Join our zoo community

2018 Big Year

Discussion in 'Wildlife & Nature Conservation' started by Chlidonias, 30 Dec 2017.

  1. Chlidonias

    Chlidonias Moderator Staff Member

    Joined:
    13 Jun 2007
    Posts:
    18,303
    Location:
    everywhere
    Tomorrow is the first of January (for me - others may have to wait a little longer). So time for opening the sixth annual Zoochat Big Year.


    Here are the links for the previous years:

    ZooChat 2013 Big Year
    2014 ZooChat Big Year
    2015 Big Year
    2016 Big Year
    2017 Big Year



    The basic rules as always:

    1. Make sure to number your lists.
    2. Keep separate numbered lists for whichever animals you are listing (birds, mammals, herptiles, fish, invertebrates)
    3. Species must be part of an established wild population or be a natural migrant/vagrant/straggler. Exotics don't count unless they are part of an established breeding population in the country.
    4. Animals must be wild.
    5. Subspecies do not count towards your total, only full species.
    6. Have fun.

    *It is helpful if you include scientific names (especially for the mammals because I keep track of them to post a full list at the end of the year).
     
  2. Chlidonias

    Chlidonias Moderator Staff Member

    Joined:
    13 Jun 2007
    Posts:
    18,303
    Location:
    everywhere
    Just as something potentially interesting, here are my first birds of each year since 2006 (all but two of the years have started in New Zealand):

    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 (in Burma)
    2015: Waxeye Zosterops lateralis
    2016: European Blackbird Turdus merula
    2017: House Crow Corvus splendens (in India)


    And since my first mammal year-list in 2009 (there's not much variety here!):

    2009: European Rabbit Oryctolagus cuniculus
    2010: European Hare Lepus europaeus
    2011: European Rabbit Oryctolagus cuniculus
    2012: New Zealand Fur Seal Arctocephalus forsteri
    2013: European Rabbit Oryctolagus cuniculus
    2014: Eld's Deer Cervus eldii
    2015: European Hare Lepus europaeus
    2016: European Rabbit Oryctolagus cuniculus
    2017: Five-striped Palm Squirrel Funambulus pennantii

    I suspect my first mammal of 2018 will be a European Rabbit again.
     
    KevinVar likes this.
  3. birdsandbats

    birdsandbats Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    17 Sep 2017
    Posts:
    1,071
    Location:
    Wisconsin
    Since this will be my first new year on Zoochat, I will participate this year. Today is Saturday in my part of the world, (a few more days to the New Year!), and got my lifer Rough-Legged Hawk today!

    Here is a little bit about the classification systems I will be using:

    Mammals - I don't know of any good mammal checklists, so I will be counting mammals the way I learned their taxonomy (except for some splits and lumps that I think make sents.)

    Birds - I will be using Clemont's Checklist of Birds of the World (common names may vary a bit.)

    Herptiles - Same as mammals.

    Fish - Again same as mammals and herpitiles, but one question, Do species cough on hook and line count for the total?

    Inverts - I can't ID them very well, but the few I can I will be counting.
     
  4. Chlidonias

    Chlidonias Moderator Staff Member

    Joined:
    13 Jun 2007
    Posts:
    18,303
    Location:
    everywhere
    That isn't a question which has come up before. I would say no.

    Generally speaking, if you're not sure if an animal is countable (e.g. with splitting or lumping, or subspecies or morphs or whatever) then just ask in thread and there will be an answer from someone.
     
  5. animal_expert01

    animal_expert01 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    13 Sep 2015
    Posts:
    583
    Location:
    QLD Australia
    I guess I'll start with an animal I saw in the first minute of 2018.

    Mammals:
    1. Grey-Headed Flying Fox (Pteropus poliocephalus)
     
  6. birdsandbats

    birdsandbats Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    17 Sep 2017
    Posts:
    1,071
    Location:
    Wisconsin
    Cool first mammal!
     
    animal_expert01 likes this.
  7. PaleoMatt

    PaleoMatt Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    5 Mar 2017
    Posts:
    661
    Location:
    Cheshire, England
    And it's not even 2018 here yet.
     
  8. birdsandbats

    birdsandbats Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    17 Sep 2017
    Posts:
    1,071
    Location:
    Wisconsin
    It isn't here either. Those people on the other side of the International Date Line, always getting a head start.
     
