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Paul's 2024 World List (1 Viewer)

One addition today:-

690. Whitethroat Clevedon, North Somerset 18th April

A pleasant sunny walk.

All the best

Paul
 

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A couple of additions today in another pleasant sunny walk:-

691. Lesser Whitethroat Clevedon, North Somerset 20th April
692. Whinchat Clevedon, North Somerset 20th April

All the best

Paul
 

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An addition on today's walk:-

693. Short-eared Owl Clevedon, North Somerset 23rd April

A few pics since Saturday.

All the best

Paul
 

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A few additions over the last couple of days with the first three courtesy of a lunch meeting in Wales:-

695. Redstart Llanbedr, Gwynedd, Wales 27th April.
696. Cuckoo Llanbedr, Gwynedd, Wales 27th April.
697. Bullfinch Llanbedr, Gwynedd, Wales 27th April.
698. Hobby Kingston Seymour, North Somerset 28th April.

A few recent pics since last post.

All the best

Paul
 

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Another addition with a flythrough on my morning walk:-

699. Pink-footed Goose Clevedon, North Somerset 30th April

Pics from yesterday & today.

All the best

Paul
 

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Another addition today with:-

700. Sedge Warbler Clevedon, North Somerset 5th May

It was two hours into a cold walk so I failed to make the effort to get a pic but a few from May attached. Birding currently on patch and on foot but getting itchy feet... It must be the damp weather. :)

All the best

Paul
 

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If I purchased my wife a present, having entered a "no presents binding bilateral agreement" in 1993, which has been observed for 31 years, after a trip to Thailand, it would cause a whole heap of unmerited suspicion!

Krabi - 15th March
679 - Green-backed Flycatcher
680 - White-bellied Munia
681 - Ferruginous Babbler

Current tallies - expected to be final:-
Trip - 550
Heard - 18
Photographed - 466
Lifers - 239

(Maybe some common photography tomorrow morning at our Bangkok Hotel before our flight thT may add to the photographed....)

Thai List - 622
Thai Heard - 10
Thai Heard but Seen elsewhere - 1
Thai Seen Only not photo'd anywhere - 32
Thai Seen Only but photo'd elsewhere - 15
Thai Photo'd in Thailand - 564

Only a couple of pics this morning - Blyth's Paradise Flycatcher, Green-backed Flycatcher & Ferrruginous Babbler.

All the best

Paul
I'm very impressed Paul. I got to bird in and around Bangkok in March for a day (with a guide) and a half (myself) and only got 104 species. But it was absolutely magnificent - and I was very happy to see two spoon-billed sandpipers, as well as a load of other lifers.
 
I am very conscious that I am unable to judge regional endemics and specialities. I have been to most localities once only - other than in a Western Palearctic context where there is very limited biodiversity and endemism in any event - so it is interesting beginning to understand some of these concepts.

Our guide had an excellent understanding of distributions and indeed population dynamics and likely future taxonomic changes so all credit goes to him. I am beginning to have an understanding now as to what may come in the future if I start targeting things more specifically.

The Merlin Birdpack has 950 species for Thailand. It is an unusually comprehensive pack. What I would expect as our guide was engaged in its production. If I flick the switch to exclude species that I have already in my eBird list, that reduces to 231 species. (There are one or two more maybe not in my eBird yet but that is about right.) I do intend to look at a few South East Asia trips and the next analysis will probably show where we tried and dipped key targets in Thailand. I think that there are some such as Rusty-cheeked Hornbill but as said, I know that I cannot really make that judgement yet!

We did plan this itinerary in the immediate aftermath of our first Thailand trip.

All the best

Paul
The Merlin birdpack is an excellent resource for this. I was in Colorado Monday-Tuesday and as I moved around it could quickly tell me what I'm likely to see - in order of probability - and then you can remove the ones on your lifelist and highlight the lifers. An amazing resource.
 
A few additions for the year mainly from a trip to Cornwall on Monday & Tuesday...

701. Tawny Owl Watercress Farm, Nailsea, North Somerset 7th May
702. Guillemot Pendeen, Cornwall 21st May
703. Razorbill Pendeen, Cornwall 21st May
704. Kittiwake Pendeen, Cornwall 21st May
705. Fulmar Pendeen, Cornwall 21st May
706. Manx Shearwater Pendeen, Cornwall 21st May
707. Shag Pendeen, Cornwall 21st May
708. Chough Pendeen, Cornwall 21st May

A few pics since my last post.

All the best

Paul
 

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A few additions over the Bank Holiday weekend:-

709. Marsh Tit Walton Common, North Somerset 25th May
710. Spotted Flycatcher Walton Common, North Somerset 25th May
711. European Honey Buzzard Ashdown Forest, Sussex 26th May.
712. Yellow-crowned Night Heron Belcarra Community Centre, County Mayo, Ireland 27th May.
713. Hooded Crow N60, County Mayo, Ireland 27th May.
714. Black Guillemot Dublin Port, County Dublin, Ireland 27th May.
715. Common Tern Dublin Port, County Dublin, Ireland 27th May.

A few pics.

All the best

Paul
 

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Finally a year tick on my daily walk:-

716. Mandarin Duck Clevedon, North Somerset 31st May

Due to be on a Uganda & Rwanda trip starting mid-June so the yearlist should get going again...

First fledged Whitethroat today as well as a summering Shoveler but a ridiculously quiet period locally.

All the best

Paul
 

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I slipped off patch this afternoon and added three year ticks:-

717. American Golden Plover Tealham Moor, Somerset 5th June
718. Gull-billed Tern Shapwick Heath, Somerset 5th June
719. Bittern Shapwick Heath, Somerset 5th June

A few pics since Friday.

All the best

Paul
 

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Look forward to hearing about Uganda. I’m due there in November.

I spent 8 days in Uganda in March 2019. It was not a dedicated birding trip but a celebration of a friend's retirement. He is also a birder and I went with my wife, him and his wife and we spent our time at Murchison Falls National Park. A few pics of mammals from that occasion - Elephant, Giraffe, Hippo & Leopard. A few pics of birds from that occasion - Shoebill, Rock Pratincole, Great Blue Turaco & Red-throated Bee-eater.

On that trip, I recorded 296 bird species and of them, I photographed 231 species.

We fly on Tuesday night and our bird tour with Birdquest starts on Wednesday evening. It is in total 24 days including a short Rwanda extension.

It is expensive but it is a small group and the accommodation tends to be higher end. Having done my time (and largely had a positive legal career), I am now pretty determined to spend my retirement doing more of what I would have been doing if work had not impacted on my time previously and my savings are for that....

Birdquest's last three trips have produced over 500 species on each occasion of which around 300 would be new for me (consistently in the 290s) so my Uganda list should be nearly 600 by the end of the trip. So around 300 ticks is my aspiration.

The pre-tour materials have been strong including the Checklist with only a couple of possible omissions and a few species included as possibles which are not realistic. It is interesting being able to compare such things to eBird these days. This suggests that the tour had previously been run earlier in the Calendar when a few wintering species may have been seen. These are not my targets though in the main!

I will report back as and when I can and if necessary play catch up later.

All the best

Paul
 

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