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  1. jbnbsn99

    jbnbsn99 Well-Known Member

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    Time to reset your counters and start your listing over again.
     
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  2. LaughingDove

    LaughingDove Well-Known Member

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    2016 should be a very good year for wildlife if all my planned trips do happen. I don't think 450 birds would be too unreasonable if I get to all the places that are currently planned... :)
     
  3. Chlidonias

    Chlidonias Moderator Staff Member

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    shall I say that I will not get any high totals because I am stuck in New Zealand?

    For today:

    BIRDS:
    1) European blackbird Turdus merula
    2) House sparrow Passer domesticus
    3) Feral pigeon Columba livia
    4) Red-billed gull Larus novaehollandiae
    5) Black-backed (kelp) gull Larus dominicanus
    6) Mallard Anas platyrhynchos
    7) Hedge sparrow (Dunnock) Prunella modularis
    8) Common starling Sturnus vulgaris
    9) Australian magpie Gymnorhina tibicen
    10) Pukeko (Purple gallinule) Porphyrio porphyrio
    11) Welcome swallow Hirundo neoxena
    12) Canada goose Branta canadensis
    13) South Island pied oystercatcher Haematopus finschi
    14) Black swan Cygnus atratus
    15) Australasian harrier Circus approximans
    16) Bar-tailed godwit Limosa lapponica
    17) Caspian tern Sterna caspia
    18) White-faced heron Egretta novaehollandiae
    19) Spur-winged (Masked) plover Vanellus miles
    20) Paradise duck Tadorna variegata
    21) Grey teal Anas gracilis
    22) Australasian shoveller Anas rhynchotis
    23) Black-billed gull Larus bulleri
    24) NZ scaup Aythya novaeseelandiae
    25) European greenfinch Carduelis chloris
    26) Pied stilt Himantopus leucocephalus
    27) Little pied shag Phalacrocorax melanoleucus
    28) Skylark Alauda arvensis
    29) Pied shag Phalacrocorax varius
    30) Australian shelduck Tadorna tadornoides
    31) Arctic skua Stercorarius parasiticus
    32) Song thrush Turdus philomelos


    MAMMALS:
    1) European rabbit Oryctolagus cuniculus
     
  4. boof

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    is this thread a sticky yet?
     
  5. TeaLovingDave

    TeaLovingDave Moderator Staff Member

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    It is now :)

    A relatively slow start to the year, as I have not yet left the house:

    Birds: 8 Taxa

    1) Tawny Owl (Strix aluco)
    2) Common Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs)
    3) Eurasian Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus)
    4) Coal Tit (Periparus ater)
    5) Dunnock (Prunella modularis)
    6) Great Tit (Parus major)
    7) European Goldfinch (Carduelis carduelis)
    8) European Robin (Erithacus rubecula)
     
  6. LaughingDove

    LaughingDove Well-Known Member

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    I went on a trip out into the wilds of Surrey to start the year with:

    1) Eurasian Jackdaw
    2) Woodpigeon
    3) Feral Pigeon
    4) Black-headed Gull
    5) Common Starling
    6) House Sparrow
    7) Great Tit
    8) Blue Tit
    9) Eurasian Robin
    10) Rose-ringed Parakeet
    11) European Blackbird
    12) Winter Wren
    13) Common Magpie
    14) Carrion Crow
    15) Common Coot
    16) Common Moorhen
    17) Eurasian Wigeon
    18) Tufted Duck
    19) Herring Gull
    20) Common Teal
    21) Great Cormorant
    22) Mute Swan
    23) Grey Heron
    24) Common Pochard
    25) Mallard
    26) Gadwall (first wild photo)
    27) Northern Shoveler (first wild photo)
    28) Dunnock
    29) Rook
    30) Common Chaffinch

    1) Grey Squirrel
    2) Red Fox (seen from my bedroom window by the bins out in broad daylight!)
    3) European Rabbit
     
  7. DesertRhino150

    DesertRhino150 Well-Known Member

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    As you may be able to tell, I tried to get off to the best start possible and have spent most of the day out bird-watching:

    Birds:
    1) Woodpigeon Columba palumbus
    2) Blue tit Cyanistes caeruleus
    3) European blackbird Turdus merula
    4) Great tit Parus major
    5) Dunnock Prunella modularis
    6) Goldfinch Carduelis carduelis
    7) Greenfinch Chloris chloris
    8) Chaffinch Fringilla coelebs
    9) Mistle thrush Turdus viscivorus
    10) European magpie Pica pica
    11) Black-headed gull Chroicocephalus ridibundus
    12) European robin Erithacus rubecula
    13) Carrion crow Corvus corone
    14) Coal tit Periparus ater
    15) Long-tailed tit Aegithalos caudatus
    16) Great spotted woodpecker Dendrocopos major
    17) Collared dove Streptopelia decaocto
    18) Eurasian wren Troglodytes troglodytes
    19) Redwing Turdus iliacus
    20) Herring gull Larus argentatus
    21) Feral pigeon Columba livia domestica
    22) House sparrow Passer domesticus
    23) Northern lapwing Vanellus vanellus
    24) Mute swan Cygnus olor
    25) Black-tailed godwit Limosa limosa
    26) Common redshank Tringa totanus
    27) European teal Anas crecca
    28) Little grebe Tachybaptus ruficollis
    29) Common shelduck Tadorna tadorna
    30) Common starling Sturnus vulgaris
    31) Common moorhen Gallinula chloropus
    32) Mallard Anas platyrhynchos
    33) Coot Fulica atra
    34) Tufted duck Aythya fuligula
    35) Common gull Larus canus
    36) Little egret Egretta garzetta
    37) Dark-bellied brent goose Branta bernicla bernicla
    38) Great cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo
    39) Dunlin Calidris alpina
    40) Eurasian wigeon Anas penelope
    41) Greater white-fronted goose Anser albifrons
    42) Pied wagtail Motacilla alba yarrellii
    43) Goldcrest Regulus regulus
    44) Song thrush Turdus philomelos
    45) Grey heron Ardea cinerea
    46) Green woodpecker Picus viridis
    47) Common pheasant Phasianus colchicus
    48) Eurasian sparrowhawk Accipiter nisus
    49) Grey wagtail Motacilla cinerea
    50) Common kingfisher Alcedo atthis

    Mammals:

    1) European rabbit Oryctolagus cuniculus
     
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  8. ThylacineAlive

    ThylacineAlive Well-Known Member

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    No birds yet but one reptile. I'm starting the year off in Florida, though I doubt I'll get the chance to go out and do any proper bird watching as I'm only here for a few days.

    Reptiles
    1) Brown Anole Anolis sagrei

    ~Thylo:cool:
     
  9. Maguari

    Maguari Never could get the hang of Thursdays. Premium Member

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    And so it begins again!

    Just the view from the window and a wander around the local parks today, but got a decent little list out of it:

    1. Common Wood Pigeon - Columba palumbus
    2. European Magpie - Pica pica
    3. Rook - Corvus frugilegus
    4. Western Jackdaw - Coloeus monedulus
    5. Carrion Crow - Corvus corone
    6. European Blackbird - Turdus merula
    7. European Starling - Sturnus vulgaris
    8. Black-headed Gull - Chroicocephalus ridibundus
    9. House Sparrow - Passer domesticus
    10. Blue Tit - Cyanistes caeruleus
    11. European Robin - Erithacus rubecula
    12. European Nuthatch - Sitta europaea
    13. Great Tit - Parus major
    14. Goldcrest - Regulus regulus
    15. Eurasian Collared Dove - Streptopelia decaocto
    16. Common Chaffinch - Fringilla coelebs
    17. Mute Swan - Cygnus olor
    18. Mallard - Anas platyrhynchos
    19. Common Moorhen - Gallinula chloropus
    20. Greater Canada Goose - Branta canadensis
    21. European Coot - Fulica atra
    22. Dunnock - Prunella modularis
    23. Feral Pigeon - Columba livia
    24. European Wren - Troglodytes troglodytes
    25. Redwing - Turdus iliacus
    26. Pied Wagtail - Motacilla alba
    27. Long-tailed Tit - Aegithalos caudatus
    28. Mistle Thrush - Turdus viscivorus

    :)
     
  10. Macaw16

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    I had a visit to RSPB Fairburn Ings to start the year, but when I got there I found most of the site inaccessible due to flooding :p, but I still had an enjoyable time watching passerines from the warmth of the visitor centre.

    Birds
    1. Common Wood Pigeon Columba palumbus
    2. Common Blackbird Turdus merula
    3. House Sparrow Passer domesticus
    4. European Herring Gull Larus argentatus
    5. Western Jackdaw Corvus monedula
    6. Red Kite Milvus milvus
    7. Carrion Crow Corvus corone
    8. Eurasian Magpie Paca paca
    9. European Robin Erithacus rubecula
    10. Great Tit Parus major
    11. Coal Tit Periparus ater
    12. Willow Tit Poecile montanus
    13. Eurasian Blue Tit Cyanistes caeruleus
    14. Long-tailed Tit Aegithalos caudatus
    15. Eurasian Tree Sparrow Passer montanus
    16. Common Chaffinch Fringilla coelebs
    17. Eurasian Collared Dove Streptopelia decaocto
    18. Eurasian Bullfinch Pyrrhula pyrrhula
    19. European Goldfinch Carduelis carduelis
    20. Common Pheasant Phasianus colchicus
    21. Dunnock Prunella modularis
    22. Eurasian Nuthatch Sitta europaea
    23. Black-headed Gull Chroicocephalus ridibundus
    24. Mallard Anas platyrhynchos
    25. Eurasian Wren Troglodytes troglodytes
    26. Great Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo
    27. Common Moorhen Gallinula chloropus

    Mammals
    1. Eastern Grey Squirrel Sciurus carolinensis
     
  11. Hix

    Hix Wildlife Enthusiast and Lover of Islands Premium Member

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    You've got more in one day than what I expect to get for the year (unless I visit the mainland).