  9. PaleoMatt

    PaleoMatt Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    5 Mar 2017
    Posts:
    661
    Location:
    Cheshire, England
    We need someone from Kiribati and someone from Hawaii to do this challenge.
     
  10. Chlidonias

    Chlidonias Moderator Staff Member

    Joined:
    13 Jun 2007
    Posts:
    18,303
    Location:
    everywhere
    I spent the morning at the Waikanae Estuary:


    1) Tui Prosthemadera novaeseelandiae
    2) Common Starling Sturnus vulgaris
    3) House Sparrow Passer domesticus
    4) Southern Black-backed (Kelp) Gull Larus dominicanus
    5) Pied Fantail Rhipidura fuliginosa
    6) European Blackbird Turdus merula
    7) Red-billed Gull Larus novaehollandiae
    8) White-headed (Pied) Stilt Himantopus leucocephalus
    9) Mallard Anas platyrhynchos
    10) Song Thrush Turdus philomelos
    11) Welcome Swallow Hirundo neoxena
    12) White-faced Heron Ardea novaehollandiae
    13) Feral Pigeon Columba livia
    14) Australasian Harrier Circus approximans
    15) Little Pied Shag Phalacrocorax melanoleucos
    16) Black Swan Cygnus atrata
    17) Pukeko (Purple Gallinule) Porphyrio porphyrio
    18) New Zealand Dabchick Poliocephalus rufopectus
    19) White-fronted Tern Sterna striata
    20) Waxeye Zosterops lateralis
    21) European Goldfinch Carduelis carduelis
    22) Variable Oystercatcher Haematopus unicolor
    23) South Island Pied Oystercatcher Haematopus finschi
    24) Spur-winged Plover Vanellus novaehollandiae
    25) Pied Shag Phalacrocorax varius
    26) Yellowhammer Emberiza citrinella
    27) Royal Spoonbill Platalea regia
    28) Paradise Duck Tadorna variegata
    29) European Greenfinch Carduelis chloris
    30) New Zealand Dotterel Charadrius obscurus
    31) Spotted Shag Stictocarbo punctatus
    32) European Skylark Alauda arvensis
    33) Canada Goose Branta canadensis
     
    ThylacineAlive, Vision and Brum like this.
  11. animal_expert01

    animal_expert01 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    13 Sep 2015
    Posts:
    583
    Location:
    QLD Australia
    Birds:
    1. Noisy Miner (Manorina melanocephala)
    2. Indian Mynah (Acridotheres tristis)
    3. Pied Butcherbird (Cracticus nigrogularis)

    Reptiles:
    1. Delicate Garden Skink (Lampropholis delicata)
    2. Eastern Blue-Toungued Skink (Cracticus nigrogularis)

    Invertebrates:
    1. Golden Orb Spider (Nephila sp)
     
    Last edited: 1 Jan 2018
  12. TeaLovingDave

    TeaLovingDave Moderator Staff Member

    Joined:
    16 May 2010
    Posts:
    7,572
    Location:
    Wilds of Northumberland
    I believe you mean Noisy Miner, as a noisy minor is a child who doesn't know how to shut up :p
     
  13. boof

    boof Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    16 Jan 2005
    Posts:
    1,161
    Location:
    Nyngan,nsw,australia
    2018. I predict I will finish with approx. 175 birds. No plans to travel to far this year.
    .
    1/1/2018.
    1. Tawny frogmouth
    2. Australian magpie
    3. Fairy martin
    4. Yellow-rumped thornbill
    5. Willie wagtail
    6. Yellow-throated miner
    7. Black-faced cuckoo-shrike
    8. Common starling
    9. Spotted bowerbird
    10. Little crow
    11. Magpie-lark
    .
    With my job I'm always rostered to work night shift on New year's eve. In April 2017 I transfered from the Illawarra area of New South Wales to Nyngan in the centre of New South Wales. When I was working in the Illawarra on New year's eve my first year bird would always be a silver gull at one of the McDonald's carparks. It was good to start the year off with a Tawny Frogmouth. It will be interesting to read everyone's first bird.
    .
    HAPPY NEW YEAR
     
  14. boof

    boof Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    16 Jan 2005
    Posts:
    1,161
    Location:
    Nyngan,nsw,australia
    1/1/2018
    12. red rump parrot
    13. black kite
    14. house sparrow
     
  15. boof

    boof Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    16 Jan 2005
    Posts:
    1,161
    Location:
    Nyngan,nsw,australia
    1/1/2018
    15. galah
     
