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Richard Prior Friday 21st February 2020 08:00

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#26. Goosander

Ooh, that's the only 'waterbird' I'm ever likely to get on the Garden List as they nest about 5km downstream from here.
A productive hour in the half-light of dawn as I topped up the feeders this morning, first I heard two different Wren singing (I'm amazed I hadn't seen or heard any so far this year). Encouraged by that I stayed outside listening at first as it was still a bit dark, last year the first Song Thrush I heard was 22 Feb so I was hoping to hear that welcome music, instead I heard a quiet zitt and one flew right past me! Song will start tomorrow I bet. Then, most exciting of all a Lesser Spotted Woodpecker started calling, only the 4th record for me here, the others have all been between mid-November and 1 January so hopefully this one is a sign of possible breeding later on.

39 Wren
40 Song Thrush
41 Lesser Spotted Woodpecker


Lunchtime update edit. Sitting on the bench finishing my mackerel and salad (blood test for cholesterol next Monday ;)) and had just stopped watching a single crow coming from the mountains very high. A solitary panic call made me look up again, to see something tumbling down from the blue sky, feathers flying with a crow following the plunging bundle, through the bins I could confirm my suspicions, I managed to grab my camera just as they passed out of sight behind the trees, a female Gos with its Carrion Crow lunch and only one other crow had reacted fast enough. to try and harass the raptor. Very ropey photo (not of Ken's standard I'm afraid) of the drama unfolding.

42 Goshawk

dantheman Friday 21st February 2020 12:46

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Originally Posted by Richard Prior (Post 3961264)
Life expectancy versus coastal erosion rates, one for a mathematician that!

No man is an island.






(Or are we saying that John Donne (1624) got it wrong? ;) )

KenM Friday 21st February 2020 17:45

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Originally Posted by Richard Prior (Post 3961303)
Ooh, that's the only 'waterbird' I'm ever likely to get on the Garden List as they nest about 5km downstream from here.
A productive hour in the half-light of dawn as I topped up the feeders this morning, first I heard two different Wren singing (I'm amazed I hadn't seen or heard any so far this year). Encouraged by that I stayed outside listening at first as it was still a bit dark, last year the first Song Thrush I heard was 22 Feb so I was hoping to hear that welcome music, instead I heard a quiet zitt and one flew right past me! Song will start tomorrow I bet. Then, most exciting of all a Lesser Spotted Woodpecker started calling, only the 4th record for me here, the others have all been between mid-November and 1 January so hopefully this one is a sign of possible breeding later on.

39 Wren
40 Song Thrush
41 Lesser Spotted Woodpecker



Lunchtime update edit. Sitting on the bench finishing my mackerel and salad (blood test for cholesterol next Monday ;)) and had just stopped watching a single crow coming from the mountains very high. A solitary panic call made me look up again, to see something tumbling down from the blue sky, feathers flying with a crow following the plunging bundle, through the bins I could confirm my suspicions, I managed to grab my camera just as they passed out of sight behind the trees, a female Gos with its Carrion Crow lunch and only one other crow had reacted fast enough. to try and harass the raptor. Very ropey photo (not of Ken's standard I'm afraid) of the drama unfolding.

42 Goshawk

Caw!!! Gos-is come-“uppance” then. ;)

Paul Chapman Friday 21st February 2020 22:12

A belated addition:-

29 - Sparrowhawk - 21st February

All the best

KenM Thursday 27th February 2020 07:03

A pair of Teal, low, North and fast this am, no.54.

jnicholes Thursday 27th February 2020 12:12

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No new additions, but I got this picture yesterday. A young red winged blackbird, male.

I also learned I will be moving soon. I assume that means I will have to start over my garden/yard list?

KenM Thursday 27th February 2020 12:24

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No new additions, but I got this picture yesterday. A young red winged blackbird, male.

I also learned I will be moving soon. I assume that means I will have to start over my garden/yard list?

Red-winged Blackbirds are great birds! Regarding your yard list unsure of the rules, however you could just add your species to your new yard list for the year with the proviso that at year end it would be a dual property total, or start afresh from your new abode. I’m sure any legal eagles will soon put you right though. :t:

Richard Prior Thursday 27th February 2020 13:02

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No new additions, but I got this picture yesterday. A young red winged blackbird, male.

