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Archives - 2009


 October 2nd

• Yarinacocha & Rio Ucayali, Perϊ: 100 species from a boat in Amazonia including Large-billed Tern (726+), Western Great Egret (600+), Wattled Jacana (265+), Black Vulture (200+), Greater Yellowlegs (200+), Lesser Yellowlegs (200+), Plumbeous Kite (174), Chestnut-bellied Seedeater (164+), Yellow -billed Tern (132+), Pectoral Sandpiper (100+), Sand Martin (79), Collared Plover (71), Southern Rough-winged Swallow (65), Swallow-winged Puffbird (61), Black-necked Stilt (52), White-winged Parakeet (45), White-winged Swallow (39), Wood Stork (34), Yellow-headed Caracara (31), Amazon Kingfisher (29), Greater Ani (27), Ringed Kingfisher (27), Neotropic Cormorant (24), Lesser Kiskadee (24), Tropical Kingbird (24), Eastern Kingbird (18), Turkey Vulture (14), Spotted Sandpiper (14), Smooth-billed Ani (14), Russet-backed Oropendola (14), Roadside Hawk (13), Pied Plover (12), Oriole Blackbird (12), Ruddy Ground Dove (11), Lesser Yellow-headed Vulture (10), Blue-and-white Swallow (10), Silver-beaked Tanager (10), Snowy Egret (9), Black-collared Hawk (9), Barn Swallow (9), Great Black Hawk (7), Tui Parakeet (6), Social Flycatcher (6), White-banded Swallow (6), Yellow-rumped Cacique (6), Red-capped Cardinal (6), Caqueta Seedeater (6), Swallow-tailed Kite (5), Stilt Sandpiper (5), Brown-chested Martin (5), Yellow-hooded Blackbird (5), Blue Ground Dove (4), Chestnut-fronted Macaw (4), Neotropical Palm Swift (4), Great Kiskadee (4), Cocoi Heron (3), Buff-breasted Sandpiper (3), Ruddy Pigeon (3), Jabiru (2), Striated Heron (2), Western Cattle Egret (2), Slate-colored Hawk (2), Black Caracara (2), Solitary Sandpiper (2), Black Skimmer (2), Blue-winged Parrotlet (2), Festive Amazon (2), Mealy Amazon (2), Ladder-tailed Nightjar (2), Green Kingfisher (2), Black-fronted Nunbird (2), Drab Water Tyrant (2), Pied Water Tyrant (2), Short-crested Flycatcher (2), Grey-breasted Martin (2), Yellow-browed Sparrow (2), Blue-black Grassquit (2); and singles of Great Tinamou, Horned Screamer, Rufescent Tiger Heron, Capped Heron, Greater Yellow-headed Vulture, Western Osprey, Bat Falcon, Sunbittern, Sanderling, Grey-fronted Dove, Striped Owl, Sand-colored Nighthawk, Yellow-tufted Woodpecker, Pale-legged Hornero, Vermilion Flycatcher, White-headed Marsh Tyrant, Grey-capped Flycatcher, Boat-billed Flycatcher, Black-capped Donacobius, Giant Cowbird, Shiny Cowbird, Magpie Tanager, and a Pale-winged Trumpeter (probably a pet bird from a Shipibo village).


