Tuesday, 1 January 2013


from a not so sunny Caribbean Sea!
A Good Day to pass the Blog Link on to ALL your Friends and Families!
For myself another fantastic year passed and gone but with a ‘thousand’ fond memories. A total of 22 counties have been visited during the 12 month period, in order England, Scotland, China, South Korea, Taiwan, Philippians, Malaysia, Thailand, Laos, Australia, Republic of Ireland, Spain, Madeira (Portugal), Saint Kitts and Nevis, Antigua and Barbuda, (Martinique), Barbados, Saint Lucia, Guadeloupe, Grenada, Trinidad and Tobago, Venezuela, and Curacao, bringing my grand total in the World to 132.
On the ‘birding’ front, 183 species have been added to the World List, 2 (Spanish Sparrow and Short-billed Dowitcher) to the GB total while the Dorset List increased by 3 (Short-billed Dowitcher, Purple Heron and Pink-footed Goose).
 At the time of publication we are about as near to the center of the Caribbean Sea as is possible. The whole day is given over to being on passage making landfall at 06:00 tomorrow. The weather is dismal with almost continuous overcast skies, 20 to 30 knot wind, intermittent heavy showers while the temperature has 'plummeted' to 76F, and I guess most will sympathise with the latter.

 The only wildlife encountered has been
about a dozen RED-FOOTED BOOBY* (a Trip Tick for me but not for the Davies')
a single Masked Booby and a -------- wait for it
a Barn Swallow.
My HIGHLIGHT of the YEAR, well that’s an easy one. To have met for the second time, all the way from Australia, grandsons Frederick and Alexander while meeting Benjamin (F. A. B.) for the first time. Our time together was brief, but there is a strong urge to redress this on my return to England.
Very close to my heart are those of you who take the time to visit The Bagsy Blog when your precious time allows, so avidly watch the Stat Counter to note additions in both readers and Countries/ Regions of readership. The latter has increased by a massive 21 over the year, bringing the Grand Total to 181, while I’ll leave it to the graphic to show the accurate totals.     

Num Perc. Country Name
drill down9519572.19%United KingdomUnited Kingdom
drill down97847.42%United StatesUnited States
drill down18111.37%CanadaCanada
drill down15531.18%EstoniaEstonia
drill down14331.09%AustraliaAustralia
drill down12880.98%GermanyGermany
drill down12340.94%FranceFrance
drill down11880.90%NetherlandsNetherlands
drill down10780.82%JapanJapan
drill down8920.68%IndiaIndia
drill down8840.67%ItalyItaly
drill down8470.64%New ZealandNew Zealand
drill down8090.61%SpainSpain
drill down7790.59%PhilippinesPhilippines
drill down6190.47%BrazilBrazil
drill down5700.43%TaiwanTaiwan
drill down5210.40%SwedenSweden
drill down4980.38%Korea, Republic OfKorea, Republic Of
drill down4730.36%SwitzerlandSwitzerland
drill down4620.35%PolandPoland
drill down4210.32%BelgiumBelgium
drill down4110.31%ThailandThailand
drill down3690.28%Russian FederationRussian Federation
drill down3680.28%NorwayNorway
drill down2960.22%South AfricaSouth Africa
drill down2930.22%TurkeyTurkey
drill down2900.22%MexicoMexico
drill down2900.22%IrelandIreland
drill down2830.21%RomaniaRomania
drill down2720.21%PeruPeru
drill down2660.20%MalaysiaMalaysia
drill down2630.20%IndonesiaIndonesia
drill down2500.19%FinlandFinland
drill down2430.18%GreeceGreece
drill down2240.17%PortugalPortugal
drill down2000.15%DenmarkDenmark
drill down1970.15%Czech RepublicCzech Republic
drill down1930.15%ArgentinaArgentina
drill down1930.15%HungaryHungary
drill down1900.14%ColombiaColombia
drill down1730.13%SingaporeSingapore
drill down1700.13%IsraelIsrael
drill down1690.13%PakistanPakistan
drill down1660.13%UkraineUkraine
drill down1630.12%Sri LankaSri Lanka
drill down1630.12%Hong KongHong Kong
drill down1610.12%United Arab EmiratesUnited Arab Emirates
drill down1570.12%Saudi ArabiaSaudi Arabia
drill down1240.09%BulgariaBulgaria
drill down1230.09%VietnamVietnam
drill down1150.09%ChileChile
drill down1090.08%SlovakiaSlovakia
drill down1050.08%CroatiaCroatia
drill down990.08%AustriaAustria
drill down950.07%VenezuelaVenezuela
drill down940.07%SerbiaSerbia
drill down900.07%OmanOman
drill down860.07%Costa RicaCosta Rica
drill down800.06%El SalvadorEl Salvador
drill down770.06%MaltaMalta
drill down740.06%Anonymous ProxyAnonymous Proxy
drill down700.05%EuropeEurope
drill down680.05%LithuaniaLithuania
drill down680.05%EgyptEgypt
drill down680.05%BangladeshBangladesh
drill down630.05%QatarQatar
drill down620.05%MadagascarMadagascar
drill down570.04%EcuadorEcuador
drill down410.03%Palestinian TerritoryPalestinian Territory
drill down380.03%GuatemalaGuatemala
drill down380.03%Asia/pacific RegionAsia/pacific Region
drill down370.03%SloveniaSlovenia
drill down370.03%LuxembourgLuxembourg
drill down350.03%GuernseyGuernsey
drill down340.03%GeorgiaGeorgia
drill down340.03%IraqIraq
drill down330.03%MongoliaMongolia
drill down330.03%

