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Old Saturday 12th August 2017, 12:53   #726
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Don't make the same mistake I made and get one of these -

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As my Great Uncle Harry from Barnsley used to say, "Ya daft a'porth"
(though maybe if I took a leaf out of G F's book and cleaned the windows I'd see more species..)
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I've had Sand Martin "most" years, invariably (Aug/Sep) as a single amongst other hirundines, particularly when they are feeding high, however one needs good light, morning is normally best for me. Yesterday I was half convinced that I had one amongst the Swallows and House Martins...but alas the light was not good enough, must do better! :(
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It's that time of year when the House Martins that are regularly visiting nests start to look quite brown across the chest from all that rubbing against the mud, that doesn't help!
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Old Saturday 12th August 2017, 13:20   #729
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Exactly. Wonder how many times you see Carrion Crow?
Yep, you guessed - multiple times per day, one of the few reliably common birds in/over the garden

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I've had Sand Martin "most" years, invariably (Aug/Sep) as a single amongst other hirundines, particularly when they are feeding high, however one needs good light, morning is normally best for me.
Similar here on timing - sunny late August / early September mornings or evenings
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As for 'Mayo Corncrakes' mouth-watering local birds

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A few nettle to draw corncrake in.

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A bit of kale to draw the twite in.

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Old Sunday 13th August 2017, 14:38   #731
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Darn it, I spent weeks of the spring digging out nettles from the long disused family veg garden, now I've got courgettes and beans coming out of my ears(note to self:must shower more often) but have ruined my Corncrake chances, You live and learn etc etc
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Old Sunday 13th August 2017, 15:37   #732
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Autumn migration certainly started now, exit of Swifts and White Storks in last days, movements of passerines, etc.

Rain grounded a nice flock of 59 White Storks adjacent to my land this morning, gone by afternoon. Black Woodpecker back in my flood forest, sure sign of the end of summer. Nutcracker still scoffing nuts, a few Red-backed Shrikes in hedgeline.
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Old Monday 14th August 2017, 10:10   #733
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number 24 Swallow .
Last friday and saturday lots of swallows afternoon and early evening flying around
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Old Monday 14th August 2017, 21:31   #734
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Autumn migration certainly started now, exit of Swifts
Local breeding common Swifts disappeared here too - more to come through down here though.

Yesterday; 70. Melodious Warbler in the Fig trees - adult I think.
Today; 71. Common Redstart 1stW/ad. female in my vegetables, interested in the sprinklers - seen well without bins
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Old Tuesday 15th August 2017, 11:12   #735
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number 24 Swallow .
Last friday and saturday lots of swallows afternoon and early evening flying around
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Same here Brenda, although it's mostly House Martins coming up from the village where they nest-a few Swallows too and a single Swift yesterday, loads of Nutcrackers raiding the hazelnut bushes, 5 visible at he same time this morning.
A couple more Pied Flycatchers through too.
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25. Buzzard up in the old oak tree.
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Back in France for a few weeks. Bit of garden birding included a Hoopoe flushed out of the garden in the morning. The evening meal outside and hanging around outside provided a rufous-morph Booted Eagle circling over the woods (2nd this year, usually annual), with a surprise Red-rumped Swallow (3rd garden record) and a female/imm Golden Oriole over almost simultaneously. Hobby around a few times, and a Black Woodpecker over a bit later - nice!
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69 Chestnut sided warbler
One of my favourites, particularly in juvenile plumage, that green back is so pretty.

Fall-warbler migration is kicking in here, hoping to pick up some of those that I missed in spring - assuming my shabby-fall-plumage id skills have improved!
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Back in France for a few weeks. Bit of garden birding included a Hoopoe flushed out of the garden in the morning. The evening meal outside and hanging around outside provided a rufous-morph Booted Eagle circling over the woods (2nd this year, usually annual), with a surprise Red-rumped Swallow (3rd garden record) and a female/imm Golden Oriole over almost simultaneously. Hobby around a few times, and a Black Woodpecker over a bit later - nice!
Red-rumped Swallow, very nice, they only seem to get up to our region on rainy days in April(and never at our altitude of course). How far south in France are you Dan?
Double Hobby action overhead here yesterday, two together catching insects (sorry H2!).
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Red-rumped Swallow, very nice, they only seem to get up to our region on rainy days in April(and never at our altitude of course). How far south in France are you Dan?
Double Hobby action overhead here yesterday, two together catching insects (sorry H2!).
Very frustrating as, again this morning, I saw my very local Hobby - which would have been just visible from my window - and I suspect nests there - yet it hasn't over flown the house yet.

