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Old Friday 13th October 2017, 14:09   #876
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Fasciated Toger Heron amoung others

Ok, four new ones,
We were very excited to see number 52, the Fasciated Tiger Heron. Fast moving rivers with lots of rocks are their habitat so its about time we saw one here. The olive Striped Flycatcher was a good one as well as its a lifer, bonus.


52 Fasciated Tiger-Heron.
53 Brown-headed Parrot
54 Olive-striped Flycatcher
55 Black-striped Sparrow

What I'm not seeing here are any of the the North American migrants. We should have Scarlet and Summer Tanagers and various Warblers at the feeder, very conspicuous in their absense at the moment.


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Old Sunday 15th October 2017, 08:43   #877
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At last!...Hawfinch flying over neighbour's house at 9.30am, interestingly using the same flight path as the ''probable'' seen earlier in the week. No.75.
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Old Sunday 15th October 2017, 11:46   #878
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Sat in garden hoping for a Hawfinch, have to make do with.

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Old Sunday 15th October 2017, 17:13   #879
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Sat in garden hoping for a Hawfinch, have to make do with.

92. Siskin
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Generally get the former every Winter Mark (normally in good nos.) as for the latter not every year). But Hey....I'll never get 93!
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24 Crane flying over today, rather late for here.
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This weekend

What we've managed to spot over the past two days.

56. Boat-billed Flycatcher,
57. Yellow-throated Vireo,
58. Yellow-crowned Euphonia,
59. Spotted Sandpiper,
60. Orange-billed Sparrow,
61. Scarlet Tanager,
62. Yellow-green Vireo,


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58. Yellow-crowned Euphoria,

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At last!...Hawfinch flying over neighbour's house at 9.30am, interestingly using the same flight path as the ''probable'' seen earlier in the week. No.75.

There appears to be a great number seen around the UK in recent days. I don't recall this phenomenon before....anyone else?
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Yesterday I was in the yard of firewood stacking, when I heard a familiar shree! The source of the sound climbed on the apple tree.

#58. Eurasian Treecreeper - I think this was just a second time I see Tc on my yard.
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There appears to be a great number seen around the UK in recent days. I don't recall this phenomenon before....anyone else?
There have been previous influx years such as 2005 when for instance on Sunday 16th October, a Hawfinch flew over my head at Hunstanton whilst I was watching an escaped American Kestrel with a green ring and simultaneously two flew over the rest of the patchworkers back in North Somerset. But this influx seems unprecedented in my memory.

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Sounds like a bird to be very pleased with, Bryan!
Thanks Halftwo,
Sorry, spelt it as Euphoria as opposed to Its real spelling of Euphonia. Very nice bird to have at the feeders.
The Euphonias in general though, confuse me, did it have a yellow or a blue bib? was the yellow crown this shape or that shape? Most of the Costa Rican birders I know can identify them out of the corner of their eye, so to speak. I on the other hand have to stare hard at them for a good while, preferably with several field guides on my lap.

On another note. Folks from the European contingent's continual referencing of the Hawfinch got my curiosity up so I did a bit of digging and no wonder, what a remarkable species! That guy is definitely on my “must see” list now.
In shape and size they look a lot like the Evening Grosbeak found in North America although I do think the Haffinch is a snappier dresser.
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After being away for the whole of the summer and start of the autumn I've been doing some catching up the last few weeks, Tystie and Spoonbill new for the house list, thousands of Little Gulls passing everyday at the moment and the real highlight, a White-billed Diver passing on Saturday! I may actually make it to my target of 150 for the first time......

112 Knot
113 Grey Heron
114 Snipe
115 Reed Bunting
116 Tree Pipit
117 Grey Wagtail
118 Redstart
119 Spotted Flycatcher
120 Whinchat
121 Yellow-browed Warbler
122 Tufted Duck
123 Ruff
124 Hobby
125 Bar-tailed Godwit
126 Arctic Skua
127 Lesser Redpoll
128 Curlew
129 Greenshank
130 Little Egret
131 Short-eared Owl
132 Great Spotted Woodpecker
133 Avocet
134 Purple Sandpiper
135 Pomarine Skua
136 Bearded Tit
137 Black Guillemot
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139 Grey Phalarope
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Mouth-watering list there, Ryan.

A few I wouldn't expect to see anywhere in any given year!
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Thanks Halftwo,
Sorry, spelt it as Euphoria as opposed to Its real spelling of Euphonia. Very nice bird to have at the feeders.
The Euphonias in general though, confuse me, did it have a yellow or a blue bib? was the yellow crown this shape or that shape? Most of the Costa Rican birders I know can identify them out of the corner of their eye, so to speak. I on the other hand have to stare hard at them for a good while, preferably with several field guides on my lap.

On another note. Folks from the European contingent's continual referencing of the Hawfinch got my curiosity up so I did a bit of digging and no wonder, what a remarkable species! That guy is definitely on my “must see” list now.
In shape and size they look a lot like the Evening Grosbeak found in North America although I do think the Haffinch is a snappier dresser.
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Yes, those Euphonias always had me scrutinizing bird & book - and usually on brief views too.
Hawfinch is a fabulous and enigmatic bird - with only a handful of places in the UK where they occur regularly: and often not guaranteed even there.
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