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Old Monday 20th January 2020, 09:55   #101
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Unless the bird itself is on or directly over your property, I would say.

On, over or from is my mantra.
Including heard as well as seen of course.
Nothing new recently but upgraded Black Woodpecker from heard to seen for the year this morning, one in nearby trees enlivened our breakfast
( until then my porridge was naturally the highlight)
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Old Monday 20th January 2020, 14:12   #102
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Yes, can't count it if you aren't physically on the property ;-)

I've had to leg it inside the gate for a couple of birds now and then - Osprey once springs to mind.
Yeah, I figured as much. Oh well, there will be other kestrels.
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Old Monday 20th January 2020, 15:41   #103
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Ok, THIS time I was on my property when I saw it.

Turns out this American Kestrel is a local. It looks like it lives in the neighborhood somewhere. I saw it in the same tree I saw it in yesterday.

I might build an American Kestrel nesting box for it.

Didn't have my camera on me.

4) American Kestrel

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Old Monday 20th January 2020, 16:21   #104
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A few more from the past week. Puffin the definite highlight, a difficult bird to see in Norfolk.

59 Greylag Goose
60 Shag
61 Red-breasted Merganser
62 Puffin
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Old Monday 20th January 2020, 17:20   #105
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Got a picture of that Eurasian Collard dove today. It was underneath my bird feeder.

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Old Monday 20th January 2020, 18:02   #106
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January 20th.

Two fly-overs:

41. Song Thrush - the first since November
42. Siskin

Also nice were two female Blackcaps together, the first time I have had two this winter.

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Old Monday 20th January 2020, 20:16   #107
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Unless the bird itself is on or directly over your property, I would say.

On, over or from is my mantra.
Yep. Can't think I've ever had an addition like that though myself ... has anyone? I've had a Wryneck in the hedge once, but I was the wrong side and wouldn't have been able to say it was actually on 'my side' of the boundary at the time ... or am I being too strict?
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Old Monday 20th January 2020, 20:31   #108
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Yep. Can't think I've ever had an addition like that though myself ... has anyone? I've had a Wryneck in the hedge once, but I was the wrong side and wouldn't have been able to say it was actually on 'my side' of the boundary at the time ... or am I being too strict?
Sounds correct and honest as I would expect from all of us
Like Jared I had a similar near miss when I lived at Selsey Bill, I was walking back home and saw a Pied Flycatcher just the wrong side of our fence, ran home, looked over the fence and the bird had flown! Never did get the species on the Garden List in my 16 years there.....
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Mabe Burnthouse, nr Falmouth, Cornwall, UK

1st Jan 2020

10) Collared Dove
Struggled to find my records, so being really good and starting with dated occurrences only - one specific that I can recall

6th Jan 2020

11) Kestrel one in flight (didn't have this last year)

Then -

19th Jan 2020

12) Grey Heron 1 over
13) Black-headed Gull - 2 circling nearby
14) Blackcap - 1 female
15) Goldfinch - 3 briefly
16) Dunnock
17) Rook - finally added 3, there's a big Jackdaw roost nearby
18) Cormorant - 1 in flight

20th Jan 2020

19) Pied Wagtail
20) Carrion Crow
21) Wren
22) Long-tailed Tit c5
23) Great Tit

Red Admiral butterfly on the front of the house on the 12th

Unfortunately no Firecrest since late December.
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Sounds correct and honest as I would expect from all of us
Like Jared I had a similar near miss when I lived at Selsey Bill, I was walking back home and saw a Pied Flycatcher just the wrong side of our fence, ran home, looked over the fence and the bird had flown! Never did get the species on the Garden List in my 16 years there.....
Indeed

The only other was a Water Rail that ran across the road in front of the car as I was approaching the field once ... it ran up the bank and out of sight and straight into my property ... undoubtably it did, but I didn't see it. A year or two later one overwintered for a few weeks in the Blackthorn scrub, so got it back.
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One heard only

15. Common Raven

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6) Canada Goose

They have been flying over a lot. I've been hearing them and seeing them.