  16. Vision

    Vision Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    29 Aug 2015
    Posts:
    510
    Location:
    Antwerp, Belgium
    My first additions... Probably the only time this year I'll be in first place :p

    BIRDS:
    1) Western jackdaw, Coloeus monedula
    2) Carrion crow, Corvus corone
    3) Common wood pigeon, Columba palumbus
    4) Eurasian collared dove, Streptopelia decaocto
    5) European herring gull, Larus argentatus
    6) Eurasian magpie, Pica pica
    7) Mew gull, Larus canus
    8) Black-headed gull, Chroicocephalus ridibundus
    9) Common blackbird, Turdus merula
    10) Common chaffinch, Fringilla coelebs
    11) Egyptian goose, Alopochen aegyptiaca
    12) Greylag goose, Anser anser
    13) Eurasian jay, Garrulus glandarius
    14) Common buzzard, Buteo buteo
    15) Eurasian blue tit, Cyanistes caeruleus
    16) Mute swan, Cygnus olor
    17) Bewick's swan, Cygnus bewickii
    18) Grey heron, Ardea cinerea
    19) Mallard, Anas platyrhynchos
    20) Common shelduck, Tadorna tadorna
    21) Northern shoveler, Anas clypeata
    22) Eurasian coot, Fulica atra
    23) Northern pintail, Anas acuta
    24) Tufted duck, Aythya fuligula
    25) Common pochard, Aythya ferina
    26) Eurasian wigeon, Anas penelope
    27) Great tit, Parus major
    28) Gadwall, Anas strepera
    29) Eurasian teal, Anas crecca
    30) Eurasian curlew, Numenius arquata
    31) Northern lapwing, Vanellus vanellus
    32) Eurasian wren, Troglodytes troglodytes
    33) Great spotted woodpecker, Dendrocopos major
    34) European robin, Erithacus rubecula
    35) Lesser redpoll, Acanthis cabaret
    36) Cetti's warbler, Cettia cetti
    37) Common merganser, Mergus merganser
    38) Stock dove, Columba oenas
    39) Common kestrel, Falco tinnunculus
    40) White wagtail, Motacilla alba
    41) Dunnock, Prunella modularis
    42) Common starling, Sturnus vulgaris
     
    KevinVar likes this.
  17. Swampy

    Swampy Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    13 Apr 2013
    Posts:
    670
    Location:
    Wirral; at university in Canterbury
    Birds:
    1. Common blackbird, Turdus merula
    2.
    European Herring Gull, Larus argentatus
    3. European Robin, Erithacus rubecula
    4. Eurasian Magpie, Pica pica
    5. Coal Tit, Periparus ater
    6. Long-tailed Tit, Aegithalos caudatus
    7. Feral Pigeon, Columba livia
    8. Common Woodpigeon, Columba palumbus
    9. House Sparrow, Passer domesticus
    10. Eurasian Blue Tit, Cyanistes caeruleus
     
  18. LaughingDove

    LaughingDove Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    16 May 2014
    Posts:
    2,137
    Location:
    Warsaw, Poland
    Very busy at the moment so just some additions from my garden and a quick visit to a local park:

    1) Great Tit
    2) Blue Tit
    3) Eurasian Tree Sparrow
    4) Eurasian Magpie
    5) Eurasian Collared Dove
    6) Feral Pigeon
    7) Eurasian Jackdaw
    8) Rook
    9) Black-headed Gull
    10) Caspian Gull
    11) Hooded Crow
    12) Mallard Duck
    13) Mandarin Duck
    14) European Jay
    15) Eurasian Coot
    16) Goosander
    17) Mute Swan
    18) House Sparrow
    19) Eurasian Wren

    1) Red Squirrel
    2) Striped Field Mouse (Apodemus agrarius)

    I should be able to go birding properly in a couple of weeks, but this year's really interesting additions should start around May ;).
     
  19. Vision

    Vision Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    29 Aug 2015
    Posts:
    510
    Location:
    Antwerp, Belgium
    As I expected, this guy came back to the feeders in the garden today as well! I think that'll be it for today, unless I get lucky :p

    BIRDS:
    43) Coal tit, Periparus ater.
     
    KevinVar likes this.
  20. Swampy

    Swampy Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    13 Apr 2013
    Posts:
    670
    Location:
    Wirral; at university in Canterbury
    11. Carrion Crow, Corvus corone
    12. Dunnock, Prunella modularis