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Old Tuesday 26th September 2017, 12:14   #826
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15 - 20 geese (in that arrow form. Do you say PLOUGH?)
Yep, a skein of geese

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Small party of Common Crossbills are still here. Usually at the neightbours firs (or something like that).
Most likely spruces (Picea; kuusi) but possibly pines (Pinus; mänty); unlikely to be firs (Abies; pihta).
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I have to admit I try this at last Sunday 8AM to 9AM, and I got little bit over ten species.
Hmm....well I am away from home this weekend, so won't participate at teh fixed time. I snuck in an hour this morning though, and came in a little under ten species!
Throwing down the pitiful gauntlet of 9 species. I'm sure you can all trounce that with very little effort! Didn't help that it was 10:30-11:30 (didn't check the forum til the morning birds had already settled!), and we are in the midst of a mini heatwave - with our warmest temperatures this year (I think it hit 39C/102F yesterday).

Ho hum. May give it another go when I get back on Tuesday.
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Most likely spruces (Picea; kuusi) but possibly pines (Pinus; mänty); unlikely to be firs (Abies; pihta).
No pines or spruces. I know what they look like (they are the commonest trees in Fin - + birch also). These trees are some exotic coniferous. Here one more photo.
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Hmm....well I am away from home this weekend, so won't participate at teh fixed time. I snuck in an hour this morning though, and came in a little under ten species!
Throwing down the pitiful gauntlet of 9 species. I'm sure you can all trounce that with very little effort! Didn't help that it was 10:30-11:30 (didn't check the forum til the morning birds had already settled!), and we are in the midst of a mini heatwave - with our warmest temperatures this year (I think it hit 39C/102F yesterday).

Ho hum. May give it another go when I get back on Tuesday.
Good luck everyone else for the weekend!
I don't have anything against that you participate at Tuesday. The more the better.
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No pines or spruces. I know what they look like (they are the commonest trees in Fin - + birch also). These trees are some exotic coniferous. Here one more photo.
Thanks! Abies concolor (White Fir / Harmaapihta); introduced from the Rocky Mts., USA. Also a larch / lehtikuusi behind to the left
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MERLIN !!

one just streaked past the house at about 100mph! Low down and looking fabulous!

A nice replacement for the departed Hobbies.
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Thanks! Abies concolor (White Fir / Harmaapihta); introduced from the Rocky Mts., USA. Also a larch / lehtikuusi behind to the left
Thank you for Abies-info. Larch is familiar to me. I have waited that White-winged C appeared to it. White Firs cones seeds look like a tasty for Common Crossbills.
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White Firs cones seeds look like a tasty for Common Crossbills.
Yeah, not sure they do, though - I've never seen crossbills using Abies cones, nor heard of it as anything other than a very rare crossbill food. Squirrels tend not to go for them much either. If you try crushing a fir seed, I think you'll find out why: the seeds have blisters of very bitter resin on them, which pine and spruce seeds don't have. No proof, but I strongly suspect that's an effective anti-predation trait.
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one just streaked past the house at about 100mph! Low down and looking fabulous!
Legend has it!.......
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Old Saturday 30th September 2017, 15:31   #837
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A beautiful morning here in the Alps, good conditions for looking and listening at what's about:Total (during an hour and a half) of 26 species:
Robin
Blackbird
Great Tit
Coal Tit
Blue Tit
Marsh Tit
Raven
Carrion Crow
Chaffinch
Goldfinch
Greenfinch
Common Buzzard
Wren (heard only)
Nuthatch (heard only)
Jay
Fieldfare
Black Woodpecker (heard only)
Great spotted Woodpecker (heard only)
Green Woodpecker (heard only)
Common Treecreeper
Bullfinch
Song Thrush
Chiffchaff
Blackcap
Black Redstart
Nutcracker (heard only)
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Old Saturday 30th September 2017, 19:21   #838
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A beautiful morning here in the Alps, good conditions for looking and listening at what's about:Total (during an hour and a half) of 26 species:
Robin
Blackbird
Great Tit
Coal Tit
Blue Tit
Marsh Tit
Raven
Carrion Crow
Chaffinch
Goldfinch
Greenfinch
Common Buzzard
Wren (heard only)
Nuthatch (heard only)
Jay
Fieldfare
Black Woodpecker (heard only)
Great spotted Woodpecker (heard only)
Green Woodpecker (heard only)
Common Treecreeper
Bullfinch
Song Thrush
Chiffchaff
Blackcap
Black Redstart
Nutcracker (heard only)
That is rather similar to a list I could see in an hour or so, albeit perhaps a month or so ago (three or four of those already migrated).
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Old Monday 2nd October 2017, 10:48   #839
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I do this at Sunday morning 7.30 - 8.30 and the weather was miserable. Drizzle began at 7.50 ->

1. Fieldfare
2. Chiffchaff
3. Magpie
4. Hooded Crow
5. Blue Tit
6. Chaffinch
7. Jackdaw
8. Great Tit
9. Tree Sparrow
10. Common Crossbill (heard only)
11. Jay (h.o.)
12. Blackbird
13. Barnacle Goose
14. Siskin
15. Starling

Also I saw 2 more skein of geese but they were too far away to be able to identify them with certainty. Normally I can hear Robins at the morning but for some reason they were quiet yesterday.
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one just streaked past the house at about 100mph! Low down and looking fabulous!

