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2015 Big Year

Discussion in 'Wildlife & Nature Conservation' started by jbnbsn99, 30 Dec 2014.

  1. jbnbsn99

    jbnbsn99 Well-Known Member

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    Let's do it again!

    I know I'm a day early in this post, but it'll soon be 2015 in parts of the world.

    Get your binoculars, spotting scopes, birding guides, and cameras ready.

    Let's bird!
     
  2. LaughingDove

    LaughingDove Well-Known Member

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    Looking forward to getting a start tomorrow :).
    My 2015 goals are 200+ birds, 30+ mammals and to do my list correctly with no double ups or adding things that I'm not supposed to ;):p.

    Good luck everyone!
     
  3. Hix

    Hix Wildlife Enthusiast and Lover of Islands Premium Member

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    I might as well start things off:

    1. Masked Lapwing
    2. Eastern Rosella
    3. Crested Pigeon
    4. Indian Mynah
    5. Noisy Miner
    6. Grey Butcherbird
    7. Sulphur-crested Cockatoo
    8. Red-rump Parrot
    9. Black Swan
    10. Eurasian Coot
    11. Purple Swamphen
    12. Dusky Moorhen
    13. Australian Grebe
    14. Pacific Black Duck
    15. Australian Wood Duck
    16. Hardhead
    17. White-faced Heron
    18. Little Black Cormorant
    19. Little Pied Cormorant
    20. Magpie Lark
    21. Australasian Raven
    22. Willie Wagtail
    23. Rainbow Lorikeet

    :p

    Hix
     
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  4. Hevden

    Hevden Well-Known Member

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    I'll post a full list later but started the year as I finished the last.

    1.little bustard
     
  5. Mikezoo12

    Mikezoo12 Well-Known Member

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    Staten Island
    Birds
    1.Cardinal
    2.Blue Jay
    3.Turkey Vulture
    4.Raven
    5.Robin

    Mammals
    1.Grey Squirrel
     
  6. DesertRhino150

    DesertRhino150 Well-Known Member

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    May well add more birds later today, but for now:

    1. Great tit Parus major
    2. Blue tit Cyanistes caeruleus
    3. Woodpigeon Columba palumbus
    4. Blackbird Turdus merula
    5. European robin Erithacus rubecula
    6. Common chaffinch Fringilla coelebs
    7. Common buzzard Buteo buteo
    8. Green woodpecker Picus viridis
    9. Carrion crow Corvus corone
    10. Greenfinch Chloris chloris
    11. European magpie Pica pica
    12. Redwing Turdus iliacus
    13. Dunnock Prunella modularis
    14. Coal tit Periparus ater
    15. Goldfinch Carduelis carduelis
    16. Black-headed gull Chroicocephalus ridibundus
    17. Long-tailed tit Aegithalos caudatus
    18. Great spotted woodpecker Dendrocopos major
    19. Common moorhen Gallinula chloropus
    20. Mallard Anas platyrhynchos
    21. Grey heron Ardea cinerea
    22. Collared dove Streptopelia decaocto
    23. Common kestrel Falco tinnunculus
    24. European starling Sturnus vulgaris
    25. Common rook Corvus frugilegus
    26. Eurasian jackdaw Corvus monedula
    27. Common coot Fulica atra
    28. Tufted duck Aythya fuligula
    29. Common pochard Aythya ferina
    30. Song thrush Turdus philomelos
    31. Eurasian jay Garrulus glandarius
    32. Eurasian wren Troglodytes troglodytes
    33. Red-legged partridge Alectoris rufa
    34. Ring-necked pheasant Phasianus colchicus
    35. Mute swan Cygnus olor
    36. Great cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo

    Mammals:
    1. Eastern grey squirrel Sciurus carolinensis
     
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  7. LaughingDove

    LaughingDove Well-Known Member

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    Made a trip today to two of my favourite UK birding places to get a few species before going back to Poland
    First a few species in my garden:
    1) Wood Pigeon
    2)Common Starling
    3) Rose ringed parakeet
    4) Great tit
    5)Long tailed tit
    6) Blue tit
    7) Blackbird
    8) Robin
    9) Carrion crow
    10) Eurasian magpie

    Boldermere Lake, Surrey:
    11) Common Kestrel
    12) Eurasian Wigeon
    13) Northern Pintail
    14) Mallard
    15) Common coot
    16) Moorhen
    17) Mute swan
    18) Great cested grebe
    19) Common Pochard
    20) Tufted duck
    21) Gadwall
    22) Black-headed gull
    23) Common shelduck
    24) Shoveler

    Winkworth Arboretum:
    25) Goldcrest
    26) Winter Wren
    27) Little grebe
    28) Eurasian Jay
    29) Ring-necked pheasant
    30) Mandarin duck

    Mammals:
    1)Eastern grey squirrel
    2) European rabbit
     
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  8. TeaLovingDave

    TeaLovingDave Moderator Staff Member

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    Despite being stuck inside due to some atrocious weather up here in Northumberland, I still managed to get a few year-birds in.....

