My Birding Goals for 2018

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But 2018 is a whole new year and calls for all new goals. Will I be able to meet all of my goals for 2018? I will add at least three new species to my Queens list. This will be very difficult as I have added a total of three species to the list in the last two years. I will get to 300 species photographed in Queens in eBird. I will see at least sixty species from my balcony this year. Do you have birding goals for 2018? Birding 2018 listing

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How to See 300 Bird Species in 3 Days

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Most of all, I love showing people birds, species both common and mysteriously evasive. Whether a birder is eager for eyefulls of common species or needs to test the birding Zen and. Since the country has literally hundreds of bird species, it’s all too easy to try for just ten more, see if you can identify more than the previous day, week, or year. At least a lot of the rain stopped after lunch and that’s when we wondered how close we were to hitting 300 species.

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Queens County Bird Club 2018 Big Sit Results

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We had persevered through four years at the top of Battery Harris Platform and could bring our experience to bear on the task of trying to record as many species as possible on a single day from that single spot. As the sky started to lighten the local birds and refueling migrants started to make noise with Eastern Towhees , Song Sparrow , White-throated Sparrow , Northern Mockingbird , Northern Cardinal , and other common species making their way to the checklist. 89 species!

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Come@Me: Invasive Species Can Be Awesome

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And hey, speaking of empire – is there any more beautiful clap-back to European colonization than the fact that various species of psittacine, exploited and stolen and in so many cases extirpated by eager collectors, have now become noisily acclimatized free-flying life forms in the parks of Brooklyn and San Francisco and especially London? Sigh… Birds Come@me European Starling House Finch invasive species Mute Swan

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The 2018 Queens County Christmas Bird Count

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Eight days ago, on Sunday, 16 December, a whole big bunch of intrepid birders headed out across my fine home borough into abysmal conditions to conduct the 2018 Queens County Christmas Bird Count. Bob Dieterich arrived and we enjoyed a look at a second Lesser Black-backed Gull before we walked up the beach to the edge of our circle, slowly adding a few species here and there. We managed to net ourselves 26,859 birds of 113 species.

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Endangered Species Act: Potential Downlisting for Hawaiian Goose (nene)

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More than 50 years ago, the Hawaiian Goose (Nene) was one of the first birds listed under the Endangered Species Act, part of the inaugural “ Class of 1967 ”. Under the Endangered Species Act, any listing, uplisting, downlisting, or removal from a list requires a formal “rulemaking” process. In the case of the Hawaiian Goose ( Branta sandvicensis ), the public notice was published in the Federal Register on April 2, 2018.

Best Bird of the Weekend (Fourth of September 2018)

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Corey did not have a plethora of pleasing species from which to choose his Best Bird of the Weekend this weekend but he supposed that the American Kestrel that perched up for the New York City Audubon field trip he led at Queens Botanic Garden on Sunday morning will have to suffice. The post Best Bird of the Weekend (Fourth of September 2018) appeared first on 10,000 Birds.

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Where Are You Birding This Second Weekend of October 2018?

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According to eBird , more than 17,000 birders from 146 countries tallied 6,136 species of birds. The post Where Are You Birding This Second Weekend of October 2018? Did you participate in last weekend’s Global Big Day ? Whether you were part of that international birding brigade or not, you can make this weekend big too. There are still a lot of birds that need to be seen out there! I’ll be kicking around Rochester trying to clean up my year list.

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Pied Oystercatcher breeding season 2018

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Thankfully due to the long life span of this bird species the population appears to be somewhat stable at the moment. This year is the eighteenth year since we discovered our first Pied Oystercatcher nest on Cable Beach in Broome and it didn’t take us long to realise that they are not at all successful at raising young due to egg and chick predation.

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Collaborative List – November 2018

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8 beats shared 126 checklists accounting for 704 species. 23 May 2018. 12 Jun 2018. 01 Jan 2018. 01 Jan 2018. 20 Jan 2018. 13 Apr 2018. 04 Apr 2018. 19 Jan 2018. 13 Mar 2018. 03 Apr 2018. 05 Jan 2018. 01 Jan 2018. 03 Apr 2018. 01 Jan 2018. 13 Jan 2018. 01 Jan 2018. 06 Jan 2018. 06 Jan 2018. 01 Jan 2018. 01 Jan 2018. 01 Jan 2018. 06 Jan 2018.

