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Nice close up of the Plover, Michael.

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I thought you might appreciate that one!   412/E163.) Citril Finch (Carduelis citrinella) / Zitronenzeisig   Dobratsch/Carinthia, 13/6. Another specialty, a lifer for me. Tried to

411/E162.) Alpine Swift (Tachymarptis melba) / Alpensegler   Dobratsch/Carinthia, 13/6. A very rare bird in Austria, only two colonies are known. One is close to Innsbruck (where I live) in

408/E159.) Barred Warbler (Sylvia nisoria) / Sperbergrasmücke   Seewinkel, 1/6. Definitely the coolest warbler we have IMO. A challenge, unlikely just to get "on the way", we made quite an e

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They are beautiful!

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PeterHG

Agree on the plovers, beautiful!

 

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pedro maia

Very nice pictures of the Plovers Michael, I think they are really pretty. 

 

And you could send some of your snow here, I love snow.

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502/E199.) Hen Harrier (Circus cyaneus) / Kornweihe

 

Mils/Tirol, 19/12. A good bird to get here - while they are common in Austria´s East (only) in Winter they are very rare here in the Alps. This individual has been around for two weeks now, who knows, maybe it will spend the winter here. And become a bit more comfortable around people, it´s a dastardly shy bird.

 

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This area seems to have a lot of mice, so it´s popular with raptors. The Great Grey Shrike is also wintering here. I really wonder how many mice there are, the raptors and Herons are killing a lot!

 

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elefromoz

@michael-ibk, very nice Zambia collection, I like the Racket Tailed Roller, don't think Ive seen one before. Its great the Raptors are finding plenty to eat. Very impressive numbers for this weirdest of years.

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shazdwn

Michael I have loved your photos and trip reports this year, thank you. Hope to see more in 2021

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michael-ibk

Thanks, @elefromoz, @xelasand @shazdwn

 

A few brutal ebc-leftovers from this year:

 

503/E200.) Common Redpoll (Acanthis flammea) / Birkenzeisig

 

Always a scarce bird, only seen them twice this year.

 

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Dobratsch/Carinthia, 13/6.

 

504/E201.) Wallcreeper (Tichodroma muraria) / Mauerläufer

 

Karwendelgrube/Tirol, 30/7. One of the birding Holy Grails in Europe - the only one I found this year but it did not want to pose.

 

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505/E202.) White-Winged Snowfinch (Montifringilla nivalis) / Schneesperling

 

Westfalenhaus/Tirol, 5/7. The only one this year. Or rather the only one when I had a camera around. Best chance to see them is when skiing (and I spotted a few in Winter) but cameras and ski don´t got together very well.

 

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506/E203.) White-Tailed Eagle

 

Seewinkel, 31/5. I had hoped to get one in Winter in either Seewinkel or Chiemsee in Germany but impossible to go to either.

 

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And a special sighting from a few days ago - already have it in the count (from the Po Delta in Italy) but they are such a rarity in Austria that it deserves a post - a Glossy Ibis showed up in Carinthia just before Christmas and stuck around for a few days. Attracted a lot of birders!

 

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507/E204.) Cackling Goose (Branta hutchinsii) / Zwergkanadagans

 

Maria Elend/Carinthia, 26/12. Not sure if I should count it - this is an American bird and wild birds  almost never reach mainland Europe. Still, it was unringed, nobody knows where it came from - and it is a lifer. :)

 

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Ah, found another ebc just to make sure this is a legit number:

 

507a/E204a.) Black-Necked Grebe / Schwarzhalstaucher

 

Chiemsee/Germany, 11/1.

 

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508/E205.) European Penduline Tit (Remiz pendulinus ) / Beutelmeise

 

Maria Elend/Carinthia, 26/12. A very surprising bird - they are extremely rare in Austria and should supposedly long be farther South in Winter. But a flock of about 20 seems to have chosen Carinthia for their Winter destination, apparently they have been seen here on and off for almost a month.

 

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A nice sighting to conclude the year! I do have a few more (Shoveller, Garganey, Short-Eared Owl amongst them), but they are even worse than the ebcs posted above.

 

A surprisingly good birding year for me. Found some really cool rarities for my country in spring during (our first) lockdown, and was lucky (or crazy) enough to go on two international trips. The only reason really why I came out on top this year - otherwise @xelasor @Galanaor others would easily have beaten me.

 

Let´s see how it goes next year - hopefully more normal for all of us!

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PeterHG
1 hour ago, michael-ibk said:

Not sure if I should count it

Of course! I know I did :). Thank you, Michael for all your contributions this past year. A lot of local rarities and fabulous Zambia shots, I loved them all. Congratulations on an amazingly high number and I'm already looking forward to seeing more from you in 2021!

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Galana
2 hours ago, michael-ibk said:

Not sure if I should count it

Of course you should. They are now occurring 'regularly' in British Isles s why not eventually further south.

 

Is not your Common Redpoll a Linnet?

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TonyQ

Count it! Some lovely late additions to an excellent Big Year

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michael-ibk
On 1/2/2021 at 8:57 PM, Galana said:

Is not your Common Redpoll a Linnet?

 

That´s the trouble with ebcs, I thought a breeding male Linnet should not have stripes like that on the flanks, and a greyer head. But I´m not completely sure. What about this one? Even farther away though!:)

 

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PeterHG

I agree on your Redpoll ID.

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Galana

Hmm. I have doubts. The dark bill, full red breast and white edge to the tail all say 'cock linnet' to me.

But who knows?

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