Posts tagged with ‘2014’

Bird of the Year 2014

I added eight birds to my life list this year, all in Portugal; including two species of vultures, five eagles, two storks, two bustards, bee-eater, roller, hoopoe, golden oriole, two kinds of shrike, two kinds of swift… Among the species I’d seen before, highlights included Montagu’s Harrier, which is an elegant, long-winged bird of prey that I had […]

Bird of the Year 2014: best performances in a supporting role

Happy New Year, everybody. Keen followers of the Bird of the Year Awards will notice a change in the categories this year. Butterflies and moths receive a disproportionate amount of my insecty attention, so I think it makes sense to split them out into their own category. Realistically, I could just split all invertebrates into […]

Read The World challenge: status report, 2014

I’ve only ticked off nine new countries in the last twelve months. This means that the finish-line has receded even further into the future, but hey-ho.

RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch 2014

I got 19 species this year, which equals my previous best. blue tit × 4 great tit × 3 long-tailed tit × 2 coal tit × 1 chaffinch × 3 greenfinch × 1 dunnock × 2 robin × 3 nuthatch × 1 blackbird × 2 redwing × 1 song thrush × 1 ring-necked parakeet × […]