They are fun to watch.

I've had Canada goose for dinner a few times also, no offense to bird lovers here intended.

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Old Tuesday 21st January 2020, 17:16   #113
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Had my camera on me at the time I saw them. I was in my front yard.

I LOVE photographing Raptors!

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Old Wednesday 22nd January 2020, 11:44   #114
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I've had Canada goose for dinner a few times also, no offense to bird lovers here intended.

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I wish more people in the UK would eat them! They were introduced supposedly at least partly for shooting but nobody seems to bother with them, preferring proper wild geese like Pink-feet as prey.

Anyway...….

January 22nd.
43. Grey Wagtail - 2 over low late afternoon

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Old Wednesday 22nd January 2020, 12:02   #115
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Nuthatch - a brief glimpse of a silent bird across the road.
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Old Wednesday 22nd January 2020, 16:31   #116
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Surprise today at my bird feeder.

9) Northern Flicker.

I never thought I'd see one so close to my feeder. It flew off before I could get a picture.
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Old Wednesday 22nd January 2020, 19:00   #117
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Just curious - how about species recorded on trail cameras or noc mig equipment?
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If I or my wife didn’t see or hear it myself I wouldn’t add it to an annual list like this (which is a harmless bit of fun for most of us each year - I think!), but I would definitely add a camera trapped or sound recorded record to my observations inputted to the LPO/ eBird.
I could be in a minority of one of course................
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For the scientific record if it occurred, it occurred. As Richard says, if it's for your own personal recording, then no. I guess you have to have 'experienced' it in real time, in person ... but then, similar to dead animals*, can it go on the 'house/garden' list as that is a separate entity to yourself ... ?

Moral conundrum.

(* Did it die on the property, or was transported in by other means?)
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23) Great Tit
24) Magpie

Another that had occurred earlier with no date. Starling the only outstanding (remaining to be added as opposed to being amazing) one now I think.

Possibles include a just-missed probable Buzzard and a bounding mid-sized passerine (probably a Great Spotted woodpecker), and a possible Chiffchaff in the hedge today.
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I wonder if there had been a Victorian era equivalent to this and someone asked the question re optical aids, 'I've just acquired a telescope, can I include species seen through this device, rather than my own eyes?'
Is the camera trap any different?
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One addition this morning:-

25 - Long-tailed Tit - 22nd January

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I wonder if there had been a Victorian era equivalent to this and someone asked the question re optical aids, 'I've just acquired a telescope, can I include species seen through this device, rather than my own eyes?'
Is the camera trap any different?
Just asking.
Indeed ...

At the moment the light (actual photons) still get received in our retinas, so yes, I would say it is different. And we are witnessing them at the time.

With the advance in technology it is probably a matter of years not decades whereby digital imaging in mainstream scopes and binoculars could mean that images are no longer of the actual creature, but a binary representation ... dilemma for all birders then??
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With the advance in technology it is probably a matter of years not decades whereby digital imaging in mainstream scopes and binoculars could mean that images are no longer of the actual creature, but a binary representation ... dilemma for all birders then??
This used to bother me when I first got a digital camera - as I felt that I wasn’t really “seeing” the subjects in photos and videos. Now I find that particularly by slowing down videos I can learn much more about plumage details and behaviour than with the naked eye or through optics. However I would still feel awkward about only having a digital experience of a species. Maybe a distinction that wouldn’t bother future generations?
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For the scientific record if it occurred, it occurred. As Richard says, if it's for your own personal recording, then no. I guess you have to have 'experienced' it in real time, in person ... but then, similar to dead animals*, can it go on the 'house/garden' list as that is a separate entity to yourself ... ?

Moral conundrum.

(* Did it die on the property, or was transported in by other means?)
Interesting - I just found a freshly killed water shrew (puncture mark on the flank) on our land. Quite an exciting record (at least for me) as there are none from the atlas nearby.
Easily overlooked and certainly under recorded - but a strange situation - a definite record for the locality - but can I include it on my garden list?
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