Tuesday, 7 December 2010
Saturday, 9 October 2010
|American Robin-16 Sep|
|Chestnut-sided Warbler-16 Sep|
|American Black Duck-18 Sep|
|Ring-billed Gull, 1 Sep 2010 (with Niagara Falls behind!)|
|another Ring-billed Gull at Niagara|
|Red-eyed vireo, 30 Aug 2010|
|Black-throated Blue Warbler, 30 Aug 2010|
|Sharp-shinned Hawk, 31 Aug 2010|
|American Woodcock, 2 Sep 2010|
|and a Great Big effin Black Bear! on 25 Aug 2010|
for write-ups of the trip, see here, or here for a brief overview.
Thursday, 2 September 2010
For thoose of us who are fartunate enough to have had a summer break off from Univeristy, College, Work, or School might have seen some new birds for their year list.
So if you have some updates and would like your list to be updated then please don't hesitate to get in touch through the email address that can be found on the right hand side of this page.
If you would like to see current lists and numbers of species seen then see here: http://youngbirders.blogspot.com/2010/07/year-listing-competition-2010.html
& Joseph N
ps. Joeseph's last post was the 200th post on this blog! Please feel free to contribute as much as you like folks.
Tuesday, 10 August 2010
Swallow - Settrington
Song Thrush - Settrington
House Sparrow - Settrington
Collared Dove - Settrington
Blackbird - Settrington (rather manky looking bird!)
House Martin - Settrington
A few days before I left, I ended up at Flamborough Head on a family day out - a place on the East Yorks coast which is famed for its drift migrants and seabird passage at times. When I visited there wasn't much going on to be honest, but there were a few commoner birds that kept me entertained. See photos below.
Pied Wagtail - Flamborough Head, 5/8
Kittiwakes - Flambourough Head
Gannets at sea - Flamborough Head
Finally on the way back to Aberdeen I met Andrew Kinghorn, fellow Admin of this blog, and went in search of Long-eared Owls at a site near him in Durham (previously having seen a distant Honey Buzzard at Wykeham Forest before travelling up). I was successful, with one young bird late on. Photograph wise there was a stunning sunset which I captured and a rather silhouetted Yellowhammer, see below. A big thank you to Andrew for showing me the Owls, it was a pleasure to meet you!
Friday, 6 August 2010
However one of the more memorable events was about to come as we made our way for the 2 hour journey back to Salthome RSPB, I got some texts of Mark to reassure me the bird was still there. I was about 50 minutes of Salthome when I received a text again from Mark and he informed me that I was a “lucky boy” as next to the Whiskered Tern a White-rumped Sandpiper had just appeared! We finally got there and I obtained very good views of the White-rumped Sandpiper, even though the light was bad I didn’t really notice it when I was watching the bird as I got pretty fantastic views even with a bit of zoom on my eyepiece. It was nice to see the bird wandering around feeding and to also get a comparison with Dunlin and other waders present. I was so busy watching the White-rumped Sandpiper I didn’t even notice the Little Stint that was reported, however it is possible it might not have been there when I was there. I also god good views of the Whiskered Tern and on a handful of occasions saw the Whiskered Tern and the White-rumped Sandpiper in the same scope view! Both were lifers and therefore also year ticks.
Happy days these birding days!
If you enjoy my ramblings them please do follow me: http://www.andrewkinghorn.blogspot.com/
Also I have photos that my friends took of the Whiskered Tern and the White-rumped Sandpiper on my blog.
Until next time, Foghorn (nickname) out!
Tuesday, 3 August 2010
Here is a superb video of this wonderful species:
Hope you enjoyed the video, very sad considering it failed to attract a mate but a beautiful bird.
Wednesday, 28 July 2010
all the best to everyone
Tuesday, 27 July 2010
Monday, 26 July 2010
You may have noticed that the way the Year Listing Competition is now being done has changed. This is so that the task of updating the results is easier for me and Joseph to update. Here is a list of why I made the changes:
• I can make the results look more appealing in terms of formatting.
