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Old Tuesday 3rd January 2017, 18:28   #26
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At home in daylight a bit today:-
7 Herring Gull
8 Lesser Black-backed Gull
9 Feral Pigeon
10 Collared Dove
11 Jackdaw
12 Blue Tit
13 Great Tit
14 Starling
15 Goldfinch

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Old Wednesday 4th January 2017, 00:25   #27
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Hi Sue,

Great to see you on board (not on board!) this year - are you landlocked for the whole year?

Happy New Year to you - how's things?

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Hi H, Happy New Year to You too. Yes, except for possible quick visits to Peregrine (still in Mexico), pretty much locked into the old folks home.
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Old Wednesday 4th January 2017, 02:54   #29
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Old Wednesday 4th January 2017, 10:13   #30
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Four more to add from yesterday.
20 Black-headed Gull a dozen feeding in fields.
21 Skylark at least 50 in the field next to garden.
22 Red Kite only my second record from the garden.
23 Starling a single flyover.
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Old Wednesday 4th January 2017, 13:19   #31
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Sparrowhawk & Jay.
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Old Wednesday 4th January 2017, 13:32   #32
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Here we go again...

#1 Great Tit
#2 Hooded Crow
#3 Jackdaw
#4 Blue Tit
#5 Tree Sparrow

Slowly but surely.
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Old Wednesday 4th January 2017, 16:33   #33
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Six more for me today:
22 Tawny Owl
23 Mistle Thrush
24 Nuthatch
25 Jay
26 Fieldfare
27 Black Woodpecker
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Old Wednesday 4th January 2017, 17:38   #34
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Just the two for me...a superb (quite scarce now unfortunately) male Greenfinch and flyover Mallard. 34 & 35. I think tomorrow might be good in the UK for wader/waterfowl...with -6 forecast overnight, might just stir things up!

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Old Wednesday 4th January 2017, 19:27   #35
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A move from town to the country should see me taking part properly this year ... will post up in due course when I take the time to work out what I've actually seen.

A Firecrest on the 30th Dec and a bit of a surprise on the 31st with a Water Rail (!) pootling about on the drive beside the car were both just a day or two too early ... bah!!!

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Old Thursday 5th January 2017, 08:47   #37
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But Baby it's cold outside

Morning all,
Snow overnight, but not a lot. More birds dashing about though, one decided to fly into our kitchen window and lay prostrate on the bench below, I picked it up and cuddled it in my jacket for 5 minutes and it seemed OK, but on release it promptly stuck itself to the house,(see photo, itobviously decided it was too cold!). So I popped it in my wooly hat for 10 minutes inside before going trying again. Happy ending, this time it had a quick look around and flew off to the nearest tree
(Thinks........ must check inside the hat before I next put it on in case I've received a present ).

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Well, a particularly feeble start to the year for the garden list! New Years Day was particularly quiet, with 4 or 5 of the usual, "daily" garden species completely absent. Anyway, for what it's worth...

New Year's Day
1. Starling (heard in their loft roost about 4am NYD)
2. Dunnock
3. Carrion crow
4. Blackbird
5. Black-headed gull
6. Woodpigeon
7. Robin
8. Magpie

2nd January
9. Blue tit

4th January
10. Coal tit
11. House sparrow

5th January
12. Wren
13. Great tit

Every year, I wonder how on earth I will make it into the mid/high 40s for my garden list, but I always seem to. Although I think I will be pushing it to get any new garden lifers this year, but you never know, as I've always added at least one new species to the garden list each of the 7 years we've lived here (garden life list currently standing at 64!)
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Old Thursday 5th January 2017, 13:52   #39
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Buzzard
Stock Dove
feral pigeon
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Fieldfare

and today, singles of each of:

Greenfinch
Great Tit
Pied Wagtail
Long-tailed Tit
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Old Thursday 5th January 2017, 17:05   #41
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Today all flyovers : Song Thrush, Long-tailed Tit, Sprawk, 2 Grey-lag and 2 Mandarin...40...Methinks probably the last multiple of (5) this Winter?
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A couple of additions from yesterday (4th January):-
16. Magpie
17. Goosanders - two drakes over (a regular January occurrence but the first of the winter)

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January 1st

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7 Woodpigeon
8 Tawny Owl h

January 2nd

9 Wren
10 Goldfinch
11 Redwing
12 Buzzard
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18 Green Woodpecker
19 Woodcock 3 over at dusk
20 Barn Owl

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27 Kestrel
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30 Water Rail still present in the bramble/blackthorns
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First two, then a single flyover Cormorants this am. Half my last years list seen by yesterday! Now the "daily grind"....41.
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Old Saturday 7th January 2017, 09:36   #46
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Some good garden birds from everyone already,I don't think Dunnock will be coming up here for a while yet Brenda, it's minus 11C this morning
Sounds like Dan has moved to a productive location, are you near the coast?
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Some good garden birds from everyone already,I don't think Dunnock will be coming up here for a while yet Brenda, it's minus 11C this morning
Sounds like Dan has moved to a productive location, are you near the coast?
Here since last week in night minus 6! frosty mornings days about 6c to 8c bright blue sky and sunny. The bird feeders were moved because started getting mice, I saw them hate them and didnt want them indoors ! From kitchen glass doors can still see the birds on the feeders. But a problem I hadnt thought of with the sudden much colder weather that part of garden staying frosty longer and bird feeders frosty too . The boules de graines are frozen over night so having to put fresh every morning , also they eating the tournesol seeds but not the bird grain in another feeder that seems to stay cold . I am washing the outsides of feeders with plain warm water in mornings . The birds seem to be suddenly eating less than before it got so cold which is not normal .Didnt have frost last january.
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I love mice, Brenda!

We get rats sometimes - don't really want them in the house.

Try removing the feeders in the evening & replace in the mornings if possible.

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I love mice, Brenda!

We get rats sometimes - don't really want them in the house.

Try removing the feeders in the evening & replace in the mornings if possible.

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I like lizards they are in the garden many months of the year so get them indoors sometimes but hated mice since I was a child.
Thanks thats a very good idea but not possible for me. I cant traverse the garden evenings and first thing in mornings this time of year . Wheelchair bound since I was 35 now already double that age ! A girl who comes to do housework for an hour brought the feeders indoors for me to deal with this morning.

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Back in Lithuania!

Minus 25 C at my feeders this morning, a real crunch to the snow, rising to an almost balmy minus 19 C at the height of the afternoon.

Great Grey Shrike hunting near the feeders again, good start to the year, plus very nice assortment of woodpeckers at the feeders. Two Mute Swans over are a little unusually for this time of year - all nearby water totally frozen, presumably on the way somewhere to find an ice-free larger river or something.

1. Mute Swan
2. Black Woodpecker
3. Grey-headed Woodpecker
4. White-backed Woodpecker
5. Great Spotted Woodpecker
6. Middle Spotted Woodpecker
7. Great Grey Shrike
8. Great Tit
9. Blue Tit
10. Nuthatch


Very notable by their absence, Marsh and Willow Tits ...hope the shrike hasn't nobbled them all!
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