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Old Wednesday 20th September 2017, 13:46   #801
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#55. Common Crossbill - for the very first time I saw these little fellows in my garden trees last weekend. I was too slowly then and I didn't get any pics, but yeasterday I saw couple Crossbills again and this time I just manage to get my camera. The best result is below. I think it's a Common, but Im not 100% sure. For that angle, maybe nobody can't be... or what you think?
Yep, looks Common to me, it doesn't have the stocky head of a Parrot
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A flock of c 30+ hirundines going South at 5pm, mostly House Martins a few Swallows, and a single Sand Martin no. 75.
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Old Thursday 21st September 2017, 01:42   #803
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Great news on the crossbills Warixenjalka, that makes at least two of us who have added them to our garden lists this year!

75 Osprey I'd pretty much given up on adding one this year, seen close to but just not from home until this afternoon, soaring on a thermal. Lovely.
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Great news on the crossbills Warixenjalka, that makes at least two of us who have added them to our garden lists this year!
Three :)

Seems a good year for them here in the Baltics, getting birds overhead almost daily at present,
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Seems a good year for them here in the Baltics, getting birds overhead almost daily at present,
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Though last winter was very poor, only ones and twos around our place and none since mid-March.Hopefully Jos and Wari will send more our way this winter!
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First saw Crossbill in the garden last year but seen this year too.
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Though last winter was very poor, only ones and twos around our place and none since mid-March.Hopefully Jos and Wari will send more our way this winter!
Gee, a half dozen garden-birders crawling out of the woodwork with Crossbills now :)

Need a more exclusive club ... hey Richard, how about Nutcrackers? Reckon we might have that one sewed up
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Gee, a half dozen garden-birders crawling out of the woodwork with Crossbills now :)

Need a more exclusive club ... hey Richard, how about Nutcrackers? Reckon we might have that one sewed up
Good idea Mr Co-President! No hazelnuts left on the trees now after the Nutcracker (and Red Squirrel) raiding parties.
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Good idea Mr Co-President! No hazelnuts left on the trees now after the Nutcracker (and Red Squirrel) raiding parties.
I had very few hazelnuts this year, partly a poor crop I think, but more due to beavers chomping all the hazel trees last year and the regrowths being still too small. Consequently, had very few Nutcrackers this season, probably my worst year for a while.
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Old Friday 22nd September 2017, 08:56   #811
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Vis mig this morning included a Skylark and a Redpoll.
Nowt new though.
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Vis mig this morning included a Skylark and a Redpoll.
Nowt new though.
Aha, well I have!
There's a plant outside our west-facing door that produces berries each autumn, the Blackcaps love it, this morning there were two feeding there, plus two Great Tits and three Black Redstarts. One of the latter had a brief skirmish with the newcomer:

80 Common Whitethroat

To cap it all, a cheeky Stoat came ambling past just afterwards.
I attach a photo of the plant, it reminds me of Elder a little, but is clearly something else. Any ideas Garden listers?
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I took one in winter, I'll try and find it again.
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Hmm...well crossbill still feels special, even if it turns out we all have them
Does make me wonder which bird turns up on the most of our collective garden lists? I don't have any of the three likely candidates (House Sparrow, European Starling or Feral pigeon). Mallard? Canada Goose?
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First time for a number of years....3 Mipits over! no.76.
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76 Belted Kingfisher very noisy chatter heard from the lake yesterday evening.
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Hmm...well crossbill still feels special, even if it turns out we all have them
Does make me wonder which bird turns up on the most of our collective garden lists? I don't have any of the three likely candidates (House Sparrow, European Starling or Feral pigeon). Mallard? Canada Goose?
I have all those except Canada Goose. But that is possible also. Especially now when it's a geese migration time.
Which reminds me: a couple of evenings ago I thought hearding Grey Heron, but while looking at the sky, there was a maybe 15 - 20 geese (in that arrow form. Do you say PLOUGH?) and they make that Heron-sound infrequently. I have never before heard that geese can "honking" like that. So deffenetly not Barnacles (only goose on my garden list at the moment).

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#56. Eurasian Jay - 2 birds flew over.

Small party of Common Crossbills are still here. Usually at the neightbours firs (or something like that).
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I got an idea for small "competition". Next weekend is Eurobirdwatch (ofcourse you can participate for anywhere on this globe, not just Europe) and I thought that every one of us could watch birds on their garden for one hour (or 2 or 3 if it sounds better). It does not matter what time of day. Watching can be done on a Saturday or Sunday at the time you want and suite you the best. Maybe we also have to agree that observation must be made, for example, in a 25m x 25m (27,34yd x 27,34yd) area. Or what about Jos?

What you think about? Do you have a time and interest for this?
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Maybe we also have to agree that observation must be made, for example, in a 25m x 25m (27,34yd x 27,34yd) area. Or what about Jos?
Since you ask, I'd like about 800 m x 500 m +/-

But actually, no big issue to me, my main observation area, where my feeders are and I do most of my observations from, is pretty much the size of a standard garden. And since garden birders count stuff from their gardens too, be it some raptor over a neighbouring mountain or waterbird down the valley, I am not sure if my area is really any bigger in terms of recording area than anyone else's. Just I can manage that area for the betterment of wildlife more effectively perhaps.
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... there was a maybe 15 - 20 geese (in that arrow form. Do you say PLOUGH?)
We usually refer to flying geese as skeins, though apparently some call the V-formation a wedge, though I have never personally heard this.
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I got an idea for small "competition". Next weekend is Eurobirdwatch (ofcourse you can participate for anywhere on this globe, not just Europe) and I thought that every one of us could watch birds on their garden for one hour (or 2 or 3 if it sounds better). It does not matter what time of day. Watching can be done on a Saturday or Sunday at the time you want and suite you the best. Maybe we also have to agree that observation must be made, for example, in a 25m x 25m (27,34yd x 27,34yd) area. Or what about Jos?

What you think about? Do you have a time and interest for this?
I'm up for it and promise not to look at the mountains for once!
Magpie and Wren have both reappeared in recent days so I predict at least 10 species here
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We usually refer to flying geese as skeins, though apparently some call the V-formation a wedge, though I have never personally heard this.
Thanks Jos. So skein it is. I try to remember that.
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I'm up for it and promise not to look at the mountains for once!
Magpie and Wren have both reappeared in recent days so I predict at least 10 species here
You can look so far as you can see (from observation patch). I'm gonna look at all the way to neightbours roofs...

I have to admit I try this at last Sunday 8AM to 9AM, and I got little bit over ten species.

What about the time? Is 1 hour good or would it be better for little more time?
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