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2014  fssbirding tweets

November 3rd-10th

• Florida Keys, US [TRIP REPORT]: Magnificent Frigatebird, Anhinga, Wόrdemann's Heron, Reddish Egret, Tricolored Heron, Little Blue Heron, Yellow-crowned Night-Heron, Broad-winged Hawk, Short-tailed Hawk, Wilson's Plover, Royal Tern, Common Ground-Dove, White-crowned Pigeon, Great Horned Owl, Belted Kingfisher, Worm-eating Warbler, Louisiana Waterthrush, Kentucky Warbler, Yellow-throated Warbler, Northern Parula, Indigo Bunting, Painted Bunting, Boat-tailed Grackle.

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) © Fraser Simpson 2014  White Ibis  (Eudocimus albus) © Fraser Simpson 2014


October 27th

• Regent's Park, London: Yellow-browed Warbler in cricket pen.



September 2nd

• Isle of Arran, Scotland: Manx Shearwater, Puffin, Black Guillemot, Razorbill, Common Guillemot, Gannet, Black-throated Diver, Red-throated Diver, Red-breasted Merganser & Eider.



September 1st

• Knockentiber-Springside disused railway line, Ayrshire: Raven (6 E), Buzzard (ad + juv), Swift (1),

Bullfinch (pr + b/2), Swallow (130), Goldfinch (33), Linnet (10+), Willow Warbler (2), Curlew (2), Collared Dove (22).



June 18th - July 1st

• Maine, USA: Highlights: Common Loon, American Bittern, Wood Duck, American Black Duck, Hooded Merganser, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Coopers Hawk, Red-shouldered Hawk, Bald Eagle, Wild Turkey, Piping Plover, Willet, Upland Sandpiper, Barred Owl, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Black-backed Woodpecker, Pileated Woodpecker, Yellow-bellied Flycatcher, Philadelphia Vireo, Blue-headed Vireo, Gray Jay, Boreal Chickadee, Bicknell's Thrush, Cedar Waxwing, Tennessee Warbler, Nashville Warbler, Chestnut-side Warbler, Magnolia Warbler, Cape May Warbler, Black-throated Blue Warbler, Palm Warbler, Bay-breasted Warbler, Blackpoll Warbler, Northern Waterthrush, Canada Warbler, Scarlet Tanager, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Nelson's Sparrrow, Saltmarsh Sparrow, Fox Sparrow, Rusty Blackbird & Evening Grosbeak.


June 6-13th

• Kindrogan Field Centre & environs, Perthshire, Scotland: Goosander, Golden Eagle, Goshawk, Woodcock, Green Woodpecker, Tree Pipit, Dipper, Redstart, Ring Ouzel, Wood Warbler, Pied Flycatcher & Common Crossbill.


May 3rd

• London/Essex, England: 80 species at Rainham Marshes inc Avocet, Bar-tailed Godwit, Little Egret, Cetti's Warbler, Hobby, Common Buzzard, Yellow Wagtail, Whinchat, Marsh Harrier, Whimbrel, Greenshank, Lesser Whitethroat & Cuckoo. Also Hairy Dragonfly (3+).



April 2nd-12th

• Zahara de los Atunes, Spain [TRIP REPORT]: Cory's Shearwater, Great Egret, Purple Heron, Glossy Ibis, Northern Bald Ibis, Eurasian Spoonbill, Eurasian Griffon Vulture, Egyptian Vulture, Golden Eagle, Spanish Imperial Eagle, Short-toed Eagle, Booted Eagle, Bonelli's Eagle, Montagu's Harrier, Northern Goshawk, Black-winged Kite, Lesser Kestrel, Purple Swamphen, Black-winged Stilt, Collared Pratincole, Spotted Redshank, Slender-billed Gull, Audouin's Gull, Gull-billed Tern, Caspian Tern, Pallid Swift, Alpine Swift, Little Swift, Hoopoe, European Bee-eater, Thekla Lark, Greater Short-toed Lark, Calandra Lark, Crag Martin, Red-rumped Swallow, Tawny Pipit, Black-eared Wheatear, Subalpine Warbler, Melodious Warbler, Western Bonelli's Warbler, Iberian Chiffchaff, Woodchat Shrike, Golden Oriole, Spanish Sparrow, Hawfinch, Cirl Bunting.

Mediterranean Chameleon (Chamaeleo chamaeleon) © Fraser Simpson Eurasian Griffon Vulture (Gyps fulvus) © Fraser Simpson

Butterflies: Swallowtail, Scarce Swallowtail, Spanish Festoon, Large White, Small White, Green-veined White, Bath White, Western Dappled White, Green-striped White, Moroccan Orange Tip, Clouded Yellow, Brimstone, Cleopatra, Provence Hairstreak, Small Copper, Long-tailed Blue, Holly Blue, Black-eyed Blue, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Monarch, Large Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Speckled Wood, Wall, Mallow Skipper (or False Mallow Skipper)



March 16th

• London: Little Owl pair mating in Kensington Gardens at 18:30.


March 5th-9th

• Morocco (coast) [TRIP REPORT]: Double-spurred Francolin, Barbary Partridge, maroccanus Cormorant, Northern Bald Ibis, Long-legged Buzzard, Lanner Falcon, Red-knobbed Coot, Eurasian Crane, Caspian Tern, Laughing Dove, Great Spotted Cuckoo, African Marsh Owl, Little Swift, Plain Martin, Bluethroat, Moussier's Redstart, Moustached Warbler, African Blue Tit, Black-crowned Tchagra, Common Bulbul, mauritanica Magpie, africana Chaffinch, House Bunting.

 Morocco © Fraser Simpson Black-crowned Tchagra sonogram, Morocco © Fraser Simpson


February 22nd

• Stour Estuary, Essex: Little Egret, Dark-bellied Brent Goose, Pintail, Red-breasted Merganser, Knot, Black-tailed Godwit, Avocet, Grey Plover, Goldeneye.


Lapwing, Stour Estuary © Fraser Simpson Northern Pintail, Stour Estuary © Fraser Simpson

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February 11th

• Alexandra Park, London: Smew (readhead) on small boating lake.

Smew in Alexandra Park, London © Fraser Simpson

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February 8th

• London Wetland Centre: Bitttern & Water Rail.

Wigeon grazing at London Wetland Centre © Fraser Simpson Mute Swan pair, London Wetland Centre © Fraser Simpson 

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February 2nd

• Southend, Essex: Mediterranean Gull (30+), Turnstone (130+), Knot (2), Shag (1), Kittiwake (1). Also distant Red-throated Diver and Guillemot.

Turnstone at Southend, Essex © Fraser Simpson Mediterranean Gull, Southend, Essex © Fraser Simpson 

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February 1st

• East India Dock Basin, London: Shelduck (18).

Shelduck in the Docklands, London © Fraser Simpson Mallards in the Docklands, London © Fraser Simpson

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January 28th

• Farborough, Hampshire: Nuthatch singing, Great Spotted Woodpecker drumming.



January 4th-12th

• Florida Keys, US [TRIP REPORT]: Magnificent Frigatebird, Great White Heron, Reddish Egret, Tricolored Heron, Little Blue Heron, Yellow-crowned Night-Heron, Broad-winged Hawk, Short-tailed Hawk, Bald Eagle, Forster's Tern, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Eastern Phoebe, Tree Swallow, Yellow-throated Warbler, Orange-crowned Warbler, Northern Parula.

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) © Fraser Simpson 2014 Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis) © Fraser Simpson 2014




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