Friday, 1 March 2013


Can't say what happened yesterday, was back in time to post 28/02/2013, albeit a little late, but failed to check it had registered. Perhaps a little more water with it might help.
The write-up on the tiny hamlet of Sinnamary is tempting, to say the least, but there was really only one intention for my visit. In his book 'Where to Watch Birds in South America', Nigel Wheatley states that Upland Sandpiper over-winters on the Savanna hereabouts and while I reiterate "this is not a twitch", the opportunity could (and would) not be missed. Having 'missed' the 1976 Portland bird, due to a 'severe domestic', the absence of this 'monotypic' Wader on my World List (let alone County List) has been galling to say the least.

 The country road from the main highway to the village of
On the 120Km journey from St Laurent du Maroni to here there was chance to survey what Savanna there was and make some estimate of the likelihood of seeing this enigmatic bird, the habitat took up 1/4 of that drive. CHANCES - NIL!! and that's the non-defeatist attitude.
Over the now crumbling bridge
 with lovely views
 either side, and
the Catholic Church directly ahead.
There was time for some 'birding' but it was a case of 
'more of the same'
preferable I would suggest than nothing at all?
 female BARRED ANTSHRIKE (not previously photographed)
 female/juvenile SILVER-BEAKED TANAGER
 A quick trawl of the town and it was soon apparent that ALL taxis would have to be hired from outside of the village, the area to cover was massive and so far it has only stopped raining for a period of 30 minutes - not a lot in prospect!
While 'readership' dropped fairly dramatically last month, we did add 3 countries (French Guyana, Anguilla and French Polynesia) to the list as UK rocket past the 100 thousands and onward to 105,571. After considerable marking-time Italy finally cracked the 4 figures as Costa Rica remained just 2 'hits' away from the 'ton' all month. Not surprisingly the 3 Guiana's shot up the chart while Panama zoomed past the 100 mark. 

