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Trystan's tentative 2021 world list (1 Viewer)


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Couldn't resist 2 potential Yorkshire tick at Whitby so took a half day from work today. 50% success as the bee-eater flock had moved on again but connected with the Lesser grey shrike.

209. Lesser grey shrike - 1st Yorkshire


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My most insane twitching day ever, after sorting a group to head down for the River warbler today and late news of the Northumberland Red necked stint, we decided to have a go at both birds - something around 750 miles round. Pleasingly, everything went according to the plan!

Ham Wall

210. River warbler - 1st UK

Performed brilliantly, singing and preening for long periods in full view. Disappointed not to be able to spend more time here, nor try for some of the butterflies in the area as originally planned.


211. RED NECKED STINT - my first lifer of the year.

Coquet Island

A rerun of a few weeks ago in better weather.

212. Sandwich tern
213. Roseate tern

East Chevington

214. Great reed warbler

Distant but on view on arrival singing and the icing on the cake after an incredible day.
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No chance to go for yesterday's Pacific swift as booked in for my final Covid jab. Finally made it to Anglesey today though for the once annual trip which I've not managed to do for the last two years!

Expected to pick up 5 year ticks and it all went like clockwork, with bonus Hooded crow and amazing views of Roseate tern at Cemlyn. The second time I've managed all the UK crow species in a day too with history repeating itself from a previous Anglesey trip, needing Jay only to finish and picking one up over the motorway on the journey home.

Holyhead harbour

215. Black guillemot

South stack

216. Chough


217. Arctic tern
218. Red breasted merganser
219. Manx shearwater


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Nice evening out, if slightly cold. Had to stay late for nightjars but the first time I've heard wing claps and saw what I guess was some courting with two birds landing on a branch and performing a kind of trembling tail shaking action.

Also tree pipit before dark, then woodcock and also a badger on the drive home!

220. Nightjar


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Full team today for another long day out and several good birds close together.


221. Roller - 1st UK

Lackford lakes

222. Glossy ibis

Cavenham heath

223. Stone curlew

Some enjoyable birding between the highlights and finished with another year tick with another stop on the way home.

Idle valley NR

224. Red crested pochard


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Very stressful day at work with no chance of getting away early and no car. Had to make the commute home on public transport before I could even set off.

After a nice clear run, I got stuck at the railway crossing and I picked up a message that the bird had left the cliff.

Complete panic set in on the last little stretch, stuck behind another late arriver who didn't seem to have any sense of urgency whatsoever on the drive up to the carpark.

Arrived with shredded nerves to find the bird was sat on the sea and there was no need to worry after all.

Got some spectacular views when the bird flew off, then back over before settling down with the gannets and trying a bit of bill fencing with one. Quite possibly the biggest buzz I've had from a UK tick.



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I thought it was July and I could start turning attention back to my butterfly list but the birds just keep coming. Saturday was a difficult day as plans in the evening meant I was a bit restricted. I had a failed attempt for the Oriental turtle dove in the morning, only for it to be back when I was home and nothing I could do about it. In addition, no Caspian terns around for consolation despite them lingering all of the week.

I therefore started Sunday in a not particularly hopeful mood but with a team ready to go and try again with the dove. Pretty much walked right onto the bird which gave great if slightly backlit views from a tree that I'd looked in any number of times the previous day.


226. Oriental turtle dove - 1st UK

This took the pressure off and I envisaged a relaxing day at spurn. After some nice birds such as Spoonbill, little gull, little tern and curlew sandpiper, everything changed with reports that the Albatross was back at Bempton and there was an "orange billed tern" at Cemlyn.

With one of our group needing the albatross we made haste for this first, noting on the way out of Easington that the dove was now sat prominently in a tall bare tree next to the road.

The albatross was just about showing on arrival but on the water, distant and hazy. By now the orange billed tern was being reported regularly as Elegant tern, a world lifer for us but a hideous drive from out present location. We stuck with the albatross a while, walking up the coast to hopefully get closer and better views but never did relocate it. When we returned to the viewing platforms, there had been no further sign and we decided that what we had seen would have to do. It was time to go cross country!

With one member of the team not up for the late finish, and another contact in Lancashire eager to go, we set off, changing cars and personnel along the way.

We finally arrived at Cemlyn around 18.30 having seen some horrific traffic in the opposite direction, we had no inclination to abort even when a negative report had come out.

Terns had been spooked on arrival and were all up in the air but fortunately the Elegant tern seemed to be favouring a particular section, and soon returned. It appeared to be displaying to the Sandwich terns, strutting round and nodding it's big orange hooter up and down most of the time we were present. Also great to see a constant stream of Manxies very close in, one even coming right into the bay during our stay.



Late finish but what a day again!
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Taken a bit of a break from year listing in the summer lull. Managed to connect with High Brown Fritillary last weekend and then a long weekend in Guernsey, one of the few places it seems you can come and go from without hassle if you are double vaccinated.

Just a relaxing trip with no real birding targets but did get Short-toed treecreeper for the year along with a few other nice species. especially a Honey buzzard coming along the coast harassed by crows one morning.

Full list of species seen on Guernsey including the crossing to Sark which added a few seabirds.

1. Herring gull
2. House martin
3. Carrion crow
4. Robin
5. Short toed treecreeper (228 for year)
6. Firecrest
7. Wren
8. Woodpigeon
9. Buzzard
10. Goldfinch
11. Magpie
12. Chaffinch
13. Greenfinch
14. Swift
15. House sparrow
16. Feral pigeon
17. Black headed gull
18. Great black backed gull
19. Guillemot
20. Shag
21. Oystercatcher
22. Cormorant
23. Peregrine
24. Gannet
25. Lesser black backed gull
26. Long tailed tit
27. Dunnock
28. Great tit
29. Swallow
30. Starling
31. Linnet
32. Meadow pipit
33. Mediterranean gull
34. Little egret
35. Whitethroat
36. Kestrel
37. Grey heron
38. Curlew
39. Pheasant
40. Mallard
41. Crossbill
42. Blue tit
43. Moorhen
44. Honey buzzard
45. Rock pipit
46. Great spotted woodpecker

Also heard

Serin - Frustratingly elusive bird which escaped without being seen


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229. Pacific golden plover

Good selection of waders but neither of the two easier ones still needed for the year, Sanderling and Little stint. Seems the Western sandpiper has moved on too so no point pushing on around the Wash.

Fairburn ings

230. Cattle egret

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