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Trystan's tentative 2021 world list (1 Viewer)


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Having surprisingly not picked one up elsewhere this year, I braved the rush hour traffic this evening to head into Wakefield to see the world famous Peregrines. While the bird on the nest is not visible from the ground, fortunately the mate was perched up high on the spire.

142. Peregrine falcon


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Still managing to catch up with the odd winter species as well as collecting the new arrivals.

Elton reservoir

143. Scaup - nice drake
144. Common sandpiper - at least 3 around


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Very good day today where everything seemed to go like clockwork. The main draw was another trip into Notts for the Two barred crossbill, then with not much else within striking distance, an attempt to see Adders over at Thorne moor.

Thoresby Pit Top

145. Common crossbill - several already present on arrival and perching up well.
146. Two barred crossbill - after a short wait, probably less than 20 minutes, a larger flock of common crossbills moved in and prolonged views given of this bird amongst them.

Thorne Moor

Following some information on good spots to look, ended up with brilliant views of three adders here. I was not expecting to connect with the common cranes present around here which can be very difficult so two birds in flight were very welcome.

147. Common crane
148. Marsh harrier

Decided to finish the day a bit closer to home for some general birding and managed to claw back another two species normally picked up earlier in the year.

Wombwell ings

149. Ringed plover
150. Kingfisher


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Midweek jaunt to Swillington where Jack snipe have been showing quite well in recent days. Managed decent distanced scoped views of one.

151. Jack snipe


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Have been waiting for calmer weather to have a go at a local Barn owl sight and was rewarded with one popping out just after 8pm this evening.

152. Barn owl


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A more ambitious jaunt to see the long staying Walrus today now that the Welsh border is open, heading down through the night in the hope that it would still be on its ramp early morning. Infact it seemed to be having a lazy day, shuffling up the ramp each time the tide caught up with it before going back to sleep.

Attempted digiscope effort attached - you will see why I don't usually bother trying to get photos!

The birding year list kept creeping forwards too, with a stop off at Attenborough NR on the way home to break up the drive.


153. Rock pipit

Attenborough NR, Notts

154. Black tern
155. Common tern


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Plans to go to Rutland water to pick up the Osprey's and lingering Bonaparte's gull along with other migrants species. The Gull spoiled the party going AWOL, so it was left to the supporting cast to provide a good day out.

Rutland water

160. Greenshank
161. Grey plover
162. Sedge warbler
163. Bar tailed godwit
164. Ruff
165. Whitethroat
166. Osprey
167. Grasshopper warbler

As with other recent trips, have headed a bit closer to home to finish the day's birding. A breeding plumage spotted redshank at Edderthorpe provided the opportunity for this. A cuckoo was also calling here but not visible.

Edderthorpe flash

168. Spotted redshank


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Swillington ings

Not the hoped for Arctic terns or Whinchat but a pleasant evening out with lingering pink footed goose being the last evidence of winter and breeding activity at full steam ahead.

169. House martin
170. Swift
171. Wheatear


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Set off on news of Collared pratincole today but negative news followed so tried to salvage a bit of general birding for the day.

Kirkby, Lancashire

172. Whinchat


173. Wood sandpiper

Cutthroat bridge

174. Ring ouzel
175. Raven


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Today could have gone either way, trying to connect with some tough birds on the decline and came away with a big win.


176. Lesser whitethroat
177. Garden warbler
178. Nightingale

Frampton Marsh

179. Dotterel
180. Brent goose (Dark bellied)
181. Turtle dove
182. Short eared owl

Over 80 species seen plus a few more heard, with other highlights including Grasshopper warbler for the second week in a row, showy Jack snipe, Spoonbill and some wonderfully plumaged Ruff.


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Managed to catch up with the mockingbird this morning before the miserable weather set in.
No sign of the black/grey headed wagtail at Bothal in the rain so had a go at scoping up coquet island for terns.

With the poor visibility and shake from the wind, I couldn't really be happy putting any of the tern species on the year list though conditions were about good enough to make out puffins.


183. Northern mockingbird - 1st UK

Coquet island

184. Eider
185. Puffin


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Mixed fortunes today and much more driving than originally planned.

Started at Langford lowfields to try and connect with what I felt was a fairly safe glossy ibis, while waiting to see if the Bonaparte's gull that was at Holmepierre point was still around. As it turned out, neither bird was on, and had to settle for the consolation of a couple of very nice Hobbies - or should it be Hobbys?

Langford lowfields

186. Hobby

Anyway, the next nearest bird of note seemed to be the Temminck's stint at North Cave so decided to have a go, arriving to negative news. The bird had gone and consolation here was by way of the excellent butty van.

A second report of Hoopoe from Flamborough was encouraging so pushed on another hour of driving and after some confusion over where to view the bird managed to connect with the bird as it flew away. Not sure if it was relocated later in the day, but a relief nonetheless that fortune seemed to have changed.


187. Hoopoe

After some general seawatching, and managing to find only 2 puffins amongst the huge rafts of auks, began retracing the route to a reserve I've never visited before called Swinemoor which had a report of red-necked phalarope.

Luck seemed to have gone again with a couple of birders there having lost sight of the bird and the waders it had been associating with taking off high. After a bit of searching, 2 waders suddely flew back in and simply would not settle. One was clearly a dunlin, the other, I strongly suspected was the phalarope, but they stubbornly refused to land.

After losing them several times as they twisted and turned they finally did settle and vanished into the vegetation before finally showing and happily, the second bird was indeed the phalarope which then gave good but distant views.

Swine moor

188. Red necked phalarope

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