Num Perc. Country Name    
drill down10557171.92%United KingdomUnited Kingdom
drill down110877.55%United StatesUnited States
drill down23271.59%CanadaCanada
drill down20041.37%EstoniaEstonia
drill down15711.07%AustraliaAustralia
drill down14711.00%GermanyGermany
drill down13580.93%FranceFrance
drill down12680.86%NetherlandsNetherlands
drill down11320.77%JapanJapan
drill down10020.68%ItalyItaly
drill down9740.66%IndiaIndia
drill down9490.65%New ZealandNew Zealand
drill down8870.60%SpainSpain
drill down8230.56%PhilippinesPhilippines
drill down6450.44%BrazilBrazil
drill down5910.40%TaiwanTaiwan
drill down5560.38%SwedenSweden
drill down5420.37%Korea, Republic OfKorea, Republic Of
drill down5300.36%SwitzerlandSwitzerland
drill down5040.34%PolandPoland
drill down4920.34%ThailandThailand
drill down4650.32%BelgiumBelgium
drill down3850.26%Russian FederationRussian Federation
drill down3820.26%NorwayNorway
drill down3480.24%South AfricaSouth Africa
drill down3300.22%MexicoMexico
drill down3110.21%IrelandIreland
drill down3020.21%TurkeyTurkey
drill down2970.20%RomaniaRomania
drill down2890.20%FinlandFinland
drill down2850.19%MalaysiaMalaysia
drill down2840.19%PeruPeru
drill down2760.19%IndonesiaIndonesia
drill down2530.17%GreeceGreece
drill down2360.16%PortugalPortugal
drill down2230.15%DenmarkDenmark
drill down2110.14%Czech RepublicCzech Republic
drill down2110.14%HungaryHungary
drill down2030.14%ColombiaColombia
drill down2000.14%ArgentinaArgentina
drill down1850.13%SingaporeSingapore
drill down1830.12%PakistanPakistan
drill down1810.12%IsraelIsrael
drill down1800.12%Hong KongHong Kong
drill down1760.12%Sri LankaSri Lanka
drill down1750.12%United Arab EmiratesUnited Arab Emirates
drill down1700.12%UkraineUkraine
drill down1620.11%Saudi ArabiaSaudi Arabia
drill down1290.09%BulgariaBulgaria
drill down1250.09%ChileChile
drill down1240.08%VietnamVietnam
drill down1210.08%PanamaPanama
drill down1160.08%SlovakiaSlovakia
drill down1130.08%CroatiaCroatia
drill down1110.08%VenezuelaVenezuela
drill down1100.07%AustriaAustria
drill down1000.07%SerbiaSerbia
drill down980.07%Costa RicaCosta Rica
drill down920.06%OmanOman
drill down850.06%El SalvadorEl Salvador
drill down830.06%EuropeEurope
drill down790.05%MaltaMalta
drill down780.05%BangladeshBangladesh
drill down780.05%Anonymous ProxyAnonymous Proxy
drill down700.05%LithuaniaLithuania
drill down690.05%EgyptEgypt
drill down690.05%GuyanaGuyana
drill down670.05%QatarQatar
drill down640.04%EcuadorEcuador
drill down630.04%MadagascarMadagascar
drill down530.04%MoroccoMorocco
drill down410.03%GuatemalaGuatemala
drill down410.03%Palestinian TerritoryPalestinian Territory
drill down390.03%Asia/pacific RegionAsia/pacific Region
drill down380.03%SloveniaSlovenia
drill down380.03%Trinidad And TobagoTrinidad And Tobago
drill down370.03%LuxembourgLuxembourg
drill down360.02%
drill down360.02%Dominican RepublicDominican Republic
drill down360.02%GeorgiaGeorgia
drill down360.02%French GuianaFrench Guiana
drill down350.02%IraqIraq
drill down350.02%MongoliaMongolia
drill down350.02%GuernseyGuernsey
drill down330.02%LatviaLatvia
drill down310.02%MacedoniaMacedonia
drill down300.02%JamaicaJamaica
drill down290.02%LebanonLebanon
drill down280.02%YemenYemen
drill down270.02%CyprusCyprus
drill down260.02%KenyaKenya
drill down260.02%CambodiaCambodia
drill down260.02%Netherlands AntillesNetherlands Antilles
drill down260.02%Satellite ProviderSatellite Provider
drill down250.02%BelarusBelarus
drill down240.02%KuwaitKuwait
drill down230.02%JerseyJersey
drill down230.02%NamibiaNamibia
drill down230.02%Saint Kitts And NevisSaint Kitts And Nevis
drill down220.01%JordanJordan
drill down220.01%AlgeriaAlgeria
drill down200.01%Lao People's Democratic RepublicLao People's Democratic Republic
drill down200.01%SurinameSuriname
drill down190.01%Isle Of ManIsle Of Man
drill down190.01%NepalNepal
drill down190.01%BahrainBahrain
drill down180.01%Puerto RicoPuerto Rico
drill down180.01%GibraltarGibraltar
drill down170.01%BelizeBelize
drill down160.01%UruguayUruguay
drill down150.01%MaldivesMaldives
drill down140.01%NigeriaNigeria
drill down140.01%MauritiusMauritius
drill down140.01%BarbadosBarbados
drill down140.01%AlbaniaAlbania
drill down140.01%Moldova, Republic OfMoldova, Republic Of
drill down130.01%BermudaBermuda
drill down130.01%HondurasHonduras
drill down120.01%Brunei DarussalamBrunei Darussalam
drill down120.01%ArmeniaArmenia
drill down120.01%SudanSudan
drill down120.01%TunisiaTunisia
drill down110.01%ReunionReunion
drill down110.01%MontenegroMontenegro
drill down110.01%AzerbaijanAzerbaijan
drill down100.01%Bosnia And HerzegovinaBosnia And Herzegovina
drill down100.01%IcelandIceland
drill down90.01%Tanzania, United Republic OfTanzania, United Republic Of
drill down90.01%Libyan Arab JamahiriyaLibyan Arab Jamahiriya
drill down90.01%Virgin Island, U.s.Virgin Island, U.s.
drill down90.01%ChinaChina
drill down80.01%ZimbabweZimbabwe
drill down80.01%ArubaAruba
drill down80.01%Antigua And BarbudaAntigua And Barbuda
drill down70.00%KazakhstanKazakhstan
drill down70.00%MartiniqueMartinique
drill down60.00%BhutanBhutan
drill down60.00%Faroe IslandsFaroe Islands
drill down60.00%UgandaUganda
drill down60.00%EthiopiaEthiopia
drill down60.00%SeychellesSeychelles
drill down60.00%New CaledoniaNew Caledonia
drill down50.00%GuamGuam
drill down50.00%BahamasBahamas
drill down40.00%Saint LuciaSaint Lucia
drill down40.00%Virgin Islands, BritishVirgin Islands, British
drill down40.00%Cayman IslandsCayman Islands
drill down40.00%Syrian Arab RepublicSyrian Arab Republic
drill down40.00%GhanaGhana
drill down40.00%Iran, Islamic Republic OfIran, Islamic Republic Of
drill down40.00%ZambiaZambia
drill down30.00%BotswanaBotswana
drill down30.00%ParaguayParaguay
drill down30.00%DominicaDominica
drill down30.00%MyanmarMyanmar
drill down30.00%BoliviaBolivia
drill down30.00%GuadeloupeGuadeloupe
drill down30.00%GambiaGambia
drill down30.00%CameroonCameroon
drill down30.00%FijiFiji
drill down20.00%MacaoMacao
drill down20.00%AndorraAndorra
drill down20.00%GabonGabon
drill down20.00%GrenadaGrenada
drill down20.00%Cote D'ivoireCote D'ivoire
drill down20.00%Falkland Islands (malvinas)Falkland Islands (malvinas)
drill down10.00%SwazilandSwaziland
drill down10.00%MonacoMonaco
drill down10.00%Turks And Caicos IslandsTurks And Caicos Islands
drill down10.00%RwandaRwanda
drill down10.00%Northern Mariana IslandsNorthern Mariana Islands
drill down10.00%SenegalSenegal
drill down10.00%MalawiMalawi
drill down10.00%AnguillaAnguilla
drill down10.00%AfghanistanAfghanistan
drill down10.00%HaitiHaiti
drill down10.00%French PolynesiaFrench Polynesia
drill down10.00%UzbekistanUzbekistan
drill down10.00%VanuatuVanuatu

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