A nice replacement for the departed Hobbies.
Your new place is looking pretty good, H.
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My total for Sunday, an hour or so mid-morning ...spent most of the morning demolishing a beaver dam and doing assorted general maintenance.

Total is pretty typical for October, most birds already migrated out. Notable by their absence during this count, Hooded Crow and Jackdaw (had been flocks just before); Willow Tit (didn't come to feeders), Grey-headed Woodpecker (seems absent at present), Sparrowhawk (usually some drifting over at this season), Crossbill (mostly daily at present).

Mallard - three over
Common Buzzard - 1
Feral Pigeon - flock visible in neighbouring ploughed filed, only third or forth time seen this year
Black Woodpecker - three together, bit of a squabble
White-backed Woodpecker - two male together at the feeders
Great Spotted Woodpecker - at the feeders
Middle Spotted Woodpecker - at the feeders
Wren -three or four
Fieldfare - several flocks
Chiffchaff -three, little bit late for my land
Marsh Tit - at feeders
Blue Tit - at feeders
Great Tit - at feeders
Nuthatch - at feeders
Treecreeper - one
Great Grey Shrike - back for the winter, first day
Jay - several at feeders
Magpie - pair visible on neighbouring plot
Raven - one over
Chaffinch - one at feeders, most migrated already
Brambling - one
Goldfinch - six
Linnet - four, little bit late
Siskin - flocks of about 40
Bullfinch - pair
Yellowhammer - one

26 species.
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My daughter and I are going on a road trip with my four youngest grandchildren. We are going up to Northern Cal to the Redwoods. I have a chance to add a few good birds to my 2017 list and possibly a lifer if I can get my target bird: American Dipper. I ordered two sets of cheapo binoculars so the kids can help grandma find birds. I took the new bins out to see if they were even halfway decent and hear and see a small flock of Barn Swallows fly over my head. Also forgot to add Eurasian Collared Dove from quite some time ago. Maybe if I went out more often, my list would be bigger. New bins are surprisingly good.
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Don't have a new garden bird, but I had to post this update. The grandchild camping trip was mostly containing and entertaining the kids. Didn't have a chance to bird except casually. Last week I packed my new camping gear and took off for the Sequoias. Got my American Dipper!!
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Another Merlin north-south this morning!
Incredible H,Barnsley has changed, when I was a lad and visiting my grandparents on Sheffield Road, the only birds I used to see were sparrows - and they were soot coloured
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First Brambling of the autumn in the garden this afternoon, time to dig out my gloves and wooly hat.
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First Brambling of the autumn in the garden this afternoon, time to dig out my gloves and wooly hat.
My first one two days ago, gloves and woolly hat time too.
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No new birds, but finally managed to see an elusive mammal at mine today; was cutting the comfrey patch and putting on the compost heap when noticed a movement on the heap itself; a tiny yellowy-brown thing with a rather long tail; a Harvest Mouse! Seen nests before, but not the actual critter.

Also 4 butterfly species and a Hummingbird Hawk-moth.

Oh and a Skylark singing away whilst flying around. Bit odd I guess.
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A small flock of 4

68: Pink-footed Goose

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Good week for birds. Since sunday several birds that stay for some months in my garden have arrived a bit earlier than usual but the robin I always see on first or second of october hasnt arrived yet!
Great tit 2 so far , Chiff chaff 2, Green finch 2 so far, Black cap male and female ,
beautifully marked Black redstart 1 -its the best black redstart I have seen .
Redstart in garden recent months is still here.
Lots house sparrows 30+ all year round, never without sparrows in the garden
Lots swallows 100+ still around flying madly overhead part of each day been about
couple months others went on these have stayed so far.
I get out about once week at the most to supermarket now but cant get out otherwise
as have no suitable transport.
Sit in my garden as many hours as possible ,including for breakfast and lunch
depending on weather.
Can only use bins max five mins at a time so many times a day I look without them
from kitchen glass door open or closed and kitchen window if weather not good enough
for me to be in garden. Just seen 35 birds within ten minutes just looking from open door.
Was sitting in garden several hours yesterday beautiful day ,today been very damp so
not possible.
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