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Old Tuesday 24th January 2017, 20:28   #151
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A fabulous morning today!
Fabulous indeed! I've only seen one a couple of times, a real treat. Congratulations.
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Old Wednesday 25th January 2017, 08:56   #152
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It's been a long time coming....on the 25th day!!!!....Jenny Wren no.49.
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Old Wednesday 25th January 2017, 09:25   #153
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Three more here yesterday.
37 Red-legged Partridge
38 Lapwing and
29 Stock Dove.

Fog this morning so can't see anything beyond the garden.
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Old Thursday 26th January 2017, 10:03   #154
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Well done Lazza and H2 on your Waxwings , hoping to see some when we visit England next week!
Thanks! They've been returning to my neighbours garden on-and-off for about a week. Up to 30 there on Saturday, when I was away from home, but [gritted teeth]she kindly sent me a photo taken from her kitchen window[/gritted teeth]. Good luck with your own attempts - it's been a very good year for them!

Anyway, another species added yesterday:

19. Pink-footed goose (c45 over)
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Old Thursday 26th January 2017, 13:01   #155
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52: DIPPER
I'll never get that! But a few more:

38) Greylag Goose
39) Long-tailed Tit
40) Wren


I'm envious of those who get winter Blackcaps. Despite having old ivy festooned with berries and living in the south of England, I've never had one.
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Old Thursday 26th January 2017, 18:24   #156
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I'll never get that! But a few more:

38) Greylag Goose
39) Long-tailed Tit
40) Wren


I'm envious of those who get winter Blackcaps. Despite having old ivy festooned with berries and living in the south of England, I've never had one.
Too cold ''out in the sticks''.....they prefer townies.
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Old Thursday 26th January 2017, 19:52   #157
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I'm a beginner and have a small garden but I've been wanting to do this

1. Blue Tit
2. Great Tit
3. Robin
4. Wren
5. Carrion Crow
6. Dunnock
7. Grey Heron
8. Long-tailed Tit
9. Woodpigeon
10. Blackbird
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Old Thursday 26th January 2017, 21:44   #158
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Old Thursday 26th January 2017, 23:06   #159
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Too cold ''out in the sticks''.....they prefer townies.
You may be right there Ken, I've never seen one here in winter. I'll be in SW London this weekend so I'll keep my eyes peeled. I've seen Chiffchaff there before.
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Thanks! They've been returning to my neighbours garden on-and-off for about a week. Up to 30 there on Saturday, when I was away from home, but [gritted teeth]she kindly sent me a photo taken from her kitchen window[/gritted teeth]. Good luck with your own attempts - it's been a very good year for them!

Anyway, another species added yesterday:

19. Pink-footed goose (c45 over)
Haha! At last, garden waxwings photo

And fortunately, they managed to avoid species 20 in the list...

20. Sparrowhawk
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I'm a beginner and have a small garden but I've been wanting to do this

1. Blue Tit
2. Great Tit
3. Robin
4. Wren
5. Carrion Crow
6. Dunnock
7. Grey Heron
8. Long-tailed Tit
9. Woodpigeon
10. Blackbird
Good luck! (Once you start doing this, it's quite difficult to stop, but you'll be amazed what passes through from time to time, even in a small garden, if you just take notice :))
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I'm a beginner and have a small garden but I've been wanting to do this

1. Blue Tit
2. Great Tit
3. Robin
4. Wren
5. Carrion Crow
6. Dunnock
7. Grey Heron
8. Long-tailed Tit
9. Woodpigeon
10. Blackbird
Hello . I'm not an expert by any means at all and you probably know more about birds than I do! Love seeing the birds in and above my garden every day ,have very often had to look on internet or ask someone on here
the name of a bird.
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Haha! At last, garden waxwings photo

And fortunately, they managed to avoid species 20 in the list...

20. Sparrowhawk
If only......
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Too cold ''out in the sticks''.....they prefer townies.
Probably right.

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I'm a beginner and have a small garden but I've been wanting to do this

1. Blue Tit
2. Great Tit
3. Robin
4. Wren
5. Carrion Crow
6. Dunnock
7. Grey Heron
8. Long-tailed Tit
9. Woodpigeon
10. Blackbird
Welcome Nook; it becomes addictive.

One more this morning, no 41, Grey Heron.
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Old Saturday 28th January 2017, 16:33   #165
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Five more to put on

11. Tawny Owl (heard in the night)
12. Rook
13. Great Black-backed Gull
14. Herring Gull
15. Black-headed Gull
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From my landing, I can see through some trees to a small bit of water visible in the rhine alongside my house and the field opposite. When I lifted the blind this morning, it had come to pass and our local Great White Egret was on the bank. I legged it downstairs and grabbed my camera rather than my bins and by the time I returned, it had just walked out of sight. A crack with the manual focus just about proved it was the same first-winter AAF through a gap in the vegetation. When I legged it to the bridge for a better view, it had already disappeared. Returning home, the same field produced a Grey Heron. The Egret was soon several hundred metres downstream where I saw it again near the motorway and then later it was in its usual place on the far side of the motorway some two hours after the initial sighting....

Otherwise a male Peregrine spooked everything with a flyover and in the afternoon, a group of five Redwings and a fly through from the local Raven pair was welcome.

The rhine itself held 9 Goosander - 3 males & 6 red heads.

27. Great White Egret
28. Grey Heron
29. Peregrine
30. Redwing
31. Raven

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From my landing, I can see through some trees to a small bit of water visible in the rhine alongside my house and the field opposite. When I lifted the blind this morning, it had come to pass and our local Great White Egret was on the bank.
Definitely contender for rarity of the month ...

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Cheers Dan. I'm always astonished by the variety of birds that people pick up on here on their garden lists. I suppose that I just don't spend that much time at home. Over the years I've been here the views have certainly got more restricted so this morning's experience was decidedly unexpected!

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Definitely contender for rarity of the month ...

Nice one!
Nice bit of countryside on view from the window too
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16. Goldfinch (two on a bush)
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It has kept me entertained for the best part of two decades but sadly the attachment is typical of the last two years. More and more of the trees have been felled and hedgerows disappearing in favour of fencelines. I have not seen any Small Eggar (moth) nests for at least two years.

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It has kept me entertained for the best part of two decades but sadly the attachment is typical of the last two years.
Is that cut to allow the dredging/digging of that ditch, ie will be allowed to grow, or permanent, ie regrowth will also be cut as it appears? Severe in both cases it seems, but I suppose the second rather less so.
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This morning have over thirty chaffinch plus four greenfinches up in the big old oak. Not sure if the finches etc are migrating through here later than usual and if its the start of them or whether they came through a little bit further over to the west of here and I am seeing just a few of them . Time will tell!
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Is that cut to allow the dredging/digging of that ditch, ie will be allowed to grow, or permanent, ie regrowth will also be cut as it appears? Severe in both cases it seems, but I suppose the second rather less so.
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Time will tell I suppose.

That was just an example photo that was handy on my computer. It is gradually being undertaken throughout the area.

I have little doubt that what I have been seeing over the last few years has been dressed up under necessary dredging/digging ditches - with which no one can really complain - but it is taking place with such vehemence that I am seeing avenues of quite matures trees with trunks of say two feet width being taken out (presumably to prevent the need for future 'maintenance').

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Sitting down with a cuppa, having been out in the damp wood for 2 hours, then 3 Mallard low over the roof, quickly followed by ...3 Egyptian Geese (only the 2nd occurrence I believe?). No.50.
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