• You can comment on the updates if you like (however please continue to send updates through the email address)
• Me and Joseph can edit the updates easily.
The post with the Year List Challenge can be accessed at any time by looking under the “YEAR LISTING COMPETITION 2010” which can be found down the right hand side of the blog. Under this section near the bottom there is a hyperlink to the page to show the Year Listing Competition (SEE IMAGE BELOW). As this page will be updated regularly you can see how everyone’s year list is looking.
New Year List updates post: http://youngbirders.blogspot.com/2010/07/year-listing-competition-2010.html
CLICK ON IMAGE TO ENLARGE:
Andrew & Joseph
Species highlighted in:
Red - Are 'MEGAS', which are exceptionally rare birds.
Orange - Are birds that are classed as "Rare"
Blue - Are birds that are classed as "Scarce"
For the British birders this colour coding goes by national ranking, not local.
(1) - United States of America - Tucker Lutter ~ Total: 404
Highlights: Cinnamon Teal, Golden Eagle, Little Blue Heron, Prairie Falcon, Black-necked Stilt, Black-billed Magpie, and Smith's Longspur in Iowa. Long-tailed Duck, Iceland Gull, Spruce Grouse, Northern Hawk Owl, Great Gray Owl, and American Three-toed Woodpecker in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Fish Crow, Hooded Warbler, and more in Missouri. Gray Hawk, Short-tailed Hawk, Lucifer's Hummingbird, Elegant Trogon, Whiskered Screech-Owl, Buff-breasted Flycatcher (400th life bird!) Sulpher-bellied Flycatcher, Olive Warbler, Varied Bunting, and lots more in SE Arizona. Red-throated Loon (diver), Fork-tailed Storm-Petrel, Flesh-footed Shearwater, Tufted Puffin, Red Phalarope, Heerman's Gull, Red-breasted Sapsucker, American Dipper, Northwestern Crow, and more in Washington.
(2) - United States of America - Chris West ~ Total: 360
Highlights: Orange-billed Nightingale-thrush, Ross's Gull, Red Phalarope, Ruff, Kirtland's Warbler, White-tailed Ptarmigan, Brown-capped Rosy-finch, Mountain Plover, Lewis's Woodpecker
(3) - United States of America - James Fox ~ Total: 298
(4) - United Kingdom - Andrew Kinghorn ~ Total: 265
Highlights: Trumpeter Finch, Iberian Chiffchaff, Sykes's Warbler, Eastern Olivaceous Warbler, Sharp-tailed Sandpiper, American Bittern, Green Heron, Pied-billed Grebe, Black-throated Thrush, Broad-billed Sandpiper, Whiskered Tern, White-rumped Sandpiper, Semipalmated Sandpiper, Bonaparte's Gull, Greenish Warbler, Red-flanked Bluetail, Dusky Warbler, Squacco Heron, Ross's Goose (not counted on my lists), Coues' Arctic Redpoll, Ringed-necked Duck, Green-winged Teal, American Wigeon, Purple Heron, Great White Egret, Spotted Crake, Capercallie, Iceland Gull, Bean Goose, Montagu's Harrier, Dotterel, Temminck's Stint, Balearic Shearwater, Barred Warbler, Lapland Bunting, White-winged Black Tern, Firecrest, Wryneck, Woodchat Shrike, Great Grey Shrike, Shorelark, Yellow-browed Warbler, Red-breasted Flycatcher, Pallas's Warbler, Snow Goose, Pomarine Skua, Little Auk, Rough-legged Buzzard, Mealy Redpoll, Black Grouse, Crested Tit, Ptarmigan, Hen Harrier, Stone Curlew, Hobby, Nightingale, Jack Snipe, Black Redstart, Black-necked Grebe, Short-eared Owl, Long-eared Owl, Barn Owl, Marsh Harrier, Golden Eagle, Bittern, Smew, Merlin, Peregrine, White-fronted Goose, Turtle Dove, Woodlark, Grasshopper Warbler, Cetti's Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat, Nightjar, Garganey, Arctic Skua, Great Skua, Manx Shearwater, Sooty Shearwater, Scaup, Brambling, and Bewick's Swan (long awaited lifer).
