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Old Friday 9th June 2017, 10:45   #651
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Male Tawny Owl calling from the hedge at 9.30am, followed by my 3rd!!! flyover Common Tern of the year (less than annual)......then a flyover gratefully received Pied Wagtail (also less than annual)..no.70.

...and now followed by at (1.35pm) a flyover Turtle Dove! only 3 records in 34 years no.71.

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Old Friday 9th June 2017, 11:49   #652
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SNAP Wari! Having heard none in the late April arrival period I also heard a

71 Wryneck
this morning, it was a bit distant but surely not calling to me from Finland, so I'm sticking to the 2 bird theory
Are you sure it didn't call from Finland? https://www.lvm.fi/-/finnish-mobile-...-europe-764131
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Old Friday 9th June 2017, 19:59   #653
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Ah, you Finns are good at communications it's true, as that old Welsh rocker Dave Edmunds used to sing: ' I hear you Nokia-ing, but you can't come in'.
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Old Friday 9th June 2017, 20:52   #654
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Old Tuesday 13th June 2017, 00:00   #655
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64. Great Crested Flycatcher. A pair have been around for a couple of weeks now, very vocal. Wondering if they are setting up a nest nearby.

65. Barn Swallow. A flyover yesterday, and a brand new bird for my garden list.

This takes me to 95 total, in the nearly 4 years at this address. My green list (snowshoe/kayak/bike/walk from home) stands at 140, so still plenty nearby that can wander my way.
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Last night late an unmistakable call over the house;

67. Barn Owl
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Old Wednesday 14th June 2017, 10:03   #657
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I was thinking of making a movement that will improve my chances in this competition:
http://faansiepeacock.com/for-sale-a...yle-in-nature/

I wonder what my better half has to say about this when she comes home...
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It seems you lot have been asleep while I've been in Devon for a week. Here's the wake up call:

55: Redpoll (one over unseen calling)
56: CROSSBILL (one in the opposite direction - seen & heard)

Oh, btw - we're not counting Feral Pigeon, right?
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And to add to the pine duo, another piney flyby -

57: Siskin

Which takes my finch total today to seven.
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Old Sunday 18th June 2017, 08:44   #660
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I've managed to struggle past 50 with a flyover Mallard back in May and this week a group of four Oystercatchers have made a couple Passes. Rare to get a wader from here. 51 total.

I definitely don't count feral pigeons, I've yet to see one here in nearly 40 years.
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When was the last four-bird day? (Not counting Lithuania obviously!)
But my run continues with another unlikely bird considering the lack of water nearby:

58: Grey Wagtail

Better watch out, Ken!!

Edit - 8 finches - a Linnet just went over.
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When was the last four-bird day? (Not counting Lithuania obviously!)
But my run continues with another unlikely bird considering the lack of water nearby:

58: Grey Wagtail

Better watch out, Ken!!

Edit - 8 finches - a Linnet just went over.
You must be on an illegal substance H
You're going great guns!...not realistically expecting anything else before August however....I had my 5th!!!!!Common Tern over last night at 9.15 pm. Some years I'm lucky to get just the one! Bit of a tern up for the books I suppose.....
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Two of yesterday's new ones repeated today: Siskin & Grey Wagtail !
But so far nowt new today.
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Hooray. 66. Merlin This one has been a long time coming, I see one or two, fairly regularly on my walks in the area, and they breed fairly close by. Finally spotted one zooming past the window this morning. Another first for the garden list.

As for Feral pigeons, no pigeons here yet so feel free to leave them out!
In fact, I'm yet to have any of the the trifecta - House Sparrow, European Starling, or pigeon. Starlings are only a matter of time, as they are close by. House Sparrow isn't even on my county list yet!
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Old Tuesday 20th June 2017, 21:34   #665
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Oh, btw - we're not counting Feral Pigeon, right?
I have to, it's over 3% of my annual species total, and probably about 20% of birds by number of individuals!
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It seems you lot have been asleep while I've been in Devon for a week. Here's the wake up call:

55: Redpoll (one over unseen calling)
56: CROSSBILL (one in the opposite direction - seen & heard)

Oh, btw - we're not counting Feral Pigeon, right?
I'm counting. And Pheasants too.
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Well we either all have to or none has to.

It's usual here not to count.

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I vote that we can count them (not that I'm likely to see one up here!).
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Another expected flyover - but very welcome nonetheless - when two

59: Sky Larks

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Another expected flyover - but very welcome nonetheless - when two

59: Sky Larks

called as they went.
I'll be lucky to get those!...however totally unexpected at this time (migs are moving!), whilst trying to image Purple Hairstreak on the ivy/hawthorn intermix hedge, at 9:35am...out pops a Lesser Whitethroat!!! before doing the off as I reached down for the camera drats no.72.
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That's a small possible for me - however I'm still waiting for a Willow Warbler!
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That's a small possible for me - however I'm still waiting for a Willow Warbler!
I had a young Chiffy through on the 30th June...so keep your eyes peeled H!, as I believe the current "spurt" might be starting to turn into a trickle....before the October "roar".....the great "Bird Gods" being suitably accommodating of course.
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68: (Winter) Wren

This is actually a surprise and an interesting record - with no breeding within some 5kms that I know - and no singing audible anywhere round here, this bird is a mover! Maybe it came from a few kms away just wandering around - or maybe much further? Anyway certainly some kind of post-breeding movement.
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Winter Wren (Troglodytes hiemalis) would be a West Pal first . . . presume Eurasian Wren (T. troglodytes)?
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Winter Wren (Troglodytes hiemalis) would be a West Pal first . . . presume Eurasian Wren (T. troglodytes)?
Yep - its not been too long since they were split properly - its a habit of mine to use the names from the latest printed Collin's

Its only my 2nd ever at home

...on second thoughts - I bet its an American one - we did have a bit of cloud yesterday and a warm breeze....
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