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Nohatch's 2013 list (1 Viewer)


Mad scientist
First time I'm keeping a year list - or actually 3 lists at once (plus the life list of course) B :)

Listed here will be all the birds I've seen in 2013; mostly in the UK but hopefully also on trips to continental Europe, the USA and Puerto Rico. The world list will be in black font with the UK list overlaid in blue.
I'm also competing in the Patchwork Challenge (http://patchworkchallenge.blogspot.co.uk/) and species seen on my patch (Hythe, Hampshire) will be followed by a *.

I'll be using the IOC list for taxonomy.

End of 2012:
Life: 675 species
World: 0 species
UK: 0 species
Patch: 0 species

Here goes....... :t:

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Mad scientist
1st January 2013

First day of the year and a lovely one at that (we were due some sunshine, hope this is a good omen!). Greeted by singing male Blackbirds and some of the garden regulars. Very few Tits, which reminds me to refill the feeders...

1. Common Blackbird (Turdus merula) *
2. Carrion Crow (Corvus corone) *
3. Common Wood Pigeon (Columba palumbus) *
4. Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus) *
5. Great Tit (Parus major) *
6. Common Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs) *

Because it's such a nice day we decided to do a family trip out to nearby Lepe Country Park...together with everyone else in the area. Still some good birds amidst the dog-walkers and playing kids: Lapwings, Turnstones, Redshank, Grey Heron and a Rock Pipit at the ponds; and Red-legged Partridge and a Sparrowhawk along a nearby country lane.

7. Eurasian Magpie (Pica pica) *
8. Western Jackdaw (Coloeus monedula) *
9. European Robin (Erithacus rubecula) *
10. White/Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii) *
11. Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo) *
12. European Herring Gull (Larus argentatus) *
13. Common Gull (Larus canus) *
14. Common Redshank (Tringa totanus) *
15. Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea) *
16. Northern Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus) *
17. Ruddy Turnstone (Arenaria interpres) *
18. Common Linnet (Carduelis cannabina) *
19. Eurasian Rock Pipit (Anthus petrosus) *
20. Red-legged Partridge (Alectoris rufa)
21. Eurasian Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus) *
22. Eurasian Sparrowhawk (Accipiter nisus) *
23. Common Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) *

Life: 675 species
World: 23 species
UK: 23 species
Patch: 8 species


18/01/13 UPDATE: White Wagtail, Grey Heron & Ruddy Turnstone now seen on patch as well
04/03/13 UPDATE: Common Linnet now seen on patch as well
14/03/13 UPDATE: Eurasian Rock Pipit now seen on patch as well
24/03/13 UPDATE: Eurasian Sparrowhawk now seen on patch as well
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Mad scientist
2nd & 3rd January 2013

Back to work, but also a chance to see a few coastal birds on the estuary on the way:

24. Eurasian Collared Dove (Streptopelia decaocto) *
25. Feral Pigeon / Rock Dove (Columba livia) *
26. Mute Swan (Cygnus olor) *
27. Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus) *
28. Eurasian Oystercatcher (Haematopus ostralegus) *
29. Little Egret (Egretta garzetta) *
30. Eurasian Curlew (Numenius arquata) *
31. House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) *
32. Common Shelduck (Tadorna tadorna) *

Life: 675 species
World: 32 species
UK: 32 species
Patch: 24 species



Mad scientist
4th to 18th January 2013

A round-up of the first couple of weeks of January with a steadily growing list of local regulars. Nice additions were a wintering Chiffchaff (most more away to warmer climes), beautiful views of Eurasian Siskins in the winter sun, and a surprise Kingfisher at the marshes.

33. European Goldfinch (Carduelis carduelis) *
34. Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major) *
35. Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) *
36. Eurasian Teal (Anas crecca) *
37. Common Buzzard (Buteo buteo) *
38. Green Woodpecker (Picus viridis) *
39. Eurasian Blackcap (Sylvia atricapilla) *
40. Common Pheasant (Phasianus colchicus) *
41. Rook (Corvus frugilegus) *
42. Redwing (Turdus iliacus) *
43. Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus) *
44. Goldcrest (Regulus regulus) *
45. Eurasian Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes) *
46. Brant Goose (Branta bernicla) *
47. Common Chiffchaff (Phylloscopus collybita) *
48. European Greenfinch (Chloris chloris) *
49. Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope) *
50. Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) *
51. Common Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus) *
52. Common Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis) *
53. Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos) *
54. Eurasian Nuthatch (Sitta europeae) *
55. Grey Plover (Pluvialis squatorola) *
56. Great Crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus) *
57. Eurasian Jay (Garrulus glandarius) *
58. Meadow Pipit (Anthus pratensis) *
59. Eurasian Siskin (Carduelis spinus) *
60. Dunlin (Calidris alpina) *
61. Common Snipe (Gallinago gallinago) *
62. Razorbill (Alca torda) *
63. Lesser Black-backed Gull (Larus fuscus) *

