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MKBirder's Year List (1 Viewer)


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As my sons accuse me of always dropping my year list by mid -January, I'm determined to stick with this to the end. A trip to Singapore/Borneo will give me some extra motivation to keep plugging away.

Jan 1st At home, suburban garden in Milton Keynes
1. House Sparrow
2. Blackbird
3. Carrion Crow
4. Feral Pigeon
5. Blue Tit
6. Starling
7. Greenfinch
8. Dunnock
9. Wood Pigeon
10. Collared Dove
11. Great Tit
12. Black-headed gull
13. Chaffinch
14. Magpie

2nd January At home again
15. Goldfinch
16. Robin
17. Long-tailed Tit
18. Blackcap 1 female in garden

3rd January Marston Vale, Beds.
19. Buzzard
20. Pheasant
21. Rook
22. Jackdaw
23. Redwing
24. Cormorant
25. Little Grebe
26. Tufted Duck
27. Great Crested Grebe
28. Goldeneye
29. Coot
30. Mallard
31. Great Black-backed Gull
32. Grey Heron
33. Teal
34. Wren
35. Great Spotted Woodpecker
36. Herring Gull
37. Scaup a total of 4
38. Sparrowhawk
39. Mute Swan
40. Kestrel
41. Common Gull
42. Pochard
43. Green Woodpecker
44. Greylag Goose

3rd January Caldecotte Lake Milton Keynes
45. Goosander 1 male, 2 redheads
46. Canada Goose
47. Wigeon
48. Pied Wagtail
49. Gadwall
50. Moorhen
51. Lesser Black-backed Gull

3rd January home
52. Goldcrest only seen a few times in the garden over 20 years
53. Coal Tit a first for us here. Been around since the severe weather.


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Sun 8th Jan.
A walk from home to Furzton Lake, Milton Keynes.

54. Bullfinch
55. Lapwing
56. Fieldfare


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Saturday 15th January. Foxcote Reservoir, Bucks.

57. Pintail
58. Shoveler

Central Milton Keynes
59. Waxwing, approx. 200


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Sunday 20th February
A walk along the derelict Bletchley-Oxford railway line nr. Bletchley.

64. Skylark
65. Little Egret by stream in pasture.
66. Treecreeper Salden Wood


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Saturday 26th February
A weekend in Lancashire during which we managed to fit in some birding along Morecambe seafront and a quick visit to Leighton moss.

67 Curlew
68 Oystercatcher
69 Redshank
70 Shelduck
71 Dunlin
72 Red-breasted Merganser, a pair at Morecambe
73 Eider
74 Bar-tailed Godwit, approx 350 at Morecambe
75 Turnstone
76 Peregrine, one in Morecambe Bay
77 Black-tailed Godwit, Leighton moss
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Sunday 20th March

Opportunities for birding have been limited recently, so a walk around Willen was a welcome break.

78. Chiffchaff - for me Spring begins when I hear one.
79. Reed Bunting


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Sunday 24th April

Willen Lake, Milton Keynes

82. Sedge Warbler
83. Cetti's Warbler
84. Reed Warbler
85. Hobby - a pair over the lake.


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Monday 25th April

Along the old Bletchley-Oxford railway from far Bletchley, accompanying my son for the BTO breeding bird survey.

86. Willow Warbler
87. Whitethroat - it seemed like every patch of bushes had one today.
88. Yellowhammer
89. Swallow
90. Linnet
91. Lesser Whitethroat


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Monday 2nd May
Dropped in to Willen this morning. Bright but a chilly E to NE wind.

92. Greenshank 1
93. Ringed Plover 1
94. Common Sandpiper 2
95. Swift over the south basin, a few at first and numbers then swelling to 50+.

Unfortunately no sign of the black tern or whimbrel reported a little earlier. A single oystercatcher was nice, but not needed for the year.


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A few days in North Norfolk staying in Titchwell village.
Monday 30th May

97 Red-legged Partridge, on journey

Tuesday 31st May
Up and out by 4.45am a walk along Gypsy Lane in Titchwell down to the sea.

98 Cuckoo
99 Marsh Harrier
100 Meadow Pipit
101 Gannet
102 Little Tern

On to Titchwell reserve by mid morning

103 Avocet
104 Bittern -in flight over the marsh. They have been particularly active in recent days.
105 Knot
106 Sanderling
107 Mediterranean Gull
108 Red-crested Pochard -escape?

