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Martin's 2022 Bird List (Chevy Chase, MD, USA) (1 Viewer)

Headed out early this morning to Hughes Hollow, a great birding area visited by many locals. Was on the lookout for a continuing Anhinga, which would have been a lifer, but unfortunately I did not see.

That said, I was happy to see 38 species together with other birders, including two new lifers - a very small Least Bittern hiding under some lillies at the water's edge, and several Prothonotary Warblers. Great morning out in the woods.

April 30

Hughes Hollow - McKee Beshers, Poolesville, MD, USA

109. Blue-winged Teal
110. Ruby-throated Hummingbird
111. Common Gallinule (+)
112. American Coot
113. Least Bittern
114. Great Crested Flycatcher
115. Yellow-throated Vireo
116. Tree Swallow
117. House Wren
118. Orchard Oriole
119. Brown-headed Cowbird
120. Louisiana Waterthrush (+)
121. Black-and-white Warbler (+)
122. Prothonotary Warbler
123. Common Yellowthroat
124. Yellow Warbler

Latest lifer: #873 - Prothonotary Warbler (Hughes Hollow - McKee Beshers, Poolesville, MD, USA)
 
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Went for some birdwatching out National Airport in Washington, DC, and added another bird for the year.

May 8

Gravelly Point Park, VA, USA

125. Osprey

Latest lifer: #873 - Prothonotary Warbler (Hughes Hollow - McKee Beshers, Poolesville, MD, USA)
 
A very productive morning, searching for a Sora that has recently been spotted a mile away from my house.

Unfortunately I was not able to spot this small and shy rail but I picked up three lifers in less than an hour...

May 14

Bethesda Trolley Trail, Bethesda, MD, USA

126. Chimney Swift
127. Belted Kingfisher
128. Eastern Kingbird
129. Purple Martin
130. Brown Thrasher
131. Baltimore Oriole
132. Northern Waterthrush
133. American Redstart
134. Prairie Warbler

Latest lifer: #876 - Prairie Warbler (Bethesda Trolley Trail, Bethesda, MD, USA)
 
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It's hard to believe Northern Waterthrush are Parulid warblers - saw my first (and only) a couple of years ago in Colombia and was amazed how pipit-like they were in behaviour as well as appearance.
 
Have been returning to try and find the Sora, but still to no avail....

Did see my first waxwings for the year.

May 20

Bethesda Trolley Trail, Bethesda, MD, USA

135. Cedar Waxwing

Latest lifer: #876 - Prairie Warbler (Bethesda Trolley Trail, Bethesda, MD, USA)
 
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Went out looking for the Anhinga again, in the dead heat of day...

May 21

Hughes Hollow - McKee Beshers, Poolesville, MD, USA

136. Green Heron (+) in full glory on a bare branch
137. Eastern Wood-Pewee
138. Red-eyed Vireo
139. Indigo Bunting

Latest lifer: #876 - Prairie Warbler (Bethesda Trolley Trail, Bethesda, MD, USA)
 
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A sizeable layover at Zurich Airport en route to Dubai. There are so many raptors flying overhead that the airport employs three hunters... One of the world's great airports, including for the fact that it has a great public obversation deck on the roof, adjoined by the Swiss lounge, which all makes for comfortable viewing, even for the weary- and bleary-eyed. Saw five species, including two lifers!

June 5

Flughafen Zürich, Zurich, Switzerland

140. Black Redstart
141. Willow Warbler
142. Red Kite

Latest lifer: #878 - Willow Warbler (Flughafen Zürich, Zurich, Switzerland)
 
Back in Dubai for the first time since December 2017, my first post-covid business trip, and very, very hot here. But have enjoyed getting out and seeing some of my favorite birds - including the Indian Roller, Eurasian Hoopoe and Purple Sunbird.

