Wednesday 29 November 2023

Local birding around Shoreham (21-30 November)

Tuesday 21 November. Dacres Gardens/Coombes/Botolphs with Cookie: Common Sandpiper 1, Kestrel 1, Stonechat 2, Pied Wagtail 18.

Common Sandpiper on the Adur just north of Downslink bridge

Wednesday 22 November. Harbour Way/Boardwalk/Shoreham Fort/Harbour with Megan and Cookie: Eider 1, Black Redstart 1, Meadow Pipit 1, Rock Pipit 1.

Black Redstart on a roof by Sussex Wharf
Rock Pipit at Shoreham Fort

Thursday 23 November. Mill Hill with Megan and Cookie: Sparrowhawk 1, Kestrel 2, Song Thrush 1, Goldfinch 2.

Friday 24 November. No Man's Land/Lychpole Bottom/South Downs Way with David Buckingham and Cookie (shooting at NML caused a change of route): Grey Partridge 7, Red-legged Partridge 2, Stock Dove 120, Woodcock 1 (DB only), Red Kite 2, Buzzard 3, Kestrel 2, Raven 1, Skylark 5, Goldcrest 1, Song Thrush 4, Fieldfare 13, Stonechat 3, Pied Wagtail 20, Meadow Pipit 15, Linnet 95, Goldfinch 20, Corn Bunting 3, Yellowhammer 3, Hare 1.

Saturday 25 November. Adur Saltings with Megan and Cookie: Turnstone 30+, Redshank 35+, Greenshank 1.

Sunday 26 November. Beeding Hill triangle with David Buckingham and Cookie: Red Kite 1, Buzzard 2, Kestrel 2, Peregrine 2, Skylark 200+, Long-tailed Tit 3, Goldcrest 2, Redwing 1, Fieldfare 1, Stonechat 5 pairs, Linnet 60, Goldfinch 35, Corn Bunting 1, Yellowhammer 3.

Monday 27 November. Harbour Way/Adur Ferry Bridge/Boardwalk/Fort with Megan and Cookie: Teal 33, Eider 1, Turnstone 6, Purple Sandpiper 1, Common Snipe 55+, Meadow Pipit 2, Rock Pipit 1. 

Purple Sandpiper with Turnstone: high tide at Shoreham Fort

Tuesday 28 November. No Man's Land with Cookie (no shooting today): Red-legged Partridge 4, Stock Dove 400+, Red Kite 3, Buzzard 4, Kestrel 2, Jay 1, Skylark 15, Redwing 3, Fieldfare 15, Stonechat 7, Chaffinch 3, Linnet 45, Goldfinch 16, Corn Bunting 5, Yellowhammer 3, Reed Bunting 5.

Corn Bunting at No Man's Land

Wednesday 29 November. Brief walk along the Adur at high tide with Megan and Cookie: Brent Goose 2, Lapwing 64, Grey Plover 1. The rest of the day packing ...

Thursday 30 November. Brief walk around Mill Hill with Megan and Cookie: Great Spotted Woodpecker h, Green Woodpecker h, Blue Tit 2, Blackbird 8, Song Thrush 3, Redwing 2, Fieldfare 1. No finches at all.

Monday 27 November 2023

Living off memories - TRIP INDEX 2023>1974

The following lists and gives links to the relevant blogs of all the foreign birding and some family trips that I have been fortunate enough to have done. It is ordered by year with the most recent first. Blogs of the older trips use scanned slides, some having degraded badly with age, or digitised prints of varying qualitySome use photos taken by those I was with. These are usually easy to tell as they are significantly better than mine (and in most cases acknowledged). Many of the older blogs are based on my unreliable memories as my notes were very lacking in detail, other than the birds seen, something I now greatly regret. The blogs were initially done to find a 'home' for boxes of old slides which I had not looked at for years, my dad giving me his slide scanner providing the necessary impetus to digitise them. Doing these blogs has brought back many very happy memories, and a few sad ones. I’ve been very fortunate to have various like-minded friends whom I have been able to travel with. Sadly an increasing number are no longer with us.
Kagu, New Caledonia August 1998 (digitised print originally taken with an instamatic).  One of my all-time top four birds. Giant Pitta (1987), displaying Wilson's Bird of Paradise (1993) and displaying Western Parotia (2013) are the others.