    1) Eurasian blue tit (Cyanistes caeruleus)
    2) Great tit (Parus major)
    3) Common chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs)
    4) European goldfinch (Carduelis carduelis)
    5) Dunnock (Prunella modularis)
     
  9. Maguari

    Maguari Never could get the hang of Thursdays. Premium Member

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    An odd first day, as I was at a friends for a NYE party last night and as everyone stayed over I didn't leave the house to get the train home until it was already just beginning to get dark (and raining). So there is just a short selection of 'noticeable' species to start the year:

    1. Carrion Crow - Corvus corone
    2. European Blackbird - Turdus merula
    3. Black-headed Gull - Chroicocephalus ridibundus
    4. European Buzzard - Buteo buteo

    1. Eastern Grey Squirrel - Sciurus carolinensis
     
  10. DesertRhino150

    DesertRhino150 Well-Known Member

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    Unfortunately, didn't manage to add any other new birds today. I did however get a rather nice new mammal in the garden:

    2. Reeve's muntjac Muntiacus reevesi
     

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  11. BeardsleyZooFan

    BeardsleyZooFan Well-Known Member

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    1. Dark-Eyed Junco
    2. White-Throated Sparrow
    3. American Crow
    4. Red-Tailed Hawk
     
  12. cloudedleopard

    cloudedleopard Well-Known Member

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    Birds-
    Dark-eyed junco
    White-throated sparrow
    Northern cardinal
    Tufted titmouse
    Black-capped chickadee
    White-breasted nuthatch
    Downy woodpecker
    Mammals-
    Eastern gray squirrel
     
  13. Ituri

    Ituri Well-Known Member

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    I got off to a quick start this year!

    BIRDS:
    1 Common Raven
    2 Western Meadowlark
    3 Canada Goose
    4 Trumpeter Swan
    5 Gadwall
    6 American Wigeon
    7 Northern Shoveler
    8 Canvasback
    9 Redhead
    10 Ring-necked Duck
    11 Lesser Scaup
    12 Black Scoter
    13 Bufflehead
    14 Common Goldeneye
    15 Pied-billed Grebe
    16 Eared Grebe
    17 Double-crested Cormorant
    18 Northern Harrier
    19 Red-tailed Hawk
    20 American Coot
    21 California Gull
    22 Rock Pigeon
    23 Eurasian Collared-Dove
    24 Belted Kingfisher
    25 Downy Woodpecker
    26 Northern Flicker
    27 American Kestrel
    28 Black-billed Magpie
    29 Song Sparrow
    30 White-crowned Sparrow
    31 Killdeer
    32 Mallard
    33 American White Pelican
    34 Snow Goose
    35 Cackling Goose
    36 Tundra Swan
    37 Green-winged Teal
    38 Ruddy Duck
    39 Great Blue Heron
    40 Black-crowned Night-Heron
    41 Ring-billed Gull
    42 Brown Creeper
    43 Golden-crowned Kinglet
    44 American Robin
    45 European Starling
    46 Cedar Waxwing
    47 Yellow-rumped Warbler
    48 Red Crossbill
    49 House Sparrow
    50 Northern Pintail
    51 Ring-necked Pheasant
    52 Virginia Rail
    53 American Crow
    54 Marsh Wren
    55 Swamp Sparrow
    56 Golden Eagle
    57 Rock Wren
    58 Mourning Dove
    59 Horned Lark
    60 Rough-legged Hawk
    61 Northern Hawk Owl
    62 Snow Bunting
    63 Dark-eyed Junco

    MAMMALS:
    1 Coyote
    2 Mule Deer
    3 Wapiti
    4 Pronghorn
     
  14. ThylacineAlive

    ThylacineAlive Well-Known Member

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    I went out today but it was very cold and windy so didn't stay out too long. Only got one easy year bird but I suppose that's better than nothing. At least I'm in the running, though!

