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How is your 2019 List Going? (1 Viewer)


David Daniels
United States
This morning I had great looks at a bird I thought I’d missed for the year.

408. Barred Owl

This is a bird I usually see within the first couple of months of the year. And although I heard a few throughout the year, this was the first I’ve seen.


Andy Hurley

All nations have the right to govern themselves
Opus Editor
Travelling from Germany and crossing the English Channel at Dunkerque to visit family near London gave me:

418 Montagu's Harrier D
419 Pink footed Goose B
420 Common Scoter Channel F E
421 Velvet Scoter Channel F E
422 Great Skua Channel E


David Daniels
United States
This evening I went to a nearby large open field and picked up a new bird for the year.

409. Short-eared Owl

It was my 200th species for Preston County this year.



Will Jones
Last minute surprise in Gijón, Spain:

225. Caspian Gull

A pretty good bird for the country as far as I'm aware.

Might get a chance to get something else this year if I get the opportunity to go inland. Otherwise I think I might be done for the year.


David Daniels
United States
This morning I went to the eastern panhandle of West Virginia to twitch a potential state lifer. I found my target within seven minutes.

410. LeConte’s Sparrow

I tried to find it three days ago and spent over an hour looking for it without success. I realized I was too late in the day to see it; everyone who has seen the bird observed it around 8:00 am., so today I got an early start.

As I stated, it was a state lifer (number 285), my ninth of the year.



Well-known member
Some more clean up over the last two months.. before our family holiday to Namibia.

November 17

My House, Chevy Chase, MD, USA
151. Brown Creeper

November 24

Frankfurt Airport, Germany
152. Fieldfare

November 29-December 1

Portland, OR, USA - Visiting family for Thanksgiving
153. Anna's Hummingbird
154. Glaucous-winged Gull
155. Steller's Jay
156. Black-capped Chickadee
157. Lesser Goldfinch
158. Bufflehead
159. Bushtit

Latest Lifer: 797 : Mexican Duck (Bosque de Chapultepec, Mexico City, Mexico, November 2019)


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Have had a great time visiting Namibia with my family for the winter holidays. We lived here in 2003-2005 and it's great to be back again.

Also saw a few lifers among a load of year birds... And with the Africa Cuckoo saw my #800th Bird!!!

December 22

Okapuka Ranch, Khomas, Namibia
160. Common Ostrich
161. Helmeted Guineafowl
162. Red-billed Francolin
163. Speckled Pigeon
164. Ring-necked Dove
165. Namaqua Dove
166. Gray Go-away-bird
167. Blacksmith Lapwing
168. Crowned Lapwing
169. African Gray Hornbill
170. Rosy-faced Lovebird
171. White-tailed Shrike
172. Brubru
173. Fork-tailed Drongo
174. Black-fronted Bulbul
175. Cape Starling
176. Groundscraper Thrush
177. Kalahari Scrub-Robin
178. Southern Masked-Weaver
179. Southern Red Bishop
180. Great Rufous Sparrow
181. Southern Gray-headed Sparrow

December 23

Casa Forno Restaurant, Namibia
182. Southern Cordonbleu

December 23-26

Etosha National Park, Namibia
183. African Cuckoo
184. Marabou Stork
185. Southern Yellow-billed Hornbill
186. Pale-winged Starling
187. Kori Bustard
188. Cape Crow
189. African Pipit
190. White-quilled Bustard
191. Three-banded Plover
192. Black-headed Heron
193. African Harrier-Hawk
194. White-backed Vulture
195. Gabar Goshawk
196. Rufous-crowned Roller
197. Pied Barbet
198. Cardinal Woodpecker
199. Crimson-breasted Gonolek
200. Pied Crow
201. Rock Martin
202. White-browed Sparrow-Weaver
203. Shaft-tailed Whydah

December 26

Ai Aiba Rock Painting Lodge, Namibia
204. Lappet-faced Vulture
205. Monteiro's Hornbill
206. Damara Red-billed Hornbill
207. Swallow-tailed Bee-eater
208. Southern Anteater-Chat
209. Mountain Wheatear
210. Dusky Sunbird
211. Cape Sparrow
212. Cape Wagtail

Latest Lifer: : 804 Mountain Wheatear (Ai Aiba Rock Painting Lodge, Namibia, December 2019)
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Namibia has been a wonderful family vacation. While birding hasn't been my main focus, I did manage to already rack up 77 different species, 68 year birds and 10 lifers. And, we still have a few days to go!

