Friday, 10 January 2020

Sussex (7-10 January)

Friday 10 January. I took Cookie to Cuckoos Corner and we walked to Botolphs and back. We saw 2 KestrelsPeregrine, 2 Sky Larks, 2 noisy Song Thrushes and a Stonechat.

my first Song Thrush of the year
Peregrine on Beeding Quarry chimney

Grey Heron by the Adur

Stonechat near Botolphs

Thursday 09 January. I visited Cuckmere Haven to look at the gulls. Major roadworks in Rottingdean and another holdup in Newhaven made it a slow journey. I'd like to say it was worthwhile but unfortunately not. The flock of large gulls numbered about 600 roughly split 75% Great Black-backs and 25% Herrings. Amongst them I picked out a Le Havre Great Black-back that I couldn't be certain of, 2 argentatus Herrings, 7 Lesser Black-backs and no Yellow-legs or Caspians. Three Brents and a Barnacle were with the Canada Geese.
Le Havre Great Black-backed Gull, either 63P, which was what I thought when it briefly raised its leg, of 83P which I'd seen in the Cuckmere in December

the only gull I thought worth a second look
perhaps my 0 Caspian Gulls should have been 0.1 but I do struggle with third-winters

looks more like 0 now
Wednesday 08 January. I took Cookie to Henfield and we walked south down the old railway line towards Streatham Manor looking for the Glossy Ibis. It wasn't obvious on the floods and I had given up and we were walking back when three other birders coming the other way said they'd seen it at the back of the floods. I returned with them and saw it playing hide-and-seek in the distant vegetation. One the floods I saw 8 Shoveler, 40 Wigeon, 30 Mallard, 7 Pintail, 100 Teal, 400 Lapwing and 3 Black-tailed Godwits. In a creek nearer to the Adur was a Green Sandpiper with single Nuthatch, Fieldfare, Stonechat, Bullfinch and Yellowhammer along the old railway line.
very poor image of the Henfield Glossy Ibis
Tuesday 07 January. I took Cookie to Shoreham Fort and Widewater not realising/remembering there were roadworks on the Norfolk Bridge. There were 9 Turnstone, 3 Purple Sandpiers and 14 Greenfinches at the Fort and 6 Teal, 7 Little Grebes, Little Egret, Stonechat and Meadow Pipit at Widewater. Further along the beach a flock of roosting waders was made up of 37 Ringed Plover and 164 Dunlin (but no Sanderling) while 6 grey geese flew west over my head calling quietly which I thought most likely White-fronts. Returning home being stopped at the roadworks worked to my advantage as I was stationary on the small bridge by the Dogs Trust giving me a view of the Greenshank on the mud by the nearest Houseboats.
Purple Sandpiper at Shoreham Fort
another Purple Sandpiper at Shoreham Fort
and another
all three
Monday 06 January. Megan and I took Cookie to Arundel where we walked the Mill Stream and around Swanbourne Lake before leaving her in the car and walking around Arundel WWT. I counted 65 Gadwall on Swanbourne where a pair of Mandarin were glimpsed swimming under overhanging branches. Highlights in a quick walk around Arundel WWT
were Marsh Tit, Stonechat and Bullfinch.

Harlequin at Arundel WWT, only beaten by Scaly-sided Merganser as my favourite duck in the collection

Thursday, 9 January 2020

TRIP INDEX by year

TRIP INDEX – by year

The following lists chronological the foreign birding trips that I have done.  Also included are a few family trips, the more recent nes just with Megan. In time I hope to 'blog' them all, and those that have been done are shown in bold with a link. All the older blogs use scanned slides (or digitised prints of varying quality). Some of the slides have degraded badly with age. Some blogs use photos take by those I was with (they are easy to tell as they are significantly better than mine). Most blogs are heavily reliant on my unreliable memories. They were initially done to find a 'home' for my old boxes of slides which I had not looked at for years. Doing these blogs has brought back many very happy memories, and a few sad ones - I’ve been very fortunate in having various like-minded friends, some sadly no longer with us, whom I have usually been able to travel with.
Kagu, New Caledonia August 1998 (digitised print originally taken with an instamatic).  One of my current all-time top four birds. Giant Pitta (1987), displaying Wilson's Bird of Paradise (1993) and displaying Western Parotia (2013) are the others.
1974:  MAJORCA (October)
          brief mention in The 1970s: finding my feet - 1974 blog

