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Old Sunday 20th August 2017, 21:24   #751
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Rest of day -

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

Anyway, the gauntlet is down ...

......looks more like a "marigold".
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Old Sunday 20th August 2017, 21:40   #752
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......looks more like a "marigold".
This is middle league Ken - the big hitters will obviously get a lot more. Some a lot less. (Look forward to your disposable latex jobbies in the coming weeks )

Should also point out that all birds were seen from roughly the same favoured viewing spot (and a reasonable distance from the front door).


(The numbers bit is all harmless fun anyway - more important for me were some good birds including the garden 2nd and some excellent birding.)
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Old Sunday 20th August 2017, 21:49   #753
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Some brill birds for Kernow there, Dan!
Yes, four Cornwall ticks in there, although I'm sure some may have less?

Presume you read #737?
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Three firsts for my tiny garden - Willow Warbler, Buzzard (overhead) Canada Goose - a flock of 12 flying straight towards my top floor window, honking loudly - not disturbing at all!
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Three firsts for my tiny garden - Willow Warbler, Buzzard (overhead) Canada Goose - a flock of 12 flying straight towards my top floor window, honking loudly - not disturbing at all!
3 firsts!!!!.....gotta be worth an extra sugar cube in your tea Stuart.
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3 firsts!!!!.....gotta be worth an extra sugar cube in your tea Stuart.
Well, a sweetener in my coffee at least
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Poo-eep! I waited and no second call audible as this Ringed Plover went high overhead this morning. Its just not good enough, I always wait for the 2nd call so it can't count - would be a 1st this year. It could have been someones squeaky gate!
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Rest of day -

32. Serin – 1m landed in tree above
33. White Wagtail
34. House Martin
35. Swift - 1
+1 to 36 as forgot a single Honey Buzzard that went through at the same time as the storks.

8 more mid-morning today, always nice!
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Three firsts for my tiny garden - Willow Warbler, Buzzard (overhead) Canada Goose - a flock of 12 flying straight towards my top floor window, honking loudly - not disturbing at all!
Think Willow Warbler is always a good bird for gardens where not expected. The other two slightly more expected/unexciting??

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Poo-eep! I waited and no second call audible as this Ringed Plover went high overhead this morning. Its just not good enough, I always wait for the 2nd call so it can't count - would be a 1st this year. It could have been someones squeaky gate!
Where calls/songs are distinct enough you'd like to count them on a single go, as long as your brain was in gear and you didn't just hear it subconsciously ...

But plenty of other calls/peeps etc and you can't ever be totally sure it wasn't an odd something else or a Starling or something ... probably the safest policy unfortunately!
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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!).
Sorry took my time replying ...

Basically a village called Vianne 1.75 hours south of Bergerac, 2 hours north of the Pyrenees, 2 hours west to Bordeaux, 2 hours east to Toulouse ...

https://www.google.co.uk/maps/place/...464!4d0.320556

Think it's about 60m above sea level, rolling or flat vineyard agricultural country. About 5 miles east of 'Les Landes' big foresty area in SW France.

Parent's place is on the north edge of the village, small river valley acts as a bit of a migration route.

(My two previous RR Swallows were also late summer I believe, but before 2010.

Collins doesn't show RR Swallow in France so have presumed these were kind of northward post-breeding dispersal??)

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Where calls/songs are distinct enough you'd like to count them on a single go, as long as your brain was in gear and you didn't just hear it subconsciously ...
That's the problem, I was sweeping the yard and in another world...
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That's the problem, I was sweeping the yard and in another world...
Got to be on the ball, Simon.

I've had single Yellowhammer & Yellow Wagtail - the second doesn't occur as a breeder here - but today I heard my second, and saw three more - not from the house this time though.
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Delighted to see a Garden Warbler from my garden this am.
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Delighted to see a Garden Warbler from my garden this am.
That's a good 'un :-)
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Delighted to see a Garden Warbler from my garden this am.
You are obviously more on the ball than me - I had a probable Garden Warbler early this morning with sleepy eyes and bins before I got my "radar" going. Put the scope up to try and find it again but no luck. There were a few migrants about though, 2 very nice Willow Warblers and 3 lovely Iberian Chiffies.
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I will never get bored of posting up lists of birds I've seen

No 53) today - a Common Redstart moving through the garden am

From 7 week visit late spring into summer this year (garden ticks in bold) -

1) Jay
2) Magpie
3) C Crow
4) Jackdaw

5) Buzzard
6) Kestrel
7) Sparrowhawk
8) Black Kite
9) Honey Buzzard
10) Booted Eagle (pale)
11) Hobby

12) Night Heron
13) Mallard
14) Tawny Owl

15) Green Woodpecker
16) GS Woodpecker

17) Woodpigeon
18) Collared Dove
19) Feral Pigeon

20) Starling
21) House Sparrow
22) Black Redstart
23) Blackbird
24) Hoopoe
25) Golden Oriole
26) Nightingale

27) Blue Tit
28) Great Tit
29) Long-tailed Tit

30) Cirl Bunting
31) Serin
32) Greenfinch
33) Chaffinch
34) Goldfinch

35) Blackcap
36) Melodius Warbler
37) Willow Warbler

38) White Wagtail

39) Swallow
40) House Martin
41) Swift
42) Spotted Flycatcher

43) Yellow-legged Gull
44) Grey Heron
45) Firecrest

46) Quail (h only)
47) Wryneck (h only)
48) Black Woodpecker

This visit - 15th August on -

49) Black Stork
50) Tree Sparrow
51) Fan-tailed Warbler
52) Chiffchaff
53) Common Redstart
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Seven Buzzards and Sparrowhawk had me watching the sky today - which is how I got to spot the

HOBBY

zooming over.

Yay!
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Seven Buzzards and Sparrowhawk had me watching the sky today - which is how I got to spot the

HOBBY

zooming over.

Yay!
Well worth a chocolate hobnob with your cuppa later H!

Dan, Red-rumped Swallow does nest in France, over 100 pairs as per the recent French Atlas, but all well to the east of you, so your sightings are very likely to be birds from Spain.
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zooming over.

Yay!
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32. Eurasian Collared-Dove
33. Barn Swallow
34. Bushtit
All three abundant in Leisure World and I see them often. I finally saw them in my yard.
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3 in a day in August, Sue! That's amazing.

For me a predictable

64: Meadow Pipit (or 65 if Feral Pigeon counts)

passing overhead - probably the first of many in the coming months.
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3 in a day in August, Sue! That's amazing.

For me a predictable

64: Meadow Pipit (or 65 if Feral Pigeon counts)

passing overhead - probably the first of many in the coming months.
Not all in the same day. I just failed to add the others when I saw them. I went to post the Bushtits and noticed that the last bird I had on BF was the Barn Owl, but on my paper garden list, I had the other two written down. I didn't realize I hadn't posted them.
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#49. Lesser Whitethroat - this was at July
#50. Sterna sp - 75 % sure it was Common but Arctic is possibility too. And this was at July also.
#51. Goldfinch - You got it right: This was at July...
#52. Great White Egret - Noup. This was just a last Sunday morning. I almost choked my coffee.
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Cor, G W Egret, was that a new one for the garden?
Here we've been having a good passage of Willow Warblers, the odd Tree Pipit and Common Redstart plus both Spotted and Pied Flycatchers, I like to imagine that the latter have come from your lovely part of the world Wari, but I imagine the Finnish birds pass much further east. Keeping my eyes open for a Collared Fly, that would make me choke on my café and croissant for sure.
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