December 27

Langstrand, Erongo, Namibia
213. Greater Flamingo
214. African Oystercatcher
215. Common Ringed Plover
216. White-fronted Plover
217. Whimbrel
218. Ruddy Turnstone
219. Curlew Sandpiper
220. Hartlaub's Gull
221. Kelp Gull
222. Caspian Tern
223. Cape Cormorant
224. Great White Pelican
225. Common Waxbill

December 29

Walvis Bay, Erongo, Namibia
226. Lesser Flamingo
227. Common Tern

Latest Lifer: : 807 Lesser Flamingo (Walvis Bay, Erongo, Namibia, December 2019)


Will Jones
This is getting silly now. This really, really has to be the last bird of the year!

227. Great Northern Diver

In the port of Gijón


Well-known member
And that's it, two more birds for the year -- with the Namaqua Sandgrouse being a lifer -- and finishing at 229.

My lowest yearly total in a long time, so i will want to put in some more effort in 2020.

Happy New Year to everyone!


December 30 - in Namibia

228. Namaqua Sandgrouse - Solitaire
229. Sociable Weaver - Sossusvlei Lodge

Latest Lifer: : 808 Namaqua Sandgrouse (Solitaire, Khomas, Namibia, December 2019)


Aves en Los Ángeles
Opus Editor
Coming in a bit late here (as always), still jetlagged from traveling through the holidays. 2019 was no doubt a tough year for me personally. I was unsatisfied with my year total as the year came to close, having pretty much stopped birding from April through November.

But India brought new life to my year’s birding. It is truly a spectacular country in every way: biodiversity-wise, culturally, culinarily, architecturally, historically, religiously - I was beyond blown away spending a month bouncing around this magical place. If someone told me before I arrived that I would end up cresting over 600 species for the year, I wouldn’t believe it. But it happened! Along with 160 lifers (not including January), here’s how:

36-hr layover in Shanghai:
375. Crested Myna (lifer)
376. Eurasian Tree Sparrow
377. Long-tailed Shrike
378. Light-vented Bulbul (lifer)
379. Black-faced Bunting (lifer)
380. Daurian Redstart
381. White Wagtail
382. Spotted Dove
383. Little Grebe
384. Rustic Bunting
385. Little Egret
386. Plain Prinia
387. Common Snipe (lifer)
388. Blue Rock-Thrush
389. Pallas’s Bunting (lifer)
390. Grey Heron
391. Eastern Yellow Wagtail (lifer)
392. Japanese Tit
393. Eurasian Sparrowhawk
394. Chinese Pond Heron
395. Chinese Blackbird
396. Azure-winged Magpie (lifer)
397. Common Moorhen
398. Red-billed Starling (lifer)
399. Grey Wagtail
400. White’s Thrush (lifer)
401. Pallas’s Leaf Warbler (lifer)
402. Pale Thrush (lifer)

Brief layover in Delhi:
403. Common Myna
404. House Crow (lifer)
405. Black Kite

First week in Goa for a wedding:
406. Brahminy Kite
407. Oriental Magpie-Robin
408. Black-headed Ibis
409. White-browed Wagtail (lifer)
410. Kentish Plover (lifer)
411. Common Sandpiper
412. White-breasted Waterhen (lifer)
413. Little Cormorant
414. Common Kingfisher (lifer)
415. Green Bee-eater
416. Indian Pond-Heron (lifer)
417. White-bellied Sea-Eagle (lifer)
418. Purple-rumped Sunbird (lifer)
419. Malabar Grey Hornbill (lifer)
420. Black-rumped Flameback (lifer)
421. Jungle Myna (lifer)
422. Black Drongo
423. Intermediate Egret
424. Wire-tailed Swallow (lifer)
425. Red-rumped Swallow
426. Indian Golden Oriole (lifer)
427. Red-wattled Lapwing (lifer)
428. Little Swift (lifer)
429. Dusky Crag-Martin (lifer)
430. White-rumped Munia
431. White-browed Bulbul (lifer)
432. Striated Heron
433. Coppersmith Barbet
434. Asian Koel (lifer)
435. Red-vented Bulbul (lifer)
436. White-throated Kingfisher
437. Indian Robin (lifer)
438. Thick-billed Flowerpecker (lifer)
439. Nilgiri Flowerpecker (lifer)
440. Purple Sunbird (lifer)