My less local pair have got their three young fledged now and were showing extremely well last night.
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Very frustrating as, again this morning, I saw my very local Hobby - which would have been just visible from my window - and I suspect nests there - yet it hasn't over flown the house yet.

My less local pair have got their three young fledged now and were showing extremely well last night.
A week off work should do the trick H!
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Very frustrating as, again this morning, I saw my very local Hobby - which would have been just visible from my window - and I suspect nests there - yet it hasn't over flown the house yet.

My less local pair have got their three young fledged now and were showing extremely well last night.
Apart from the handful of Spring sightings, they have been conspicuous by their absence this Summer, hoping this doesn't "abode well" for the Autumn.
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I'm beginning to worry that the Cocknage Wood Nutcarcker record may be reidentified as a Honey Buzzard.

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Garden Bird Day-listing -

4 hours or so in the garden this morning mostly chilling/birding and some good (for me) garden birds, so thought I'd post the list up. It's clear blue skies and warm (25C?) not hot, but seems very little bird movement now. Will have to see if get any additions later on as it cools down/things get more active. Plenty of scope for more.

1. Buzzard
2. Sparrowhawk
3. Hobby - 1 tried to take out a Starling above the garden
4. Black Stork 4 flew over south, including circling for several minutes
5. Green Woodpecker
6. Great Spotted Woodpecker
7. Collared Dove
8. Woodpigeon
9. Feral Pigeon
10. Swallow
11. Jay (h)
12. Magpie
13. Carrion Crow
14. House Sparrow
15. Tree Sparrow 1 with House Sparrows First for some years.
16. Starling
17. Hoopoe 1 in flight
18. Golden Oriole male flew into Acacia tree with large green caterpillar
19. Black Redstart (h)
20. Cirl Bunting 3+ in garden
21. Goldfinch
22. Greenfinch
23. Chaffinch
24. Blue Tit
25. Great Tit
26. Long-tailed Tit
27. Chiffchaff 1 through with tit flock
28. Willow Warbler 1 through
29. Blackcap
30. Melodious Warbler
31. Fan-tailed Warbler – 1 in flight and over neighbours garden before perching up in the haze for a minute or so. 2nd garden record!

Year ticks in bold
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I'm beginning to worry that the Cocknage Wood Nutcarcker record may be reidentified as a Honey Buzzard.
Rest assured, Honey Buzzards are very distinctive and never misidentified as the closely related Nutcracker. Its all in the spots you know.

Besides, my only UK was the Westleton individual in late November 1985 ...and that was easily unidentified as not a Honey Buzzard on the grounds that all self-respecting Honey Buzzards would be sunning themselves in the tropical south by such date
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I'm beginning to worry that the Cocknage Wood Nutcarcker record may be reidentified as a Honey Buzzard.

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Poor thing, couldn't Bill Oddie have chucked it a few Topic bars? On the advert he always claimed that there was "a hazelnut in every bite"
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Always a red-letter day when a Red-footed Falcon turns up, but not totally unexpected - almost all previous records on my land have been at this time of year.

2004. A female on 14 August.

2013. A juvenile on 4 August 2012 and another juvenile on 11 August.

2014. A mini influx with one juvenile on 10 August 2014, another a week later, then four together in early September.

2015. Three singles were seen on dates between 5 and 17 September.



Still a few White Storks lingering.



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Always a red-letter day when a Red-footed Falcon turns up, but not totally unexpected - almost all previous records on my land have been at this time of year.



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Nice! Thought I had a pale orangey underparted falcon circling high up the other day but left un'ided unfortunately - in Western France at this time of year presume that would have been too unexpected ...
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Garden Bird Day-listing -

4 hours or so in the garden this morning mostly chilling/birding and some good (for me) garden birds, so thought I'd post the list up. It's clear blue skies and warm (25C?) not hot, but seems very little bird movement now. Will have to see if get any additions later on as it cools down/things get more active. Plenty of scope for more.
Rest of day -

32. Serin – 1m landed in tree above
33. White Wagtail
34. House Martin
35. Swift - 1

Didn't quite go to plan, as Big(ish) Days go. Serin was middle of the day, the others late evening, when we were also treated to plenty of Hobby action with a presumed imm. (?) doing multiple short vertical stoops over the nearby rooftops and gardens – no success though. Otherwise a young Grass Snake in the pond was nice.

I'm sure I've seen more at migration times before (very disappointing after the Black Storks - no vis mig raptors, also no Black Kite, Honey Buzzard or ST Eagle this visit which should all be resident), but hey.

Anyway, the gauntlet is down ...
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