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  1. R

    Garden/Yard List 2020

    October has been a great month this year and with a couple good sea watches and endless good mornings of vismig it has resulted in me adding many more species since the last update. Unfortunately this is my final ever update for this garden as I am now sitting waiting for my flight to my new...
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    Early Swift departure

    The two here were with 180 house martins and 20 swallows slowly moving south and with thousands of HM & SL moving south in inland UK at the same time I just presumed they came from the north with those
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    Early Swift departure

    Still two swifts lingering around east Norfolk yesterday, 4th Oct.
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    Garden/Yard List 2020

    Vismig has been pretty impressive the past couple weeks here with hundreds of siskin and meadow pipits moving most days, it also provided me with a garden tick (#213 I think) in the shape of a bittern flying out to sea on the 10th. As I was setting up my audiomoth on the 12th a Barn Owl flew...
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    Current status of Ruddy Duck in Europe?

    There was one in Norfolk this year
  6. R

    Garden/Yard List 2020

    COVID has definitely helped this year, 6 months being home almost every night is normally unheard of especially during spring and autumn
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    Garden/Yard List 2020

    The late August storms here in Norfolk helped with several snipe and a wood sandpiper over the sea and a juvenile long-tailed skua arced past on the 30th. September has been pretty slow but vismig numbers are picking up with plenty of mipits and siskins moving south and a wee flock of 4 tree...
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    Early Swift departure

    Still small numbers moving here in east Norfolk most days, 26 south this morning. Normally get the odd one into late Oct/ early Nov most years
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    Garden/Yard List 2020

    The first half of August has been pretty busy with wader passage and a few decent seawatches. Added to that one of the many Pied Flycatchers on the patch ventured into the garden briefly. Hopefully this is the sign of a good autumn... 160 Pied Flycatcher 161 Curlew Sandpiper 162 Ruff 163 Sooty...
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    Garden/Yard List 2020

    Apart from trimming the hedge (can’t have it blocking my seawatching!) and grass not really no, I use the sandy soil as an excuse for my inability in the gardening front ;-)
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    Garden/Yard List 2020

    July was a surprisingly productive time in east Norfolk, there didn't seem to be the 'lull' this year with many waders passing throughout, a build up of terns offshore and the odd shearwater and skua to add to the mix. A group of 5 cranes passing the house was only my second record from the...
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    Garden/Yard List 2020

    What an end to June! An unexpected busy period with waders returning in decent numbers, including my second ever patch spotted redshank in nice summer plumage too. Crossbills and siskins have been going south in small numbers but the undoubted highlight has been the swift passage, unusual for...
  13. R

    HBW to cease

    From my experience, if your local area needs help they seek out local regular ebird users who may be interested in helping. That's what happened with me anyway
  14. R

    Garden/Yard List 2020

    It looks like I've hit my target 6 1/2 months early!! It appears i missed out the first two from previous months. Just as I thought the excellent spring was all over this week returned to form, Crossbills, Siskins and a couple Mistle Thrush have been moving south, a Reed Warbler and Marsh...
  15. R

    Garden/Yard List 2020

    I think your probably right Richard, had a quick look today and couldn't find it amongst the more unusual species. Tomorrows job now....
  16. R

    Garden/Yard List 2020

    A few new ones from the past few weeks but its been hard going. Ebird says i'm on 145 but I can't quite work out which species I've missed out here yet 142 Red Knot 143 Eurasian Hobby 144 Eurasian Jay
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    Garden/Yard List 2020

    Just for you Ken here's four photos of descriptions I need to write for this spring, unfortunately I didn't a pic of the red-footed falcon, never been good at getting photos of birds with my bridge camera while seawatching but I'll endeavour to do better. I like to describe my photos as poor...
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    Garden/Yard List 2020

    I hadn’t realised this forum was a rarity committee that I had to submit to, fortunately the national and county ones seem happy enough with the few things I’ve been lucky enough to find so far :t: Time and again you moan on birdforum about committees rejecting records of yours but you...
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    Garden/Yard List 2020

    The standard Ken response to anyone that has the nerve to question him, deflect, criticise and name calling with little substance to answering the actual questions. Followed up by reminiscing over a few (Distant) past glories.... For me, at least one is a red kite and wouldn’t be surprised if...
  20. R

    Kenya, Skua

    LTS for me too
  21. R

    Garden/Yard List 2020

    It's pretty common knowledge that young common buzzards have longer tails etc in fact I'm pretty sure its in the fieldguides. Its a good way to age buzzards. The thread I was talking about was on the ID forum but as I said before its your list, I'm always intrigued with buzzard variation...
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    Garden/Yard List 2020

    The structural features you mention do not rule out 2nd cal yr common buzzards, the fact you've never seen one like that isn't evidence for ID. As you say, the undertail shot is bad, and I wouldn't be IDing anything on that. So structurally its fine for common buzzard, no discernible plumage...
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    Garden/Yard List 2020

    Fair enough, I was looking at the images and they show a common buzzard for me.
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    Garden/Yard List 2020

    A few more common migrants passing through recently plus two house ticks, a nightjar on VE day flew past at 21:15 while we were watching fireworks, presumably flushed by the noise and yesterday an adult male red-footed falcon flew in off the sea while seawatching at 06:20. A truly bizarre and...
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    Garden/Yard List 2020

    Cheers Richard, I normally only managed about 3-5 days at home each month over spring so the extra time is definitely paying off. Black-tailed godwits are very rare here too, had two sightings in my first month here and then 2 or three in the last 8 years so was chuffed to see them.
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