 August 21st - October 3rd

• Northern Perϊ: Including Marvellous Spatuletail, Koepcke's Hermit, Mishana Tyrannulet, Ashy-headed Greenlet, Ivory-billed Ararcari, Yellow-crested Tanager, Yellow-bellied Tanager, Andean Cock of the Rock, Golden-winged Manakin, Slaty Antwren, Rufous-vented Whitetip, Sickle-winged Guan, Booted Racket-tail, Red-billed Parrot, Speckled Chachalaca, Ecuadorian Tyrannulet, Cinnamon Flycatcher, Rusty Flowerpiercer, Ornate Fycatcher, Saffron-crowned Tanager, Marble-faced Bristle-Tyrant, Montane Foliage-gleaner, Rufous-tailed Tyrany, Golden-faced Tyrannulet, Green-tailed Trainbearer, Purple-throated Sunangel, Andean Gull, Andean Lapwing, White-cheeked Pintail, Torrent Tyrannulet, Lesser Yellowlegs, Spotted Sandpiper, Slaty-capped Flycatcher, Yellow-throated Bush-Tanager, White-winged Tanager, Dotted Tanager, Dark-billed Cuckoo, Sapphire-spangled Emerald, Long-tailed Hermit, Black-throated Antwren, Double-barred Pygmy-Tyrant, White-flanked Antwren, White-tipped Swift, Cliff Flycatcher, White Hawk, Swallow-tailed Kite, Slate-throated Whitestart, White-winged Tanager, Wedge-billed Woodcreeper, Rufous Motmot,  Emerald Toucanet, White-billed Toucan, Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl, Double-toothed Kite, Rufous-rumped Antwren, Red-stained Woodpecker, White-throated Toucan, Three-striped Warbler, Green Jay, Bay-headed Tananger, Forest Elaenia, Many-banded Aracari, Grey-necked Wood Rail, Screaming Piha, White-flanked Antwren, Black-bellied Cuckoo, Chestnut Woodpecker, White-fronted Nunbird, Brown-chested Martin, Bronze-Green Euphonia, Opal-rumped Tanager, Olivaceous Woodcreeper, Cinnamon Flycatcher, White-throated Woodpecker, Bicolored Hawk, Buff-throated Woodcreeper, Chestnut-tipped Toucanet, Green Manakin, Plain-winged Antshrike, Paradise Tanager, Plumbeous Pigeon, Screaming Piha, Yellow-margined Flycatcher, White-lored Tyrannulet, Bay-headed Tanager, Wedge-billed Woodcreeper, Black Caracara, Orange-bellied Euphonia, Green Honeycreeper. Ivory-billed Ararcaris Yellow-crested Tanager, Yellow-bellied Tanager, Barred Antshrike, Great Antshrike, Chestnut-collared Swift, Short-crested Flycatcher, Little Woodpecker, Turquoise Tanager, Little Cuckoo, Long-billed Gnatwren, Coraya Wren, Amazonian Scrub-Flycatcher, Amazonian Antshrike, Grey Antbird, Warbling Antbird, Moustached Wren, Scarlet-crowned Barbet, Cream-coloured Barbet, Buff-breasted Wren, Greater Ani, Pauraque, Ringed Kingfisher, Canary-winged Parakeet, Amazon Kingfisher, Yellow-headed Caracara, Russet-backed Oropendola, Grey-fronted Dove, Lesser Kiskadee, West Peruvian Dove, Eared Dove, Vermilion Flycatcher, Scrub Blackbird, Amazilia Hummingbird, Southern Beardless-Tyrannulet, Shiny Cowbird, Bananaquit, Croaking Ground-Dove, Saffron Finch, Harris’ Hawk, Long-tailed Mockingbird, Black-crowned Night-Heron, Inca Tern, Band-tailed Gull (Belcher’s Gull), South American Tern, Kelp Gull, Peruvian Pelican, Neotropic Cormorant, American Kestrel.


August 10th

• Ayrshire: Green Sandpiper at Capringstone, adult Mediterranean Gulls at Bogside and Barassie, and 360 migrant Sandwich Terns resting at Barassie.


August 8th

• Changue, Ayrshire: Scotch Argus & Dark Green Fritillary.

• Pinbain Burn, Ayrshire: Grayling & Wall.


June 26th - July 4th

• North-east Poland: Great Egret, Black Stork, Marsh Sandpiper, White-tailed Eagle, Lesser Spotted Eagle, Great Spotted Eagle, White-winged Tern, Pygmy Owl, Hoopoe, Black Woodpecker, Grey-headed Woodpecker, Middle Spotted Woodpecker, White-backed Woodpecker, Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, Wryneck, Woodlark, Citrine Wagtail, Bluethroat, Barred Warbler, Aquatic Warbler, River Warbler, Savi's Warbler, Marsh Warbler, Great Reed Warbler, Greenish Warbler, Red-breasted Flycatcher, Collared Flycatcher, Crested Tit, Penduline Tit, Golden Oriole, Hawfinch, Common Rosefinch, Ortolan Bunting. [Trip Report]


