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2018 Big Year
Topic Started: Dec 27 2017, 08:05 PM (8,617 Views)
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King of Cotingas

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If there's one thing that brings all of the TRT members together, it's the love of animals. For most members this probably means an interest in zoos and animals in captivity in general, but there are a lot of members interested in observing wild animals as well.

Those that do are probably familiar with the "big year" concept: keeping track of all animals you see within a single calendar year. This can be done within a certain region (which is how the idea and name came to existence, after birders aimed to see as many species within the USA in one single year), but because we have members from all over the world we decided world listing would be more interesting.

Basically, the idea is as follows; from the 1st of January until the 31st of December, everyone who participates keeps track of the animals they see and identify, and lists them all in the order of seeing them. Every time you see a new species, you add onto that list by posting a new post in this topic. At the end of the year you can then easily compile a total list of the animals you saw that year, and keep the memories of seeing those species forever!
Of course, we'll add a little extra competition by bringing pointies into the mix. You'll be rewarded in pointies for every few animals you see, and at the end of each month the person with the most new species will be given a silhouette!

  • Number your lists. This way it's always easy to check how many species you've seen.
  • We keep track of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish and invertebrates. If you choose to only list the groups that interest you most, that's fine! A lot of people generally don't bother counting invertebrates.
  • Keep different lists for different classes (except with fish and invertebrates, list all different fish classes together and all different invertebrate classes together for those). Separate the lists for birds, mammals, reptiles etc. from each other.
  • Highlight the species you see for the first time ("lifers") in bold. This makes for a more interesting overview, and makes the listing of species more rewarding as you can draw more attention to the species that are more special to you!
  • We only list species, not subspecies, to prevent taxonomical debates. However, if you see a different subspecies worth mentioning, it's always interesting to include that in your post (without numbering it and putting it on the list). Hybrid animals don't count either.
  • We only list species we've seen directly, not species we've only heard. Similarly to different subspecies, it's always interesting to add the heard-only species to your post without listing them!
  • We only list actual wild species, escaped exotic species don't count unless they've become self-established (like feral pigeons everywhere, ring-necked parakeets in Europe and common starlings in North America).
  • List common names and binominal names of all species you see. Common names differ immensely per bird checklist (Clements, IOC, etc.), so to keep things clear we ask this as a requirement.
  • You are welcome to join in after January, but people starting in another month will not be counted for the first month they enter. For example, if you join in March and immediately have a list of 50+ species when most of these were seen in January and February, it'd be unfair to others that already saw the majority of their species in January, when the competition for "new" species was a lot higher.
  • You do not have to provide photographic evidence, your word is your bond. We trust our members won't lie about seeing things they didn't just to get a higher score.

  • On the first day of every month starting February 1st, I will be giving an overview of how many species of each category people have seen in total. I will also calculate how many species everyone gained compared to the previous month.
  • For every species you gained compared to the previous month, you will receive 5 pointies for use in the pointies store.
  • The person with the most species gained that month will receive a pointies animal.

  • The double-posting rule will be less strict here than it is in other areas of the forum (as it's possible that you see something new before someone else has), but keep it sensible. Try not to post list updates twice in the same day if you see or identify another species later, it's easier to just edit your previous post.
  • Have fun!
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January 1, 2018

1 - Common Ringtail Possum (Pseudocheirus peregrinus)
2 - Grey-Headed Flying-Fox (Pteropus poliocephalus)
3 - Common Brushtail Possum (Trichosurus vulpecula)

1 - House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)
2 - Red Wattlebird (Anthochaera carunculata)
3 - Rainbow Lorikeet (Trichoglossus moluccanus)
4 - Spotted Dove (Spilopelia chinensis)
5 - Common Myna (Acridotheres tristis)
6 - Magpie-Lark (Grallina cyanoleuca)
7 - Common Blackbird (Turdus merula)
8 - Little Raven (Corvus mellori)
9 - Little Wattlebird (Anthochaera chrysoptera)
10 - Common Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)
11 - Australian Magpie (Gymnorhina tibicen)
12 - Noisy Miner (Manorina melanocephala)
13 - Crested Pigeon (Ocyphaps lophotes)
14 - Galah (Eolophus roseicapilla)
15 - Eastern Rosella (Platycercus eximius)
16 - Crimson Rosella (Platycercus elegans)
17 - Pacific Black Duck (Anas superciliosa)

Walking to the car from a friend's place and I saw two possums in a tree - my first animals of 2018 :)
EDIT: Back at home spotted a flying-fox in a tree in the backyard.
EDIT: Next morning, saw several bird species in my backyard and street.
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I'm going to see rock doves for the rest of the year on a daily basis.


