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Old Friday 13th January 2017, 11:14   #101
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Which duck species have you already got on your garden list there Ken?

One more to add up here:

32 Green Woodpecker


yaffling away nearby yesterday.
I assume you mean for the "in total" grdn.list?...Mallard, Tufted, Mandarin, Shoveler, Goldeneye, Goosander, Teal, Shelduck, Gadwall and Red-crested Pochard....Goldeneye, Shelduck and RCPochard just one of each in 34 years!

I suppose Wigeon or even C.Scoter might be a consideration? I live equa-distant between two lakes mile either way, and perhaps two miles from the Lee Valley reservoirs.

As you well know Richard no two years are the same, two years ago Tufted was the most frequent flyover duck, last year just 3 records. Mandarin by far is the most frequent, mostly at dusk.

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A small of flock of

45: Lapwing

past, over the snowy landscape - a lovely bright morning here.


Been lively this am...a 2nd Peregrine for the year overhead, and 13 RNP's, 6 Siskin and an "all pink" Legret "washed" by a very low morning sun..if only it hadn't dipped behind the trees as I raised the camera.
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Green Woodpecker here too this morning and a male Sparrowhawk has just taken a Starling. He's enjoying his lunch on top of the hedge now.
Thats Nos. 33 & 34.
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Left home before dawn and got home after dark, but still managed a new one (heard only), a species that will be a life tick when I finally get to see one:

31 Tengmalm's Owl

I've found the trees nearby where I can see evidence of Black Woodpecker nesting, Tengmalm's are known to use the cavities they've excavated, so here's hoping!!
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Old Friday 13th January 2017, 21:30   #105
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A small of flock of

45: Lapwing

past, over the snowy landscape - a lovely bright morning here.
Great......not even on my ever garden list. It seems like it should be though.
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Old Saturday 14th January 2017, 18:13   #106
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Circa mid-day 5 Legrets passed (a record), only 4 RNP's, 4 Siskin, a Song Thrush...a Chaffinch...flyover Peregrine (my 3rd in a week...unprecedented!), and a ''yo-yo-ing''bouncy flock of Redpoll briefly landing in the trees outback. no.45.
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Added number 25 today with Long-tailed Tit.

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13. Green finch
14. Chaffinch male and female
15. Song Thrush forgot to add as one here most of the year.

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13. Green finch
14. Chaffinch male and female
15. Song Thrush forgot to add as one here most of the year.
Are Greenfinches numerous at your abode Brenda? as they're not at my end...?
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Are Greenfinches numerous at your abode Brenda? as they're not at my end...?

Nor here - 4 today was a good number.


Before the rain started the local

46: Song Thrush

was singing nearby, and, as I listened, a pair of

47:Reed Buntings

flew past and landed nearby - a twice year phenomenon here, so pleased with that.
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[quote=KenM;3512232]Are Greenfinches numerous at your abode Brenda? as they're not at my end...?[/QUOTE

Usually there are quite a few here in January and several of those stay some months but at moment there is only one!
Almost every year since I've lived here have seen loads of chaffinch , bramblings greenfinches etc as they stop off here awhile when migrating. I'm not sure where they go on to from here. They usually arrive here the very first days of january.
Much of France same as most of Europe has had very cold and severe weather . I think thats what has stopped them flying across France, perhaps they took a different route or got stuck in northern France where its been very bad.
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Hi halftwo this one is in reply to you .Sorry I couldnt get it to add the quote for some reason, my fault! Have you got snow today now where you live ?

Usually there are quite a few here in January and several of those stay some months but at moment there is only one!
Almost every year since I've lived here have seen loads of chaffinch , bramblings greenfinches etc as they stop off here awhile when migrating. I'm not sure where they go on to from here. They usually arrive here the very first days of january.
Much of France same as most of Europe has had very cold and severe weather . I think thats what has stopped them flying across France, perhaps they took a different route or got stuck in northern France where its been very bad.