June 6

Jumeirah Beach, Dubai, UAE

143. Caspian Tern (+)

Safa Park, Dubai, UAE

144. Speckled Pigeon (+)
145. Eurasian Collared-Dove (+)
146. Laughing Dove (+)
147. Eurasian Moorhen
148. Black-winged Stilt (+)
149. Red-wattled Lapwing (+)
150. Eurasian Hoopoe (+)
151. Indian Roller (+)
152. Rose-ringed Parakeet
153. House Crow (+)
154. Red-vented Bulbul (+)
155. White-eared Bulbul (+)
156. Asian Pied Starling (+)
157. Common Myna (+)
158. Purple Sunbird (+)
159. Indian Silverbill (+)

Latest lifer: #878 - Willow Warbler (Flughafen Zürich, Zurich, Switzerland)
 
Trekked out to Ra's al-Khor Wildlife Sanctuary today. Very few birds given the time of year, and only one of the three entrances open due to construction. But always a sight to behold 100+ greater flamingos.

June 9

Ra's al-Khor Wildlife Sanctuary--Flamingo Hide, Dubai, UAE

160. Greater Flamingo (+)
161. Cattle Egret (+)

Latest lifer: #878 - Willow Warbler (Flughafen Zürich, Zurich, Switzerland)
 
Went out one more time birding between meetings and was unable to spot any others for the year list...

Saw only 21 species this trip, but it was very hot, also for the birds !

Latest lifer: #878 - Willow Warbler (Flughafen Zürich, Zurich, Switzerland)
 
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Great to be back in Amsterdam, visiting dear family and friends.

July 16

Science Park, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

162. Common Swift (+)
163. Great Crested Grebe
164. Common Wood-Pigeon
165. Eurasian Coot
166. Lesser Black-backed Gull
167. Alexandrine Parakeet (+)
168. Common Chiffchaff

Latest lifer: #878 - Willow Warbler (Flughafen Zürich, Zurich, Switzerland)
 
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Picked up a few more yearbirds in my local patch in Amsterdam...

July 17

Science Park, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

169. Egyptian Goose
170. White Stork
171. Great Spotted Woodpecker
172. Eurasian Reed Warbler (+)
173. Eurasian Blackcap
174. Short-toed Treecreeper (+)
175. Eurasian Wren
176. European Robin

Latest lifer: #878 - Willow Warbler (Flughafen Zürich, Zurich, Switzerland)
 
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Had a great day birding with Lars Buckx (of www.dagjeindenatuur.nl), exploring the beautiful Oostvaardersplassen in the Flevoland province of The Netherlands. Despite it being rainy during parts of the day we saw 90 different species, including 12 lifers! Some of these I definitely should have seen before, but happy to add them to my list...

July 21

Oostvaardersplassen, Flevoland, The Netherlands

177. Graylag Goose
178. Barnacle Goose
179. Ruddy Shelduck (+)
180. Common Shelduck
181. Northern Shoveler (+)
182. Common Pochard
183. Tufted Duck
184. Little Grebe (+)
185. Stock Dove (+)
186. Water Rail
187. Pied Avocet
188. Eurasian Oystercatcher
189. Northern Lapwing
190. Black-tailed Godwit
191. Ruff (+)
192. Common Snipe
193. Common Sandpiper (+)
194. Green Sandpiper
195. Common Greenshank (+)
196. Common Redshank
197. Caspian Gull (+)
198. Common Tern
199. Great Bittern
200. Great Egret
201. Little Egret
202. Eurasian Spoonbill (+)
203. Short-toed Snake-Eagle
204. Eurasian Marsh-Harrier (+)
205. Eurasian Sparrowhawk
206. Northern Goshawk (+)
207. White-tailed Eagle
208. Red-backed Shrike (+)
209. Willow Tit (+)
210. Wood Lark (+)
211. Sedge Warbler (+)
212. Marsh Warbler
213. Savi's Warbler (+)
214. Common Grasshopper-Warbler
215. Bank Swallow
216. Common House-Martin
217. Cetti's Warbler (+)
218. Garden Warbler (+)
219. Lesser Whitethroat (+)
220. Greater Whitethroat (+)
221. Eurasian Nuthatch
222. Spotted Flycatcher (+)
223. Bluethroat
224. European Stonechat (+)
225. Hawfinch
226. Eurasian Linnet
227. Reed Bunting
228. Whimbrel
229. Common Gull

Latest lifer: #890 - Hawfinch (Oostvaardersplassen, Flevoland, The Netherlands)
 
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Had a great day morning birding with Lars Buckx (of www.dagjeindenatuur.nl), exploring the beautiful Oostvaardersplassen in the Flevoland province of The Netherlands. Despite it being rainy during parts of the day we saw 90 different species, including 12 lifers! Some of these I definitely should have seen before, but happy to add them to my list...

