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Old Tuesday 21st February 2017, 19:15   #251
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I'd presume he's ringing them, and knows exactly how many he's ringed. People who do so always get far higher totals (ten-fold higher or more) than the numbers seen at any one time
I have ringed them and know the number that visit on a daily basis, but there certainly is not a difference anywhere near tenfold between the ringed number and observed number. In periods when it is minus 10 or minus 20 (ie most of the winter in many years), 50-60 or more Great Tits can be present across the feeders, with frequently more waiting in trees adjacent waiting. So, adding those on the feeders and those in the adjacent trees waiting, there is generally a two- or three-fold difference.

Likewise the woodpeckers - not so much this winter, but sometimes get as many as five species feeding on adjacent feeders at the same time. And quite often multiples of single species.
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Old Tuesday 21st February 2017, 19:21   #252
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... how many kilos of seed do your feeder visitors get through each winter Jos?
Very high number

Actually have three feeding stations these days:

- one that I mention on this thread (multiple feeders, plus grain box). Grain box is a nightmare - Wild Boar and Roe Deer empty it in a week, 25-50 kg at a time.
- another at my house nearer the city (multiple feeders which generally attracts even more Great Tits than first site and also has oodles of Tree Sparrows, so drains the wallet yet more).
- one in city centre by flat (just a single feeder here, so not that bad)
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27. Little Sparrowhawk
28. Green-headed Sunbird
29. Brimstone Canary
30. Western Citril
31. Yellow-fronted Canary
32. Golden-breasted Bunting
33. Yellow-throated Longclaw
34. African Harrier-Hawk
35. Wahlberg's Eagle
36. Ring-necked Dove
37. European Bee-eater
38. Fork-tailed Drongo
39. Pied Crow
40. Trilling Cisticola
41. African Yellow White-eye
42. Arrow-marked Babbler
43. Brown-backed Scrub-Robin
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Old Thursday 23rd February 2017, 13:32   #254
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Why can't it be correct?
Maybe I should've added a winking emoji to my post....

I don't really doubt you, I just did a double take when I read it! I just cannot imagine the sight of 175 great tits. I get excited if there are more than 2 in my garden!! (In fact, I wonder if I have seen 175 different great tits in my whole life......)

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Old Thursday 23rd February 2017, 13:36   #255
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I just cannot imagine the sight of 175 great tits. I get excited if there are more than 2 in my garden!!
Pop over one winter, I'll treat you to as many dozen as you fancy
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Pop over one winter, I'll treat you to as many dozen as you fancy
And I thought Jos was vegetarian
Stroke of luck early this afternoon, I was watching two distant skiers through the telescope when a slender raptor passed just over their heads, the very warm wind from the south has presumably set some species off on their journey north a little early:

44 Marsh Harrier

At our old place we overlooked the plain around Geneva and the start of the Rhone corridor, so Marsh H was just about annual from the garden, I didn't expect to get them where we now live as I assume they prefer to migrate at low altitudes when they can, but this one was at 2500m altitude!!
I'm afraid I don't know what happened to the skiers though
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I wish! I barely get time to watch my own back garden, never mind yours! Having said that, I am mightily envious of your garden woodpecker list...
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And I thought Jos was vegetarian
Stroke of luck early this afternoon, I was watching two distant skiers through the telescope when a slender raptor passed just over their heads, the very warm wind from the south has presumably set some species off on their journey north a little early:

[b]44 Marsh Harrier
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I'm afraid I don't know what happened to the skiers though
I expect they were a trifle "piste off" with that Circus going on...over their heads.
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A few Linnets around this week have provided No.42. The only other thing of note has been a Blackbird nest building since Tuesday.
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18. Turkey Vulture
19. Cooper's Hawk
20. Cedar Waxwing
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44. Tawny Eagle
45. Shikra
46. Grey Crowned-Crane
47. Cinnamon-chested Bee-eater
48. White-browed Robin-Chat
49. Sooty Chat
50. Collared Sunbird
51. Scarlet-chested Sunbird - Chalcomitra senegalensis
52. Mariqua Sunbird
53. Variable Sunbird
54. Purple-banded Sunbird
55. Copper Sunbird
56. African Pied Wagtail
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45. Shikra
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48. White-browed Robin-Chat
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50. Collared Sunbird
51. Scarlet-chested Sunbird - Chalcomitra senegalensis
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Wow!....I need sunglasses Guy!
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Thanks KenM The rainy season is starting so bird watching will slow down, our water features wont attract as many birds. The rain will bring more flowers so we will see more sunbirds.

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In 34 years....I've looked at this oak tree countless times without success, normally early am, when the sun lights it up. Today in the gloom I levelled my bins through the double glazing, a small pale shape against the trunk morphed into view, cows might fly I mused...then it moved ....still can't quite believe it but!...there it is no.52.
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Nice one Ken!