June 12th-19th

• Kindrogan Field Centre, Perthshire: Scottish Wildcat, Ring Ouzel, Twite, Redstart, Peregrine, Goosander, Wigeon, Woodcock, Dipper, Tree Pipit, & Crossbill. [Trip Report]


May 31st

• Kilmarnock-Springside disused railway line, Ayrshire: 0540h Yellowhammer (19 singing mm), Reed Bunting (3 mm), Whitethroat (9 mm), Sedge Warbler (7 mm), Blackcap (1 m) Willow Warbler (34 mm), Skylark (8 mm), Song Thrush (8 mm), Goldfinch (7 mm), Linnet (2 pr), Chaffinch (10 mm), Blackbird (10 mm), Wren (24 mm), Robin (7 mm), Dunnock (7 mm), Lapwing (2 territorial prs), Curlew (territorial bird), Grey Partridge (heard only). Plenty of hole nesting species in the beeches including 3 prs Tree Sparrow (min count from path only), Stock Dove, Jackdaw, Kestrel, Great Tit and Starling. Sand Martins along Garrier Burn. Painted Lady (32) & Orange-tip (12).


May 30th

• Ayrshire: Painted Lady immigration Incredible numbers of Painted Ladies along the south coast - easily surpassing the county's biggest previous invasion in 1996. We stopped counting at 702! In contrast to London earlier this week when most butterflies were urgently flying north without stopping, most of today's individuals were resting and feeding on almost every available nectar source (particularly Brassicaceae, Asteraceae and Trifolium spp.) but a northward movement was still apparent in the fairly strong SE wind. Some numbers: 199 along a 500m stretch from Pinbain Burn south; 234 between Bennane Lea & Port Vad; 209 along a 500m stretch from Ballantrae Pier south; only (!) 36 at Currarie Port. Also noted from the car in every 1 km home to Kilmarnock. At a rough estimate, assuming an even distribution of numbers and uniform habitat, there could have been at least 50000 along the Ayrshire coast today. Other highlights: Dingy Skipper & 21 Wall at Pinbain; 48 Wall at Bennane Lea-Port Vad; 8 Wall at Currarie, and large numbers of Silver-Y everywhere. Nine other spp inc Large Skipper, Small Heath & Small Copper.


May 2nd

• River Lee Country Park, Herts/Essex: Savi's Warbler, Cetti's Warbler (6 singing mm), Hobby (8), Marsh Harrier (imm f), Nightingale & Lesser Whitethroat.


April 15th-25th

• Costa de la Luz, Spain: Purple Swamphen, Audouin's Gull, Short-toed Lark, Slender-billed Gull, Short-toed Eagle, Griffon Vulture, Caspian Tern, Gull-billed Tern, Iberian Chiffchaff, Crested Tit, Firecrest, Short-toed Treecreeper, Lesser Kestrel, Hawfinch, Blue Rock Thrush, Bee-eater, Great Reed Wabler, Egyptian Vulture and Purple Heron. [Trip Report] [Photos]


March 25th-31st

• Hornborgasjon, Sweden: Eurasian Crane (12900), White-tailed Eagle, Marsh Harrier, Smew, Bean Goose. Barnacle Goose, Common Redpoll. [Photos]


March 10th

• London: Tawny Owl (female) calling in a suburban street in Hendon.


March 8th

• London: Red Kite over Hendon Central tube station at 1005h.


February 21st

• London: Tawny Owls with brood of 3 owlets in Kensington Gardens.


February 19th

• London: First Chaffinch song of the year heard in Sunny Hill Park, Hendon.  


February 14th

• London: Little Owl calling in Sunny Hill Park, Hendon.  


February 13th

• London: First Blackbird of the year heard singing, main quad UCL, Gower Street.  


February 8th

• Knockentiber-Springside disused railway line, Ayrshire: Jack Snipe (1st site record)

• Warwickdale, Ayrshire: Jack Snipe (3) & Green Sandpiper (1).


January 24th

• West Hythe, Kent: Night Heron at the Royal Military Canal. Also Woodcock, Kingfisher & Goosander.


