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  1. Richard Prior

    Garden / Yard List 2021

    Just hang on in there Paul. Lovely pic of the Wren by the way, they occasionally approach the house but when they do they rarely sit still. Still just the usual suspects here, an oddly-plumaged Chaffinch had my heart jump this morning but I would need a lot of imagination to make it into a...
  2. Richard Prior

    Diver ID

    I think the light striking the bill makes it look a bit odd Andy, I agree on Black-throated Diver.
  3. Richard Prior

    Garden / Yard List 2021

    Spot on Ken, no need for those expensive Funeral Plans here in the Alps! Fortunately the only witness to my dawn floundering in the white stuff was the early-rising Alpine Accentor making a curious sniggering call :unsure: Still, all was forgiven when it posed below the kitchen window later (see...
  4. Richard Prior

    Garden / Yard List 2021

    Right, I'm just going outside to refill the feeders, I may be some time....................................................................
  5. Richard Prior

    Garden / Yard List 2021

    Oi watch it young'un! I know what social media are but the other thing you mention I'm not familiar with ("me me" sounds like the orange soon to be ex-World Leader, but meme is a new one, is it what I call a smiley?). After 15 years' life outside English speaking countries I am even more lost...
  6. Richard Prior

    Garden / Yard List 2021

    Ken: “Still have trouble getting my head round these ''Daily'' Legrets, not satisfied with the adjacent stream, they've now taken to feeding on the No-Mann's land woodland ride!! However it's not all gloom and doom, I've been invaded by the Scand/East European hordes of Redwings that are...
  7. Richard Prior

    Garden / Yard List 2021

    To actually see one in action in the garden would be a dream for me too H, but more of a nightmare for a Blue or Marsh Tit of course:(. Sudden arrival of bigger numbers of Fieldfare and Blackbird as the snow started this morning, perhaps not unconnected was a patrolling male 34 Peregrine...
  8. Richard Prior

    Garden / Yard List 2021

    Crumbs, Long-tailed Tits are tough cookies aren't they? Despite the temperatures remaining below zero day and night for about a week now (still minus 9.5C at 11 this morning ) we still have a flock of eleven visiting the fat ball feeders several times a day. Checking the car was ice-free at...
  9. Richard Prior

    Garden / Yard List 2021

    Steve - congratulations on bringing up your hundred, it took me around four years too! Paul - I average around 22 species per day here at the moment, I’ll treat your 26 as a challenge, perhaps with the ‘scope set up outside I can match it, but it’s only warmed up to minus 3C by the middle of...
  10. Richard Prior

    A country first at my local patch :)

    What a thrill for you Seth, congratulations!
  11. Richard Prior

    Garden / Yard List 2021

    Good to see you join John even if a blond oaf is responsible for your return - to paraphrase “Every clown has a silver lining”:) Panic around the feeders just now but the intruder left empty-clawed: 32 Sparrowhawk
  12. Richard Prior

    something more difficult

    Definitely Birdforum Photo of The Year 2021..................................................................................... but it is only 5 January of course:unsure:
  13. Richard Prior

    Garden / Yard List 2021

    Speaking of woodpeckers, I had a stroke of luck this afternoon when I went outside to try and help a van driver get his vehicle up the icy track to next door's house. After giving up (I think he had ordinary, not winter tyres on his van :() I was walking back to our place and heard the soft...
  14. Richard Prior

    something more difficult

    Easy, Red Fox, Montagu’s Harrier, adult Dunlin and juvenile Quail. Send me the cigar when convenient (y)
  15. Richard Prior

    Green Listing 2021 - Joint thread

    Crumbs Nutty, it’ll take me till May to get up to that many, currently on 33 here but that includes two goodies yesterday, a Goshawk being shouted at by the Carrion Crows near the village and the Golden Eagle pair circling around not far from the house. With the new lockdown rules announced for...
  16. Richard Prior

    Garden / Yard List 2021

    You did better than I did with the ridge scanning C! Nice, I saw your photos capturing that tail shape etc. Ken, was wondering if they are usually singles over your place ( It reminds me of one of the earliest bits of advice I was given nearly 70 years ago by my first birding mentor « If you...
  17. Richard Prior

    Garden / Yard List 2021

    Cheers Dan. Well, scanning the mountains produced no birds, just mammals, all two-legged ones wearing skis so perhaps it wasn't that surprising to find the Golden Eagle pair had descended to the valley for a bit of peace, they spent a good 20 minutes circling just up the slope behind us before...
  18. Richard Prior

    Garden / Yard List 2021

    A bracing -7°C here this morning but at last I can see further than 100m after 3 foggy days, ‘scope will be ready for scanning the mountains later. Saw a Goshawk on my walk back from the village earlier but no birds of prey yet on the Garden List. Three additions while filling the feeders: 25...
  19. Richard Prior

    Garden / Yard List 2021

    Welcome aboard Connorco! Jos, hope those feeders are bear proof....
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