1- Rock dove (Columba livia)

EDIT : Apparently it's not 2018 yet please do not consider this post until tomorrow.
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King of Cotingas

Dec 31 2017, 10:38 AM
I'm going to see rock doves for the rest of the year on a daily basis.


- Rock dove (Columba livia)
A few points;
1) Of course I can't be certain, but this is for 2018 only, and if you're in Switzerland it's not 2018 there yet. :S
2) Number your list! That makes it easier for me to count how many species you saw, and calculate how many new ones you've seen every month. :D

@Danny, nice species, wasn't expecting any additions so quickly! :candycane:
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A productive morning of birding got me a good start for the new year. #1-8 and #42 are from my garden, the rest is from my local pool, forest and the fields in between. :D

1) Western jackdaw, Coloeus monedula
2) Carrion crow, Corvus corone
3) Common wood pigeon, Columba palumbus
4) Eurasian collared dove, Streptopelia decaocto
5) European herring gull, Larus argentatus
6) Eurasian magpie, Pica pica
7) Mew gull, Larus canus
8) Black-headed gull, Chroicocephalus ridibundus
9) Common blackbird, Turdus merula
10) Common chaffinch, Fringilla coelebs
11) Egyptian goose, Alopochen aegyptiaca
12) Greylag goose, Anser anser
13) Eurasian jay, Garrulus glandarius
14) Common buzzard, Buteo buteo
15) Eurasian blue tit, Cyanistes caeruleus
16) Mute swan, Cygnus olor
17) Bewick's swan, Cygnus bewickii
18) Grey heron, Ardea cinerea
19) Mallard, Anas platyrhynchos
20) Common shelduck, Tadorna tadorna
21) Northern shoveler, Anas clypeata
22) Eurasian coot, Fulica atra
23) Northern pintail, Anas acuta
24) Tufted duck, Aythya fuligula
25) Common pochard, Aythya ferina
26) Eurasian wigeon, Anas penelope
27) Great tit, Parus major
28) Gadwall, Anas strepera
29) Eurasian teal, Anas crecca
30) Eurasian curlew, Numenius arquata
31) Northern lapwing, Vanellus vanellus
32) Eurasian wren, Troglodytes troglodytes
33) Great spotted woodpecker, Dendrocopos major
34) European robin, Erithacus rubecula
35) Lesser redpoll, Acanthis cabaret
36) Cetti's warbler, Cettia cetti
37) Common merganser, Mergus merganser
38) Stock dove, Columba oenas
39) Common kestrel, Falco tinnunculus
40) White wagtail, Motacilla alba
41) Dunnock, Prunella modularis
42) Common starling, Sturnus vulgaris

43) Coal tit, Periparus ater. :D
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January 1, 2018

1) Rock pigeon (Columba livia)
2) Yellow-legged gull (Larus michahellis)
3) Eurasian collared dove (Streptopelia decaocto)
4) Common sparrow (Passer domesticus)

1) Human (Homo sapiens)
Edited by Jules, Jan 1 2018, 11:14 AM.
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~1 january~

1-common blackbird, turdus merula
2-eurasian blue tit, cyanistes caeruleus
3-western jackdaw, corvus monedula
4-european robin, erithacus rubecula
5-great tit, parus major
6-eurasian magpie, pica pica
7-redwing, turdus iliacus
8-european greenfinch, chloris chloris
9-common wood pigeon, columba palumbus
10-goldcrest, regulus regulus
11-eurasian wren, troglodytes troglodytes
12-barnacle goose, branta leucopsis
Edited by cassynatorium, Jan 2 2018, 05:39 AM.
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Starting off with birds from my garden (and around) :P