    Birds
    1) Common Raven Corvus corax

    ~Thylo:cool:
     
  15. Ituri

    Ituri Well-Known Member

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    Missed a couple

    64 Bald Eagle
    65 Sora
     
  16. Maguari

    Maguari Never could get the hang of Thursdays. Premium Member

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    Stuck indoors working from home today but managed to get into double figures just from what was outside the window. :)

    5. European Magpie - Pica pica
    6. Common Wood Pigeon - Columba palumbus
    7. Western Jackdaw - Coloeus monedula
    8. House Sparrow - Passer domesticus
    9. Dunnock - Prunella modularis
    10. Rook - Corvus frugilegus
    11. European Starling - Sturnus vulgaris
     
  17. LaughingDove

    LaughingDove Well-Known Member

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    Just a couple of species today:
    31) House Sparrow
    32) White wagtail
     
  18. Chlidonias

    Chlidonias Moderator Staff Member

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    BIRDS:
    1) Waxeye Zosterops lateralis
    2) Common starling Sturnus vulgaris
    3) Southern black-backed (Kelp) gull Larus dominicanus
    4) Feral pigeon Columba livia
    5) House sparrow Passer domesticus
    6) European blackbird Turdus merula
    7) Common chaffinch Fringilla coelebs
    8) Paradise duck Tadorna variegata
    9) Song thrush Turdus philomelos
    10) Hedge sparrow (Dunnock) Prunella modularis
    11) Mallard Anas platyrhynchos
    12) European goldfinch Carduelis carduelis
    13) NZ pigeon Hemiphaga novaeseelandiae
    14) European greenfinch Carduelis chloris
    15) Black-billed gull Larus bulleri
    16) NZ pied fantail Rhipidura fuliginosa
    17) NZ bellbird Anthornis melanura
    18) NZ scaup Aythya novaeseelandiae
    19) Red-billed gull Larus novaehollandiae
    20) Welcome swallow Hirundo neoxena
    21) Spur-winged (Masked) plover Vanellus miles
    22) Australian magpie Gymnorhina tibicen
    23) Black shag Phalacrocorax carbo
    24) Yellowhammer Emberiza citrinella
    25) Pukeko (Purple gallinule) Porphyrio porphyrio
    26) Caspian tern Sterna caspia
    27) White-faced heron Egretta novaehollandiae
    28) Black swan Cygnus atratus
    29) Bar-tailed godwit Limosa lapponica
    30) Pied shag Phalacrocorax varius
    31) Little pied shag Phalacrocorax melanoleucus
    32) Little black shag Phalacrocorax sulcirostris
    33) South Island pied oystercatcher Haematopus finschi
    34) Grey teal Anas gracilis
    35) Pied (White-headed) stilt Himantopus leucocephalus
    36) Banded dotterel Charadrius bicinctus
    37) Australasian harrier Circus approximans
    38) Royal spoonbill Platalea regia
    39) Australasian shoveller Anas rhynchotis
    40) Skylark Alauda arvensis
    41) Canada goose Branta canadensis



    I've been keeping year lists since 2006, and I just had a look to see what the first bird was each year. It isn't very interesting as it turns out (2014 was the only year I started out overseas), but here they are:

    2006 - House sparrow Passer domesticus
    2007 - Southern black-backed (Kelp) gull Larus dominicanus
    2008 - Southern black-backed (Kelp) gull Larus dominicanus
    2009 - Common starling Sturnus vulgaris
    2010 - Little pied shag Phalacrocorax melanoleucos
    2011 - Red-billed gull Larus novaehollandiae
    2012 - European blackbird Turdus merula
    2013 - Red-billed gull Larus novaehollandiae
    2014 - Common kestrel Falco tinnunculus
    2015 - Waxeye Zosterops lateralis
     
  19. Ituri

    Ituri Well-Known Member

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    BIRDS

    66 American Goldfinch
    67 Black-capped Chickadee
    68 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
    69 Spotted Towhee
    70 House Finch
    71 Cooper's Hawk

    MAMMALS
    5 Eastern Fox Squirrel
     
  20. Maguari

    Maguari Never could get the hang of Thursdays. Premium Member

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    Bonus addition as the route home from a post-New Year parental pint takes me into the territory of a particularly showy individual (same one, I believe, as my first sighting of the species last year).

    2. Red Fox - Vulpes vulpes