December 31st   Leave a comment

It’s dark and bar a miraculous nocturnal rarity that’s 2019’s year list done. 168, comfortably beating my last best year of 161 in 2016. Even if I discount three species from the Isle of May, it’s still record breaking. Lots of great birds this year – my favourites included obviously the three new species for the patch list, hoopoe, red kite and aquatic warbler (which was also a world list tick), the wood warbler in Denburn on April 26th and the Pallas’s warbler at Kilminning on the 11th October. The complete list, in chronological order is (with species not seen in the last 3 years in bold):

  1. Blackbird (Jan 1st)
  2. Herring Gull
  3. Pheasant
  4. Robin 
  5. Carrion Crow
  6. Jackdaw
  7. Wren
  8. Rook
  9. Oystercatcher
  10. Twite
  11. Great black-backed gull
  12. Pink-footed goose
  13. Grey Partridge
  14. Skylark
  15. Reed bunting
  16. Linnet
  17. Curlew
  18. Sparrowhawk
  19. Dunnock
  20. Eider
  21. Redshank
  22. Song thrush (sunrise Jan 1st)
  23. Woodpigeon
  24. Black-headed gull
  25. Goldcrest
  26. Goldfinch
  27. Mallard
  28. Pied wagtail
  29. Turnstone
  30. Blue tit
  31. Greenshank
  32. Cormorant
  33. Red-throated diver
  34. Shag
  35. Guillemot
  36. Fulmar
  37. Goldeneye
  38. Kestrel
  39. Wigeon
  40. Yellowhammer (9 am Jan 1st)
  41. Red-breasted merganser
  42. Kittiwake
  43. Chaffinch
  44. Common gull
  45. Starling
  46. Feral pigeon
  47. Coal tit
  48. Great tit
  49. Grey heron
  50. Bullfinch
  51. Long-tailed tit
  52. Siskin
  53. Magpie (10 am Jan 1st)
  54. Mistle thrush
  55. House sparrow
  56. Stock dove
  57. Collared dove
  58. Greenfinch
  59. Tree sparrow
  60. Purple sandpiper
  61. Rock pipit
  62. Pomarine skua
  63. Meadow pipit (11 am Jan 1st)
  64. Great spotted woodpecker
  65. Lapwing (mid day Jan 1st)
  66. Common buzzard
  67. Fieldfare
  68. Little grebe
  69. Mute swan
  70. Teal
  71. Whooper swan
  72. Tufted duck
  73. Coot
  74. Peregrine (1 pm Jan 1st)
  75. Moorhen
  76. Sanderling
  77. Ringed plover
  78. Dunlin
  79. Golden plover
  80. Gannet (2 pm Jan 1st)
  81. Common snipe
  82. Stonechat (Jan 2nd)
  83. Long-tailed duck
  84. Common scoter
  85. Corn bunting (Jan 3rd)
  86. Grey wagtail
  87. Barn owl (Jan 8th)
  88. Redwing (Jan 10th)
  89. Treecreeper
  90. Tawny owl
  91. Jay (Jan 13th)
  92. Short-eared owl (Jan 17th)
  93. Dipper (Jan 19th)
  94. Kingfisher
  95. Razorbill
  96. Woodcock
  97. Brent goose (Jan 20th)
  98. Grey plover (Feb 2nd)
  99. Little gull
  100. Shelduck
  101. Chiffchaff (April 4th)
  102. Lesser black-backed gull (April 5th)
  103. Sandwich Tern (April 13th)
  104. Willow Warbler (April 14th)
  105. HOOPOE (April 17th)
  106. Barn swallow (April 18th)
  107. Blackcap
  108. Whimbrel
  109. Northern wheatear (April 19th)
  110. Sand martin (April 20th)
  111. House martin
  112. Black redstart
  113. Common redstart (April 21st)
  114. Sedge warbler
  115. Yellow wagtail
  116. Common whitethroat (April 25th)
  117. Lesser whitethroat 
  118. Pied flycatcher (April 25th)
  119. Wood warbler (April 26th)
  120. Black-tailed godwit (April 27th)
  121. Puffin
  122. Common tern
  123. Greylag goose (April 28th)
  124. Bar-tailed godwit (April 30th)
  125. Manx shearwater (May 1st)
  126. Great skua (May 4th)
  127. Common swift (May 9th)
  128. Arctic tern (may 11th)
  129. Velvet scoter
  130. Great northern diver (May 15th)
  131. Spotted flycatcher (May 17th)
  132. Whinchat (May 18th)
  133. Garden warbler
  134. Canada goose (May 21st)
  135. Arctic skua (June 2nd)
  136. Cuckoo (May Island)
  137. Gadwall (June 8th)
  138. Quail
  139. RED KITE (June 9th)
  140. Roseate tern (June 10th May Island)
  141. Goosander (June 18th)
  142. Mediterranean gull (July 2nd)
  143. Common sandpiper
  144. Knot (July 6th)
  145. AQUATIC WARBLER (July 28th May Island)
  146. Tree pipit (Aug 8th)
  147. Marsh harrier (Aug10th)
  148. Green sandpiper (Aug 11th)
  149. Ruff (Aug 12th)
  150. Curlew sandpiper (Sep 6th)
  151. Black-throated diver (Sep 9th)
  152. Sooty shearwater (Sep 9th)
  153. Little stint (Sep 19th)
  154. Merlin (Sep 21st)
  155. Red-breasted flycatcher (Sep 22nd)
  156. Yellow-browed warbler
  157. Barnacle goose (Sep 23rd)
  158. Barred warbler (Sep 28th)
  159. Jack snipe (Oct 5th)
  160. Brambling
  161. Ring ouzel (Oct 7th)
  162. Redpoll (Oct 10th)
  163. Pallas’s warbler (Oct 11th)
  164. Lapland bunting (Oct 26th)
  165. Scaup (Oct 27th)
  166. Long-eared owl (Nov 2nd)
  167. Waxwing (Nov 3rd)
  168. Water rail (Dec 24th)
Hoopoe at Boarhills: wish I had a proper photo of it
My favourite bird of the year – Pallas’s warbler at Kilminning (WC)
Red-breasted flycatcher at Craighead (JA)
The roseate tern that bred on the May Island this year (Tasso Leventis)

It all starts again tomorrow. Happy New Year.

Posted December 31, 2019 by wildcrail in Sightings

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