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2013  fssbirding tweets


December 11th

• Dean Castle Country Park, Ayrshire: Dipper singing on Kilmarnock Water at Dean Ford.

• Townholm, Kilmarnock, Ayrshire: Brambling (1), Siskin (10).



December 9th

• Knockentiber-Springside disused railway line, Ayrshire: Winter bird count highlights: Fieldfare (573), Redwing (410), Blackbird (23), Starling (187), Yellohammer (76), Rook (573), Jackdaw (246), Chaffinch (64), Bullfinch (7), Lesser Redpoll (3), Siskin (10), Long-tailed Tit (6), Grey Wagtail (2), Woodpigeon (45), Skylark (2), Buzzard (1).



September 17-28th

• Italy: Non-birding sight-seeing trip: Blue Rock Thrush on the Colosseum Rome, Italian Sparrow - various locations.



August 12th

• Ayrshire: Whimbrel (13) flew south over Knockentiber-Springside disused railway line.



June 30th

• Surrey: European Nightjar, Woodlark, Dartford Warbler, Woodcock.



 June 11th-18th

• Extremadura, Spain: Squacco Heron, Black Stork, Rüppell's Vulture, Black Vulture, Honey Buzzard, Purple Swamphen, Gull-billed Tern, Scops Owl, Red-necked Nightjar, White-rumped Swift, Orphean Warbler, Azure-winged Magpie, Spanish Sparrow, Rock Sparrow, Rock Bunting, Ortolan Bunting.



May 31st - June 7th

• Kindrogan Field Centre & environs, Perthshire, Scotland: Goosander, Red Grouse, Goshawk, Woodcock, Green Woodpecker, Tree Pipit, Dipper, Redstart, Ring Ouzel, & Common Crossbill.



April 6th-16th

• Zahara de los Atunes & Costa de la Luz, Spain: Cory's Shearwater, Balearic Shearwater, Little Bittern, Black-crowned Night Heron, Squacco Heron, Great Egret, Purple Heron, Glossy Ibis, Northern Bald Ibis, Eurasian Spoonbill, Griffon Vulture, Egyptian Vulture, Short-toed Eagle, Booted Eagle, Black-winged Kite, Lesser Kestrel, Purple Swamphen, Collared Pratincole, Audouin's Gull, Whiskered Tern, Gull-billed Tern, Audouin's Gull, Little Swift, Thekla Lark, Calandra Lark, Red-rumped Swallow, Black-eared Wheatear, Spectacled Warbler, Subalpine Warbler, Western Bonelli's Warbler, Iberian Chiffchaff, Short-toed Treecreeper, Woodchat Shrike, Spotless Starling, Serin.



January 28th

• Regent's Park, London: 34 Fieldfare & 5 Redwings at The Hub/Open Spaces.



January 27th

• East India Dock Basin, London: 30 Shelduck.



January 20th

• Brent Reservoir, London: 58 spp inc Knot, Bearded Tit, Pintail (3), Fieldfare (17), Water Rail (2), Jackdaw (89).



January 19th

• Regent's Park, London: 3 Lapwing south.



January 12-13th

• Hyde Park, London: Bearded Tit (Beared Reedling) (2 imm/ff) in tiny reedbed on the Serpentine by the Diana Princess of Wales memorial.


Bearded Tit in Hyde Park © Fraser Simpson Bearded Tit in Hyde Park © Fraser Simpson

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January 6th

• Brent Reservoir, London: 55 spp: Goldfinch, Coot, Canada Goose, Song Thrush, Mute Swan, Great Tit, Pochard, Tufted Duck, Mallard, Magpie, Carrion Crow, Black-headed Gull, Robin, Ruddy Duck, Shoveler, Teal, Moorhen, Green Woodpecker, Wood Pigeon, Gadwall, Dunnock, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Herring Gull, Ring-necked Parakeet, Wren, Cormorant, Blackbird, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Common Gull, Jay, Collared Dove, Feral Pigeon, Blue Tit, Long-tailed Tit, Pied Wagtail, Chaffinch, Grey Heron, Little Grebe, Jackdaw, Goldcrest, Redwing, Fieldfare, Kestrel, Bullfinch, Great Crested Grebe, Greenfinch, House Sparrow, Snipe, Water Rail, Lapwing, Stock Dove, Reed Bunting, Siskin, Starling, Mistle Thrush.



January 1st

• Brent Reservoir, London: 50 spp: Feral Pigeon, Magpie, Carrion Crow, Wood Pigeon, Robin, Goldfinch, Black-headed Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Wren, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Starling, Goldcrest, Herring Gull, Pied Wagtail, Jay, Ring-necked Parakeet, Coot, Canada Goose, Mallard, Tufted Duck, Blackbird, Moorhen, Gadwall, Song Thrush, Pochard, Shoveler, Cormorant, Little Grebe, Teal, Common Gull, Water Rail, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Snipe, Long-tailed Tit, Grey Heron, Green Woodpecker, Mistle Thrush, Dunnock, Collared Dove, Mute Swan, Chaffinch, Kestrel, Siskin, Sparrowhawk, Lapwing, Ruddy Duck, House Sparrow, Great Crested Grebe, Greylag Goose.



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