    Birds
    1. Christmas Island Frigatebird
    2. Great Frigatebird
    3. Nankeen Kestrel
    4. White-tailed Tropicbird
    5. Brown Booby
    6. Red-footed Booby
    7. Christmas Island Imperial Pigeon
    8. Emerald Dove
    9. Island Thrush
    10. Christmas Island White-eye
    11. Tree Sparrow
    12. Common Noddy

    Mammal
    1. Christmas Island Fruit Bat

    Reptile
    1. Asian House Gecko

    Invertebrates
    1. Robber Crab
    2. Christmas Island Red Crab
    3. Christmas Island Blue Crab
    4. Little Nipper Crab

    :p

    Hix
     
  12. Chlidonias

    Chlidonias Moderator Staff Member

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    Christmas Island is renowned as being a vagrant hotpot, if you can get news of them and have the time to go chasing them.

    Are you going to get to see the crab migration this year, or have the crazy ants decimated them? What's the current situation with that?

    (A couple of links for others: https://www.wilderness.org.au/articles/yellow-crazy-ants-christmas-island
    Scientists hope Malaysian micro-wasp will send Christmas Island's pest ants marching - ABC Rural (Australian Broadcasting Corporation))
     
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  13. robmv

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    A trip up to the Wirral to visit RSPB Burton Mere Wetlands, plus a bit of coastal birding, gave me a cracking start to the year:

    1. Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
    2. Bewick's Swan (Cygnus columbianus)
    3. Whooper Swan (Cygnus cygnus)
    4. Pink-footed Goose (Anser brachyrhynchus)
    5. Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)
    6. Brent Goose (Branta bernicla)
    7. Shelduck (Tadorna tadorna)
    8. Wigeon (Anas penelope)
    9. Gadwall (Anas strepera)
    10. Teal (Anas crecca)
    11. Green-winged Teal (Anas carolinensis)
    12. Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)
    13. Shoveler (Anas clypeata)
    14. Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
    15. Red-breasted Merganser (Mergus serrator)
    16. Goosander (Mergus merganser)
    17. Pheasant (Phasianus colchicus)
    18. Great Northern Diver (Gavia immer)
    19. Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo)
    20. Little Egret (Egretta garzetta)
    21. Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea)
    22. Marsh Harrier (Circus aeruginosus)
    23. Sparrowhawk (Accipiter nisus)
    24. Buzzard (Buteo buteo)
    25. Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus)
    26. Peregrine (Falco peregrinus)
    27. Water Rail (Rallus aquaticus)
    28. Moorhen (Gallinula chloropus)
    29. Coot (Fulica atra)
    30. Oystercatcher (Haematopus ostralegus)
    31. Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus)
    32. Curlew (Numenius arquata)
    33. Black-tailed Godwit (Limosa limosa)
    34. Turnstone (Arenaria interpres)
    35. Knot (Calidris canutus)
    36. Ruff (Calidris pugnax)
    37. Dunlin (Calidris alpina)
    38. Green Sandpiper (Tringa ochropus)
    39. Redshank (Tringa totanus)
    40. Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
    41. Common Gull (Larus canus)
    42. Lesser Black-backed Gull (Larus fuscus)
    43. Herring Gull (Larus argentatus)
    44. Stock Dove (Columba oenas)
    45. Woodpigeon (Columba palumbus)
    46. Collared Dove (Streptopelia decaocto)
    47. Long-eared Owl (Asio otus)
    48. Magpie (Pica pica)
    49. Jackdaw (Corvus monedula)
    50. Rook (Corvus frugilegus)
    51. Carrion Crow (Corvus corone)
    52. Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus)
    53. Great Tit (Parus major)
    54. Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes)
    55. Blackbird (Turdus merula)
    56. Mistle Thrush (Turdus viscivorus)
    57. Robin (Erithacus rubecula)
    58. Stonechat (Saxicola rubicola)
    59. Dunnock (Prunella modularis)
    60. Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs)
    61. Greenfinch (Chloris chloris)
    62. Goldfinch (Carduelis carduelis)
    63. Siskin (Carduelis spinus)
    64. Linnet (Carduelis cannabina)
     
