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Archives - 2012  fssbirding tweets

December 16th

Queen Mother Reservoir, Berkshire: Buff-bellied Pipit & Long-tailed Duck.



November 19th

Train journey from London to Filey: Ring-necked Parakeet, Kestrel, Little Egret, Buzzard, Greylag Goose, Mute Swan, Fieldfare, Wood Pigeon, Jackdaw, Carrion Crow, Black-headed Gull, Rook, Common Gull, Merlin, Coot, Moorhen, Tufted Duck, Stock Dove, Redwing, Magpie, Green Woodpecker, Mallard, Collared Dove, Starling, Herring Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Pochard, Grey Heron, Feral Pigeon, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Peregrine, Lapwing, Golden Plover, Sparrowhawk, Blackbird, Goldfinch, Mistle Thrush, Pheasant, Blue Tit, Little Owl, Red-legged Partridge.



 September 18th-26th

Florida Keys: Fulvous Whistling-Duck, Brown Pelican, Magnificent Frigatebird, Great White Heron, Reddish Egret, Tricolored Heron, Little Blue Heron, Yellow-crowned Night-Heron, White Ibis, Wood Stork, Broad-winged Hawk, Short-tailed Hawk, Swallow-tailed Kite, Bald Eagle, Pectoral Sandpiper, Short-billed Dowitcher, Royal Tern, Belted Kingfisher, Gray Kingbird, White-eyed Vireo, Black-whiskered Vireo, Swainson's Thrush, Purple Martin, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Cliff Swallow, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Prothonotary Warbler, Florida Prairie Warber, American Redstart, Northern Parula, Blackburnian Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Magnolia Warbler, Palm Warbler, Yellow-throated Warbler, Northern Waterthrush.



September 15th

Rainham Marshes: Baillon's Crake, Hobby (3+ catching Migrant Hawkers), Marsh Harrier (m), Buzzard (2), Peregrine (2), Kestrel (4+), and a Sparrowhawk. Other birds included 12 Little Egret, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 5 Greenshank, 12 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Dunlin, juv Garganey, over-flying Yellow Wagtail and Redpoll, Yellow-legged Gull and Water Rail.



July 14th

Sydney Botanic Gardens, Australia: including Buff-banded Rail, Australian White Ibis, Crimson Rosella, Sulphur-crested Cockatoo, Rainbow Lorikeet, Red Wattlebird, Magpie-lark, Pied Currawong, Dusky Moorhen, Pacific Black Duck, Australian Wood Duck, Australian Magpie, Little Black Cormorant, Australian Raven, Noisy Miner.



July 6-14th

New Caledonia: including Kagu, New Caledonian Goshawk, Brown Goshawk, Silver Gull, Red-bellied Fruit Dove, New Caledonian Imperial-Pigeon, Metallic Pigeon, Cloven-feathered Dove, Coconut Lorikeet, New Caledonian Parakeet, Horned Parakeet, Sacred Kingfisher, Green-backed White-eye, New Caledonian Myzomela, Fan-tailed Gerygone, Grey Fantail, Streaked Fantail, Southern Shrikebill, Melanesian Flycatcher, Rufous Whistler, Melanesian Whistler, South Melanesian Cuckooshrike, New Caledonian Cuckooshrike, Dark-brown Honeyeater, Barred Honeyeater, Crow Honeyeater, New Caledonian Friarbird, Long-tailed Triller, White-breasted Woodswallow, Yellow-bellied Flyrobin, New Caledonian Crow, Striated Starling, Red-throated Parrotfinch.



July 3rd-5th

Melbourne, Australia: including Sulphur-crested Cockatoo, Brown Falcon, Black-shouldered Kite, Bell Miner, Nankeen Night Heron, Laughing Kookaburra, Shy Albatross, Rufous Bristlebird, Wedge-tailed Eagle, Superb Fairy-wren, Australasian Gannet, Fluttering Shearwater, Eastern Spinebill, Crested Honeyeater, Scarlet Robin, Buff-rumped Thornbill, Silver-eye, White-fronted Chat, White-fronted Heron, Hooded Plover, Red-capped Plover, Pacific Gull, Nankeen Kestrel, Blue-winged Parrot, Gang-gang Cockatoo, Straw-necked Ibis, Australian Pelican, Musk Duck, Blue-billed Duck, Pink-eared Duck, Cape Barren Goose, Hoary-headed Grebe, Royal Spoonbill, Yellow-rumped Spoonbill, Little Pied Cormorant, Little Grassbird, White-plumed Honeyeater, Banded Plover, Flame Robin, Little Eagle, Australian King Parrot, White-throated Treecreeper, Bassian Thrush, Superb Lyrebird.