 January 17-18th

• Barassie, Ayrshire: Franklin's Gull (1st-w) at high tide roost 1615h/1637h. Also Mediterranean Gull (2 ads) and nearby up to 6 Iceland Gulls in Troon harbour.


 January 10th

• Ayrshire Winter Bird Race: 82 spp. including Green-winged Teal, Green Sandpiper, Hen Harrier, Nuthatch, Snow Goose, Pink-footed Goose, Ring-necked Duck, Dipper & Gadwall.


January 4th

• Bogside, Ayrshire: Short-eared Owl (2) & Hen Harrier (ringtail).

• Kay Park, Ayrshire: Mallard (94), Tufted Duck (m), Mute Swan (19), Coot (2), Moorhen (2). There was also a, presumed feral, male Gadwall x Mallard hybrid.

• Bonnyton disused railway line, Ayrshire: Waxwing (1) nearby in Munro Place. Kilmarnock.


January 3rd

• Capringstone, Ayrshire: Green-winged Teal (drake), Eurasian Teal (74), Wigeon (52), Shoveler (ad male, 1st-w male, and female), Jack Snipe (1).

• Irvine, Ayrshire: Waxwing (2) in East Road.

• Martnaham Loch, Ayrshire: Ring-necked Duck (female), Goldeneye (22), Tufted Duck (51), Little Grebe (12), Great Crested Grebe (1), Greylag Goose (c500), Canada Geese (232).

• A77/Hansel Village, Ayrshire: Waxwing (6) flew over the carrigeway.

• Bogside, Ayrshire: Short-eared Owl (2).


January 2nd

• Kilmarnock, Ayrshire: Waxwing (30) in James Johnston Place.

• Crossroads-Sandyford area, Ayrshire: Tree Sparrow (4) at Coldcothill; Chaffinch (300) at Mossbog, Wood Pigeon (1400) and Chaffinch (180) at Barmuir plantation; Greylag (107) over Boghead; Pink-footed Goose (15) in stubble near Adamhill; just two Tree Sparrows at Fail Mill; Whooper Swan (19) in wet pasture at Mid Foulton; Golden Plover (87), Lapwing (63) and House Sparrow (140) at Sandyford; Skylark (450), Reed Bunting (18), Starling (300) at Mossbog Cottage-Cofthead Cottage; 85 Fieldfares at Dallars and 68 at Mossbog Cottage.

• Shewalton, Ayrshire: Gadwall (2mm/3ff), Goldeneye (6) and Little Grebe (8).


January 1st

• Bonnyton disused railway line, Ayrshire: Waxwing (min 3)

• Kilmarnock-Galston area, Ayrshire: Lapwing (9) & Fieldfare (12) at Raws; Yellowhammer (12) at Caprickhill Farm; Fieldfare (20) at Moscow; Raven at Lower Rushaw plantation; Fieldfare (42) & Redwing (27) at Raithmuir; Stonechat (2) & Bullfinch (3) at Fenwick/Moss Wood.



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Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax) West Hythe, Kent  

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Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax) West Hythe, Kent  

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Persian Wheatear (Oenanthe chrysopygia) at Jebel Hafeet, UAE  

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Green Heron (Butorides virescens) at West Hythe, Kent  

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Green Heron (Butorides virescens) at West Hythe, Kent  

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Green Heron (Butorides virescens) at West Hythe, Kent  

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Hoopoe (Upupa epops) at Carsethorn, Dumfries & Galloway, Scotland  

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Hoopoe (Upupa epops) at Carsethorn, Dumfries & Galloway, Scotland  

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Buff-breasted Sandpiper (Tryngites subruficollis) at Doonfoot, Ayrshire, Scotland © 2008 Fraser Simpson


Buff-breasted Sandpiper (Tryngites subruficollis) at Doonfoot, Ayrshire, Scotland © 2008 Fraser Simpson


Eurasian Crane (Grus grus) at Lake Hornborga, Sweden © 2008 Fraser Simpson


Eurasian Crane (Grus grus) at Lake Hornborga, Sweden © 2008 Fraser Simpson


Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis) at Cardoness, Dumfries & Galloway, Scotland © 2008 Fraser Simpson


Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis) at Cardoness, Dumfries & Galloway, Scotland © 2008 Fraser Simpson