1) Barbary dove, Streptopelia risoria
2) Yellow-legged gull, Larus michahellis
3) Feral pigeon, Columba livia domestica
4) Spotless starling, [Sturnus unicolor
5) House sparrow, Passer domesticus
Edited by Haram | ZTFR, Jan 1 2018, 02:25 PM.
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King of Lemurs


1. Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)

(This is going to suck until Spring)
Edited by Burns, Jan 1 2018, 02:03 PM.
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No good hero is a one-trick phony.


1. Human (Homo sapiens)
2. Eastern Gray Squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis)


1. Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)
2. Cooper's Hawk (Accipter cooperii)
3. American Robin (Turdus migratorius)
4. Northern Cardinal(Cardinalis cardinalis)
5. Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)

Gotta agree with Burns on this one.
Edited by magpiealamode, Jan 2 2018, 03:24 AM.
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January 1, 2018

1 - Blue Grey Tanager (Thraupis episcopus)
2 - Palm Tanager (Thraupis palmarum)
3 - Saffron Finch (Sicalis flaveola)
4 - Thick-Billed Euphonia(Euphonia laniirostris)
5 - Black-Billed Trush (Turdus ignobilis)
6 - House Wren (Troglodytes aedon)
7 - Rufous Tailed Hummingbird (Amazilia tzacatl)
8 - Great Kiskadee (Pitangus sulphuratus)
9 - Rusty-margined flycatcher(Myiozetetes cayanensis)
10 - Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melacholicus)
11 - Vermilion Flycatcher (Pyrocephalus rubinus)
12 - American Black Vulture (Coragyps atratus)
13 - Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)
14 - Blue Headed Parrot (Pionus menstruus)
15 - Ruddy Ground Dove (Columbina talpacotli)
16 - Eared Dove (Zenaida auriculata)
17 - Shiny Cowbird (Molothrus bonariensis)
18 - Bar-crested antshrike (Thamnophilus multistriatus)
19 - Grey-necked wood rail (Aramides cajaneus)
20 - Red-breasted meadowlark (Sturnella militaris)

Today was a rather slow day bird-wise, however i managed to see 2 rails and the meadowlark in my way back home from a cousins house.
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January 2, 2018
18 - Little Black Cormorant (Phalacrocorax sulcirostris)
19 - Dusky Moorhen (Gallinula tenebrosa)
20 - Australasian Swamphen (Porphyrio melanotus)
21 - Sulphur-Crested Cockatoo (Cacatua galerita)

Only a few additions today as I was mostly at home and saw many of the same birds as yesterday.

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A species I don't often see, and have never seen in my garden before just decided to show up!

44) Short-toed treecreeper, Certhia brachydactyla

Also, I like Danny's "Total" list so I'll adopt it as well! :P

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1) Fox Squirrel (Sciurus niger)
2) Coyote (C. l. lestes)
3) Black-Tailed Prairie Dog (Cynomys ludovicianus)
4) Mountain Cottontail (Sylvilagus nuttallii)
2) Black-Capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)
3) American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos hesperis)
4) Red-Winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)
5) American Kestrel (Falco sparverius)
6) House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus)
7) Northern Flicker (C. a. cafer)
Edited by Burns, Jan 2 2018, 10:30 PM.
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January 2, 2018

21 - Spectacled Parrotlet (Forpus conspicillatus)
22 - Smooth-Billed Ani (Crotophaga ani)
23 - Southern Rough-Winged Swallow(Stelgidopteyx ruficollis)
24 - Blue and White Swallow(Pygochelidon cyanoleuca)
25 - Buff-Necked Ibis (Theristicus caudatus)
26 - Green Honeycreeper (Chlorophanes spiza)
27 - Common Tody-Flycatcher (Todirostrum cinereum)

Today was also a slow day, spect some more tomorrow as i will be birding a local park near my hometown.
Edited by caviar, Jan 2 2018, 10:52 PM.
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