I also learned I will be moving soon. I assume that means I will have to start over my garden/yard list?

Yep, a new list Jared, it will be interesting at the end of the year to see what you saw at your current place but not at the new one and vice-versa!

jnicholes Thursday 27th February 2020 13:35

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Originally Posted by Richard Prior (Post 3963177)
Yep, a new list Jared, it will be interesting at the end of the year to see what you saw at your current place but not at the new one and vice-versa!

Thanks for the clarification. I will start a new list as soon as I move. Probably in April or May.

Cockney Sparra Thursday 27th February 2020 16:06

Saw the 'local' Sparrowhawk properly for the first time this year today. Thought I saw her a month ago but she was very high in the sky and couldn't get the bins fast enough.

I haven't been keeping too much of a record this year so far, but I worked from home yesterday and chose the kitchen (which looks out onto the garden) as my office rather than the lounge; so including the Sparrowhawk from today and those birds from yesterday, I guess here is as good a place as any to keep track?

1 - Pigeon
2 - Starling
3 - Robin
4 - Goldfinches
5 - Blue Tit
6 - Tree Sparrow
7 - Blackbird
8 - Crow
9 - Heron
10 - Sparrowhawk

Bit of a lacklustre list really

Richard Prior Thursday 27th February 2020 16:59

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Originally Posted by Cockney Sparra (Post 3963251)
Saw the 'local' Sparrowhawk properly for the first time this year today. Thought I saw her a month ago but she was very high in the sky and couldn't get the bins fast enough.

I haven't been keeping too much of a record this year so far, but I worked from home yesterday and chose the kitchen (which looks out onto the garden) as my office rather than the lounge; so including the Sparrowhawk from today and those birds from yesterday, I guess here is as good a place as any to keep track?

1 - Pigeon
2 - Starling
3 - Robin
4 - Goldfinches
5 - Blue Tit
6 - Tree Sparrow
7 - Blackbird
8 - Crow
9 - Heron
10 - Sparrowhawk

Bit of a lacklustre list really

Welcome aboard CS, I think quite a few of us envy you your Tree Sparrow:t:

Steve Lister Monday 2nd March 2020 17:17

March 2nd.

47. Grey Heron - one noisy individual over low.

A friend who also lives in Lufbra is gripping me off with multiple flyovers of both Red Kite and Great White Egret - my view is the other way from his house.

Steve

Paul Chapman Monday 2nd March 2020 18:51

Addition:-

30 - Song Thrush - 2nd March

All the best

Warixenjalka Tuesday 3rd March 2020 15:34

February 29th I saw in neighbors Maple something with reddish breast. I first thought it is Jay (which would have been nice, cos I haven't seen it yet), but when I looked at it with binos I realize it was a really handsome male Sprawk (which was even nicer - even I had it already): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Uvy...&index=32&t=0s

15 seconds after taking that video I found it on a pine branch eating a bird it had captured (I think it was a Blue Tit, but it not show so well that accurate ID would be possible): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Pzm...1FNoa&index=32

March 1st, I was walking to my car when I woke the Crows keep the noise:
#27. Goshawk - young bird flew just over my head.

March 2nd, I saw two swans flying far away - too distant that I could say which one. So I leave this open at a moment...
Also, few hours later my friend send me a WA-message from couple of kilometers to West from our house and he told me that there comes a...
#28. Crane - to the East. I run out and there it flew - I just barely got it. :t: It was at least a month ahead of schedule. (We had no winter at all)

Richard Prior Tuesday 3rd March 2020 16:22

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Nice ones Wari, hmmm, no winter eh? Well here it keeps coming back just when you think it’s over ( photo this morning on our snowshoe ‘stroll’ looking for Pygmy Owl - no joy with the owl but the young Golden Eagle flew overhead and a Nutcracker wheezed:t:)

KenM Wednesday 4th March 2020 10:54

Crows “cawing”, feral pigeon flock “clattered” over the roof and the Woodpigeons exploded from the gardens...I activated the “bridge” then as I was pre-focusing...Gos at roof height going North, got off a seven frame burst!...four empty and a single crow in the three remaining.:-C

An hour spent outback 2-3 Treepers! (normally averages out one treeper every four outings), couple of Goldcrest, Grey Wagtail and a very confiding male Sprawk attempting to break off twigs (presume nest building material).

