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Old Thursday 16th March 2017, 14:56   #351
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I'm entering this very late as it's taken a long time for me to get home this year. Please tell me if this is anyway cheating, but I've decided to count birds seen in and from the garden of my university college, on the campus of the University of Queensland in central Brisbane. It has a decent view over some lakes, so I should be able to build up a decent total!

Here's the (limited) list so far:
1. Noisy Miner
2. Pied Currawong
3. Australian Magpie
4. Torresian Crow
5. Pacific Black Dick
6. Maned Duck
7. Hardhead
8. Intermediate Egret
9. Buff-banded Rail
10. Dusky Moorhen
11. Eurasian Coot
12. Australasian Swamphen
13. Australian White Ibis
14. Australian Brushturkey
15. Little Corella
16. Galah
17. Rainbow Lorikeet
18. Scaly-breasted Lorikeet
19. Crested Pigeon
20. Little Black Cormorant
21. Australasian Darter
22. Feral Pigeon
23. Collared Sparrowhawk
24. Masked Lapwing
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Old Thursday 16th March 2017, 15:17   #352
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Please tell me if this is anyway cheating, but I've decided to count birds seen in and from the garden of my university college, on the campus of the University of Queensland in central Brisbane.
Seems okay by me, a university garden.
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49 Blackcap
Cool northerlies this morning, some snow early on, then cool and clear, not ideal migration weather, but still skeins of Bean Geese going over, first Mallard of the year, plus five Mute Swans, then first gulls of the season - 14 Herring Gulls meandering north.

Also the annual addition of Feral Pigeon, two wanderers from nearby coming to the fields now unfrozen. Heaps of Cranes about now, yodelling and parading in the meadows, Great Grey Shrike still lingering.

46. Mallard
47. Herring Gull
48. Feral Pigeon
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Old Thursday 16th March 2017, 20:22   #354
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Spent too much time outside with the scope, but enjoyed myself, so that's ok.

Added a few more - 2 Linnet through the field of view, a Stock Dove, and Cormorant. The Cormorant an intereting one - c4 miles away, although did come a little closer, but not just 1 as I was expecting, but a flock of 30 (or 31) flying along the coast and then inland northwards! Presumably migrants from the continent ...

A Snipe through the field of view too (whilst searching the gulls) and another 3+ heard overhead at dusk.
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Not been listing since the very early days, so here goes (new birds in bold) -

January 1st

1 Robin resident attack bird
2 Herring Gull
3 Blackbird
4 Song Thrush
5 Magpie
6 Collared Dove
7 Woodpigeon
8 Tawny Owl h

January 2nd

9 Wren
10 Goldfinch
11 Redwing
12 Buzzard
13 Rook
14 Jackdaw
15 Pheasant h
16 Bullfinch
17 Grey Heron
18 Green Woodpecker
19 Woodcock 3 over at dusk
20 Barn Owl

January 3rd

21 Goldcrest
22 Blue Tit
23 Great Tit
24 Long-tailed Tit
25 House Sparrow h

January 4th

26 Dunnock
27 Kestrel
28 Jay
29 Raven
30 Water Rail still present in the bramble/blackthorns
31 Meadow Pipit
32 Chaffinch
33 Carrion Crow

January 9th

34) Starling
35) Great Spotted Woodpecker

February 3rd

36) Mistle Thrush

February 7th

37) Snipe

February 9th

38) Coal Tit
39) Reed Bunting

February 10th

40) Fieldfare
41) Common Gull

February 25th

42) Chiffchaff
43) Greenfinch

February 28th

44) Lesser Black-backed Gull
45) Gannet !

March 16th

46) Pied Wagtail
47) Iceland Gull
48) Linnet
49) Stock Dove
50) Cormorant
51) Sparrowhawk - saw one today, so in here, although did see one a month or so back ...
52) Mallard - ditto - this is why a proper list helps!
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Happy Belated Birthday, H. Not checking in often enough, obviously.
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Old Friday 17th March 2017, 09:59   #358
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Black Redstart average day is the 17th, so I'm getting ready for that 'static electricity' sound as the male starts his song, it's getting quite noisy at dawn now with Song and Mistle Thrush, Blackbird, Fieldfare and Robin all singing away.
With the precision of a Swiss watch (yes I know, I'm in France)

50 Black Redstart
A young male in full voice this morning.Plus a lonely
51 Starling

So Jos, what are you going to do about that (I'm steaming ahead of you!)?
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It's been long "dry season" here (Last new tick was Pheasant at January 22.!) And I was two weeks in Fidel's (R.I.P.) island, but yesterday:
#15. Herring Gull
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I'm entering this very late as it's taken a long time for me to get home this year. Please tell me if this is anyway cheating, but I've decided to count birds seen in and from the garden of my university college, on the campus of the University of Queensland in central Brisbane. It has a decent view over some lakes, so I should be able to build up a decent total!

5. Pacific Black Dick
Hmm... I'm not sure I want see that on my garden.

But University garden sounds fair enough. Welcome back Timsg80.
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Suprisingly far they can migrate... for a flightless bird.
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Think scanning distant gull flocks in flight may well be the way forward ...

53) Mediterranean Gull x5
54) Black-headed Gull 20+

Better views of the Iceland Gull too - eventually picked it up in the swirling gull masses.

Didn't realise I was ahead of Richard, just behind Ken, and hope to stay ahead of Jos a short while yet, and roll on spring. Still have Feral Pigeon to work for.
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Not a pigeon, unfortunately, but ...

55) Peregrine Falcon

1 on the distant skyline.
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Hmm... I'm not sure I want see that on my garden.

But University garden sounds fair enough. Welcome back Timsg80.
Hahahah what a typo!! Thank you very much! One more last night:
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Still not heard!...must be going "mutton"....but clearly seen on forest edge, no.57 Chiff Chaff. :)
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Steamer = you steaming ahead, flightless = easy to catch. But duck, na that bit wasn't in my thoughts :)

Sorry about the post below, but reckon you'll get ahead again in the next day or two.
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Still cold, still most water frozen, but ice break up imminent. First frogs today, second White-tailed Eagle of the week over, nice immature circling over my pools, plus six Whooper Swans flying over, a couple of Mute Swans too, along with newly arrived migrants as below:

49. Wigeon (third record on my land)
50. Goldeneye
51. Wood Pigeon
52. Wren
53. Goldcrest
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54) Black-headed Gull 20+

Didn't realise I was ahead of Richard, just behind Ken, and hope to stay ahead of Jos a short while yet, and roll on spring. Still have Feral Pigeon to work for.
Is it standard to get five Med Gulls in an average small gull flock round your way or pretty good record?


PS. you remain one ahead of me :)
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#16. Whooper Swan (2) - I think that this pair is the same one that has been allready one week waiting for the melting of the ice at local bay. Or, after all, there's already a few stream location where ice has gone. A lots of Goosanders, Goldeneyes, Herring Gulls and Great Black-backed Gulls on those. Few Mallards and Canada Geese as well. This morning there was also 13 Grey Herons. Now, I just have to wait they all fly above my garden...
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