(5) - United Kingdom - David Campbell ~ Total: 212
Highlights: White-tailed Lapwing, Marmora's Warbler, River Warbler, Trumpeter Finch, Bufflehead, Iberian Chiffchaff, Dusky Warbler, Alpine Swift, Red-footed Falcon, Montagu's Harrier, Ferruginous Duck, Golden Oriole,Ring-billed Gull, Great Shearwater, Hoopoe, Wryneck, Waxwing, Green -winged Teal, Serin, Buff-breasted Sandpiper, Pectoral Sandpiper, Red-backed Shrike, Common Rosefinch, Stone-curlew, Purple Heron, Great White Egret, Hawfinch, Storm Petrel, Balearic Shearwater, Chough, Quail, Sooty Shearwater, Goshawk, Cirl Bunting, amongst many others.
(6) - United Kingdom - Joseph Nichols ~ Total: 210
Highlights: Broad-billed Sandpiper, Lesser Scaup, Glossy Ibis, King Eider, Black-winged Stilt, Red-footed Falcon, Snow Goose, Purple Heron, Great White Egret, Great Grey Shrike, Montagu's Harrier, Temminck's Stint, Honey Buzzard, Iceland Gull, Golden Oriole, Common Crane, Spoonbill, Bean Goose, White-tailed Eagle, Long-eared Owl, Stone Curlew, Red-crested Pochard, Nightjar, Little Owl, Avocet, Yellow Wagtail, Turtle Dove, Med Gull, Black Grouse, Ptarmigan, Crested Tit, Dotterel, Firecrest, , Dartford Warbler, Golden Eagle, Garganey, Bittern, Common Redstart, Red Kite, Cetti's Warbler, Marsh Tit, LRP, Bewicks Swan, Egyptian Goose, White-fronted Goose, Waxwing, Great Northern Diver, Scaup, Kingfisher, Hen Harrier, Twite, Snow Bunting, Merlin, Water Rail, Osprey, Brambling, Long-tailed Duck, Smew, Slavonian Grebe, Water Pipit, Short-eared Owl, and Brent Goose.
(7) - United Kingdom - Robert Williamson ~ Total: 192
Highlights: Oriental Pratincole, Bufflehead, Black-throated Thrush, Pallid Swift, Alpine Swift, Snow Goose, Bluethroat, Dotterel, Lapland Bunting, Bean Goose, Golden Pheasant, Caspian Gull, Dartford Warbler, Willow Warbler, Gannet, Swallow, Sand Martin, Wheatear, Chiffchaff, Woodlark, Med Gull, Scaup, Corn Bunting, Shore Lark, Firecrest, Mealy Redpoll, Black-throated Diver, Red-throated Diver, Spotted Redshank, , Merlin, Dipper, Snow Bunting, , Red-necked Grebe, Great Northern Diver, Hawfinch, Lesser Redpoll, Sisken, Brambling, Whooper & Bewick's Swan, Tree Sparrow, Willow Tit, Red Kite, Twite, Water & Rock Pipit, Water Rail, White-fronted Geese, Yellow-legged Gull, Slavonian Grebe, Guillemot, Velvet Scoter, Peregrine, Smew, Goosander, Bittern
(8) - United States of America - John Shamgochian ~ Total: 190
Highlights: Tundra Swan, Eurasian Wigeon, Harlequin Duck, Ruffed Grouse, Black Crowned Night-Heron, Glossy Ibis, Black Vulture, Mississippi Kite, Bald Eagle, Merlin, Peregrine Falcon,Piping Plover, Hudsonian Godwit, Wilson's Snipe, American Woodcock, Black-Headed Gull, Least Tern, Razorbill, Black Guillemot, Yellow-Billed Cuckoo, Eastern Screech-Owl, Barred Owl, Common Nighthawk, Nashville Warbler, Prothonotary Warbler, Ovenbird, Northern Waterthrush, Hooded Warbler, Canada Warbler, Yellow-Breasted Chat, Saltmarsh Sparrow, Blue Grosbeak, Bobolink, Rusty Blackbird, Orchard Oriole and Purple Finch, Fox Sparrow, Lapland Longspur, Snow Bunting, Winter Wren and Common Raven.