A visit to Holkham Hall lake

109 Egyptian Goose

Wednesday 1st June
Back at Titchwell

110 Fulmar
111 Whimbrel

A walk inland towards Choseley

112 Stock Dove

Thursday 2nd June
A quick stop at Cley. No sign of the spoonbills, but

113 Sandwich Tern


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A two week family holiday to Singapore and then Sabah. My son and I tried to make the most of our birding opportunities.
Life birds in bold; as this is my first trip to Malaysia most species will be new.


Friday 29th July
Singapore, around the hotel gardens and viewing from our hotel room several floors up.

115 Javan Myna - common across the city.
116 Pacific Swallow- in flight and at rest around hotel.
117 Golden Bellied Gerygone- 2 in treetops
118 Pink-necked Green Pigeon- a few in nearby gardens.
119 Dollarbird
120 Asian Glossy Starling
121 Grey-rumped Treeswift - a few everyday around the large
palms in the hotel gardens.

Saturday 30th July
Botanic Gardens Singapore
122 Spotted Dove
123 Yellow-vented Bulbul - a species we were to become very familiar
124 Black-naped Oriole
125 Tree Sparrow- strange to year tick this one here.
126 White-throated Kingfisher -1 around Symphony Lake.
127 Common Goldenback - a beautiful bird.
128 Olive-winged Bulbul
129 Asian Palm Swift
130 White-bellied Sea Eagle- 1 over
131 Olive-backed Sunbird
More to follow.


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Sunday 31st July Singapore
132 Asian Koel
133 Little spiderhunter
134 Stork-billed Kingfisher- 1 around the large lake at the zoo.
135 Oriental Magpie Robin
136 Common Tailorbird
137 Black Nest Swiftlet
138 Oriental Pied Hornbill- 1 seen from our room at top of nearby large

Monday 1st August
139 Brahminy Kite 1 over the city
140 House Crow
141 Common Myna
142 Striated Heron 2 on the river near Clarke Quay

Tuesday 2nd August
Pulau Ubin - by bumboat from Changi.
143 Ashy Tailorbird
144 Collared Kingfisher
145 Great-billed Heron
146 Common Iora
147 Red Junglefowl - several giving themselves away scratching
through leaf litter.
148 Greater Racket-tailed Drongo
149 White-rumped Shama
150 Laced Woodpecker
151 Crimson Sunbird
152 White-breasted Waterhen

Wednesday 3rd August
153 Cattle Egret Treating this as Eastern Cattle Egret
154 Black-crowned Night Heron

Next on to Sabah.
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Sabah Borneo, staying at the Rasa Ria Resort.
Thursday 4th- Monday 8th August
155 Great Egret - frequent in fields and padis on journey
156 Purple Heron - 1 on golf course by hotel
157 Chestnut Munia - very common
158 White-breasted Woodswallow - frequent around hotel gardens
159 Zebra Dove
160 Pied Fantail
161 Brown-throated Sunbird
162 Scaly-breasted Munia
163 Darter- numerous at the golf course
164 Pied Triller
165 Blue-throated Bee-eater
166 Glossy Swiftlet
167 Yellow-bellied Prinia
168 Greater Coucal
169 Dusky Munia
170 Intermediate Egret
171 Blue-eared Kingfisher

Tuesday 9th August
Canopy Trail, Rasa Ria
172 Chestnut-breasted Malkoha
173 Bold-striped Tit Babbler
Walking from hotel to Mengkabong River
174 Malaysian Plover - a pair with 2 young
175 Plaintive Cuckoo
176 Sunda Pygmy woodpecker

Wednesday 10th August
Kinabalu National Park HQ and trails
177 Cinnamon Bittern - 1 in padi field on journey
178 Snowy-browed Flycatcher My 600th life bird|=)|
179 Crimson-headed Partridge
180 Chestnut-crested Yuhina
181 White-throated Fantail
182 Grey-throated Babbler
183 Mountain Leaf Warbler
184 Black-capped White Eye
185 Yellow-breasted Warbler
186 Eyebrowed Jungle Flycatcher
187 Bornean Whistler
The last 7 species were all seen in a flurry of activity whilst they were mobbing a Kinabalu (Malcolm's) Pit Viper which was coiled in a bush at head height by the trail.

Thursday 11th August
Forest walk Rasa Ria
188 Phillipine Megapode
An evening walk from hotel
189 Black and Red Broadbill
190 Large-tailed Nightjar
191 Paddyfield Pipit

Friday 12th August
A quick visit to Changi Village, Singapore between flights.
192 Long-tailed Parakeet - very common on main street in large trees
193 Tanimbar Corella c10 in total in the same location
Not for the list, but 2 Oriental Pied Hornbill were very cooperative here perched in the same trees in the heart of the shopping area.
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