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  • #16
    Offh

    The wintery weather over the Xmas / New Year holidays seemed to have encouraged (or forced !) a few more birders round our way to leave their cars at home.

    Luckily ive been out most days this year, but unluckily missed my target of 100 by end of January by 1 day . . . dipped a returning local Oystercatcher - never thought of checking his nest island round the corner - thats were he'd been hiding at the weekend !

    Onto 101 On Foot From Home.

    Highlights being Bittern, BNGrebe at spitting distance, inland Knot, WFGoose, Mealy Redpoll, Glauc, Iceland & Med Gulls, drake Pintail, Waxwing.
    3 seperate cock Bullfinch singing in the sun yesterday were just as pleasing.

    Steve


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    • #17
      Originally posted by SteveE View Post
      Onto 101 On Foot From Home.

      Highlights being Bittern, BNGrebe at spitting distance, inland Knot, WFGoose, Mealy Redpoll, Glauc, Iceland & Med Gulls, drake Pintail, Waxwing.
      That's quite a home patch you've got there!
      Andy, The Travelling Birder

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      • #18
        ...although with hardly moving an inch Lesser Black-backed Gull has moved me up to 65!
        Andy, The Travelling Birder

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        • #19
          70 now with Stock Dove, reed buntings, a lone siskin and finally a male kestrel.
          Andy, The Travelling Birder

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          • #20
            Mediterranean Gull, Portishead pushes me up to 71.
            Andy, The Travelling Birder

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            • #21
              A sudden acceleration to 76 with Mystery Grebe, Portbury Wharf.
              Andy, The Travelling Birder

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              • #22
                White head with a black crown is Slav Grebe
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                • #23
                  It was Slav as it happens, but the bird was so distant that my description was pieced together from bits and pieces of views - not the sort of thing a rarities committee would accept!
                  Andy, The Travelling Birder

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                  • #24
                    Don't think any UK records committee would have any trouble accepting that, it's so obviously a Slav from the description . . . and they're not rare, it's not like you're trying to get a Pied-billed Grebe past them

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                    • #25
                      Rats! I missed pied-billed from my percentage table.

                      It's true: UK-wide Slavonian grebe is not rare. That's why I didn't hurry it out to the bird lines: I've lived in Scotland where I'd pick up several records a year. But apparently that's only the second sighting for the species at Portbury, and Avon gets about one a year. It's caused some excitement around here.
                      Andy, The Travelling Birder

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                      • #26
                        Originally posted by Pokerbird View Post
                        Slavonian grebe is not rare. That's why I didn't hurry it out to the bird lines: I've lived in Scotland where I'd pick up several records a year. But apparently that's only the second sighting for the species at Portbury
                        Oops! Fourth record, it seems. Anyway, another trawl round Portbury Wharf took me up to 80 species.
                        Andy, The Travelling Birder

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                        • #27
                          And One Hundred now.
                          Andy, The Travelling Birder

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