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Old Thursday 9th March 2017, 17:10   #326
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And I thought I was doing well with 14c !

No butterflies for me - but waders return again - this time while I was out enjoying the sunset with a glass of bubbly the distinctive sound of

59 : Oystercatcher

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Thought I heard a snake slithering earlier today
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Old Thursday 9th March 2017, 18:57   #327
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There's no stopping you H!....It would be good to catch you before you vacate your residence, but I think that would be a tall order! Not complaining but!.....I could do with the ''great bird gods in the sky'' giving me a few more ''regulars'', especially a certain Regulus.

Forgot....Happy 35th Birthday H.

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Old Thursday 9th March 2017, 19:43   #328
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I know how you feel Ken, I've a similar situation with several Alpine Accentors hanging about just 750m up our lane, from our place I can even see a bit of the roof of the house some of them were frequenting yesterday. I have had a couple of glimpses of crest sp too but not clinched which species, hopefully I'll see both in the garden during the year, but the Alpine Accentors ?
It's Ironic Richard, that of the three species that I had observed ''outback'' but not from the House/garden, that Tree Creeper and Brambling, with the former being a racing ''no-no''. Should be seen and imaged from my abode, as indeed has Firecrest (outback), and yet the latter (the more frequent)...not a bloody glimpse!...frequent Goldcrests though, almost daily.

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There's no stopping you H!....It would be good to catch you before you vacate your residence, but I think that would be a tall order! Not complaining but!.....I could do with the ''great bird gods in the sky'' giving me a few more ''regulars'', especially a certain Regulus.

Forgot....Happy 35th Birthday H.
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Not a bad day yesterday - let's see what today brings!
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18. Black kite .
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Brenda, I've only ever had one of those, can't remember the year, but I won't forget the date It was June 10th, and I was staring out the window talking on the blower to another birder, whilst watching a silhouetted oncoming BOP and giving a "flying commentary" I can remember ID-ing it "en-route".....Sprawk - Buzzard - Marsh Harrier, then as it passed low over the house Black K-i-t-e!!! Decidedly uncommon in these parts.
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Despite a little snow settling again on the ground, now melting, more incoming spring migrants

36. Redwing. One singing in the forest.
37. Blackbird. One.
38. Greenfinch. Three flying around.

Also, pair of Whooper Swans on flood pools in my meadow - maybe same as a pair that settled on this temporary pool exactly the same time last year. Ground is still frozen, so these pools appear as surface layers each year as meltwater cannot pentrate the ground. Attracts any early waterbirds as all lakes still frozen solid, no big issue to walk on them.
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Brenda, I've only ever had one of those, can't remember the year, but I won't forget the date It was June 10th, and I was staring out the window talking on the blower to another birder, whilst watching a silhouetted oncoming BOP and giving a "flying commentary" I can remember ID-ing it "en-route".....Sprawk - Buzzard - Marsh Harrier, then as it passed low over the house Black K-i-t-e!!! Decidedly uncommon in these parts.
Ken , I never even saw one before we came here lived near the sea -East Sussex!
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distantly this pm - and a bumblebee!
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Old Sunday 12th March 2017, 20:56   #336
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The farmer ploughed the field next to the garden today. This attracted about 400 B/h Gulls and with them a
43 Common Gull. Also added
44 Jackdaw and
45 Pied wagtail
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There were about 10 Black kites flying over my house catching termites that had just took flight from a field next to us.

58. Black Kite

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Old Tuesday 14th March 2017, 15:23   #338
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Luv garden listing but I'm having a bad run. A Moorhen has been in my neighbours garden under his feeding station for a week. Superb record as we are primarily wooded on the side of a hill with no ponds but I can't see it from my property, apparently I was within a foot of it coming into view for me yesterday but that took hours!
Also up to 40 waxwings are just under a mile away but with a scope I can only get to within 50 yards of the tree they favour unless I climb my Scot's Pine which I am seriously considering. Not to forget the Glauc on a quarry even nearer than that with the departing gulls passing in front of my living room window every evening. Spent a week on that with no joy.
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Whooper Swan still about and good movements of geese these days - skein after skein, all eastbound, Bean and White-fronts. Also a White-tailed Eagle circling and arrivals of finches.

39. Bean Goose
40. White-fronted Goose
41. White-tailed Eagle
42. Linnet
43. Goldfinch
44. Linnet



Forgot one earlier ...

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I was out in the yard and six of the guys flew over, I was able to get a shot of the last two.

59. Great White Pelican
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Old Wednesday 15th March 2017, 11:33   #341
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A 2.5 month wait!...but hey Kestrel, out of a wall to wall blue. no.55. :)
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Old Wednesday 15th March 2017, 11:56   #342
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Mmm, Great White Pelican from the garden, that would be nice............
A very brief trip to GOC to see my dear old Mum at the weekend gave me a taste of the birds H sees, displaying Curlews, Lapwing and Oystercatchers up on the moors and little lambs a'gambolling - lovely.
Back here, the 12 day doldrums are over with this morning's three arrivals from the south (or just from lower altitudes perhaps):
46 Chiffchaff
47 Crag Martin
48 White Wagtail

I'm surprised at the late date for the wagtail, at our old place the 8th was the average arrival date and only once later than today's date.
Black Redstart average day is the 17th, so I'm getting ready for that 'static electricity' sound as the male starts his song, it's getting quite noisy at dawn now with Song and Mistle Thrush, Blackbird, Fieldfare and Robin all singing away.
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Big increase in migrating Great Tits in the last days, mostly newly arriving males (females should be a few days behind). Wintering Great Tits at the feeders beginning to disperse/depart north, only to be replaced by these newcomers.
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48 ...[/b]
You are three in front, the pursuit begins ...

7 C and sunny today, this should help ...adios tomorrow?
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7 C and sunny today, this should help ...adios tomorrow?
One thing's for sure Jos, once you overtake me I'll never catch you again (unless our new house turns out to be on some hitherto unpublished wader and wildfowl migration highway!).
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Old Thursday 16th March 2017, 06:38   #346
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And one for me...

After hearing a couple in Old Moor RSPB yesterday it was still a surprise to hear one singing here so early -

61: Chiffchaff
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And one for me...

After hearing a couple in Old Moor RSPB yesterday it was still a surprise to hear one singing here so early -

61: Chiffchaff
Still haven't heard yet! However heard first before seeing, a flyover not so Mute..Swan! no.56 :)
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Added Chiffchaff to the 'from bed list' this morning, although I actually had to get up properly to confirm it. Worthwhile as then saw 2 Goldrest just outside the door too. A bit later on a Green Woodpecker nearby.

Two new additions though -

Pied Wagtail
Iceland Gull

The Pied Wag was a flyover, the adult Iceland Gull circling with a distant gull flock c300 strong (they had been feeding in ex-cauliflower fields being turned back over nearby, but out of view to me, presumably.
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Added Chiffchaff to the 'from bed list' this morning, although I actually had to get up properly to confirm it. Worthwhile as then saw 2 Goldrest just outside the door too. A bit later on a Green Woodpecker nearby.

Two new additions though -

Pied Wagtail
Iceland Gull

The Pied Wag was a flyover, the adult Iceland Gull circling with a distant gull flock c300 strong (they had been feeding in ex-cauliflower fields being turned back over nearby, but out of view to me, presumably.
n-Iceland-ing that one Dan!
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