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Old Monday 6th February 2017, 14:20   #201
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Tawny Owl sat calling on a telegraph pole 15m from my bedroom window at 0230hrs in Nottingham, lovely, prolonged view.

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Cigar for you Jos! The females are particularly varied in tones of yellow, one of them is quite brown, Ken will no doubt say I'm 'Pining' for a rarity.........................
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Nothing new today - but a small flock each of Bramblings and WAXWINGS again. The latter almost overhead.
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Two more to add here. A Moorhen has been around for the last week, the first for 11 months and a flyover Buzzard yesterday takes my total to 41.
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Cigar for you Jos! The females are particularly varied in tones of yellow, one of them is quite brown, Ken will no doubt say I'm 'Pining' for a rarity.........................
I'm just ''pining'' for a new addition!....If it's not bad enough with you thrusting Hawfinches at me, and H with Bramblings and Waxwings, it's enough to send me out of house...to find the latter!
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Old Monday 6th February 2017, 23:56   #206
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Don't you mean lovely, pro-tawnied views?


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Don't you mean lovely, pro-tawnied views?


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Flushed a Snipe today ... and twice had a crest sp. fly past me ... both times giving a Firecrest feel but couldn't relocate in the hedge where landed.
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... and twice had a crest sp. fly past me ... both times giving a Firecrest feel but couldn't relocate in the hedge where landed.
....I expect it took it upon itself....to ''edger-cate'' you into the finer points of hide and seek, and in doing so...left you somewhat ignicapilla-tated.

At last!....at 9.50 am, the unmistakeable "honking" before two stormed into view!...Canada Geese no.51.

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A bit of a thaw today, tempting No. 38 to come up the valley for a bit of fishing (or vole/mole hunting more likely):


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Two new birds yesterday - a very vocal Coal Tit and a first w male (presumably) Reed Bunting.

Took it upon myself to wrap up and sit out at dusk - Green Woodie over, and then the first Woodcock (a second bird later) ... jinking against the sky before dropping down into the long grass only about 25 yards away!!

Unfortunately it was past dusk and so gloomy views in the bins were worse than by eye, but still nice

Ought to tot up the total again soon. On the mammal front - bunnies frolicking and one youngster seen, and brief views of the backside of a Pygmy Shrew the other day.
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I've had a huge set-back on my book's progress - lost all the work from a defunct laptop - AND the back-up memory stick. That's years of work lost to me. Already tried recovering the data and nothing found except heiroglyphs.
Gosh! You two are a literary pair. Sorry about the set back H. I can really really sympathise. I did my stint as Sussex Bird Report editor for five years and and know the IT and editorial problems. Is there some way you can recover the info? There are people who are able to find these lost things in computers. I really hope so. What's the book about?
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[quote=Richard Prior;3522209] 37 Rock Bunting

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Gosh! You two are a literary pair. Sorry about the set back H. I can really really sympathise. I did my stint as Sussex Bird Report editor for five years and and know the IT and editorial problems. Is there some way you can recover the info? There are people who are able to find these lost things in computers. I really hope so. What's the book about?
Maybe an expensive professional data recovery expert might be able to do something - already had the local expert try.
I'm too upset to do anything at the moment - but will try again.
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That's pretty gutting - sympathies and trust there is a way ...
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Two new today - a surprise Fieldfare flying to roost with Redwings before dusk (basically don't get them in the main winter period, perhaps surprisingly), and a new bird overall - Common Gull.

Thought I'd scan a field visible with a few gulls in - should do it more often tbh to see a subad Common Gull wandering about with the Herrings ...
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That's pretty gutting - sympathies and trust there is a way ...

Thanks, Dan.

I'm off to the Philippines next week - I'll give it another try when I return.

Enforced day at home today - back after abandoning my car in the snow this am.! There's only so far a snow shovel can get you!
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Richard Prior , didnt know you were writing a book, perhaps you could send me some détails about it .Seeing every day over 40 house sparrows and thats only covering the part of the garden I can see from kitchen door windows. Today can be out in the garden since midday lucky of that sometimes this time of year.
Few days ago very stormy weather and very cold !
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First Chaffinch song today in this mild spell and like Dan the other day saw a crest sp fly past but don't know which one it was. On Sunday we came across 2 Alpine Accentors less than 1km from the house so I'm keeping an eye out for them here!
Will send you a message Brenda, glad you weren't flooded out!
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I'm off to the Philippines next week - I'll give it another try when I return.

Enforced day at home today - back after abandoning my car in the snow this am.! There's only so far a snow shovel can get you!
Have fun ... just don't keep a garden list whilst out there.
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Cheers, Dan.

20 Waxwings again this morning.
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Although our new home is 100metres lower in altitude than our previous place, it's nearer some quite hefty mountains, over which a Griffon Vulture was reported yesterday. So I set up the 'scope after lunch, no vulture so far, but two other local mountain residents spotted enjoying the spring-like conditions. Unfortunately the first paragliders have appeared today too.

38 Song Thrush
39 Willow Tit
40 Lammergeier
41 Golden Eagle

Early for the first Song Thrush, the past 8 years the first one has been between 3rd and 12th March
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[quote=Richard Prior;3525999]Although our new home is 100metres lower in altitude than our previous place, it's nearer some quite hefty mountains, over which a Griffon Vulture was reported yesterday. So I set up the 'scope after lunch, no vulture so far, but two other local mountain residents spotted enjoying the spring-like conditions. Unfortunately the first paragliders have appeared today too.

38 Song Thrush
39 Willow Tit
40 Lammergeier
41 Golden Eagle

Early for the first Song Thrush, the past 8 years the first one has been between 3rd and 12th March[/QUOTE

You are seeing some fantastic birds at your new home.
I 've seen Griffon Vulture from here but not for some years. Have seen Lammergeier and a Golden Eagle both some years ago several times up right near the border Col du Portalet.
But have a Song Thrush in garden for most of the year, every year! See every day including today .
Another lovely day I sat in garden for over three hours !

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