July 21

Oostvaardersplassen, Flevoland, The Netherlands

177. Graylag Goose
178. Barnacle Goose
179. Ruddy Shelduck
180. Common Shelduck
181. Northern Shoveler
182. Common Pochard
183. Tufted Duck
184. Little Grebe
185. Stock Dove
186. Water Rail
187. Pied Avocet
188. Eurasian Oystercatcher
189. Northern Lapwing
190. Black-tailed Godwit
191. Ruff
192. Common Snipe
193. Common Sandpiper
194. Green Sandpiper
195. Common Greenshank
196. Common Redshank
197. Caspian Gull
198. Common Tern
199. Great Bittern
200. Great Egret
201. Little Egret
202. Eurasian Spoonbill
203. Short-toed Snake-Eagle
204. Eurasian Marsh-Harrier
205. Eurasian Sparrowhawk
206. Northern Goshawk
207. White-tailed Eagle
208. Red-backed Shrike
209. Willow Tit
210. Wood Lark
211. Sedge Warbler
212. Marsh Warbler
213. Savi's Warbler
214. Common Grasshopper-Warbler
215. Bank Swallow
216. Common House-Martin
217. Cetti's Warbler
218. Garden Warbler
219. Lesser Whitethroat
220. Greater Whitethroat
221. Eurasian Nuthatch
222. Spotted Flycatcher
223. Bluethroat
224. European Stonechat
225. Hawfinch
226. Eurasian Linnet
227. Reed Bunting
228. Whimbrel
229. Common Gull

Latest lifer: #890 - Hawfinch (Oostvaardersplassen, Flevoland, The Netherlands)
Water rail, grasshopper warbler and bittern are not always easy additions even for European based birders - the first two gave me the slip on numerous occasions when I first started birding in my youth. I concur with @Owene - I'd be very happy with that list for a day's birding!
 
Water rail, grasshopper warbler and bittern are not always easy additions even for European based birders - the first two gave me the slip on numerous occasions when I first started birding in my youth. I concur with @Owene - I'd be very happy with that list for a day's birding!

I’ve not got willow tit. grasshopper warbler or lesser whitethroat this year or last year. And marsh warbler would be a lifer for me.
 
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I’ve not got willow tit. grasshopper warbler or lesser whitethroat this year or last year. And marsh warbler would be a lifer for me.
I know. I was with an incredible guide for seven hours. It was a great day. 90 species was awesome.

I was also born and raised in Amsterdam (have a Dutch passport), and have lived in Brussels, London and Norway. So not entirely foreign to birding in Europe either...
 
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Have been enjoying our family vacation on Ibiza, and have so far spotted 28 species this week despite the heat... including two lifers!!

July 23-28

Ibiza, Illes Baleares, Spain

230. Audouin's Gull (+)
231. European Turtle-Dove (+)
232. Yellow-legged Gull (+)
233. Zitting Cisticola
234. European Serin (+)
235. European Shag
236. Western Yellow Wagtail (+)
237. Red-legged Partridge

Latest lifer: #892 - Red-legged Partridge (Ibiza, Illes Baleares, Spain)
 
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Had a great time today boating around Ibiza and seeing some very cool seabirds - including the Black Tern we spent an hour looking for in The Netherlands last week...

July 28

Ibiza, Illes Baleares, Spain

238. Black Tern
239. Cory's Shearwater
240. Balearic Shearwater

Latest lifer: #895 - Balearic Shearwater (Ibiza, Illes Baleares, Spain)
 
Had a great time today boating around Ibiza and seeing some very cool seabirds - including the Black Tern we spent an hour looking for in The Netherlands last week...

July 28

Ibiza, Illes Baleares, Spain

238. Black Tern
239. Cory's Shearwater
240. Balearic Shearwater

Latest lifer: #895 - Balearic Shearwater (Ibiza, Illes Baleares, Spain)
Not sure if Clements splits them, but in Ibiza the default Calonectris shearwater should be Scopoli's.
 
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