June 25th - July 2nd

Thailand: including Paddyfield Pipit, Peaceful Dove, Thick-billed Spiderhunter, Orange-breasted Trogon, Crimson Sunbird, Rufous-winged Philentoma, Blue-winged Leafbird, Raffles's Malkoha, Bamboo Woodpecker, Puff-throated Babbler, Rufescent Prinia, Grey-rumped Treeswift, Coppersmith Barbet, Crested Goshawk, Yellow-breasted Flowerpecker, Blue-eared Kingfisher, Crested Serpent Eagle, Brown-cheeked Fulvetta, Red Junglefowl, Asian Fairy Bluebird, Ashy Drongo, Black-naped Tern, Pacific Reed Egret, White-bellied Sea Eagle, Pied Imperial-Pigeon, Scarlet-backed Sunbird, Lesser Frigatebird, Greater Coucal, Asian Glossy Starling.



June 8th -15th

Kindrogan Field Centre, Enochdhu, Perthshire: Goosander, Osprey, Quail, Red Grouse, Woodcock, Tree Pipit, Dipper, Redstart, Ring Ouzel, Pied Flycatcher & Common Crossbill.



 June 6th

Handa, Highland:  Great Skua, Arctic Skua, Twite, Arctic Tern, Puffin, Fulmar, Black Guillemot, Razorbill & Guillemot.



 June 1st-8th

Speyside, Highland:  Slavonian Grebe, Osprey, Dotterel, Snow Bunting, Crested Tit, Scottish/Parrot Crossbill.



 May 28th

Kilmarnock to Irvine disused railway line/National Cycle Lane 73:

A survey from soon after dawn yesterday revealed the following numbers of singing males between Kilmarnock (Bonnyton) and Irvine (Menzies Hotel) along the course of the disused railwayline/National Cycle Route 73/Irvine New Town Trail (Tits had largely stopped singing so counts are of pairs/broods). Numbers in parenthesis are counts of singing mm/prs along my more traditional/long-standing section between Knockentiber and Springside.


55 singing mm Willow Warbler (31), 38 Wren (13), 35 Blackbird (12), 32 Chaffinch (18), 26 Yellowhammer (19), 26 Wood Pigeon (16), 19 Blue Tit (5), 19 Dunnock (7), 19 Robin (6), 18 Magpie (5), 16 Whitethroat (10), 15 Blackcap (2), 12 Great Tit (3), 11 Goldfinch (5), 10 Song Thrush (4), 8 Sedge Warbler (8), 6 Skylark (5), 6 Collared Dove (5), 5 Greenfinch (2), 5 Phesant (5), 3 Bullfinch (1), 3 Reed Bunting (3), 3 Chiffchaff, 2 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Garden Warbler (1), 1 Stock Dove (1), 1 Linnet, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Treecreeper, 1 Oystercatcher, pr + b/3 Grey Wagtail.


Sadly no Grasshopper Warblers or Grey Partridge were found and only 3 pairs of Tree Sparrow were located at one of the Springside colonies. There also appears to be no Lapwing or Curlew breeding along the length of the line this year.


Other species noted: House Martin, Sand Martin, Swallow, Mallard, Grey Heron, Pied Wagtail, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, Buzzard, Feral Pigeon, Herring Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Jackdaw, Rook, Carrion Crow, and Starling.


May 20th

Weston Woods & Weston-super-Mare, Somerset: Tawny Owl, Green Woodpecker, Cuckoo, Treecreeper, Goldcrest, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker, Jay, Lesser Whitethroat, Oystercatcher, Shelduck, Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, Hobby.



  Apr 22nd

Kensington Gardens, London: Tawny Owls b/4.

Walthamstow Reservoir, London: Goosander (pr), Common Tern (2), Little Egret, Wheatear (3).


 Apr 21st

Rainham Marshes, London: Swift, Whimbrel, Marsh Harrier, Cetti's Warbler, Little Egret, Little Ringed Plover, Turnstone, Peregrine, Reed Warbler, Sedge Warbler.



March 27th - Apr 4th

Zahara de los Atunes, Costa de la Luz, Andalucia, Spain:

Cory's Shearwater, Balearic Shearwater, Squacco Heron, Great Egret, Glossy Ibis, Northern Bald Ibis,

Griffon Vulture, Egyptian Vulture, Short-toed Eagle, Booted Eagle, Black-winged Kite, Lesser Kestrel,

Purple Swamphen, Little Bustard, Collared Pratincole, Marsh Sandpiper, Audouin's Gull, Gull-billed Tern, Caspian Tern, Little Swift, European Bee-eater, Thekla Lark, Calandra Lark, Black-eared Wheatear, Spectacled Warbler, Subalpine Warbler, Western Bonelli's Warbler, Iberian Chiffchaff, Woodchat Shrike.



March 18th

Dean Castle Country Park, Kilmarnock, Ayrshire: pr Sparrowhawks displaying.

Knockentiber-Springside disused railwayline: Tree Sparrow (22), 2 Buzzard territories.



March 17th

Muirhead, Troon, Ayrshire: Rose-coloured Starling (1st-w).

Dundonald Camp, Ayrshire: Pectoral Sandpiper (1st-w).



March 11th

Stanmore Common, London: pr Common Buzzards displaying.



February 19th

Rainham Marshes RSPB, London/Essex: Bearded Tit, Caspian Gull, Water Pipit, Avocet, Little Egret, Ruff, Black-tailed Godwit, Peregrine.



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