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Old Wednesday 2nd May 2012, 10:27   #676
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73 : Wheatear

Weeks after patch birds arrived and left! Second ever record!
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Opened the window this morning to get a mega - singing male Brambling

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Old Wednesday 2nd May 2012, 22:59   #679
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Agreed, very nice indeed. Had a couple lingering here till last week, but no singing involved ...truly impressive for the UK
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Old Thursday 3rd May 2012, 02:03   #680
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I added a few more today:

89. Solitary Sandpiper - flying over yard.
90. Great Crested Flycatcher
91. Gray Catbird
92. Ovenbird
93. Louisiana Waterthrush
94. Baltimore Oriole
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Old Thursday 3rd May 2012, 06:52   #681
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I've got serious competition! BUt Ialso had a miscount and am on 111 (110 without feral pigeon)
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Old Thursday 3rd May 2012, 09:26   #682
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Not new and not a bird but ... 2 otters this morning were rather special.
Our first multiple record.

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Old Thursday 3rd May 2012, 12:08   #683
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Vilnius.

Very pleasant now, sat drinking coffee on the front step, all the fruit trees in blossom, the Hawfinches basically tame now, display and courtship on the lawn, another male warbling its quiet song from an apple tree adjacent.

Nextbox tally now: Starlings in two boxes, Pied Flycathers showing interest in two boxes, Common Redstart in one box, Blue Tit in one, Great Tit maybe in another. New-in this morning, a Spotted Flycatcher by the garden pond.

A couple of additions also late last night too - 1 a.m., the still airs punctuated by a distant booming of Bittern, the powerful tones of a Thrush Nightingale closer.

49. Bittern
50. Thrush Nightingale
51. Spotted Flycather
52. Linnet
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From this morning:

95. Yellow-throated Vireo
96. Northern Parula
97. Magnolia Warbler
98. Field Sparrow - heard singing, then seen.
99. Veery
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Today, a

74 : Yellow wagtail called up high,

and, having at last seen the Hobbies return to patch, a single

75 : Hobby

flew over.

Blown away by a singing Brambling, though, CB!
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singing male Brambling
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I added a few more today:

89. Solitary Sandpiper - flying over yard.
90. Great Crested Flycatcher
91. Gray Catbird
92. Ovenbird
93. Louisiana Waterthrush
94. Baltimore Oriole
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Vilnius.

Very pleasant now, sat drinking coffee on the front step, all the fruit trees in blossom, the Hawfinches basically tame now,
................ Bittern, the powerful tones of a Thrush Nightingale closer.

49. Bittern
50. Thrush Nightingale
51. Spotted Flycather
52. Linnet
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From this morning:

95. Yellow-throated Vireo
96. Northern Parula
97. Magnolia Warbler
98. Field Sparrow - heard singing, then seen.
99. Veery
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Today, a

74 : Yellow wagtail called up high,

and, having at last seen the Hobbies return to patch, a single

75 : Hobby

.!
Great for all of you............nothin' new for me. It's been raining all day. But the good news is that the Nightingale is still on patch and alternates between some blackthorn and another bramble patch. And they do sometimes sing in the rain!
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Old Thursday 3rd May 2012, 19:55   #687
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100. Yellow Warbler - heard singing.
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100. Yellow Warbler - heard singing.
Where abouts in NY are you residing for such an impressive tally...not Central Park?

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No, I don't live near Central Park. I actually live in central/upstate New York, near Syracuse, about 5 hours away from NYC.
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Picking out a distant singer amongst the Wood pigeons and Collared doves early this morning was a great moment, this now less than annual migrant:

76 : CUCKOO !
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Still languishing this morning..no new additions!..Grey skies..Blackcap singing from the top of a bare Ash tree..Hobby scything overhead..7 Parakeets courtship displaying over the tree tops..then I espied this pink and white rainbow arrowing towards my hedge..It looked remotely familiar from this angle..''but no it can't be Hoopoe''..I muttered..before it landed atop my Hawthorn!..It's been eight years (in the garden) since the last one!
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A few this morning:

101. Warbling Vireo
102. Tennessee Warbler
103. American Redstart
104. White-crowned Sparrow
105. Scarlet Tanager
106. Indigo Bunting

Later this morning I picked out a few more:

107. Philadelphia Vireo - fairly early here.
108. Red-eyed Vireo - again fairly early for here. Heard and seen.
109. Blue-winged Warbler - seen as it flew down the yard.
110. Common Yellowthroat - heard singing.
111. Chestnut-sided Warbler - heard singing.
112. Bobolink - flying over yard.
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Still languishing this morning..no new additions!..Grey skies..Blackcap singing from the top of a bare Ash tree..Hobby scything overhead..7 Parakeets courtship displaying over the tree tops..then I espied this pink and white rainbow arrowing towards my hedge..It looked remotely familiar from this angle..''but no it can't be Hoopoe''..I muttered..before it landed atop my Hawthorn!..It's been eight years (in the garden) since the last one!
WOW! Who'd have thought it? In London!
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Serves for leaving it too long. That's 377 species overall.
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113. Ruby-throated Hummingbird
114. *Orange-crowned Warbler - pretty uncommon here. Got some fairly nice looks, as it was jumping around in the apple trees. It stayed quite awhile, before finally flying off. Nice bird!
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A few this morning:

101. Warbling Vireo
102. Tennessee Warbler
103. American Redstart
104. White-crowned Sparrow
105. Scarlet Tanager
106. Indigo Bunting

Later this morning I picked out a few more:

107. Philadelphia Vireo - fairly early here.
108. Red-eyed Vireo - again fairly early for here. Heard and seen.
109. Blue-winged Warbler - seen as it flew down the yard.
110. Common Yellowthroat - heard singing.
111. Chestnut-sided Warbler - heard singing.
112. Bobolink - flying over yard.
That's not a few, that's a lot!!!!!!!!!!!

Do you live on some kind of migration hotspot, or is that just a fairly normal garden list for your location? Some good birds ... along with the Orange-crowned too ...
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En France still ... might be here an extra week due to circumstances, we'll see ...

yesterday two additions -

56) Melodious Warbler
57) Cuckoo (h)

Initially the Melodious was heard only, singing in the scrub on the old railway line that runs behind the house, I had to leave the premises to get a view, but later in the day saw it behind next doors garden by standing on a pile of pallets by the woodpile.

There has also been a Cockatiel (sp?) flying around the last few days - grey with big white wing patches, yellowish and orange face. Not really up on my cagebird ids.

Today -

58) Reed Warbler

One in the laurel hedge! Poor views initially, but then it had a preen in the bottom of the young walnut tree. Probably drawn in by the close proximity of the pond. First garden tick this year and sixth warbler species ever.
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Lesser Whitethroat added yesterday morning.

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