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My year list so far - what stands out? (1 Viewer)

Hi all - this is my list so far this calendar year.

All birds seen either in England, The Gambia, or Cambodia.

Curious if anyone has the time to look, as to what the 'stand out' bird is in your opinion, and based on your own criteria?

Not many mega rarities here, but interested to hear peoples thoughts.


Feral pigeon
Black headed gull
Ring necked parakeet
Egyptian goose
Canada goose
Blue tit
Tufted duck
Grey heron
Carrion crow
Great tit
Mute swan
Green woodpecker
Collared dove
House sparrow
Greylag goose
Marsh harrier
Reed bunting
Great white egret
Song thrush
Little egret
Common pheasant
Water rail
Ringed plover
Brent goose
Rock pipit
Red billed hornbill
Beautiful sunbird
Pied crow
Pied kingfisher
Common sandpiper
Palm swift
Hooded vulture
African darter
Cattle egret
Western grey planeneater
White crowned robin chat
Common wattle eye
Red belly paradise flycatcher
Scarlet chested sunbird
Bloody billed wood dove
Red billed fire finch
Laughing dove
Blue spotted wood dove
African thrush
Splendid sunbird
Grey back camaraoptra
Pied wing swallow
Swallow tailee bee eater
Common garden bulbul
Yellow crowned gonolek
Bearded barbet
White throated bee eater
Village weaver
Senegal parrot
Blue bellied roller
African grey hornbill
Western reef heron
Violet turaco
Grey kestrel
Yellow billed kite
Spotted woodpecker
Grey headed woodpecker
Laughing dove
Blue breasted kingfisher
Common redshank
Malachite kingfisher
Blue cheeked bee eater
Great white egret
Rose ringed parakeet
Senegal thick-knee
Grey plover
Long tailed cormorant
African harrier hawk
Black headed heron
Spur-wing plover
Lizard buzzard
Little bee eater
Purple glossy starling
Long tailed glossy starling
Orange cheeked waxbill
Marsh harrier
Palm nut vulture
Yellow wagtail (112)
Purple heron
Little weaver
Black billed wood dove
Northern puffback
African pied hornbill
White faced scops owl
Lesser honeyguard
Red cheeked cordon-bleu
Northern crombeg
Black neck weaver
Grey heron
Caspian tern
Namaqua dove
Black shouldered kite
Senegal cucal
Northern black flycatcher
Black kite
White billed buffalo weaver
Green wood hoopoe
White-crested tiger heron
Bronze manakin (134)
Morning dove
Black capped babbler
Red shouldered cuckoo shrike
Pin-tailed whyda
Green headed sunbird
Golden tailed woodpecker
Fork-tailed drongo
African jacana
Squacco heron
Black crake
African green pigeon
Speckled pigeon
Great coromorant
Giant kingfisher
Sandwich tern
Goliath heron
Blue-cheek bee eater
Pink backed pelican
Yellow-billed stork
Barn swallow
Greater blue-eared starling
Common ring plover
Broad billed roller
Black winged stilt
Sacred ibis
African wattled plover
African spoonbill
Black-billed wood hoopoe
Little egret (164)
Grey wagtail
Common myna
Olive backed sunbird
Zebra dove
Spotted dove
Malaysian pied fantail
Yellow vented bulbul
Chesnut munia
Yellow bellied prinia
Tree sparrow
Great hornbill
Wreathed hornbill
Black crested bulbul
Spotted owlet
Asian koel
Plain bellied prinia
Collared kingfisher
Pied bushchat
Common tailorbird
Chinese pond heron
Common iora
Greater coucal
Yellow bittern
Plaintive cuckoo
Brown-throated sunbird
Coppersmith barbet
Racket tailed drongo
Scarlet-backed flowerpecker
White rumped shama
Chestnut headed bee eater


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Can't comment on the African birds, and suspect others might highlight the hornbills - but for me (greater?) racket-tailed drongo is the standout bird, based simply on the criteria that it's a great looking bird, and consequently one of the species on my life list I'd most like to see again.

Are you going to say what your own standout species is?
Racket-tailed drongo is definitely up there.

As is white-crested tiger heron.

But yeah - the setting and seeing both wreathed and great hornbills (albeit from a bit of a distance) are my highlights so far.
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