Sunday, 5 April 2020

Shoreham (03-05 April)

Sunday 05 April. Better on the bike today visiting Shoreham Beach, Widewater, Shoreham Fort, New Salts Farm and the Adur Saltings. Flying east were 55 Brent Geese, 3 Shelduck, 2 Shoveler, 5 Pochard, 393 Scoter (disappointingly all those close enough to identify were Common even though several showed pale flashes when the light caught their underwings), 4 Red-breasted Mergansers, 2 Whimbrel, 3 Sanderling, 3 Little, 39 Black-headed, 53 Mediterranean and 126 Common Gulls, 164 Sandwich, 3 Common and a commic Tern, 5 divers (4 identified as  Red-throated), 3 Fulmars, 42 Gannets and a Short-eared Owl. Despite a light/moderate SE wind it was very clear and most birds were a long way out, hopefully including all those I didn't pick up. The Short-eared Owl was coasting east when I arrived at 06:20 then headed inland pursued by gulls while a male Wheatear was disturbed from the beach when I left at 08:50, in danger of being swamped by the rising tide. At the harbour 4 Purple Sandpipers were roosting on the wooden jetty and 20 Turnstones on the beach. A summer-plumaged Scandinavian Rock Pipit surprisingly song-flighted and was then running around by the Fort but typically disappeared while I was getting out my camera. Single Curlew, Black-tailed Godwit and Greenshank were opposite the houseboats.
Four Purple Sandpipers at Shoreham Harbour (taken with the old camera, the new one doesn't fit in my cycling bag with telescope and tripod)

a sightly more identifiable image of three of them
Turnstones roosting on the beach

Saturday 04 April. A bike around Shoreham didn't get further than the beach where after an hour the fog rolled in. Until then I'd only seen 10 Brent and 3 Canada Geese, 34 Common Scoter, Red-breasted Merganser, 2 Red-throated Divers and 2 Gannets and so was about ready to come home! Unsurprisingly very few were about when I was.

Friday 03 April. Megan and I took Cookie up to Mill Hill for our daily exercise. We saw 2 Buzzards, Chiffchaff and Blackcap. Later a Stock Dove was in the garden.
Common Buzzard over Mill Hill
getting the hang of my new camera was helped by it hanging in the wind

Peacock at Mill Hill. We saw 3-4 as well as our first Brimstone and a dullTortoiseshell

Saturday, 4 April 2020

TRIP INDEX by year

TRIP INDEX – by year

The following lists chronological the foreign birding (and family) trips that I have been on. T
hose that have been blogged are shown in bold with a link, the plan is to do them all eventually. All the older blogs use scanned slides, some having degraded badly with age, or digitised prints of varying qualitySome blogs use photos taken by those I was with. They are usually easy to tell as they are significantly better than mine and are acknowledged appropriately. 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, sadly an increasing number 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) 

              to do    

1998:  AUSTRALIA & NEW CALEDONIA (July/August)


1999:  ECUADOR (August/September)


2000:  CHINA Quinghai (June)



           GAMBIA (November)

2002:  CHILE (April)


2003:  JAPAN (January)

           CAMEROON (April)


2004:  CUBA (April)

               to do

           PAPUA NEW GUINEA (June)

2005:  TEXAS (April)

           INDONESIA Sumatra & West Java (July)
               to do

2006:  PAPUA NEW GUINEA (August)


2007:  INDIA Eaglenest (April) 

             to do         

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)

2020: MYANMAR (January)

            SPAIN Fuerteventua (February)