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Martin's 2024 Bird List (Chevy Chase, MD, USA) (1 Viewer)

martinboer

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Happy new year everyone. I really like these annual lists, as I was a bit discouraged in December as I wasn't seeing anything new. Now, almost everything is new and notable, which is a nice way to kick off the year.

Went for a relaxing two hour post-NYE walk this morning, with some light snow falling along the way, and was happy to see my first 26 species of the year...

Bethesda and Chevy Chase, MD, USA

January 1
  1. American Crow
  2. American Robin
  3. Belted Kingfisher
  4. Black Vulture
  5. Blue Jay
  6. Canada Goose
  7. Carolina Chickadee
  8. Carolina Wren
  9. Common Raven
  10. Dark-eyed Junco
  11. Downy Woodpecker
  12. European Starling
  13. Fish Crow
  14. Hairy Woodpecker
  15. House Finch
  16. House Sparrow
  17. Mallard
  18. Mourning Dove
  19. Northern Cardinal
  20. Northern Mockingbird
  21. Red-bellied Woodpecker
  22. Rock Pigeon
  23. Song Sparrow
  24. Swamp Sparrow
  25. Tufted Titmouse
  26. White-throated Sparrow
Latest lifer: #944 - Lark Sparrow (Woodstock Equestrian Park, Dickerson, Maryland, USA)
 
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Have been seeing some more great local birds this week here in the Washington, DC area...

January 3

Chevy Chase, MD, USA
27. Fox Sparrow

January 4

Washington, DC, USA
28. Common Yellowthroat - quite a rarity for downtown DC!

January 7

Black Hill Regional Park, Boyds, MD, USA
29. Hooded Merganser
30. Red-breasted Merganser
31. Pied-billed Grebe
32. American Coot
33. Red-shouldered Hawk
34. Ring-necked Duck
35. Bufflehead
36. Common Merganser
37. Ring-billed Gull
38. Great Blue Heron
39. Pileated Woodpecker
40. White-breasted Nuthatch
41. Eastern Bluebird
42. American Goldfinch
43. Barred Owl
44. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
45. Northern Flicker
46. Cedar Waxwing
47. Yellow-rumped Warbler
48. Turkey Vulture

Latest lifer: #944 - Lark Sparrow (Woodstock Equestrian Park, Dickerson, Maryland, USA)
 
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Went out to Gunners Lake this afternoon, where I saw 29 species, with 6 for the year list.

Then I joined a local owling bird walk, led by the incomparable Mark England, which was a wonderful success, with 21 species, lots of raptors, including two new lifers. We had several probably 5 looks of both an immature Northern Harrier, almost 10 of a male Short-eared Owl, and at one point a Merlin shot by in all it's glory. Fantastic night out.

January 14

Gunners Lake, Germantown, MD, USA
49. Gadwall
50. American Wigeon
51. Canvasback (+)
52. Ruddy Duck
53. Ruby-crowned Kinglet
54. Red-breasted Nuthatch

Oaks Landfill, Gaithersburg, MD, USA
55. Lesser Scaup
56. Northern Harrier
57. Short-eared Owl
58. Merlin
59. Savannah Sparrow

Latest lifer: #946 - Merlin (Oaks Landfill, Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA)
 
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Arrived in Boston this afternoon, ahead of a conference, and was happy to do some birding around Fresh Pond, a wonderful park with a 2-mile loop around a beautiful lake, and not far from my hotel.

January 15

Fresh Pond, Cambridge, MA, USA
60. Mute Swan
61. Herring Gull
62. Black-capped Chickadee
63. Golden-crowned Kinglet

Latest lifer: #946 - Merlin (Oaks Landfill, Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA)
 
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Enjoyed spotting some waterfowl along Boston Harbor in between meetings, none of which I even saw last year to my surprise.

January 17

Fan Pier, Boston, MA, USA
64. American Black Duck (+)
65. Surf Scoter (+)
66. White-winged Scoter (+)

Latest lifer: #946 - Merlin (Oaks Landfill, Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA)
 
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Excellent time birding Hughes Hollow this morning with a great group of local birders, for a daylist of 35 species.

February 11

Hughes Hollow-McKee Beshers, Poolesville, MD, USA
67. Winter Wren
68. Red-winged Blackbird
69. Wood Duck
70. Red-headed Woodpecker
71. Gray Catbird
72. Hermit Thrush

Congressional Polo Club, Poolesville, MD, USA
73. Killdeer
74. American Kestrel (+)

Latest lifer: #946 - Merlin (Oaks Landfill, Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA)
 
Great day out birding today, with a day list of 40 species, including a beatiful Redhead lifer.