(9) - United Kingdom - Liam Curson ~ Total: 169
Highlights: Marmora's Warbler, White-tailed Plover, Bonaparte's Gull Great Grey Shrike, Temminck's Stint, Nightingale, Nightjar, Chough, Puffin, Pied Flycatcher, Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, Marsh Harrier, Arctic Skua, Black-necked Grebe, Long-tailed Duck, Water Pipit, Velvet Scoter, Garganey, Glaucous Gull, Cattle Egret, Red-throated and Black-throated Divers, Dark-bellied Brent, Gadwall, Pintail, Shoveler, Scaup, Pochard, Goldeneye, Water Rail, Jack Snipe, Woodcock, Black-tailed Godwit, Common and Green Sandpipers, Mediterranean Gull, Little Gull, Razorbill, Little Owl, Woodlark, Black Redstart, Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Raven, Bullfinch, Crane, Crossbill, Cettis Warbler, Tawny Owl, Wheater, and Bittern.
(10) - United Kingdom - Ashley Hugo ~ Total: 129
Highlights: Richard's Pipit, Cattle Egret, Black Redstart, Bittern
(11) - United Kingdom - Simeon Grundy ~ Total: 127
Highlights: Alpine Swift, Smew, Scaup, Bittern, Peregrine, Merlin, Shore Lark, Snow Bunting
(12) - United Kingdom - Oliver Simms ~ Total: 137
Highlights: Serin, Glaucous Gull, Woodlark, Bittern, Rock Pipit, Bearded Tit, Waxwing, Black Redstart, Slavonian Grebe, Little Gull and Short Eared Owl
(13) - United Kingdom - Robert Gilbert ~Total: 99
Highlights: Red-throated Diver, Yellow-legged Gull
Sunday, 25 July 2010
Thanks so much for your time, and have a wonderful day!
posted by Andrew Kinghorn
Thursday, 22 July 2010
Just to let everyone know their is now a coalition of admin between Joseph Nichols and myself (Andrew Kinghorn).
Please continue to use this blog and enjoy it, please post what you like and whenever you like. This is your blog!
Andrew Kinghorn - Admin
Joseph Nichols - Admin
Friday, 16 July 2010
Patient waiting in a hide at Lackford Lakes SWT allowed me very good views of a Kingfisher, which perched and fished right in front of us!
At Minsmere, a family of Avocets had taken up residence in one the few pools that hadn't dried up on the wader scrape...
Sedge and Reed Warblers sang deep in the reedbeds, and occasionally one would pop up...
Onto Blaxhall Common, and I had been given a tip off that Nightjars were in residence on a certain area of the common. Whilst waiting, a Dartford Warbler sang and briefly flitted past. The Nightjars called non stop till gone 11pm and even flew over my head on several occasions.
I got a video of a bird churring but it won't seem to upload on here. Its on my blog though.
The wooded clearing where the birds displayed...
More on the blog at billsbirding.blogspot.com
Hope everyone has a great summer!
Wednesday, 14 July 2010
I have written a piece on my blog about the identification of Iberian Chiffchaff by song. I have also included the called of both Chiffchaff and Willow Warbler, which in the UK look very similar and are the possible (common) confusion species.