Life: 675 species
World: 63 species
UK: 63 species
Patch: 57 species


31/01/13 UPDATE: Common Kestrel now seen on patch as well
27/02/13 UPDATE: Eurasian Nuthatch now seen on patch as well
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Mad scientist
20th to 22nd January 2013

A brief visit to Barcelona for work with sadly no time for birding. Saw a lovely Red Kite along the M3, the rest was seen around the hotel or at Barcelona airport (including a very freaked-out Green Sandpiper).

64. Red Kite (Milvus milvus)
65. Black Redstart (Phoenicurus ochruros)
66. Yellow-legged Gull (Larus cachinnans)
67. Spotless Starling (Sturnus unicolor)
68. Monk Parakeet (Myiopsitta monachus)
69. Green Sandpiper (Tringa ochropus)
70. Eurasian Coot (Fulica atra) *

Life: 675 species
World: 70 species
UK: 64 species
Patch: 57 species


27/02/13 UPDATE: Eurasian Coot now seen on patch as well
09/08/13 UPDATE: Green Sandpiper now seen in the UK as well
09/09/13 UPDATE: Yellow-legged Gull now seen in the UK as well
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Mad scientist
23rd to 31st January 2013

Mostly spent in the local area. The Tawny Owl in our backyard has returned (yay) and the highlight of this week was a Merlin hunting low over the Dibden Bay salt marshes. Also finally managed to see Dunnock and Coal Tit - don't know why that took so long?!

71. Dunnock (Prunella modularis) *
72. Mistle Thrush (Turdus viscivorus) *
73. Fieldfare (Turdus pilaris) *
74. Coal Tit (Periparus ater) *
75. Common Murre (Uria aalge) *
76. Tawny Owl (Strix aluco) *
77. Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata) *
78. Common Moorhen (Gallinula chloropus) *
79. Merlin (Falco columbarius) *

Life: 675 species
World: 79 species
UK: 73 species
Patch: 67 species



Mad scientist
2nd & 3rd February 2013

Weekend away to the Isle of Wight - not many birds seen but a Northern Raven at the Needles was a nice addition.

80. Northern Raven (Corvus corax) *

Life: 675 species
World: 80 species
UK: 74 species
Patch: 67 species


08/04/13 UPDATE: Northern Raven now seen on patch as well
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Mad scientist
8th February 2013

After receiving a local tip and showing off very nicely:

81. Western Barn Owl (Tyto alba) *

Life: 675 species
World: 81 species
UK: 75 species
Patch: 68 species



Mad scientist
14th February 2013

Distant view of a Little Grebe hanging out with some Brent Geese in front of Hythe marina:

82. Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis) *

Life: 675 species
World: 82 species
UK: 76 species
Patch: 69 species



Mad scientist
28th February 2013

The end of a quiet month on my local patch. Yesterday's additions of Eurasian Coot and Nuthatch (finally!) help push the 75 points boundary - half of this year's target!

I'm also updating the life list to the latest IOC v3.3, which will probably give me a few armchair ticks. The score for now:

Life: 675 species
World: 82 species
UK: 77 species
Patch: 71 species



Mad scientist
4th March 2013

A brisk morning walk around Dibden Bay was rewarded with numerous goodies, including my first migrant Black-tailed Godwit (already in summer plumage) and Whimbrels of the year and a male Northern Goshawk. The highlight though, were two Jack Snipe flushed from a very marshy part of the trail. These small Snipe are fairly common winterers in the UK, but a lifer for me! I'll be sure to go back and try to get some close-up views:

83. Dartford Warbler (Sylvia undata) *
84. Northern Goshawk (Accipiter gentilis) *
85. Reed Bunting (Emberiza schoeniclus) *
86. Eurasian Bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula) *
87. Stock Dove (Columba oenas) *
88. Black-tailed Godwit (Limosa limosa) *
89. Jack Snipe (Lymnocryptes minimus) * LIFER
90. Whimbrel (Numenius phaeopus) *

Life: 676 species
World: 90 species
UK: 85 species
Patch: 80 species

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Mad scientist
9th March 2013

Late afternoon visit to Dibden Bay. Still plenty of wintering Lapwings around, attracting a hunting male Peregrine Falcon. It didn't catch any of the Lapwings, but it was fun to watch him try.

91. Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus) *

Life: 676 species
World: 91 species
UK: 86 species
Patch: 81 species



Mad scientist
11th & 14th March 2013

March continues to delivier, with the list steadily growing. The brief cold snap didn't bring the wished for divers or ducks, but scanning the usual clutch of gulls at the marina resulted in a Ring-billed Gull!

92. Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis) *
93. Egyptian Goose (Alopochen aegyptiaca) *
94. Eurasian Rock Pipit (Anthus petrosus) *

Life: 676 species
World: 94 species
UK: 89 species
Patch: 84 species

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Mad scientist
24th March 2013

Went out around the local patch this weekend, despite the 'lovely' UK spring weather, and to my surprise encountered the first spring migrants:

95. Sand Martin (Riparia riparia) *
96. Northern Wheatear (Oenanthe oenanthe) *

Life: 681 species (updated to IOC v3.3)
World: 96 species
UK: 91 species
Patch: 87 species

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Mad scientist
26th March 2013

This morning at the duck/rat pond in Southampton Common:

97. Common Pochard (Aythya ferina)
98. Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula) *

Life: 681 species (updated to IOC v3.3)
World: 96 species
UK: 93 species
Patch: 87 species


24/04/13 UPDATE: Tufted Duck now seen on patch as well
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Mad scientist
29th March - 3rd April 2013

Easter family visit to the Isle of Man, with a little bit of time to go out and enjoy the lovely weather, great scenery and a few nice birds to add to the list:

99. Red-billed Chough (Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax)
100. Snow Bunting (Plectrophenax nivalis)
101. Hooded Crow (Corvus cornix)
102. Common Eider (Somateria mollissima)
103. Black Guillemot (Cepphus grylle)
104. Black-legged Kittiwake (Rissa tridactyla)
105. Northern Gannet (Morus bassanus) *
106. European Shag (Phalacrocorax aristotelis)
107. European Stonechat (Saxicola rubicola)

Life: 681 species (updated to IOC v3.3)
World: 107 species
Britain: 102 species
Patch: 87 species


20/06/13 UPDATE: Northern Gannet now seen on patch as well
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Mad scientist
9th April 2013

A brief visit to the Hythe Marshes resulted in the first Ringed Plover of the year.

108. Common Ringed Plover (Charadrius hiaticula) *

09/04/2013:Life: 681 species (updated to IOC v3.3)
World: 108 species
UK: 103 species
Patch: 89 species

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Mad scientist
11th April 2013

Spring is finally here! On the first nice warm(er) sunny day Chiffchaffs were singing all over town and the first Barn Swallows and Common Terns arrived from their African winter break:

109. Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica) *
110. Common Tern (Sterna hirundo) *

Life: 681 species (updated to IOC v3.3)
World: 110 species
UK: 105 species
Patch: 91 species



Mad scientist
12th April 2013

Unexpectedly a Red-throated Loon was reported at the head of Sothampton Water at lunchtime. Not expecting it to tick around for long, I was pleasantly surprised to see it on the way home hours later (it was nearly run over by the docking ferry too).

111. Red-throated Loon (Gavia stellata) *

Life: 681 species (updated to IOC v3.3)
World: 111 species
UK: 106 species
Patch: 92 species



Mad scientist
15th April 2013

Spring migrants passing through in good numbers now, particularly Willow Warblers and Northern Wheatears. The trio of UK swallows is now complete and a Common Sandpiper was a nice bonus.

112. Common House Martin (Delichon urbicum) *
113. Willow Warbler (Phylloscopus trochilus) *
114. Eurasian Skylark (Alauda arvensis) *
115. Common Whitethroat (Sylvia communis) *
116. Common Sandpiper (Actitis macularius) *

Life: 681 species (updated to IOC v3.3)
World: 116 species
UK: 111 species
Patch: 97 species


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