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January 1st joint Birdforum list (2020 edition) (1 Viewer)

I don't have a current valid visa for Co Durham, so I'll not be going there (unless there's an absolute mega) ;) 3:)

My last offering before I give this one a rest was to remind you of a couple of old megas that bely the BB claim there never was a Tyne and Wear for recording purposes. And in doing so, I found a wonderful mis-print! ;)All the best.

White-tailed Plover Chettusia leucura (0, 2, 2)
Shropshire Locality withheld, 24th to at least 25th May (J. Sankey, P. R. Swales).
Tyne & Wear Cleadon, 21st May (B. S. Bates, D. A. T. Constantine, T. I. Mills etal.).

Baillon's Crake Porzana pusilla (many, 5, 1)
Tyne & Wear Mowbray Park, Sunderland, possibly cf, 17th-20th May (R. Hudson, S.
Metcalfe et al.)(Brit. Birds 82: plates 303 & 304).

Lesser Golden Plover Pluvialis dominica (6, 87, 12)

Tyne & Wear Dorman's Pool and Reclamation Pond, juvenile, 23rd August to 4th October
(T. Francis«(a/.).
My last offering before I give this one a rest was to remind you of a couple of old megas that bely the BB claim there never was a Tyne and Wear for recording purposes. And in doing so, I found a wonderful mis-print! ;)All the best.
It was never used in the region; BB used it in the rarity reports for a short while until they got told off for it ;)

The misprint presumably being the inclusion of Dorman's Pool / Reclamation Pond? (Teescide, Co Durham, of course!)

It was never used in the region; BB used it in the rarity reports for a short while until they got told off for it ;)

The misprint presumably being the inclusion of Dorman's Pool / Reclamation Pond? (Teescide, Co Durham, of course!)

I'm afraid you are being a bit selective with your evidence.

Firstly, you assume that the 2008 proposals published in British Birds has gained traction and is the de facto adopted standard. This doesn't seem to have been the case; I quote from two publications you are no doubt familar with:

'[the Durham recording area] is based on the Watsonian Vice-County system, proposed in 1873 and widely adopted during the late Victorian period for the purposes of biological recording. In this instance, the County's core recording area is Watsonian vice-county 66. Today this can be visualised as the modern county of Durham plus that part of Tyne & Wear south of the River Tyne and that part of the old county of Cleveland to the north of the River Tees...' (my emphasis)
The Birds of Durham (2012), p.11. (they conform to the 2008 paper's proposals, but do not reference it, or use the proposed numbering)

'The area covered by this atlas is essentially that which would be popularly understood as the 'old' (pre-1974) county of Northumberland'
Northumbria Bird Atlas (2015), p.24. (i.e. no mention of T&W or vice-counties, but none either of the 2008 British Birds recording area numbers and names, which would be 'Northumberland' and '42').

With respect to your second point, I'm puzzled why you dismiss British Birds as an erroneous source with respect to the region, yet rely on another BB source which was clearly not referenced in subsequent County reports.

Finally, (and with apologies in advance to any 'smoggies') I presume 'Teescide' is something fatal which occurs whilst attempting to swim in the Reclamation Pond without appropriate protection from toxic chemicals?
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Here are my very delayed results from the tropical lands of Costa Rica. This day found us in the foothills of Monteverde.

Lesser Greenlet
Rufous-and-white Wren
Wood Thrush
Tennessee Warbler
Chestnut-sided Warbler
Rufous-capped Warbler
Squirrel Cuckoo
Black Vulture
Collared Trogon
Lesson's Motmot
Rufous Mourner
Dusky-capped Flycatcher
Tropical Kingbird
Brown Jay
House Wren
Clay-colored Thrush
White-eared Ground-sparrow
Great-tailed Grackle
Wilson's Warbler
Slate-throated Redstart
Red-crowned Ant-tanager
Yellow-faced Grassquit
Crested Guan
White-tipped Dove
Groove-billed Ani
Magenta-throated Woodstar
Canivet's Emerald
Rufous-tailed Hummingbird
Turkey Vulture
Golden-olive Woodpecker
Streak-headed Woodcreeper
Long-tailed Manakin
Mountain Elaenia
Mistletoe Tyrannulet
Yellow-throated Vireo
Philadelphia Vireo
Yellow-throated Euphonia
Baltimore Oriole
Melodious Blackbird
Golden-winged Warbler
Blue-winged Warbler
Summer Tanager
Blue-gray Tanager

This should be 44 species, some of which are repeats in the World list but many of which are new.

I greatly enjoyed the thread again this year!
Dawn at Popa Falls on the Okavango River, the amazing Mahnago National Park just a few kilometres down the river. After a very good period in these areas, then drove 200km west to Rundu, many stops inthe excellent forestland on route. Afternoon and evening primarily at hte highly productive Rundu Settling Pools and associated floodplain.

166 species of bird, 20 species of mammals, good number of butterflies.