Here is the piece: http://andrewkinghorn.blogspot.com/2010/07/iberian-chiffchaff-have-you-heard-one.html
Hope this is of some use to people.
Tuesday, 13 July 2010
Just wanted to give a quick update. I've forgotten how long it's been since I've posted here, so I'll recap for the year since Jan.
Birding in Jan, Feb was rather slow. I got a quick start to my year list in Jan but then dropped off after that.
The last week of Feb, I was practically given the chance to go along on a VENT (Victor Emanuel Nature Tours) trip to Costa Rica for the first week of March. It was quite the most amazing trip I've ever been on. got around 200 new lifers during a week's time there.
Less than a month later, I had the chance to volunteer for three weeks as a guide at Tandayapa Bird Lodge in Northwest Ecuador. Talk about another amazing trip to the tropics! Nearly 200 lifers there as well.
For May, I birded the heck out my home state and worked my year list up near 300.
A 10 day trip helping lead a tour to Colorado in Jun pushed it over 300.
Now, it's July, the slowest birding month here in the US and I've been working on documenting my trips on my blog "The Southwest Wisconsin Birder"
Want to read the details of my trips? visit my blog! do it. :)
Saturday, 29 May 2010
With an hour or so to kill, and since I was up at St Hughe's anyway, I decided to visit Port Meadow this evening. On arrival, it seemed that there wasn't that much of note: the Little Egret was still present with a Grey Heron, and a Common Tern flew along the river. However, as I was watching a few Gadwall, which were beginning to go into eclipse moult, the drake Garganey appeared! On the grass nearby were the two leucistic Egyptian Geese - the first time I had seen them. Not long after this, I spotted some movement on the far side, which turned out to be a Ringed Plover - not a bad bird for the meadow. I didn't think it had been there the whole time as I had scanned that bank already, so decided to check it again. A flash of yellow caught my attention: a Yellow Wagtail. It was quite mobile, and as I watched it move along I became aware of movement on the edge of the grass. Two small brown waders revealed themselves, and I instantly felt they could be something good. They had the general appearance of Common Sandpipers, but were behaving more skulkingly, without bobbing as Common Sandpipers often do. There was no hint of a white spur, and I was fairly sure they were smaller, though it was difficult to judge from that distance. I packed up my kit in a rush and biked over in order to get better views, which did nothing to help the effects of sunstroke I was beginning to feel! However, when I reached a reasonable distance to view from, they were nowhere to be seen. Frantically, I biked back, and thankfully there they were, in the same general area. Taking careful note of their position, I repeated the exercise and this time managed to locate them. I now I realised there were 3 birds. The light was against me, but I could just make out a complete breast band and some scaling on the mantle and scapulars. I was now pretty certain I'd found three Temminck's Stints, and felt confident enough to alert Adam Hartley, who watches Port Meadow regularly. Thankfully he was able to come immediately, and arrived within a few minutes. During this time I had noted a lot of white on the rump/tail when one of the birds preened. I directed Adam to the birds, not wanting to leave my place to get better views in case they disappeared, as has happened many times before! By this time I was feeling pretty awful, so when he told me he'd got them I left the rest to him, texting in to Birdguides, and flopping down on the grass. I didn't even feel up to walking round to get better views myself, content with the photos I knew Adam would be taking. Was it worth the visit? Of course!
Visit Adam Hartley's website, Port Meadow Birding, for photos of the birds. And, needless to say, keep checking your local patch whenever you have a spare hour. You never know what might turn up!