Took the groom birding in the Western Ghats of Goa:
441. Large-billed Crow
442. Orange-headed Thrush (lifer)
443. Rufous Treepie (lifer)
444. Greater Racket-tailed Drongo (lifer)
445. Grey-fronted Green Pigeon (lifer)
446. Malabar Whistling Thrush (lifer)
447. Oriental Honey-buzzard (lifer)
448. Crimson-backed Sunbird (lifer)
449. Tickell’s Blue Flycatcher (lifer - split with Indochinese Blue FC since I last saw ssp. C. tickelliae indochina, now C. sumatrensis indochina)
450. Jungle Babbler (lifer)
451. Chestnut-tailed Starling (lifer)
452. Mountain Imperial-Pigeon (lifer)
453. Crested Treeswift (lifer)
454. Plum-headed Parakeet (lifer)
455. Common Iora (lifer)
456. Green Warbler (lifer)
457. Malabar Starling (lifer)
458. Brown-headed Barbet (lifer)
459. Vernal Hanging Parrot (lifer)
460. Red Spurfowl (lifer)
461. Greater Coucal
462. Ashy Drongo
463. Square-tailed Bulbul (lifer)
464. Common Tailorbird
465. Indian Yellow Tit (lifer)
466. White-rumped Shama
467. Chestnut-headed Bee-eater (lifer)
468. Black-hooded Oriole (lifer)
469. Orange Minivet (lifer)
470. Speckled Piculet (lifer)
471. Brown-cheeked Fulvetta (lifer)
472. Bronzed Drongo (lifer)
473. Black-naped Monarch (lifer)
474. Velvet-fronted Nuthatch (lifer)
475. Brown-capped Woodpecker (lifer)
476. Common Woodshrike (lifer)
477. Indian Paradise-flycatcher (lifer)
478. Western Crowned Warbler (lifer)
479. Puff-throated Babbler (lifer)
480. Bar-winged Flycatcher-Shrike (lifer)
481. Black-backed Dwarf-Kingfisher (lifer)

After flying back to Delhi, along the drive to Jim Corbett Nat’l Park / Tiger Reserve:
482. Red-naped Ibis (lifer)
483. Asian Openbill
484. Eurasian Hoopoe
485. Green Sandpiper

In and around Corbett on a number of open jeep safaris:
486. Crimson Sunbird (lifer)
487. Indian White-eye (lifer)
488. Himalayan Swiftlet (lifer)
489. Grey Bushchat
490. Golden-fronted Leafbird (lifer)
491. White-capped Redstart (lifer)
492. Plumbeous Redstart
493. Citrine Wagtail (lifer)
494. Rose-ringed Parakeet
495. Blue-bearded Bee-eater (lifer)
496. Pied Kingfisher
497. Ibisbill (lifer)
498. Himalayan Bulbul (lifer)
499. Yellow-bellied Fairy-Fantail (lifer)
500. Grey-capped Woodpecker (lifer - #1100!)
501. Greater Yellownape (lifer)
502. Grey-headed Woodpecker (lifer)
503. River Lapwing (lifer)
504. Crested Kingfisher (lifer)
505. Crested Serpent-Eagle (lifer)
506. Red-headed Vulture (lifer)
507. Black Stork (lifer)
508. Changeable Hawk-Eagle (lifer)
509. Lineated Barbet (lifer)
510. Blue-throated Barbet (lifer)
511. Oriental Pied-Hornbill
512. Great Barbet (lifer)
513. Black-throated Thrush (lifer)
514. Indian Peafowl
515. Stork-billed Kingfisher (lifer)
516. Common Greenshank (lifer)
517. Shikra
518. Streak-throated Woodpecker (lifer)
519. White-bellied Drongo (lifer)
520. Stonechat
521. Rufous-breasted Accentor (lifer)
522. Blue Whistling-Thrush (lifer)
523. Grey-headed Canary-Flycatcher (lifer)
524. White-throated Fantail
525. Streak-throated Swallow (lifer)
526. Wallcreeper
527. Long-tailed Minivet (lifer)
528. Chestnut-bellied Nuthatch (lifer)
529. Cinereous Tit (lifer)
530. White-rumped Needletail (lifer)
531. Ashy Bulbul (lifer)
532. Rosy Minivet (lifer)
533. Jungle Owlet (lifer)
534. Common Chiffchaff
535. Grey-hooded Warbler (lifer)
536. Ruddy Shelduck (lifer)
537. Great Cormorant
538. Red-crested Pochard (lifer)