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Collaborative List – October 2018

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During October, 7 countries (Costa Rica, Australia, USA, India, Hong Kong, UK, Serbia) were birded by 11 beats who shared 135 checklists and noted 697 species. 27 Oct 2018. 27 Oct 2018. 25 Oct 2018. 25 Oct 2018. 25 Oct 2018. 25 Oct 2018. 25 Oct 2018. 22 Oct 2018. 21 Oct 2018. 18 Oct 2018. 18 Oct 2018. 17 Oct 2018. 17 Oct 2018. 17 Oct 2018. 17 Oct 2018. 17 Oct 2018. 17 Oct 2018.

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Collaborative list – September 2018

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They noted 598 species as a team, bringing the year total to 2118 and pushing the life list to 3555. 29 Sep 2018. 28 Sep 2018. 28 Sep 2018. 28 Sep 2018. 28 Sep 2018. 28 Sep 2018. 27 Sep 2018. 25 Sep 2018. 25 Sep 2018. 24 Sep 2018. 23 Sep 2018. 23 Sep 2018. 23 Sep 2018. 23 Sep 2018. 22 Sep 2018. 22 Sep 2018. 22 Sep 2018. 22 Sep 2018. 20 Sep 2018. 20 Sep 2018.

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How Many Bird Species on Poas Volcano, Costa Rica?

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Recently, while guiding on the slopes of Poas, without too much effort, we had more than a hundred species. Such a birdy day and yet, one that still lacked quite a few species. Since I have spent a fair number of days on most sides and accessible areas of the volcano, I have a fair idea of what lives there but before making the list, I had to delineate the area used for the species tally. Purple-throated Mountain-gem is another of several common hummingbird species on Poas.

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Where Are You Birding This Third Weekend of August 2018?

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I find this season to be least amenable to regular birding, both for its mundane crop of resident species and my unpredictable schedule. The post Where Are You Birding This Third Weekend of August 2018? Mid-August in the Northern Hemisphere demands attention. Most of us have not yet returned to our regular routines and still live on an erratic, often enjoyable summer schedule.

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My 2018 Great Backyard Bird Count

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I hope everyone participated in at least one day of the four day Great Backyard Bird Count of 2018. I submitted five checklists from four different locations yielding 44 species. All in all, I tallied 44 species. As I walked out on my back porch on Friday morning, the first day of the count, it was a cool, clear day and the birds were very active at the feeders.

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Where Are You Birding This Final Weekend of January 2018?

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Denizens of the temperate zones begin the calendar year in the depth of winter or height of summer, times when species diversity is sparse. The conditions under which those few available species can be found are often dreadfully hot or painfully cold. Corey can’t stop racking up 2018 birds and will continue his run somewhere in NYC this weekend.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Second of June 2018)

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The Tern colonies in Queens didn’t produce anything but the expected species but Gull-billed Terns , Corey’s first of the year, were a pleasure to see loafing on a mudflat at Big Egg Marsh. Most of us know all too well the bittersweet mood returning from a birding trip evokes. On the one hand, a successful adventure results in rich memories, accumulated wisdom, and—if you did it right—plenty of lifers. On the other hand, you have all those photos to process and lists to sort.

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Collaborative List – June 2018

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10 countries were birded by 9 beats and 892 species were noted from 144 checklists. 23 May 2018. 12 Jun 2018. 01 Jan 2018. 01 Jan 2018. 20 Jan 2018. 13 Apr 2018. 04 Apr 2018. 19 Jan 2018. 13 Mar 2018. 03 Apr 2018. 05 Jan 2018. 01 Jan 2018. 03 Apr 2018. 01 Jan 2018. 13 Jan 2018. 01 Jan 2018. 06 Jan 2018. 06 Jan 2018. 01 Jan 2018. 01 Jan 2018.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (First of April 2018)

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On my wanderings I picked up quite a few species that were new for my year list but my Best Bird of the Weekend was one that countered cruelty with happiness. Mike, too, chose a bluebird as his Best Bird of the Weekend, though his was a different species seeing as he and his family avoided the cruelty of April by being in California. If the cold weather across much of the United States is any indication than T.S.

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Collaborative List – February 2018

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They found 673 species and advanced the yearly total to 1019. 01 Jan 2018. 01 Jan 2018. 20 Jan 2018. 05 Jan 2018. 01 Jan 2018. 01 Jan 2018. 13 Jan 2018. 01 Jan 2018. 06 Jan 2018. 06 Jan 2018. 01 Jan 2018. 01 Jan 2018. 01 Jan 2018. 06 Jan 2018. 01 Jan 2018. 01 Jan 2018. 02 Jan 2018. 01 Jan 2018. 02 Jan 2018. 07 Feb 2018. 01 Jan 2018. 10 Jan 2018.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (First of 2018)

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Your 2018 year lists, whether you tally them or not, have already begun to populate, silently bearing witness to your commitment to bird looking or lack thereof. I enjoyed my first wave of feeder birds for the year, with Tufted Titmouse winning BBOTW honors only because that species appears less frequently than my other local denizens. And they’re off!