1975:  CARMARGUE (May)

          included in The 1970s: Camargue, Shetland & Scillies in 1975 blog

1977:  MOROCCO (April)

           KENYA (December-January 1978)

1978:  THAILAND (December-January 1979)

1979:  ISRAEL (March/April)

           CANARIES (June/July)

           NEPAL (November-January 1980)

1980:  CANADA (May)

            THAILAND (December-January 1981)

1982: MALAYSIA (January/February)

           THAILAND (February)

           NEPAL (March/June)
          Jomson Trek

          Everest Trek

          Langtang Trek

           INDIA (June/July)


           VENEZUELA (December-February 1983)

1983:  KENYA (July/August)

1984:  PERU (July/August)

            BOTSWANA (December-January 1985) 


1985:  COSTA RICA (July/August)

1986:  AUSTRALIA (March/April)

           ECUADOR: July/August 1986

1987:  MALAYSIA (July/August) 

1988: THAILAND (March/April)
          BRAZIL (July/August)

1989:  ICELAND (June)               

1990:  ARGENTINA (August)

1991:  SOUTH AFRICA (August)

1992:  INDONESIA Sulawesi & Halmahera (August)

1993:  INDONESIA Irian Jaya (August)

1995:  MADAGASCAR (August)

1996:  PHILIPPINES (April)

           NEW ZEALAND (August)   

1997:  VIETNAM (March/April)     

1998:  AUSTRALIA & NEW CALEDONIA (July/August)


1999:  ECUADOR (August/September)


2000:  CHINA Quinghai (June)



           GAMBIA (November)

2002:  CHILE (April)


2003:  JAPAN (January)

           CAMEROON (April)

           PAPUA NEW GUINEA (June)

2005:  TEXAS (Aprill)

           INDONESIA Sumatra & West Java (July)

2006:  PAPUA NEW GUINEA (August)


2007:  INDIA Eaglenest (April)          

2008:  PHILIPPINES (April)

           NAMIBIA (July/August)

2009:  VIETNAM (April)

          Cat Tien & Da Lat plateau

2010: CHINA (May/June)
          Shanghai (Spoon-billed Sandpiper), Wuishan, Fuzhou & Xiaolongmen

          Xi’an & Yangxian (Crested Ibis)

          Pingtai (Jankowski’s Bunting)

          UGANDA (June)
          Mbamba (Shoebill), Kibale (Green-breasted Pitta) & Bwindi (African Green Broadbill)

2011: ETHIOPIA (February)

          TAIWAN (April/May)

2012: TURKEY (June)


          Nemrut Dagi

          MALAYSIA Sarawak & Sabah (July/August)
          Kuching, Kinabatangan River, Danum Valley, Sepilok and Mount Kinabalu

          FRANCE Somme (September)

2013: CORSICA (May)

          INDONESIA West Papua (August)

          FRANCE Normandie (September)

2014:  SPAIN Extremadura (April)

           COLOMBIA (July/August)
          FRANCE Brittany (September)

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

2016:  CALIFORNIA (January)

           MEXICO (February/March)
           NORWAY (May)
           FINLAND (May/June)
           JAPAN (June/July)
            FRANCE Somme (September)
           GHANA (October/November)

2017:  JAMIACA (February)

           TRINIDAD and TOBAGO (March)
           GUYANA (March/April)
           MONGOLIA (May)
           FRANCE Somme (September)
           NORTHERN GREECE (October)
            BOLIVIA (November)

2018:  ECUADOR (February)

           FRANCE Somme (May)
           NORTHERN PERU (June/July)
           SPAIN Mallorca (September)
            MADAGASCAR (October)

2019:  SRI LANKA (January/February)

             NORWAY (and FINLAND) (March)
             (BALI and) BORNEO (August)
             FRANCE Somme (September)