2023:   FRANCE Boulogne (June) included in
            INDIA South and Andamans (January/February)
2022:  FRANCE Somme (September)
           BRAZIL Amazonia (May/June)
           COSTA RICA (April/May)
2020: SPAIN Fuerteventua (February)
            SRI LANKA (January/February)
2018:  MADAGASCAR (October)
           NORTHERN PERU (June/July)
           FRANCE Somme (May)
           ECUADOR (February)
2017:  BOLIVIA (November)
           NORTHERN GREECE (October)
           FRANCE Somme (September)
           MONGOLIA (May)
           GUYANA (March/April)
           TRINIDAD and TOBAGO (March)
           JAMIACA (February)
2016:  GHANA (October/November)
 FRANCE Somme (September)
           JAPAN (June/July)
           FINLAND (May/June)

           NORWAY (May)
           MEXICO (February/March)
2015:  BRAZIL (September/October)
           FRANCE Somme (August/September)
            INDONESIA Lesser Sundas (August)
           ARIZONA (April/May)
           ECUADOR (January/February)

2014: SPAIN Extremadura (April)
           COLOMBIA (July/August)
          FRANCE Brittany (September)

2013:  FRANCE Normandie (September)

          INDONESIA West Papua (August)

          ETHIOPIA (February)

2010: UGANDA (June)

          CHINA (May/June)
          Shanghai (Spoon-billed Sandpiper), Wuishan, Fuzhou & Xiaolongmen

          Xi’an & Yangxian (Crested Ibis)

          Pingtai (Jankowski’s Bunting)

 2009: VIETNAM Cat Tien & Da Lat (April)
2008: NAMIBIA (July/August)

          PHILIPPINES (April)

2007: INDIA Eaglenest (April) 
2006:  PAPUA NEW GUINEA (August)
2005:  INDONESIA Sumatra & West Java (July)
           TEXAS (April)
2004:  PAPUA NEW GUINEA (June)
            CUBA (April)
2003:  CAMEROON (April)
           JAPAN (January)
2002:  CHILE (April)
2001:  GAMBIA (November)
2000:  CHINA Quinghai (June)
1999:  ECUADOR (August/September)
1998:  AUSTRALIA and NEW CALEDONIA (July/August)
1997:  VIETNAM (March/April) 
1996: NEW ZEALAND (August)   

          PHILIPPINES (April)

1995: MADAGASCAR (August)

1993: INDONESIA Irian Jaya (August)

1992:  INDONESIA Sulawesi and Halmahera (August)
1991: SOUTH AFRICA (August)

1990: ARGENTINA (August)

1989: ICELAND (June)               

1988: BRAZIL (July/August)

          THAILAND Peninsular (March/April)
1987: MALAYSIA Sabah and Peninsular (July/August) 

1986: ECUADOR and VENEZUELA July/August 1986
           AUSTRALIA Queensland and Northern Territory (March/April)
1985: COSTA RICA and PANAMA (July/August)

1984: BOTSWANA (December 1984-January 1985) 

          PERU (July/August)

1983: KENYA (July/August)

1982: VENEZUELA (December 1982-February 1983)

          NEPAL (March/June)
          Jomson Trek

          Everest Trek

          Langtang Trek

          INDIA (June/July)


         THAILAND (February)

          MALAYSIA Peninsular (January/February)

1981: AUSTRIA (July)
1980: THAILAND (December 1980-January 1981)

          CANADA (May)

1979: NEPAL (November 1979-January 1980)

          CANARIES (June/July)
          ISRAEL (March/April)

          MOROCCO (April)

1975:  CARMARGUE (May)
          included in The 1970s: Camargue, Shetland & Scillies in 1975 blog

1974: MAJORCA (October)
          brief mention in The 1970s: finding my feet - 1974 blog