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Old Friday 1st January 2016, 09:12   #1
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Garden/Yard List 2016

Welcome one and all to 2016

Rules are: count any bird seen or heard from your home and garden/yard - or, Jos's case, estate!

Birds don't have to be in or over - just viewable or audible from your property.
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Old Friday 1st January 2016, 09:22   #2
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Good morning H2 and Happy New Year to all the garden listers.
Late start today.
We have frost on the ground, for the first time this winter, here in South Norfolk.
Rob and I were lying in bed. Had we predicted the first bird we would hear this morning, we would not have laid odds on a mallard.
The second was much more predictable... a woodpigeon .
My New Years Resolution...to try and see this thread through this year, is one of them....
Best wishes, to all , Carol

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Frost here too, Carol. 17 species so far.

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Happy New Year to you and everyone on here . Thanks H2 for starting a new list for 2016

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Happy New Year, Brenda.
Just been outside for the first time, today.
We live in a remote part of rural Norfolk, so I had the bliss of being stood in the garden with no traffic noise, whatsoever; not a single person or car seen.
Just a beautiful stillness.
The stillness was complemented by the frost, which has beautified all the blades of grass on our lawn.
The stillness was only permeated by the sound of birds... such an ideal way to start the day.
My third garden birds were a group of 10 jackdaws chattering to each other at the top of a tree; the fourth the sound then sight of three male pheasants; the fifth 2 carrion crows in flight and the sixth a blue tit busily hunting for food .
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I'm in the lead for once - it won't last long - 28 so far, with a very unusual gull passage here - featuring Herring & Great BBs heading south.
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I'm in the lead for once - it won't last long - 28 so far, with a very unusual gull passage here - featuring Herring & Great BBs heading south.
I'm in again H. Tawny Owl in the middle of the night; will post a list at the end of today.
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Morning Joanne,
Male Sparrowhawk just did a loop around the feeders - which happened to be empty!
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Next Garden additions from me for this morning:
7 Fieldfare ( Large Flock)
8 Starling
9 Mistle Thrush
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1 Blue tit
2 Great tit
3 Long tailed tit
4 Robin
5 Chaffinch
6 House sparrow
7 Magpie
8 Blackbird
9 Ring Collared dove
10 Grey heron
11 Starling
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I'm in the lead for once - it won't last long - 28 so far, with a very unusual gull passage here - featuring Herring & Great BBs heading south.
Look forward to reading about what you have seen H2.

I hadn't realised that it is a race / competition though ?
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Only very lightly, Carol.
The coastal listers run away with it very quickly.

Nothing unusual yet - just the normal stuff except for the large gulls. 4 finches, 5 corvids, 4 gulls, 3 tits, 3 pigeon/doves, Heron, Mallard, Redwing...
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It seems that you all leave me in the dust already in the start. (But this was not a competition - right? )

Just a six species at today:

#1. Hooded Crow
#2. Great Tit
#3. Blue Tit
#4. Tree Sparrow
#5. Blackbird
#6. Greenfinch
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It seems that you all leave me in the dust already in the start. (But this was not a competition - right? )

Just a six species at today:

#1. Hooded Crow
#2. Great Tit
#3. Blue Tit
#4. Tree Sparrow
#5. Blackbird
#6. Greenfinch
Excellent and Happy New Year...and we shall stand together I hope, united, in not regarding this as a competition
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Out birding almost all the daylight hours, so:

1. Blue Tit.

Also a Great Tit just over the fence in the neighbour's garden, does that count? What's the ticking rules, please? (preferably edit them into the first post so they're easy to find! )
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Done.

But basically seen or heard from your home & garden. Doesn't have to be in it or over it.

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Thanks! So can add Great Tit, and also Woodpigeon, Magpie, and Herring & BH Gulls flyover
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Happy New Year, Brenda.
Just been outside for the first time, today.
We live in a remote part of rural Norfolk, so I had the bliss of being stood in the garden with no traffic noise, whatsoever; not a single person or car seen.
Just a beautiful stillness.
The stillness was complemented by the frost, which has beautified all the blades of grass on our lawn.
The stillness was only permeated by the sound of birds... such an ideal way to start the day.
My third garden birds were a group of 10 jackdaws chattering to each other at the top of a tree; the fourth the sound then sight of three male pheasants; the fifth 2 carrion crows in flight and the sixth a blue tit busily hunting for food .
Hi Carol, Happy New Year to you too.
Understand well of the bliss of being in the garden with no traffic noise , only noise in my garden is birds .Yes a beautiful silence.
Live in a french village of nearly 2000 popul. and there are other villages right near by. The joy for me of the birds, the mountains beyond , the silence in my garden and not being overlooked by anyone , although there are other houses near, I love it. Even at the moment when cant get across the grass in my chair because have nearly 50 molehills! After living in a Sussex town with noise especially from neighbours and traffic, so much traffic ! Its a dream sort of come true to be in such beautiful and peaceful surroundings , lived here since 1994 .
Within ten minutes of being up yesterday I had seen from kitchen door 10 blue tits , 2 great tits, 2 long tailed tits, 1 robin, 3 chaffinch all feeding at the feeders and on patio. Brenda

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Just one new one this am:

32: Lesser black-back
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A wet 'stay-at-home' day boosted the list to 15:
01 Blue Tit *
02 Great Tit *
03 Woodpigeon *
04 Magpie *
05 Herring Gull
06 Black-headed Gull
07 Robin
08 Carrion Crow
09 Goldfinch
10 Bullfinch
11 Feral Pigeon
12 Jackdaw
13 Chaffinch *
14 Dunnock
15 GBB Gull

* actually in the 180 m garden; rest in neighbouring gardens or flyovers
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16* Nice Mistler, within the garden too
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Here's my garden list from two rainy days:

1) Tawny Owl
2) Blue tit
3) Great Tit
4) Jay
5) Rook
6) Jackdaw
7) Magpie
8) Carrion Crow
9) Buzzard
10) House Sparrow
11) Great Spotted Woodpecker
12) Black-headed Gull
13) Herring Gull
14) Dunnock
15) Song Thrush
16) Wood Pigeon
17) Feral Pigeon
18) Robin
19) Chaffinch
20) Kestrel
21) Mistle Thrush
22) Pheasant
23) Starling
24) Wren


and best of all 25) Common Snipe which was absent all last year!
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Happy New Year everyone. A day late starting the Garden List after a 1st Jan foray into Switzerland. A late start today too after a shopping(well, for my wife at least) trip to Annecy this morning, where I braved the torential rain for half an hour waiting for the wintering Wallcreeper to appear on the chateau's tower. It clearly had more sense than me, presumably hunkering down inside the fortifications somewhere. Back home, watching through the window as the snow fell I got up to a moderately respectable 18 species, three of which I had to wait a long time for last year:
Blackbird
Great Tit
Marsh Tit
Blue Tit
Magpie
Carrion Crow
Italian Sparrow
House Sparrow
Brambling
Chaffinch
Greenfinch
Coal Tit
Fieldfare
Common Buzzard
Starling
Crested Tit (species number 87 last year)
Willow Tit (no.82 last year)
Pheasant (no.97 last year!)
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Amazing that you, Richard, & Joanne both have already had difficult species on day two!

Snipe is about once a year here - so one to hope for.
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