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Last of January 2018)

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The first month of 2018 is nearly in the books. But of all of the many species he spotted none gave him more satisfaction than the Red-necked Grebe he found at Jacob Riis Park, hiding amid a flock of scaup. At the conclusion of every month, we might ask ourselves, “Did I see enough or well enough these past weeks?” ” With hope, our answers improve with every month.

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Where Are You Birding This Final Weekend of July 2018?

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Down in the Big Apple, local birders have been mocking Corey by spotting tasty coastal species that he doesn’t have on his Queens list. The last weekend of July signals the midpoint of the current season, at least as far as the conventional calendar is concerned. Birds run on a different timetable than humans, so many of the former are making plans for fall (or spring) while the latter still ponders how to spend those summer (or winter) nights.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Third of February 2018)

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They found twenty-four species of ducks, geese, and swans, not bad for a half-day. Weekends are much like birds, in that some are more prosaic than others. Not all can be stunners or megas. Were we to ascribe to weekends the taxonomy of birds, our days would likely resemble our lists: for every resplendent songbird or wild raptor would be ten ordinary gulls or pigeons, interesting in their own rights but hardly worth raving about. But gulls can inspire excitement too.

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Collaborative List – April 2018

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Their 185 checklists contained 951 species during April! 01 Jan 2018. 01 Jan 2018. 20 Jan 2018. 13 Apr 2018. 04 Apr 2018. 19 Jan 2018. 13 Mar 2018. 03 Apr 2018. 05 Jan 2018. 01 Jan 2018. 03 Apr 2018. 01 Jan 2018. 13 Jan 2018. 01 Jan 2018. 06 Jan 2018. 06 Jan 2018. 01 Jan 2018. 01 Jan 2018. 01 Jan 2018. 06 Jan 2018. 01 Jan 2018. 01 Jan 2018.

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Where Are You Birding This First Weekend of July 2018?

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Too few species on the move makes for the same old same old. July rarely ranks high in the list of top birding months. However, those who value quality over quantity may find this month more amenable to auspicious encounters with their local birds. Pay attention to even your most common residents this weekend, and you may be surprised. I’ll be traveling to NYC this weekend with nary a moment for birding; hopefully, I’ll see something decent on the road.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (First of July 2018)

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July often means travel, which sometimes means tourist attractions, which occasionally means exotic or introduced bird species. Following me here? Encountering exotics raises all manner of questions in birders, the toughest of which rarely center on identification. We may know these birds well, but should we love them? The reason I ask is because my family and I visited the Bronx Zoo this weekend. Not only did I see all manner of international avifauna, but I enjoyed seeing them.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (First of June 2018)

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So, for perhaps the first time ever, Corey has chosen an introduced species as his Best Bird of the Weekend. Another birdy weekend (YMMV) has come and gone. Did you make the most of it? As promised, I ventured out into the lush and lovely managed wilds of Mendon Ponds Park and brought home–in a visual sense only–the Black-billed Cuckoo I promised you. Actually, I got pretty lucky that the bird called in my vicinity, as better birders than I had worse cuckoo luck that morning.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Third of May 2018)

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Not only did I bag the beautiful bird I expected, but I also encountered a tasty species I never expect there until I see it every year: Olive-sided Flycatcher. Speaking of OSFL, Corey had quite a haul of species to choose from this weekend after leading two walks for New York City Audubon and doing a ton of birding on his own on Sunday. The question isn’t whether you went birding this weekend, because everyone who wasn’t part of the Royal Wedding was out chasing birds.

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Where Are You Birding This First Weekend of May 2018?

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Saturday, May 5 is Global Big Day , when eBirders around the world strive to collectively encounter as many species as possible. Last year’s Global Big Day accounted for at least 65% of all the bird species on the planet. Corey, however, will do his best to scoop every species passing through Queens and other more reputable parts of the city. Every person’s calendar includes both busy seasons and fallow periods.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (First of May 2018)

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That netted them 136 species, and more birding on Sunday morning got Corey even more. This past weekend marked one of the peak moments of migratory bird activity globally, at least in an aggregate sense. Did you notice? Family obligations kept me on the sidelines during Global Big Day, but I did manage to sneak in a little birding before traveling. Black-throated Blue Warblers may not be rare in my part of the world, but they’re still one of my favorite songbirds.

