Wednesday 9 July 2008

Bogey birds

I've discovered a new way to work out your bogey birds in your list be it local/national etc. Check out where the tables of lists can be converted into tables of blockers. These tables cabe reversed to see which are anti-blockers i.e. blue tit, crow, house sparrow etc. Work through the tables until you find the first bird you havent seen. I did it for my national list and no surprises arose really but for my Yorkshire list a few shockers did creep up. I guess with the smaller sample size some degree of skew can occur. Here are my bogeys according to bubo.

  1. Cetti's Warbler
  2. Dartford Warbler
  3. Red-crested Pochard
  4. Firecrest
  5. Hawfinch
  6. Twite
  7. Bean Goose
  8. Ring-necked Parakeet
  9. Chough
  10. Black-winged Stilt
  11. Temminck's Stint
  12. Great White Egret
  13. Green-winged Teal
  14. Ring-necked Duck
  15. Red-necked Phalarope
  16. Hoopoe
  17. Wryneck
  18. Pomarine Skua
  19. Spotted Crake
  20. Ring-billed Gull

This seems to show a few of things, 1) where I live (oop north away from all the 'local' stuff) and 2) that i've only been birding a few years as there are a few fairly basic birds in there, finally 3) I'm lazy and can't be arsed to twitch crap thats too far like the stilts and Great White Egrets that i have seen abroad.


  • 1) Ring-necked Duck
  • 2) Icterine Warbler
  • 3)=Common Rosefinch
  • 3)=Spotted Crake
  • 3)=Little Tern
  • 6)=Hoopoe
  • 6)=Firecrest
  • 6)=Pomarine Skua
  • 6)=Red-crested Pochard
  • 10)=Asian Desert Warbler (What!!!!)
  • 10)=Temminck's Stint
  • 10)=Shore Lark
  • 10)=Dotterel
  • 10)=Bean Goose
  • 10)=Marsh Warbler
  • 16)=Booted Warbler (A bit surprising)
  • 16)=Glossy Ibis
  • 16)=Richard's Pipit
  • 16)=Pallas's Warbler
  • 16)=Hume's Warbler
  • 16)=Quail
  • 16)=Long-tailed Skua
  • 16)=Laughing Gull
  • 16)=Bluethroat
  • 16)=Great White Egret

Most of the weirdness is due to low numbers putting in Yorks lists on Bubo perhaps BUT its worth noting that a lot of the easy national stuff doesn't get anywhere near the top 20 Yorkshire bogeys. And Asian Desert Warbler does which is frankly mental.


Darren AP Ward said...

James ~ it was mental & Ab fab views @ Sammy's Point..

James said...

but how the fuck does it get to be the 10th bird on my yorkshire bogeylist - did everyone see it??

How birds and brains become mutually exclusive

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