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06:51 pm: Birding weekend
Marking not too excessive this weekend, so I spent a long weekend in Devon and Dorset, birding madly all of the seven or so daylight hours until I am exhausted, and driving a little over 800 miles. Things went fairly well; of the seven target birds I got five (American wigeon, desert wheatear, lesser yellowlegs, green-winged teal, and rose-coloured starling). The ones I missed (cattle egret and surf scoter) were probably the least important, as they are the ones of which there are currectly the greatest number elsewhere in the UK at the moment. I also found time to pop in and get two species which are easy to get when you go for them, but only in a VERY few locations in the UK: Bewick's swan and cirl bunting. So in general a good weekend.

Cost 400 pounds and I'm still not even in the top hundred in the league table (http://www.bubo.org/Listing/view-all-lists.html?showlists=1,BOU,1,2017,0)

Current Mood: fairly happy

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From:elven_ranger
Date:January 8th, 2017 10:11 pm (UTC)
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Was lovely to see you!
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From:alcina2
Date:January 9th, 2017 06:29 pm (UTC)
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Thank you. The feeling is mutual.
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From:tiggymalvern
Date:January 9th, 2017 05:26 am (UTC)
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Well, you won't be in the top 100 if you keep going off chasing a few rare things, and not spending the first few days of January in optimal habitat for stacking up the count of common things. The choices you're forced to make!
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