Drive back to Delhi:
539. Black-winged Stilt
540. Asian Pied Starling (lifer)
541. Bank Myna (lifer)
542. Eurasian Kestrel
543. Long-toed Stint (lifer)
544. Western Yellow Wagtail (lifer)
545. Ashy Prinia (lifer)

In Delhi’s local parks and sights:
546. Alexandrine Parakeet
547. Lesser Whitethroat (lifer)
548. Yellow-footed Green-Pigeon (lifer)
549. Hume’s Warbler (lifer)

Agra’s majestic Taj Mahal and Agra Fort:
550. Large Grey Babbler (lifer)
551. Egyptian Vulture (lifer)
552. Laughing Dove
553. Painted Stork
554. Eurasian Spoonbill
555. Lesser Black-backed Gull
556. Pallas’s Gull (lifer)
557. Greater Flamingo (lifer)
558. Wooly-necked Stork (lifer)
559. Oriental Darter
560. Common Redshank (lifer)
561. Little Stint (lifer)
562. Black-winged Kite (lifer)

Morning in Bharatpur’s bird sanctuary, Keoladeo Nat’l Park:
563. White-eared Bulbul (lifer)
564. Common Hawk Cuckoo (lifer)
565. Grey Francolin (lifer)
566. Indian Spot-billed Duck (lifer)
567. Black Bittern (lifer)
568. Wood Sandpiper (lifer)
569. Bay-backed Shrike (lifer)
570. Clamorous Reed Warbler (lifer)
571. Purple Heron
572. Ferruginous Duck (lifer)
573. Indian Scops-Owl (lifer)
574. Red-breasted Flycatcher (lifer)
575. Black Redstart
576. Glossy Ibis
577. White-tailed Lapwing (lifer)
578. Greater Spotted Eagle (lifer)
579. Lesser Whistling-Duck (lifer)
580. Eurasian Marsh-Harrier
581. Dusky Eagle-Owl (lifer)
582. Black-necked Stork (lifer)
583. Knob-billed Duck (lifer)
584. Brahminy Starling (lifer)
585. Bronze-winged Jacana (lifer)
586. Spotted Owlet (lifer)

Fatehpur Sikri and the drive west out into the desert of Rajasthan:
587. Brown Rock Chat (lifer)
588. Variable Wheatear (lifer)
589. Pallid Harrier (lifer)

Around the Mehrangarh Fort of Jodhpur:
590. Eurasian Griffon
591. Booted Eagle (lifer)
592. Indian Silverbill (lifer)
593. Common Babbler (lifer)

And with the sun setting on the year on December 31st, along the drive from Jodhpur to Jaisalmer:
594. Dalmatian Pelican (lifer)
595. Common Pochard
596. Grey-throated Martin (lifer)
597. Steppe Eagle (lifer)
598. Bonelli’s Eagle (lifer)
599. Great Grey Shrike (lifer)
600. Red Collared-Dove
601. White-browed Fantail (lifer)

Happy new year to all!
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ZEISS. Discover the fascinating world of birds, and win a birding trip to Columbia
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