Returned back to “station” cup of tea in hand...a high South flying Goosander, no.55...

Richard Prior Wednesday 4th March 2020 11:57

So much for your other nickname 'Quick draw McGraw' Ken, I'm surprised at you missing the target:eek!:

A slow thaw here, but snow melted from the farm roof enabling the latest addition to warm its toes:

43 White Wagtail

Two days earlier than last year's first and one day earlier than in 2018 (they must be birds that have wintered in Switzerland with timing like that ;) )

KenM Wednesday 4th March 2020 14:40

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So much for your other nickname 'Quick draw McGraw' Ken, I'm surprised at you missing the target:eek!:

With that species Richard, I have an almost 99% miss rate. :eek!:

Richard Prior Wednesday 4th March 2020 15:05

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Originally Posted by KenM (Post 3965411)
With that species Richard, I have an almost 99% miss rate. :eek!:

You’ll have to get those crows to caw louder!

Looking out of the kitchen window as I was peeling potatoes just now and a

44 Grey Heron

lumbered over and down towards the Nant Bruyant , noisy stream in English. It will certainly be making some noise tomorrow when the milder temps and torrential rain arrive ( the stream, not the heron;)).

Steve Lister Friday 6th March 2020 10:34

March 6th.

48. Skylark - an unseen calling bird migrating over

My gripping friend now tells me he has had 2 Whooper Swans over his house, so that's three biggies he is up on me this year.

Steve

Jefferson Shank Friday 6th March 2020 11:07

50. Eastern Phoebe
51. Eastern Towhee
52. Brown-headed Cowbird
53. Fish Crow - 120th lifer!

Richard Prior Saturday 7th March 2020 11:56

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Still lagging behind most of you but more signs of movement today, agroup of c20 Alpine Chough were unusual visitors, they were clambering around one of our straggly wild rose (dog rose?) bushes and picking off the hips, I'm glad I didn't prune it last autumn now. They were presumably making their way up to the mountains from their wintering site down in the nearby town of Thônes as surely was the second visitor, a smart male

45 Rock Bunting

This is an uncommon, but regular passage bird for us, six records in four years, all falling between February and early April.

KenM Saturday 7th March 2020 18:07

Apart from a “rare” Redwing atop my Ash tree this am, just the regulars on show today. Watching the Wales-England match, at half time popped upstairs for my recharging phone, where I caught sight of a Buzzard surfing through the canopy, swiftly followed by two Legrets dropping into the wood/stream outback. Looked down checking phone, when I heard an odd unknown dysallibic call!, looked up to see a silhouetted goose flying low and North..still calling. I then checked Xeno canto for the “suspect”...and suspicions proved correct...Greater-White Fronted Goose. no.56. presume the same bird as last year still in the vicinity. :eek!:


On a roll now, having had a pair of (non seen from house) Kestrels c400m away, it is with great pleasure that I can now add a male of the aforesaid to the list! no.57.

Richard Prior Sunday 8th March 2020 13:29

If it's a single resident Greater White-fronted Goose in London you're right to be suspicious Ken, how far are you from Smithfield Market?;);)

Ticking along here with the first

46 Bullfinch


today, a nice male. Needless to seay the Rock Bunting bu - - ered off as soon as it arrived, obviously in a hurry to try out the slopes before the snow melts....

KenM Sunday 8th March 2020 16:34

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Originally Posted by Richard Prior (Post 3966878)
If it's a single resident Greater White-fronted Goose in London you're right to be suspicious Ken, how far are you from Smithfield Market?;);)

I’ve subsequently found that there have been two birds reported from Dagenham Chase Richard over the last few weeks at least, whose to say as to their authenticity? IMO anything with webbed feet and talons might well be of suspect provenance. :eek!:


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