Two new birds for me yesterday - Chiffchaff and Greenfinch.

Been hoping for Chiffchaff at some point (unlikely as a winter bird though, despite them increasing*), so was actually more surprised by the Greenfinches feeding on Blackthorn buds!

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Nice one Ken!

Two new birds for me yesterday - Chiffchaff and Greenfinch.

Been hoping for Chiffchaff at some point (unlikely as a winter bird though, despite them increasing*), so was actually more surprised by the Greenfinches feeding on Blackthorn buds!

(* https://twitter.com/bardseyben/statu...29344159879168 - from the CBWPS/BTO/UoE seabirds conference in Cornwall)
As a boy in the same wood....60 years ago! Greenfinches would fly off the ground (almost vertically) like tracer bullets, in flocks of 30-40! In December I saw 3!!!....this year none!......as compensation we get Firecrest, Legret, Common Buzzard, Red Kite and both Accipters, I would have been ''sectioned'' for suggesting that they would demise, and be replaced by the latter. My how times have changed!....regarding Greenfinches on Blackthorn buds....It used to be Bullfinches....and they too have gone the same way.
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Not seeing to many new ones.

57. African Paradise Flycatcher
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15. American Tree Sparrow. Single bird flitting about with the chickadees this morning.
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Old Monday 27th February 2017, 04:02   #269
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Only recently joined, and only just saw this thread! List of birds seen and heard from my backyard this year (1 Jan. 2017 to now):

1. California Scrub-Jay
2. Chestnut-backed Chickadee
3. Eurasian Collared-Dove
4. House Finch
5. Purple Finch
6. Hermit Thrush
7. American Robin
8. American Crow
9. Common Raven
10. Yellow-rumped Warbler
11. Townsend's Warbler
12. Bewick's Wren
13. Rock Pigeon
14. Killdeer (call)
15. Canada Goose (call)
16. American Goldfinch
17. Sharp-shinned Hawk
18. Lesser Goldfinch
19. Oak Titmouse
20. White-crowned Sparrow
21. Golden-crowned Sparrow
22. California Towhee
23. Dark-eyed Junco
24. Ruby-crowned Kinglet
25. Northern Mockingbird
26. Black Phoebe
27. Anna's Hummingbird
28. Red-shouldered Hawk (call)

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Only recently joined, and only just saw this thread! List of birds seen and heard from my backyard this year (1 Jan. 2017 to now):

1. California Scrub-Jay
2. Chestnut-backed Chickadee
3. Eurasian Collared-Dove
4. House Finch
5. Purple Finch
6. Hermit Thrush
7. American Robin
8. American Crow
9. Common Raven
10. Yellow-rumped Warbler
11. Townsend's Warbler
12. Bewick's Wren
13. Rock Pigeon
14. Killdeer (call)
15. Canada Goose (call)
16. American Goldfinch
17. Sharp-shinned Hawk
18. Lesser Goldfinch
19. Oak Titmouse
20. White-crowned Sparrow
21. Golden-crowned Sparrow
22. California Towhee
23. Dark-eyed Junco
24. Ruby-crowned Kinglet
25. Northern Mockingbird
26. Black Phoebe
27. Anna's Hummingbird
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Yes, welcome GuyinUganda and bphoebe, how about telling us a little bit (or attach a photo) about where you are (near the sea, mountains, wetlands, desert etc) and how big/small your garden/yard is? I for one love sharing others' excitement when an unusual bird turns up so feel free to ramble on from time to time (see Ken's posts for examples of this ).
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Yes, welcome GuyinUganda and bphoebe, how about telling us a little bit (or attach a photo) about where you are (near the sea, mountains, wetlands, desert etc) and how big/small your garden/yard is? I for one love sharing others' excitement when an unusual bird turns up so feel free to ramble on from time to time (see Ken's posts for examples of this ).
Hi Richard, I live on a small plot about 4km out of the town of Mbarara, Uganda. Here is a little about Mbarara,
Climate and landscape
Mbarara district receives an average annual rainfall of 1,200mm with two rainy seasons, during the months of February-May and September-December. Temperature ranges between 17C to 30C, with a humidity range of 80-90%. The topography is a mixture of fairly rolling and sharp hills and mountains, shallow valleys and flat land. The soils are generally sandy, clay and slightly laterite loams, suitable for cultivation. http://www.mbarara.go.ug

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Great to see, thanks for that. I'm no good at trees and plants (I bet Nutty knows the answer to this question), so what are the trees growing around most of the houses in the middle pic, some sort of palm tree, or coffee (told you I'm hopeless!).
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Great to see, thanks for that. I'm no good at trees and plants (I bet Nutty knows the answer to this question), so what are the trees growing around most of the houses in the middle pic, some sort of palm tree, or coffee (told you I'm hopeless!).
It's called matoke, a type of banana for cooking kinda like a plantain. it is the staple food in this part of Uganda.
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