drill down320.02%LatviaLatvia
drill down310.02%MoroccoMorocco
drill down300.02%Dominican RepublicDominican Republic
drill down280.02%Trinidad And TobagoTrinidad And Tobago
drill down280.02%JamaicaJamaica
drill down280.02%LebanonLebanon
drill down260.02%MacedoniaMacedonia
drill down260.02%Satellite ProviderSatellite Provider
drill down250.02%CyprusCyprus
drill down240.02%YemenYemen
drill down240.02%BelarusBelarus
drill down240.02%KenyaKenya
drill down230.02%NamibiaNamibia
drill down230.02%Netherlands AntillesNetherlands Antilles
drill down230.02%JerseyJersey
drill down230.02%KuwaitKuwait
drill down220.02%Saint Kitts And NevisSaint Kitts And Nevis
drill down220.02%CambodiaCambodia
drill down210.02%JordanJordan
drill down210.02%AlgeriaAlgeria
drill down200.02%Lao People's Democratic RepublicLao People's Democratic Republic
drill down170.01%Isle Of ManIsle Of Man
drill down170.01%BahrainBahrain
drill down160.01%PanamaPanama
drill down150.01%BelizeBelize
drill down150.01%MaldivesMaldives
drill down150.01%NepalNepal
drill down140.01%MauritiusMauritius
drill down140.01%BarbadosBarbados
drill down140.01%Puerto RicoPuerto Rico
drill down140.01%Moldova, Republic OfMoldova, Republic Of
drill down130.01%NigeriaNigeria
drill down130.01%UruguayUruguay
drill down120.01%BermudaBermuda
drill down120.01%ArmeniaArmenia
drill down120.01%HondurasHonduras
drill down120.01%SudanSudan
drill down120.01%AlbaniaAlbania
drill down120.01%Brunei DarussalamBrunei Darussalam
drill down110.01%MontenegroMontenegro
drill down110.01%AzerbaijanAzerbaijan
drill down110.01%GibraltarGibraltar
drill down110.01%TunisiaTunisia
drill down110.01%ReunionReunion
drill down100.01%Bosnia And HerzegovinaBosnia And Herzegovina
drill down100.01%IcelandIceland
drill down90.01%Virgin Island, U.s.Virgin Island, U.s.
drill down90.01%Tanzania, United Republic OfTanzania, United Republic Of
drill down90.01%Libyan Arab JamahiriyaLibyan Arab Jamahiriya
drill down80.01%Antigua And BarbudaAntigua And Barbuda
drill down80.01%ChinaChina
drill down80.01%ZimbabweZimbabwe
drill down70.01%ArubaAruba
drill down70.01%KazakhstanKazakhstan
drill down60.00%BhutanBhutan
drill down60.00%Faroe IslandsFaroe Islands
drill down60.00%New CaledoniaNew Caledonia
drill down50.00%UgandaUganda
drill down50.00%EthiopiaEthiopia
drill down50.00%GuyanaGuyana
drill down50.00%GuamGuam
drill down40.00%BahamasBahamas
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 down40.00%SeychellesSeychelles
drill down40.00%Saint LuciaSaint Lucia
drill down30.00%DominicaDominica
drill down30.00%Virgin Islands, BritishVirgin Islands, British
drill down30.00%MyanmarMyanmar
drill down30.00%BoliviaBolivia
drill down30.00%GambiaGambia
drill down30.00%CameroonCameroon
drill down30.00%FijiFiji
drill down30.00%ParaguayParaguay
drill down20.00%AndorraAndorra
drill down20.00%GabonGabon
drill down20.00%Cayman IslandsCayman Islands
drill down20.00%GrenadaGrenada
drill down20.00%Cote D'ivoireCote D'ivoire
drill down20.00%Falkland Islands (malvinas)Falkland Islands (malvinas)
drill down20.00%BotswanaBotswana
drill down20.00%MacaoMacao
drill down10.00%MonacoMonaco
drill down10.00%Turks And Caicos IslandsTurks And Caicos Islands
drill down10.00%GuadeloupeGuadeloupe
drill down10.00%RwandaRwanda
drill down10.00%MartiniqueMartinique
drill down10.00%MalawiMalawi
drill down10.00%SurinameSuriname
drill down10.00%AfghanistanAfghanistan
drill down10.00%HaitiHaiti
drill down10.00%French PolynesiaFrench Polynesia
drill down10.00%UzbekistanUzbekistan
drill down10.00%VanuatuVanuatu
drill down10.00%SwazilandSwaziland