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Collaborative List – March 2018

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During March, 11 beats shared 122 checklists to accumulate 680 species from 8 countries; USA, Costa Rica, Serbia, India, Australia, New Zealand, UK and Japan. 31 Mar 2018. 30 Mar 2018. 28 Mar 2018. 28 Mar 2018. 26 Mar 2018. 25 Mar 2018. 25 Mar 2018. 25 Mar 2018. 25 Mar 2018. 24 Mar 2018. 24 Mar 2018. 24 Mar 2018. 24 Mar 2018. 24 Mar 2018. 24 Mar 2018. 24 Mar 2018. 24 Mar 2018.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Last of May 2018)

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I cleaned up a few spring species along the lovely and locally legendary Lakeview Community Church Trail, but my best sightings were in the reeds in front of the more widely renowned Braddock Bay Hawk Watch platform. For some of you, this final weekend of May is still in full flower. Let’s not gloat, though. You may be birding on a Monday morning, but we tally weekend sightings now.

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Where Are You Birding This Second Weekend of May 2018?

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Fresh off the most successful Global Big Day in history– 6899 species in ONE DAY –we’re rolling into World Migratory Bird Day in the Americas. What a time to be alive and birding! Birds are out in both quantity and diversity so staggering that we must celebrate it. Be a part of the excitement! I’m working all weekend, which isn’t as bad as it sounds considering how lousy the weather along my stretch of Lake Ontario has been.

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Where Are You Birding This Fourth Weekend of April 2018?

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In any case, every weekend during migration can present a precious opportunity to catch favorite species for the first or last time this year. Believe it or not, migration has really arrived. Just about any part of the world in which birds move in response to seasonal signals now bears witness to birds on the move. Perhaps migration has already hit your area hard or, instead, is just entering your airspace.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (First of March 2018)

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I’ve been chasing this species for months in an effort to close out our local swans, when all I needed to do was hang out at the hawk watch station! But he did get out and about and was pleased to find a flock of twenty Horned Larks at Fort Tilden on Sunday which became his Best Bird of the Weekend as it was only the second time he had encountered the species this year.

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Where Are You Birding This Third Weekend of February 2018?

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I’m still tracking down a couple of winter species, so look for me in the more desolate parts of greater Rochester. In the midst of intolerable or deplorable situations, we often fear that change will never come. Yet we need only look to the seasons to recognize that, just as one has well and truly settled in, we see the first glimmers of the next. For good or for ill, everything changes. If you look for signs of the next season this weekend, you’ll surely find them.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Last of February 2018)

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All manner of spring species are turning up in the Finger Lakes region, but I’m still working on winter stragglers, which makes a self-found Iceland Gull my favorite of this weekend. February may not last as long as other months, but much happens from a phenological perspective in just 28.25 Have you recognized how different your immediate surroundings are compared to the beginning of the month?

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Second of January 2018)

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He didn’t find anything particularly spectacular but he did see quite a few species. Two weekends into the new year, I’m already wondering if the weather will be this volatile every month. This crazy climate change must be wreaking havoc on birds. In between arctic blasts, I got up to the lake at Hamlin Beach State Park, where I found a very confused and noisy Red-Headed Woodpecker.

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The Cherokee National Forest just got bigger!

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Through multi-partnerships, cooperation, federal funding, and the private conservation efforts of one family, 616 acres were officially added to the Cherokee National Forest in September 2018. In the area live 15 species from Tennessee’s threatened and endangered list, as well as 11 aquatic species from the federally endangered list. I can see the western ridges of the southern Cherokee NF from my hometown; and have a long list of local favorite bird species.

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The Lake of Beasts: Kerkini, Greece

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Birdwise, it turned out to be a good one and my year list was almost 400 species long, which made me happy… almost. The Lesser White-fronted Goose is one of the most threatened waterfowl species of the Western Palearctic, with illegal killing being the most important threat globally. Too short-tailed to be a kestrel, it’s a Merlin and the species #400 in barely more than an hour on my first morning at the Kerkini lake!

And so the “Little Big Year” begins

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Let me be quite clear here, my 2018 will not really a true “Big Year” in the sense that I spend an entire year, every day, going all over the world in an effort to establish a new record number of bird species. The first rays of sunlight brought me my first bird of 2018. Total count: 61 species. Total count: 46 species. The large numbers of species, were somewhat reduced to a bird or two, here or there. Total count: 31 species. And so it begins!

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Operation Duck Drop

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Date: 07 October 2018. Date: 08 October 2018. Date: 09 October 2018. Date: 09 October 2018. I knew we should have used a bigger species! Date: 09 October 2018. Date: 10 October 2018. This might not have been the best species to use. Date: 10 October 2018. Date: 11 October 2018. Date: 11 October 2018. Date: 11 October 2018. Date: 11 October 2018. Date: 12 October 2018. Date: 15 October 2018.

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