Sunday, 14 March 2010
Tuesday, 23 February 2010
Monday, 22 February 2010
Thanks for reading and good luck to everyone out there
All the best
Tuesday, 16 February 2010
I'm Joseph Nichols (Joseph N on Birdforum), and I'm a very keen 15 year old young living in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. Ever since I was a young lad at the age of 5 I have been watching and enjoying birds in a big way. With age of course, my ability to birdwatch has improved considerably and with that too my British List and my Life List. My life list in the world currently stands at just below 350 species (347), with 2 trips to South Africa and others to countries such as Portugal, France and Spain in the past providing me with over a 100 species that I haven't seen in Britain. My British List, if I was to be honest, matters more to me. It currently stands at 228 species, which I think is reasonable for someone of my age. A good number of rarities are amongst these 228 species, of which the rarest was a Greater Sand Plover at the Ythan Estuary in 2008. This bird was one of those species that looked completely out of place, and not where it was supposed to be, hence why it was only the 13th record for Britain ever. Last year, a Stilt Sandpiper at the Loch of Strathbeg in early July came in as the second rarest bird that I'd ever seen, with only 18 records of this bird ever in the UK. These were both great birds to see. Some other rare birds that I have seen, all of which I have taken great pleasure in seeing, include Great White Egret (although this species is gradually losing its vagrant status), Glossy Ibis, a few Snow Geese, Ruddy Shelduck, King Eiders (female and drake seen but on different occasions), Common Crane, Dotterel, White-winged Black Tern, Short-toed Lark, Bluethroat, Icterine ,Yellow-browed and Pallas's Warbler, Ross's Goose, Richard's Pipit and Red-backed Shrike. In the coming years, I hope to see more rare birds, as well as some of those rare breeders. My current year list, as you may have read on the competition, is at 113 species. For me its been an absolutely fantastic year so far, probably my best start ever. I've already had 4 lifers this year. These lifers have are amongst my highlights this year, which you can see on this very page.
Whilst I do take interest in the listing aspect of birding, I also really enjoy watching birds and other wildlife on a whole; I would hardly call myself a 'twitcher'. In my opinion, its a blissful experience to escape from the hardships and repetition of everday life and find yourself out amongst copious amounts of birds, witnessing nature's marvellous spectacles. I also love just how ubiquitous birds are (they're always there for you to see in other words) and how unpredictable birding is. What are you going to see, and in what way will this effect you? It's just very excting! I get out birding regularly with my Dad , very rarely leaving it more than a few weeks between birding outings. I tend to visit three local patches by the names of Girdleness, the Ythan Estuary and the Loch of Strathbeg, all of which are fantastic in their different ways. Girdleness sticks out into the sea and is great for seawatching and looking for migrants, the Ythan Estuary is good for waterfowl, whilst the Loch of Strathbeg is the same as the Ythan Estuary but better, providing more rarities and a wider range of species than the Ythan. I have also done a reasonable amount of birding in England, where I visit relatives annually. I also occasionally go birding in other parts of Scotland.
That is just a brief introduction to my birding experiences and adventures. If you want to find out more and would like to read about my birding days out, please visit my blog at this link:
Cheers folks, and I'll start posting more in here when I get up to date with my blog. In the meantime, I'll be keeping an eye on how you guys are getting on,
Tuesday, 9 February 2010
My year so far has been much less productive than pretty much everyone on this blog! The weather has been terrible and the birds are few and far between where I live. Right now it is -5 degress farenheit (minus 20 celsius) and we have had lots of snow this winter (more than any other).
The other day I was going to see my lifer American Black Duck but I had to cancelled because of bad weather so I am feeling pretty bird deprived right now! I can't wait for spring and all of the birds it brings.
The only good bird I saw this year was a Prairie Falcon near the town that I live in. Here is a photo:I hope the weather stays nice because next week from Wednesday-Sunday I am going to be in Northern Minnesota looking for birds! That's all for now.
Sunday, 31 January 2010
Let’s hope February will carry on the same way,
On arrival I scanned the trees for Lesser Redpoll. Sadly nothing apart from a load of Siskin, Goldfinch and a Nuthatch. I made my way to the lake where the Goosanders had been seen and bingo, there they were! They were extremely flightly and very shy, flying right out to the far side of the lake on a number of occasions when spooked by passers by. However, I was able to get some reasonable shots of them with the new lens...