It certainly surprised me, Larry. Like a female Pyrrhuloxia that turned up near where I work a few winters ago. However, she's been back every winter since, whereas I expect the Phalarope will never reappear here.
Just need 4 more for N America, the Canadian birds took it near..I have been adding in the space before these..my list is not chronological
added tern adn dunlin also so now 198
187. *Northern Gannett CAN NS
188. *Great Black-Backed Gull CAN (also FIN below)
189. *Common Tern, CAN NS
190. *White Winged Scoter CAN NS
191. *Black Guillemot CAN NF
192. *Kittiwake CAN, NF
193. *Sooty Shearwater CAN NF
194. *Greater Shearwater CAN NF
195. *Atlantic Puffin CAN NF
196. *Lesser Black Backed Gull CAN (actually 198)
with Finland birds, went over 200
250. WILLOW TIT, hömötiainen, LIFER 363
251. GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULL, merilokki, (add to Finland list)
252. BARNACLE GOOSE, valkoposkihanhi, LIFER 364
253. COMMON EIDER, haahka, (add to Finland list)
254. EURASIAN OYSTER CATCHER, meriharakka (add to Finland list)
255. Common Crane, kurki (lifer 365)
A trip to the UK boosted the list (see http://www.birdforum.net/showthread.php?t=155499 for a bit more detail). Some species may cause some raised eyebrows but this was only my second serious effort at birding in the WP (outside central Paris) this year!
Got another species this morning:
268. Vermilion Flycatcher.
It's out of its range here but this is the 7th year an adult male has appeared on a local golf course.
I'm never going to reach 300 birds in the USA this year but I'm hoping for 200 in Texas. (I'm at 193.) My world total should be my best yet, though, as I'm having 10 days in Barcelona soon and then a day and a half in Costa Rica at the end of November.
Last weekend a trip to Tobago's Main Ridge added five year birds (and two T&T birds* for me)
282 White-tailed Sabrewing
283 Stripe-breasted Spinetail
284 Olivaceous Woodcreeper*
285 Blue-backed Manakin
286 Yellow-legged Thrush*
No new birds for my US list, which is stuck at 269, but I did add 37 new year birds in Spain. Of these, 13 were lifers:
The last 9 of these were seen in the Ebro Delta. Beautiful marshland but the birds stay well away from people, presumably because of all the hunting that goes on there.
All in all, I was disappointed by the birding in Barcelona and the Ebro Delta: 52 species in maybe 15 hours of birding. (A good scope would have increased the count.) Overall, certainly not as good as here in southeast Texas, where you can see 50 species in a morning at any one of several sites.
There were some great sights, though, like 100 Gray Herons in a flooded rice field and thousands of Greater Flamingos on a lagoon.