February 17

Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve, Alexandria, VA, USA
75. Bald Eagle
76. Red-tailed Hawk
77. Great Horned Owl
78. Brown Creeper

Huntley Meadows Park, Alexandria, VA, USA
79. Northern Pintail
80. Green-winged Teal

Asbury Methodist Village, Gaithersburg, MD, USA
81. Redhead

Latest lifer: #947 - Redhead (Asbury Methodist Village, Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA)
 
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Went for a 9 KM birding walk along the Potomac and saw 34 species today, including a few more for the year list.

February 18

Chevy Chase, MD, USA
82. Eastern Towhee

Daingerfield Island, Alexandria, VA, USA
83. Double-crested Cormorant
84. Brown-headed Cowbird
85. Rusty Blackbird (+)
86. Common Grackle

Latest lifer: #947 - Redhead (Asbury Methodist Village, Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA)
 
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Good to be back in Amsterdam, visiting my father, and saw a lot of great birds today.

February 19

Frankendael Park, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
87. Graylag Goose
88. Egyptian Goose
89. Northern Shoveler
90. Common Wood-Pigeon
91. Eurasian Moorhen
92. Eurasian Coot
93. Black-headed Gull
94. Common Gull
95. White Stork
96. Great Cormorant
97. Gray Heron
98. Common Kingfisher
99. Alexandrine Parakeet
100. Rose-ringed Parakeet
101. Eurasian Magpie
102. Eurasian Jackdaw
103. Carrion Crow
104. Eurasian Blue Tit
105. Great Tit
106. Common Chiffchaff
107. Long-tailed Tit
108. Short-toed Treecreeper
109. Eurasian Wren
110. Eurasian Blackbird
111. European Robin
112. Common Chaffinch
113. Eurasian Jay

Latest lifer: #947 - Redhead (Asbury Methodist Village, Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA)
 
Am currently visiting Tokyo and then Bangkok for work, and have seen a few new birds so far. Am looking forward to a longish session in Tokyo and then a full day outside Bangkok later in the week.

March 4

Tokyo Imperial Palace, Tokyo, Japan
119. Common Pochard
120. Eastern Spot-billed Duck (+)
121. Little Grebe (+)
122. Osprey
123. Brown-eared Bulbul (+)

Latest lifer: #947 - Redhead (Asbury Methodist Village, Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA)
 
This morning I visited the Tokyo Port Wild Bird Park, which is a wonderful birding oasis near the port area. I probably saw 100 different birders there over the almost three hours that I spent there today.

A vast park with various hideouts, lakes, marshes, wetlands, forest areas, and several visitor centers where staff helpfully point out birds through the scopes. Lots of curated paths, and trails. Everyone super polite and friendly. A really nice experience, and ended up seeing 28 species for the day, including 7 lifers.

Have a full day planned birding on Saturday in Thailand (after a day full of meetings in Bangkok on Friday) before heading home.

March 7

Tokyo Port Wild Bird Park, Tokyo, Japan
124. Oriental Turtle-Dove (+)
125. Common Sandpiper (+)
126. Black Kite (+)
127. Eastern Buzzard
128. Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker (+)
129. Bull-headed Shrike
130. Large-billed Crow (+)
131. Japanese Tit (+)
132. Japanese Bush Warbler
133. Warbling White-eye
134. White-cheeked Starling (+)
135. Pale Thrush
136. Dusky Thrush
137. Japanese Wagtail (+)
138. White Wagtail
139. Reed Bunting (+)
140. Masked Bunting

Latest lifer: #954 - Masked Bunting (Tokyo Port Wild Bird Park, Tokyo, Japan)
 
First day in Bangkok, spied a few great birds in between meetings... including 5 lifers!

March 8

The Siam Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand
140. Spotted Dove (+)
141. Zebra Dove
142. Germain's Swiftlet
143. Asian Openbill
144. Common Myna
145. Great Myna
146. Oriental Magpie-Robin (+)
147. Eurasian Tree Sparrow

Latest lifer: #957 - Great Myna (The Siam Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand)
 
Had an absolutely fantastic day birding outside Bangkok today with wonderful guide Peter Ericsson, who took me to all his favorite places outside the city. We saw a total of 104 species, with loads of lifers, including fantastic long looks of two spoon-billed sandpipers!!

Today, I also got my 1000th bird - the Asian Brown Flycatcher!

