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Paul Longland

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Seems I picked the wrong week to be in Dorset. Did have 2 lifers last week though.

Cirl Bunting
American Wigeon

Story of my life rich. Replace week with day, hour etc and any place you care to mention on far too many occasions.

At least your trip came up trumps with the Cirls. Anything else was always going to be a bonus but it is always so frustrating when something turns up days after you have left. (or leaves just before you arrive). On my first recent trip back to Scotland the Aberdeen Harlequin duck decided to do a runner (or should that be Flyer) about a week before we got there, and there was an Icterine Warbler that did the same the day before we arrived. And for the sake of my sanity, I try not to think about the Citril Finch that rocked up around the time we had just got back to Leicester having left the car park at Wells about three hours earlier.:gn:

Its all part and parcel of being a birder I suppose.
 

That70sShirt

New member
I'm still relatively new at this (4 months or so), so new lifers are pretty common for me. I've had two in the past two days:

Yellow-billed magpie
Northern Flicker (red-shafted)

Both in Sacramento, California. I'd been looking for the magpie for months and was thrilled to finally see one, and the flicker is one of the most gorgeous birds I've seen yet.
 

JeroenVanheuverswyn

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2 Week trip to Nepal resulted in 177 lifers, latest was Fire-Breasted Flowerpecker.

During the last days I got news that there was a Dark-eyed Junco very close to my hometown (first for Belgium). Rushed there the first day I was home, and got that one as a bonus for my WP list, :)
 

CasualBirderPod

Casual Birder
My most recent 'life' bird was a Lesser Spotted Woodpecker on 28th March at The Vyne, in Hampshire. It was particularly relevant because I have a podcast and last week's episode was on Woodpeckers! It's a shame I didn't see it a week earlier because i could have included the sighting in the episode! But I was pleased to see it, nonetheless! :)
 

Xenospiza

Distracted
Supporter
Purple-naped Spiderhunter was the underwhelming last one of a great bunch in Vietnam, with good views of all the localised laughingthrushes targeted (including Golden-winged).

No thanks to our Vietnam Birding and its bird guide though (don't ask).
 

avesjohn

Well-known member
I've added two life birds since last summer, when I last posted in this thread.

#521: Boreal Owl, seen on 10/4/2017 at Hidden Valley in Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado, while tagging along with a local bird researcher who bands the owls there every fall.

#522: Garganey, seen on 12/4/2017, a rarity that showed up at Waller Park in Santa Maria, California (north of Santa Barbara).

Photos from both encounters have been added to my gallery here.
 

solarrobor

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4 lifers on a 12-day trip (21 March - 1 April) with the Namibia Bird Club to the south of Namibia. Hot and very dry. Saw Cinnamon-breasted Warbler, Namaqua Warbler, Barlow's Lark, and Karoo Eremomela
 

DMW

Well-known member
Purple-naped Spiderhunter was the underwhelming last one of a great bunch in Vietnam, with good views of all the localised laughingthrushes targeted (including Golden-winged).

No thanks to our Vietnam Birding and its bird guide though (don't ask).

I had to scratch my head over that one until I remembered it's the bird FKA Purple-naped Sunbird, which I think is a pretty smart-looking thing!

Would you say that Golden-winged Laughingthrush is do-able independently?
 

Julie50

Mostly in the Midlands :)
United Kingdom
Bittern!

Saw my first bittern at RSPB Minsmere today in the aptly named Bittern Hide.
Put a better pic on the gallery :) But my camera is just a cheapy!
 

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Xenospiza

Distracted
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I had to scratch my head over that one until I remembered it's the bird FKA Purple-naped Sunbird, which I think is a pretty smart-looking thing!

Would you say that Golden-winged Laughingthrush is do-able independently?
I'll send a pm.
 

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