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Martin (Wash DC) 2019 Year List (1 Viewer)


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Happy New Year to everyone. Was very happy to see 358 birds last year, a personal record but also due to heavy work travel, which should (hopefully) be considerably less this year.

And off we go...

1-4 January

Chevy Chase, MD and Washington, DC, USA
1. Mourning Dove
2. Black Vulture
3. Red-tailed Hawk
4. Red-bellied Woodpecker
5. Blue Jay
6. Northern Mockingbird
7. Northern Cardinal
8. House Sparrow
9. Canada Goose
10. Mallard
11. Rock Pigeon
12. Ring-billed Gull
13. Herring Gull
14. Great Black-backed Gull
15. Double-crested Cormorant
16. American Crow
17. European Starling
18. Pied-billed Grebe

Latest Lifer: 785 : Muscovy Duck (Hotel Los Lagos, Arenal (Costa Rica, August 2018)


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A few more local birds put me at 27. Still missing lots of common birds but it's snowing and hard to get visibility.

5-12 January

Chevy Chase, MD and Woodend Sanctuary, MD, USA
19. Winter Wren
20. Barred Owl - this was a real beauty
21. Downy Woodpecker
22. White-breasted Nuthatch
23. Carolina Wren
24. White-throated Sparrow
25. Song Sparrow
26. Cooper's Hawk - seen several in past few days
27. American Robin

Latest Lifer: 785 : Muscovy Duck (Hotel Los Lagos, Arenal (Costa Rica, August 2018)


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The weather is warming up and have seen more birds recently. Was also able to go on my first proper birding trip today, stretching my year list to 45.

19 January

Chevy Chase, MD
28. Turkey Vulture
29. Hairy Woodpecker

20 January

Liberty Mountain Resort, PA
30. Bald Eagle <- was glorious to see this great bird fly over while I was skiing

24 January

Sandy Point State Park, MD
31. Greater Scaup
32. Lesser Scaup
33. Common Goldeneye
34. Red-breasted Merganser
35. Ruddy Duck
36. Northern Flicker

Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center, MD
37. Wood Duck
38. Great Blue Heron
39. Red-breasted Nuthatch
40. Hermit Thrush
41. American Goldfinch
42. Fox Sparrow
43. Dark-eyed Junco
44. Swamp Sparrow
45. Red-winged Blackbird

Latest Lifer: 785 : Muscovy Duck (Hotel Los Lagos, Arenal, Costa Rica, August 2018)
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Picked up a few more local birds in the past weeks...

Chevy Chase, MD
46. Chipping Sparrow
47. Northern Shoveler
48. Tufted Titmouse
49. Ring-necked Duck

Latest Lifer: 785 : Muscovy Duck (Hotel Los Lagos, Arenal, Costa Rica, August 2018)


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Have been slow to log, but have picked up a few more birds locally and skiing in Austria.

26 February

Constitution Gardens and Reflecting Pool, Washington DC
50. Common Grackle

3 March

Munich Airport, Munich, Germany
51. Great Egret
52. Common Buzzard
53. Carrion Crow

5 March

Konigsleiten, Austria
54. Eurasian Magpie
55. Eurasian Jackdaw
56. Common Chaffinch

Latest Lifer: 784 : Muscovy Duck (Hotel Los Lagos, Arenal, Costa Rica, August 2018)


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Had a great time visiting Santa Barbara, California and even saw a few birds, including a lifer.

13-15 April

Santa Monica State Beach, Santa Monica, CA
57. Western Gull
58. California Gull
59. Common Raven

Zuma Beach and Lagoon, Malibu, CA
60. Willet
61. Brown Pelican

East Beach, Santa Barbara, CA
62. Marbled Godwit
63. Western Sandpiper
64. California Scrub-Jay

Franceschi Park, Santa Barbara, CA
65. Acorn Woodpecker
66. Oak Titmouse

Mesa Lane Beach, Santa Barbara, CA
67. Killdeer

Santa Barbara Harbor, Santa Barbara, CA
68. Eurasian Collared-Dove
69. Black-crowned Night-Heron
70. Snowy Egret
71. Barn Swallow

Andree Clark Bird Refuge, Santa Barbara, CA
72. American Coot
73. Black-necked Stilt
74. Black-bellied Plover
75. Green Heron
76. Bewick's Wren
77. California Towhee

Latest Lifer: 785 : Marbled Godwit (East Beach, Santa Barbara, CA, USA, April 2019)


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In Los Angeles for a few days, and saw a few more birds for the year, including two lifers!