Little Grebe
Reed Cormorant
African Darter
Purple Heron
Goliath Heron
Grey Heron
Great White Egret
Intermediate Heron
Little Egret
Cattle Egret
Black Heron
Squacco Heron
Black-crowned Night Heron
Little Bittern
Green-backed Heron
Glossy Ibis
Yellow-billed Stork
Openbill Stork
Saddle-billed Stork
African Sacred Ibis
Spur-winged Goose
Egyptian Goose
African Pygmy Goose
White-fronted Whistling Duck
Comb Duck
Red-billed Teal
Cape Teal
Hottentot Teal
Cape Shoveler
Southern Pochard
White-backed Vulture
African Fish Eagle
Yellow-billed Kite
Honey Buzzard
Booted Eagle
Steppe Buzzard
African Harrier-Hawk
African Cuckoo-Hawk
Gabar Goshawk
Red-billed Francolin
Crested Francolin
Helmeted Guineafowl
Red-knobbed Coot
Common Moorhen
African Purple Swamphen
Allen's Gallinule
Black Crake
African Jacana
Lesser Jacana
Wattled Crane
Black-winged Stilt
Painted Snipe
Three-banded Plover
Long-toed Lapwing
Blacksmith Lapwing
Marsh Sandpiper
Little Stint
Common Sandpiper
Wood Sandpiper
Rock Pratincole
Collared Pratincole
Water Thick-knee
Temminck's Courser
Whiskered Tern
Yellow-throated Sandgrouse
Red-eyed Dove
African Mourning Dove
Cape Turtle Dove
Laughing Dove
Emerald-spotted Wood-Dove
Meyer's Parrot
Grey Go-away Bird
Black Cuckoo
Diderick Cuckoo
Jacobin Cuckoo
Senegal Coucal
Coppery-tailed Coucal
Palm Swift
Red-faced Mousebird
Grey Hornbill
Southern Yellow-billed Hornbill
Pied Kingfisher
Giant Kingfisher
Wood Kingfisher
Grey-headed Kingfisher
Malachite Kingfisher
Blue-cheeked Bee-eater
European Bee-eater
Southern Carmine Bee-eater
Little Bee-eater
Lilac-breasted Roller
Broad-billed Roller
Green Wood-Hoopoe
Common Scimitarbill
African Hoopoe
Golden-tailed Woodpecker
Cardinal Woodpecker
Dusky Lark
Sabota Lark
Red-breasted Swallow
Barn Swallow
Banded Martin
Fork-tailed Drongo
European Golden Oriole
African Golden Oriole
Pied Crow
Hartlaub's Babbler
Southern Black Tit
Dark-eyed Bulbul
Terrestrial Brownbul
Yellow-bellied Greenbul
Kurrichane Thrush
Groundscraper Thrush
Northern Wheatear
White-browed Robin Chat
Bearded Scrub Robin
White-browed Scrub Robin
Grey-backed Camaroptera
Long-billed Crombec
Lesser Swamp Warbler
African Reed Warbler
Great Reed Warbler
Sedge Warbler
Willow Warbler
Tinkling Cisticola
Wood Pipit
African Pipit
Plain-backed Pipit
Spotted Flycatcher
Pale Flycatcher
Marico Flycatcher
African Paradise Flycatcher
African Yellow White-eye
Magpie Shrike
Red-backed Shrike
Black-backed Puffback
Black-crowned Tchagra
Greater Blue-eared Starling
Burchell's Starling
Meve's Long-tailed Starling
Violet-backed Starling
Yellow-billed Oxpecker
Scarlet-chested Sunbird
Amethyst Sunbird
White-bellied Sunbird
Yellow-throated Petronia
White-browed Sparrow-Weaver
Grey-headed Sparrow
Thick-billed Weaver
Lesser Masked Weaver
Village Weaver
Fan-tailed Widow
Southern Red Bishop
Red-billed Firefinch
Blue Waxbill
Common Waxbill
Pin-tailed Whydah
Green-winged Pytilia
Yellow-fronted Canary
Golden-breasted Bunting
You are invited to join in the seventh annual Birdforum joint lists for 1st January. The idea is that those who want to take part provide a list of what they've seen or heard on 1 January and we produce joint lists for areas such as the UK, the USA, Europe, Australia, or wherever we get enough people interested.

The rules are simple - birds can be seen or heard, as long as the ID is firm. "Cat C" birds (that's UK jargon for introduced species with self-sustaining breeding populations) are OK as long as the bird was from the self-sustaining population. No escapes or captive birds, obviously. Birds must be encountered between midnight and midnight on 1 Jan, local time.

Each year we've done this, we've had some surprising relatively common omissions, so there's scope for everyone to contribute, even if you're only going out for a short walk. The aim is to use the wide spread of Birdforum members around the various countries to increase the total by seeing species where they're easy.

It's supposed to be a bit of innocent fun, don't change your plans specially. Having said which, if we can encourage one or two people to go out rather than stay in, great.

Here's a link to last year's thread so you can see how it works. Each year's thread has a link to the previous year in its first post.

Last year's totals: USA 227, Europe 205 (UK 176, Rest of Europe 126), Australia 85, East Asia 84

2018 figures: USA 120, Europe 194 (UK 163, Rest of Europe 115)
2017 figures: USA 172, Europe 197 (UK 156, Rest of Europe 127), East Asia 87, Canada 16 (North America 180)
2016 figures: USA 205, Europe 167 (UK 150, rest of Europe 94), Australia 43.
2015 figures: USA 158, Europe 175 (UK 145, rest of Europe 119), Australia 89.
2014 figures: USA 185, UK 155.

Whatever you see on 1 Jan, please post a list either of everything you've seen or (easier for me) everything you've seen that you think may not have been reported yet. I'm hoping to be out and about most of the day so if anyone's online during the day and fancies doing some running totals, that would be great. If not, I'll catch up once I'm back online.
Bradley Beach, New Jersey 1/1/21
Muscovite Ducks
Herring Gulls
Great Blue Heron
Great Black Back Gull
Hooded Mergansers
Common Loon
Mute Swan
Canada Geese
Savannah Sparrow
House sparrow
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