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Urban Birding from Dublin to Stockholm

European Bird List, todate

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The great thing about birding is that you can do it almost anywhere and almost anytime. So far I have been birding casually as I go, while on walks, on trains, and by bike. Since I have spent most of my time in cities so far, I have ticked off most of the most common urban species found in Northern Europe. The Midlands of Ireland did afford some rural sightings, but most of the species listed below I encountered in urban parks and greenspaces, which I explored whenever there is an opportunity.
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Some photographic highlights include the Magpies of Phoenix Park, Dublin (they are everywhere), Great Grey Heron on the streets of Amsterdam (see above), the White Stork in Volenpark, Amsterdam, and the Oyster Catcher in the pasture outside of Amsterdam. Oh yes and I must not leave out the noisy Eurasian Coots of Amsterdam’s canals. I watched these feisty birds collecting garbage for their nests on several occasions. Their young make the plaintive whiny noises as if begging for treats from their parents.

Coming to Europe opens up a whole new parallel universe of species that fill the similar ecological niches, especially in cities. I am very grateful for the staff at Portland Audubon for the copy of Birds of Europe they gave me as a going-away gift. It has been invaluable so far.

European Bird List, to-date

Rock Dove – Dublin, Ireland
Hooded Crow – Dublin, Ireland
Great Comorant – Dublin, Ireland
Coal Tit – Phoenix Park, Dublin, Ireland
European Robin - Phoenix Park, Dublin, Ireland
Magpie - Phoenix Park, Dublin, Ireland
Grey Heron - Dublin, Ireland
Rooke - Phoenix Park, Dublin, Ireland
Mute Swan – Dublin, Ireland
Wood Pigeon - Dublin, Ireland
Common Swift – Dublin, Ireland
Grey Wagtail – Drogheda, Ireland
White/Pied Wagtail – Drogheda, Ireland
Barn Swallow – Drogheda, Ireland
Herring Gull – Drogheda, Ireland
House Sparrow, Edgeworthtown, Ireland
Chaffinch – Bawnboy, Ireland
Blackbird - Longford, Ireland
Winter Wren - Bawnboy, Ireland
House Martin – Bownboy, Ireland
Tufted Duck – Dublin, Ireland
Jackdaw – Dublin, Ireland
Common Pheasant – Banagher, Ireland
Eurasion Coot – Amsterdam, NL
Oyster Catcher – near Amsterdam, Netherlands
Lapwing – Broek in Water, NL
Collard Dove – Marken, NL
Great Crested Grebe – Amsterdam, NL
White Stork – Amsterdam, NL
Eygptian Goose – Amsterdam, NL
Rose-Ringed Parakeet – Amsterdam, NL
Blue Tit – Arnhem, NL
Eurasion Jay - Brussels, Belgium
Barnacle Goose- Stockholm, Sweden

I have seen various mystery raptors from the train while traveling from Hamburg to Copenhagen to Stockholm, however have yet to identify anything.
Also I am not sure if it is really legit to count these but I did enjoy seeing them:
Hawk Owl – Skansen (Open Air Museum), Stockholm
Great Grey Owl - Skansen (Open Air Museum), Stockholm

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Oyster Catcher near Amsterdam

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Eurasian Coots

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Barnacle Geese in Stockholm

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Wagtail in Stockholm

Posted by jim.labbe 01:03 Archived in Sweden

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