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    Florall's 2006 list

    Although I've done a lot of birdwatching since September, it's been mainly close to home so, although I've enjoyed the birds I've seen, there's been nothing new until: 161 Peregrine falcon, Elmley on 17th December. I'd counted the ducks and was going through the grass to see if there were any...
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    Florall's 2006 list

    160 Night heron, a juvenile one at Weirwood reservoir in Sussex last night. This is also a lifer for me - it always seems more satisfying to see a lifer close to home.
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    Florall's 2006 list

    159 Ring necked Parakeet, five of them, today, at Holmethorpe Sand Pits near Redhill, Surrey.
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    Florall's 2006 list

    Lifers in bold At Bough Beech, Kent in early August 151 green sandpiper 152 turtle dove (-) great white pelican At Sandwich Bay 18-20 August 153 greenshank 154 yellow wagtail 155 wheatear 156 wood sandpiper 157 ringed plover - absolutely astonished I've not seen one before this year! At...
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    Florall's 2006 list

    Lifers in bold While birding locally: 123 Linnet 124 Sand martin 125 Little owl 126 Lesser whitethroat At our cottage in Northumberland (there was a stream through the garden): 127 Dipper At sea, on the way to the Farnes: 128Northern gannet On Inner Farne: 129 common eider 130 Sandwich...
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    Florall's 2006 list

    122. swift - arrived over my house on the 1st.
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    Florall's 2006 list

    Went up to the south London/Surrey borders today, where I was able to add: 120. garden warbler 121. tree sparrow, yay! At last! This one has been a long time coming and was well worth it.
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    Florall's 2006 list

    Missed a bird: 119. ruddy duck at Radipole RSPB on 21.4.06
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    Florall's 2006 list

    Well, I didn't get out much in March, but I did make one trip down to East Sussex, where I saw: 101. cattle egret 102. kittiwake 103. rock pipit Also during March and April I saw a few more common birds locally, including: 104. whinchat 105. stonechat 106. treecreeper 107. buzzard 108. hobby...
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    Florall's 2006 list

    I had very few chances to get out in February. Several visits to my local patch, lots of singing birds, but very little new there. There were two species that I saw in January, but forgot to list above: Grey heron pied wagtail. In February, I also saw a grey wagtail at Wakehurst Place, a...
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    Florall's 2006 list

    Thought I'd better update with the rest of the birds I saw in January. First, a few more garden birds: dunnock song thrush Then on the 7th I went to Wakehurst Place in West Sussex to add some woodland birds: pheasant redwing coal tit marsh tit nuthatch chaffinch 14th-21st I went to north...
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    Florall's 2006 list

    I'm out to beat my own two previous year lists (120 in 2004, 132 in 2005). I didn't go out yesterday, but today I went to my local patch at the River Mole near Gatwick, then for an hour up to some sandpits about five miles away. Little Grebe Great Crested Grebe Mute swan Greylag goose gadwall...
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