was joined there by my wife and son on the next day.) On 29 Apr, a bit of seawatch in the morning produced Red-breasted Merganser (which I had managed to miss so far, despite having looked for it), Common Tern and Whimbrel; in the afternoon, I cycled to the Diksmuide area again, where two Whiskered Terns had been found : added Whiskered Tern, Arctic Tern, Black Tern, Common Sandpiper, Greenshank, Wood Sandpiper, Hobby; also a singing Garden Warbler along the route. (Cycled this day: 60 km.) On 30 Apr, watching birds flying along the coast from the nearby dunes added Tree Pipit and Common Swift (and I also saw a second Purple Heron). On 1 May, from same the dunes again, the bird of the day was a Caspian Tern flying north over sea; a passing-by Turtle Dove was new as well; in the afternoon, I cycled to Nieuwpoort, where I added Whinchat; also a flavissima Yellow Wagtail in this area. (Cycled this day: 30 km.)

(Cycled this year: 3935 km. Bird species (cat A): 199.)
 

David_

Well-known member
Germany
Still haven’t managed any “green“ birding since my last post even though I am healthy and the bike is working fine. Have a new job which is quite nice and actually increased my time spent birding as a few quite good local spots are easily reachable after work. But as I use public transport to commute the my after work sightings doesn’t count for this thread.
I have spent the weekends away from home and used public transportation for this as well (but saw a few good birds)
 

Xenospiza

Distracted
Yesterday my local patch was exceedingly boring, but today I found a very early Icterine Warbler and my earliest ever local Red-backed Shrike (apparently, there even were two present). I am bad at keeping up the world list, but these seem to be additions.
 

Xenospiza

Distracted
A nice evening with a very late first Cuckoo (two weeks after the expected date... I had heard my first two elsewhere this weekend), followed by a few Grey-headed Wagtails on my local patch (which has seen very few wagtails this year).
The highlight was a Nightjar on my traditional spot, where it showed really well as usual (except two years ago, when I missed it completely).
Because I don't want people to go in and observe nightjars in the traditional way (blasting unnecessary playback), I always obscure the location.
 

Xenospiza

Distracted
At just over 20 °C this was the warmest day of the year thusfar. I cycled along the Lippe River after work and when entering some Black-headed Gulls into ornitho.de I heard a familiar call. At first I blamed the Jackdaws, but then I saw I wasn't mistaken: a flock of seven Bee-eaters appeared to circle over the next field. However, they didn't hang around and I could not find them back after they had disappeared.
Cycling back to my local patch I found a Reed Warbler, with a Hobby over my local patch a very late addition to the year list (I had seen one on 30 April when twitching a Bearded Vulture in the Netherlands). A Common Snipe displaying for at least 30 minutes was great as well: I have only rarely heard this. Bijeneter-230504.jpg
 

Xenospiza

Distracted
All bird movement seemed to have died down by the weekend, but I did add Golden Oriole and Marsh Warbler on Sunday.
On Saturday, in between scanning in vain for Honey Buzzards, I found a Black Stork, which sadly wasn't an addition to the yearlist but showed phenomenally well.

I decided against cycling greater distances as the weather forecast was grim, but of course all thunderstorms kept their distance from where I live for the third time in a week!
 

Xenospiza

Distracted
A nice displaying Honey Buzzard when I cycled home from work was yet another addition to the green list.
Grasshopper Warbler (which seems to get harder every year) is basically the only local summer bird left.
The only "unmissable birds" remaining are Spoonbill, Redshank, and Common Tern: a trip to the Bislicher Insel should suffice... anything else would need some work or luck.
 

01101001

Well-known member
Opus Editor
Poland
Luckily, I live near some quite extensive damp grassland, so there are at least 4 Grasshopper Warblers holding territory. There's also a decent selection of rails singing at night (from what I see on the local eBird hotspot's page), which I am yet to discover.

I managed to add Great Reed Warbler and Thrush Nightingale yesterday. I was quite surprised you don't get GRWs in the West that much. Here they inhabit reedbeds bordering medium to large bodies of water, and when you find one, you get another half a dozen free. Below is my recording of one from last year, although, to me, they're not quite musical.

After hearing some 20 singing Common Nightingales yesterday, I finally managed to find a Thrush Nightingale. I suspect that Thrush Nightingales are outnumbered by Common Nightingales some 25:1 where I live (a similar dynamic to last year), even though eBird's data shows them to be slightly more abundant than Common Nightingales in the general Warsaw area. I subscribe to the idea that (as it's written in eBird) they must indeed have different habitat preferences--CNs prefer bushes and shrubs and TNs favour lower (?) trees. Here's a recording of a TN's song from this year, and one from last year (presumed mixed singing: 0:50-0:51 and 1:04-1:05; background CN: 1:21-1:23). The songs seem to get more varied later in the season, or maybe it's down to individual differences? There are still a few Eastern European species that I think are gettable with some effort, but I don't want to spoil them here just yet.
 

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Xenospiza

Distracted
I managed to add Great Reed Warbler and Thrush Nightingale yesterday. I was quite surprised you don't get GRWs in the West that much. Here they inhabit reedbeds bordering medium to large bodies of water, and when you find one, you get another half a dozen free.
Great Reed Warbler was always uncommon and now is almost extinct in the Netherlands... The water levels are managed in a farmer-friendly way, which is not good for Great Reed Warbler. In this part of Germany, any reed is rare. The nice reedbed on my local patch was turned into a boring water buffalo field, overgrown with Juncus effusus. The idea was to attract meadow birds but that failed as well...
 

01101001

Well-known member
Opus Editor
Poland
Glad for your find. After some consideration, I still find myself at a loss with regard to the habitat differences (save for the fact that they exist). For the record, I'll now quote eBird:
Common Nightingale: found in varied wooded and scrubby habitats, typically with shady understory.
Makes sense for Common Nightingale.
Thrush Nightingale: breeds in thick, damp, deciduous forest as well as well-wooded parks and gardens.
For Thrush Nightingale, I think we've both observed it within habitat similar to well-wooded parks and gardens. I think thick, damp, deciduous forest (quite different to the above) may be more important for TN in parts of eastern Poland and then further east. However, I have no experience with such habitat there.
 

jasperpatch

Amy, Brit in Quebec.
Eek. Got woefully behind on updating the spreadsheets and here.

My local bird club runs a green challenge in April, and I ended the month on 60 species. Given that my annual total at that point was 62, you can tell just how quiet Jan-Mar are here! Highlights were the Vesper Sparrow I've already mentioned, and a palm warbler passing through my garden which was a first. I've seen them locally every year, but always nice to add one to the garden list.

May as ever has brought many more arrivals, and I'm now on 83 for the year, almost all of which were new for the group list (I think Barn swallow was the only one that had already been seen). 13 of the ~20 regular warbler species are now around, along with the thrushes and the first of the flycatcher sp. too.
I co-led a walk for the local club on Friday, and added 15 to my list on that outing, though sadly missed the American Woodcock I'd seen in the same spot earlier in the week (having driven). Very nice to meet some new birders and share love of a local spot - and practice my french bird names.
Photos - Blue Headed Vireo, one of my favourites, first of the 3 or 4 vireo species I usually see in a year.
Broad-winged hawk, definitely nesting nearby given the regular cries from around the house.
 

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