Friday, 1 October 2010

Rain Stops Play!

The gale force wind was rattling the soffits, while the torrential rain filled the fish pond early this morning so I just turned over and went back to sleep. The 07-30 local weather forecast showed little sign of change for at least 24 hours, so an ideal opportunity to catch up on those long outstanding records / photographs etc. Among others, the South American records at the turn of the year had barely been touched but can now report that the World List is finally up to date. In addition, most of the photos from the last trip have also been edited, while both Joe Bonamassa and Manfred Mann have received a good airing.

With a lack of any records today I have to resort to the archives once again, and with the USA trip not too far behind here are a few shots from previous trips to the North American sub-continent.

American Bittern - Cape May, New Jersey.

Bald Eagle - Stanley Park,

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Black Skimmer - Delaware River Estuary, USA.

Boat-tailed Grackle - Stone Harbour Causeway, New Jersey.

Goosander (male) - Beaver Creek, Yukon, Canada.

Goosander (female) - ditto.

Solitary Sandpiper - Central Park, New York.

Tricolored Heron - Brigantine, New Jersey.

North American Raccoon - Stanley Park.

and as yet another month ends there are those all important (only to me I suspect) Blog statistics to consider. September has been the second most productive month since the installation of the Stat Counter in February with 4070 individual 'hits' . The daily average of 135.7 is second only to last month, when the furore of the Red-necked Stint sent figures souring to 6217 'hits', a daily average of 200.5.

Not surprisingly, there has also been an increase in the US readership but much more than I would have expected. Leaving home there were on average 52 individual 'hits' per day from the States, but seems word has spread and 565 knocks Estonia off of the second position for only the second time, The Netherlands having achieved this also last month. Countries joining the readership have however remained static since Puerto Rico and Azerbaijan waded in at numbers 99 and 100, unless of course you count 'Satellite Provider' which indicates no place of origin.

Num Perc. Country Name

drill down792281.63%United KingdomUnited Kingdom
drill down5655.82%United StatesUnited States
drill down2582.66%EstoniaEstonia
drill down1851.91%NetherlandsNetherlands
drill down740.76%AustraliaAustralia
drill down710.73%CanadaCanada
drill down600.62%FranceFrance
drill down520.54%GermanyGermany
drill down430.44%FinlandFinland
drill down430.44%IrelandIreland
drill down300.31%ItalyItaly
drill down260.27%JapanJapan
drill down240.25%

drill down220.23%BelgiumBelgium
drill down210.22%IndiaIndia
drill down200.21%SwedenSweden
drill down190.20%SpainSpain
drill down160.16%BarbadosBarbados
drill down160.16%ArgentinaArgentina
drill down120.12%BrazilBrazil
drill down100.10%SwitzerlandSwitzerland
drill down100.10%TaiwanTaiwan
drill down100.10%HungaryHungary
drill down100.10%DenmarkDenmark
drill down100.10%ColombiaColombia
drill down80.08%PhilippinesPhilippines
drill down80.08%Hong KongHong Kong
drill down80.08%United Arab EmiratesUnited Arab Emirates
drill down80.08%New ZealandNew Zealand
drill down70.07%Korea, Republic OfKorea, Republic Of
drill down70.07%VenezuelaVenezuela
drill down70.07%VietnamVietnam
drill down60.06%NorwayNorway
drill down60.06%GreeceGreece
drill down60.06%EcuadorEcuador
drill down60.06%GuernseyGuernsey
drill down60.06%SingaporeSingapore
drill down50.05%LithuaniaLithuania
drill down50.05%Costa RicaCosta Rica
drill down50.05%Tanzania, United Republic OfTanzania, United Republic Of
drill down40.04%SlovakiaSlovakia
drill down40.04%Sri LankaSri Lanka
drill down40.04%Iran, Islamic Republic OfIran, Islamic Republic Of
drill down40.04%IsraelIsrael
drill down40.04%TurkeyTurkey
drill down40.04%Russian FederationRussian Federation
drill down40.04%ThailandThailand
drill down40.04%PeruPeru
drill down40.04%MaltaMalta
drill down30.03%SudanSudan
drill down30.03%EuropeEurope
drill down30.03%Puerto RicoPuerto Rico
drill down20.02%Czech RepublicCzech Republic
drill down20.02%PolandPoland
drill down20.02%CroatiaCroatia
drill down20.02%GambiaGambia
drill down20.02%GeorgiaGeorgia
drill down20.02%ChileChile
drill down20.02%Trinidad And TobagoTrinidad And Tobago
drill down20.02%JerseyJersey
drill down20.02%AzerbaijanAzerbaijan
drill down10.01%SeychellesSeychelles
drill down10.01%RomaniaRomania
drill down10.01%South AfricaSouth Africa
drill down10.01%CambodiaCambodia
drill down10.01%Faroe IslandsFaroe Islands
drill down10.01%NigeriaNigeria
drill down10.01%Falkland Islands (malvinas)Falkland Islands (malvinas)
drill down10.01%Isle Of ManIsle Of Man
drill down10.01%MalaysiaMalaysia
drill down10.01%AustriaAustria
drill down10.01%IndonesiaIndonesia
drill down10.01%Saudi ArabiaSaudi Arabia
drill down10.01%MexicoMexico
drill down10.01%PortugalPortugal
drill down10.01%Satellite Provider

It's fantastic that there has been so much interest and with a huge THANK YOU to everyone may I request all readers to pass the link on to their Family & Friends, with the promise that my next adventure, in a couple of weeks time, has the potential of being something Very Special.

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