  14. jbnbsn99

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    1 Snow Goose - Chen caerulescens
    2 Ross's Goose - Chen rossii
    3 Canada Goose - Branta canadensis
    4 Gadwall - Anas strepera
    5 American Wigeon - Anas americana
    6 Mallard - Anas platyrhynchos
    7 Northern Shoveler - Anas clypeata
    8 Northern Pintail - Anas acuta
    9 Green-winged Teal - Anas crecca
    10 Redhead - Aythya americana
    11 Ring-necked Duck - Aythya collaris
    12 Lesser Scaup - Aythya affinis
    13 Wild Turkey - Meleagris gallopavo
    14 Double-crested Cormorant - Phalacrocorax auritus
    15 Great Blue Heron - Ardea herodias
    16 Black Vulture - Coragyps atratus
    17 Turkey Vulture - Cathartes aura
    18 Red-shouldered Hawk - Buteo lineatus
    19 Red-tailed Hawk - Buteo jamaicensis
    20 American Coot - Fulica americana
    21 Killdeer - Charadrius vociferus
    22 Greater Yellowlegs - Tringa melanoleuca
    23 Mourning Dove - Zenaida macroura
    24 Red-headed Woodpecker - Melanerpes erythrocephalus
    25 Red-bellied Woodpecker - Melanerpes carolinus
    26 Downy Woodpecker - Picoides pubescens
    27 Northern Flicker - Colaptes auratus Hagerman
    28 American Kestrel - Falco sparverius
    29 Eastern Phoebe - Sayornis phoebe
    30 American Crow - Corvus brachyrhynchos
    31 Carolina Chickadee - Poecile carolinensis
    32 Tufted Titmouse - Baeolophus bicolor
    33 Carolina Wren - Thryothorus ludovicianus
    34 Golden-crowned Kinglet - Regulus satrapa
    35 Ruby-crowned Kinglet - Regulus calendula
    36 Eastern Bluebird - Sialia sialis
    37 American Robin - Turdus migratorius
    38 Northern Mockingbird - Mimus polyglottos
    39 European Starling - Sturnus vulgaris
    40 Yellow-rumped Warbler - Setophaga coronata
    41 Field Sparrow - Spizella pusilla
    42 Lark Sparrow - Chondestes grammacus
    43 Fox Sparrow - Passerella iliaca
    44 Dark-eyed Junco - Junco hyemalis
    45 White-crowned Sparrow - Zonotrichia leucophrys
    46 Harris's Sparrow - Zonotrichia querula
    47 White-throated Sparrow - Zonotrichia albicollis
    48 Vesper Sparrow - Pooecetes gramineus
    49 Savannah Sparrow - Passerculus sandwichensis
    50 Song Sparrow - Melospiza melodia
    51 Lincoln's Sparrow - Melospiza lincolnii
    52 Northern Cardinal - Cardinalis cardinalis
    53 Red-winged Blackbird - Agelaius phoeniceus
    54 Eastern Meadowlark - Sturnella magna
    55 Pine Siskin - Spinus pinus
    56 American Goldfinch - Spinus tristis

    Mammal
    1. Coyote
     
  15. jbnbsn99

    jbnbsn99 Well-Known Member

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    Two more sitting on my couch at home.

    57 White-winged Dove - Zenaida asiatica
    58 House Wren - Troglodytes aedon
     
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    jbnbsn99 Well-Known Member

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    59 Rock Pigeon - Columba livia
    60 House Sparrow - Passer domesticus
     
  17. Chlidonias

    Chlidonias Moderator Staff Member

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    they were sitting on your couch?? Do you live in a birdhouse?
     
  18. Chlidonias

    Chlidonias Moderator Staff Member

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    on a morning walk round the Botanic Gardens:

    33) Waxeye Zosterops lateralis
    34) Common chaffinch Fringilla coelebs
    35) NZ pigeon Hemiphaga novaeseelandiae
    36) European goldfinch Carduelis carduelis
    37) Redpoll Carduelis flammea
     
  19. jbnbsn99

    jbnbsn99 Well-Known Member

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    I've always wondered, are the Redpolls in NZ native or introduced?
     
  20. Chlidonias

    Chlidonias Moderator Staff Member

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    introduced. Basically, when the Europeans arrived they wanted to make NZ as English as possible so they released as many passerines as would survive the sea voyage from Europe.

    NZ birds came from the UK and are likely composed of more than one race. Traditionally here they are called "Common Redpoll Carduelis flammea" (i.e. not separating cabaret as a species). If you are going with the splits the NZ birds would be considered Lesser Redpoll Carduelis cabaret. They aren't Mealy Redpolls (C. flammea if split).