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Seen in the garden now from kitchen window. Over 35 house sparrows , 1 greenfinch , 2 chaffinch , 2 blue tits, 3 great tits , 6 longtailed tits ,3 blackbirds , 2 magpies , 2 collared doves , 2 robins , 1dunnock, 1 song thursh and 2 red kites above.
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Ooh, that's five species I've not seen here so far this year. Like Brenda, we had just the single Greenfinch for the first two weeks, but the weekend's snowfall (45 cms under the feeder) and now the cold, has produced a dramatic increase, around 25 each of Greenfinch, Goldfinch and Chaffinch going through the food at a rate of knots, 5 Yellowhammer and a male Brambling adding to the colour.
One new species, I was wondering where they'd gone as they were present all through December:

33 Crested Tit
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Nor here - 4 today was a good number.


Before the rain started the local

46: Song Thrush

was singing nearby, and, as I listened, a pair of

47:Reed Buntings

flew past and landed nearby - a twice year phenomenon here, so pleased with that.
It's been many a year since the last one.
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Richard Prior . Do you think because of the very recent severe weather in several parts of France and Europe its delayed some migrating birds from coming through this way? Will they still come or will they stay where they have got to ?
Stayed mild here until begining of december and as you will know there was almost no snow on the Pyrenees but thats all changed in the last week and more today .Luckily not here where I live its just very cold some days and wet today but need that been very dry.
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Hit double figures at last with a brief visit from 10. Northern Shrike. Cracking bird as always, although don't think the rest of the garden visitors agree!
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Hit double figures at last with a brief visit from 10. Northern Shrike. Cracking bird as always, although don't think the rest of the garden visitors agree!
Just wait until the Spring.....you'll soon be ahead then jasperpatch.
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The storms over the weekend pushed a few things down my way but the real highlight was probably the 2 Mute Swans today, only my 3rd record in 5 years here!

36 Velvet Scoter
37 Gadwall
38 Turnstone
39 Glaucous Gull
40 Great Northern Diver
41 Pink-footed Goose
42 Lesser Black-backed Gull
43 Iceland Gull
44 Fulmar
45 Stonechat
46 Mute Swan
47 Carrion Crow
48 Jackdaw
49 Greenfinch
50 Great Tit
51 Rook
52 Pied wagtail
53 goldfinch
54 Wren
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About nine of those would be megas for me, Ryan!

A lovely mild morning here - so I stood outside for an hour listening to birdsong - & actually saw one of the Song Thrushes!

Highlight was undoubtedly the skein of about sixty

48: Pink-footed Geese

flying c. North in a V.

And - as I had suspected a couple of times - just as I was going back in - a

49: Nuthatch

rang out faintly across the valley.
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Richard Prior . Do you think because of the very recent severe weather in several parts of France and Europe its delayed some migrating birds from coming through this way? Will they still come or will they stay where they have got to ?
Stayed mild here until begining of december and as you will know there was almost no snow on the Pyrenees but thats all changed in the last week and more today .Luckily not here where I live its just very cold some days and wet today but need that been very dry.
I could be wrong Brenda, but I think that the past few years the snow and freezing conditions have been slow in arriving so some species have been heading south later, for example, the past 10 days have seen Red Kites and White Storks heading south out of Switzerland and going down the Rhône valley.Up here there were still Citril Finches on New Year's day, they should have gone in early November. Perhaps the lack of some of the finches in your garden currently is because they've gone straight past you to get away from the freeze? They'll no doubt call in on you in a few weeks when they start going north again!
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Another Goosander pair past and

25 WAXWINGS just flew north !!
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Another Goosander pair past and

25 WAXWINGS just flew north !!
Crikey, H, slow down will ya ?
A nice female Sparrowhawk caused a mass desertion of the feeders this afternoon, no attack despite the scores of birds present. Made me realise that I'd forgotten to add the species 10 days ago when a male flew past.

34 Sparrowhawk

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Not much progress in the last week or so, but then today.... a garden lifer!

18. Waxwing

A long-awaited garden tick, finally seen this morning as I left the house to take my kids to school. Six of them, sitting in a neighbour's tree, and then flew off over our house :) woohoo!
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