17 April

Beverly Hills Marriott, Beverly Hills, CA
78. Black-chinned Hummingbird

18 April

Venice Beach, Venice, CA
79. Rufous Hummingbird
80. Sanderling
81. Osprey
82. Phainopepla

Latest Lifer: 787 : Phainopepla (Venice Beach, Venice, CA, USA, April 2019)


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Have spent most of this week in Cairo, holed up in a hotel at a conference. But I did manage two journeys out and saw some great birds here, a new lifer: the glorious White-throated Kingfisher, which hovers just above the water like a Pelican and darts down.

23 April

Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at Nile Plaza, Cairo, Egypt
83. European Turtle-Dove
84. Laughing Dove
85. Little Egret
86. Cattle Egret
87. Striated Heron
88. White-throated Kingfisher - saw about 10 of these
89. Pied Kingfisher
90. European Bee-eater
91. Hooded Crow
92. Common Bulbul

25 April

Giza Great Pyramids and Great Sphinx, Egypt
93. Black Kite
94. White Wagtail

Latest Lifer: 788 : White-throated Kingfisher (Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at Nile Plaza, Cairo, Egypt, April 2019)


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Saw a few more local birds in the last few weeks.


Chevy Chase, MD, USA
95. House Finch
96. Gray Catbird
97. Brown-headed Cowbird

Latest Lifer: 788 : White-throated Kingfisher (Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at Nile Plaza, Cairo, Egypt, April 2019)


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Work travel to Tokyo and Kyoto. Saw a few more year ticks and two new lifers!

June 8

Nijo Castle, Kyoto, Japan
98. Large-billed Crow
99. Eurasian Tree Sparrow

Kyoto Imperial Palace Park, Kyoto, Japan
100. Eastern Spot-billed Duck
101. Japanese Tit
102. White-cheeked Starling
103. Japanese Wagtail
104. Oriental Greenfinch

June 9

Arashiyama Park, Kyoto, Japan
105. Great Cormorant
106. Gray Heron

Latest Lifer: 790 : Oriental Greenfinch (Kyoto Imperial Palace Park, Kyoto, Japan, June 2019)


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Visited my family in Amsterdam, saw 21 species and a lifer, although surprised to not have seen the Marsh Tit before...

June 21

Zeeburg, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
107. Great Crested Grebe
108. Eurasian Coot
109. Mew Gull

June 22

Park Frankendael, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
110. Mute Swan
111. Common Wood-Pigeon
112. Eurasian Moorhen
113. Black-headed Gull
114. White Stork
115. Marsh Tit
116. Eurasian Wren
117. European Robin
118. Eurasian Blackbird

Latest Lifer: 791 : Marsh Tit (Park Frankendael, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, June 2019)


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Short trip to London and visited St. James's Park.

July 1

St. James's Park, London, England, GB
119. Graylag Goose
120. Black Swan
121. Egyptian Goose
122. Common Shelduck
123. Gadwall
124. Red-crested Pochard
125. Common Pochard
126. Tufted Duck
127. Lesser Black-backed Gull

Latest Lifer: 791 : Marsh Tit (Park Frankendael, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, June 2019)


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Visited the Chesapeake Bay and saw quite a few new birds, including two Bald Eagle chicks and three lifers!

Also just saw my 200th bird in the US.

July 11

Blackwater Natural Wildlife Reserve, Cambridge, MD, USA
128. Ruby-throated Hummingbird
129. Least Tern
130. Forster's Tern
131. Red-headed Woodpecker - two beauties
132. Eastern Wood-Pewee
133. Eastern Kingbird
134. Eastern Bluebird
135. Common Yellowthroat

Latest Lifer: 794 : Eastern Kingbird (Blackwater Natural Wildlife Reserve, Cambridge, MD, USA, July 2019)


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Haven't updated my list in a while - but I managed to see a few more birds in the past few months - including three lifers - during a few foreign trips, but sadly have not had time for proper birding recently.

August 4

Playa de Santanyi, Majorca, Spain
136. Common Swift
137. Audouin's Gull
138. Yellow-legged Gull
139. Eurasian Hoopoe
140. Great Tit
141. Cetti's Warbler
142. Spotted Flycatcher

August 5

Mondrago National Park, Majorca, Spain
143. Eurasian Marsh-Harrier

August 8

Aqualand El Arenal, Majorca, Spain
144. Eurasian Kestrel

August 16

Amstelpark, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
145. Ring-necked Pheasant
146. Stock Dove
147. Rose-ringed Parakeet

November 7

Bosque de Chapultepec, Mexico City, Mexico
148. Mexican Duck
149. Inca Dove
150. Great-tailed Grackle

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


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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)

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