March 9

Bang Phra Reservoir, Thailand
148. Asian Koel
149. Brahminy Kite
150. Red Collared-Dove
151. Greater Coucal (+)
152. Lesser Coucal
153. Green-billed Malkoha
154. Banded Bay Cuckoo
155. Plaintive Cuckoo
156. Asian Palm Swift
157. Black-winged Stilt (+)
158. Little Ringed Plover (+)
159. Red-wattled Lapwing (+)
160. Whiskered Tern
161. Lesser Adjutant
162. Painted Stork
163. Little Cormorant
164. Little Egret
165. Medium Egret (+)
166. Eurasian Hoopoe
167. White-throated Kingfisher (+)
168. Asian Green Bee-eater
169. Blue-throated Bee-eater
170. Chestnut-headed Bee-eater
171. Indochinese Roller
172. Coppersmith Barbet
173. Blue-eared Barbet
174. Lineated Barbet
175. Red-breasted Parakeet
176. Black-naped Oriole
177. Ashy Woodswallow
178. Common Iora
179. Malaysian Pied-Fantail
180. Black Drongo
181. Greater Racket-tailed Drongo
182. Brown Shrike
183. Racket-tailed Treepie
184. Indochinese Bushlark
185. Dark-necked Tailorbird
186. Gray-breasted Prinia
187. Plain Prinia
188. Zitting Cisticola (+)
189. Baikal Bush Warbler
190. Barn Swallow
191. Black-crested Bulbul
192. Streak-eared Bulbul
193. Yellow-vented Bulbul
194. Sooty-headed Bulbul
195. Chestnut-capped Babbler
196. Puff-throated Babbler
197. White-crested Laughingthrush
198. Black-throated Laughingthrush
199. Siamese Pied Starling
200. Asian Brown Flycatcher - 1000th bird ever!
201. White-rumped Shama
202. Amur Stonechat
203. Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker
204. Brown-throated Sunbird
205. Ornate Sunbird
206. Baya Weaver
207. Scaly-breasted Munia
208. Plain-backed Sparrow
209. Eastern Yellow Wagtail
210. Paddyfield Pipit

The Gleua Café & salt pans W of Bang Pakong River, Thailand

211. Tibetan Sand-Plover
212. Greater Sand-Plover
213. Kentish Plover (+)
214. Marsh Sandpiper (+)
215. Curlew Sandpiper (+)
216. Red-necked Stint
217. Spoon-billed Sandpiper !!
218. Little Tern
219. White-winged Tern

Lat Krabang, Thailand

220. White-browed Crake
221. White-breasted Waterhen (+)
222. Gray-headed Lapwing
223. Bronze-winged Jacana
224. Wood Sandpiper (+)
225. Oriental Pratincole
226. Indian Cormorant
227. Chinese Pond-Heron (+)
228. Javan Pond-Heron
229. Eastern Cattle Egret
230. Blue-tailed Bee-eater
231. Yellow-bellied Prinia
232. Chestnut-tailed Starling
233. Asian Golden Weaver
234. Chestnut Munia
235. House Sparrow
236. Richard's Pipit

Latest lifer: #1029 - Richard's Pipit (Lat Krabang, Thailand)
 
We saw a total of 104 species, with loads of lifers, including fantastic long looks of two spoon-billed sandpipers!!

Today, I also got my 1000th bird - the Asian Brown Flycatcher!
Asian Brown Flycatcher is a cool bird for 1000, but at 999 I would have been tempted to keep my eyes closed until the Spoon-billed Sandpipers were in front of me 😅
 
Been really enjoying birding in Arizona, during the first leg of a family trip that will also take us to Utah and Nevada. Managed to see 32 species already, with a good deal of lifers!

Phoenix, AZ, USA
236. Verdin
237. Curve-billed Thrasher
238. Great-tailed Grackle

Bell Rock Trail, Sedona, AZ, USA
239. Woodhouse's Scrub-Jay
240. Juniper Titmouse
241. Spotted Towhee

Marg's Draw Trail, Sedona, AZ, USA
242. House Finch
243. Red Crossbill (+)
244. Lesser Goldfinch

Devil's Bridge Trail, Sedona, AZ, USA
245. Anna's Hummingbird
246. Ladder-backed Woodpecker
247. Bushtit
248. Bewick's Wren (+)
249. Western Bluebird
250. Canyon Towhee

Marg's Draw Trail, Sedona, AZ, USA

251. Say's Phoebe
252. Phainopepla (+)
253. Cassin's Finch (+)
254. Pine Siskin
255. White-crowned Sparrow

Latest lifer: #1036 - Say's Phoebe (Marg's Draw Trail, Sedona, Arizona, USA)
 
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