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Old Friday 15th November 2019, 20:54   #726
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Was it an immature H?
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Old Saturday 16th November 2019, 07:55   #727
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Was it an immature H?
Too far to see in the gloom. I just got the shape & distinctive flight, not any plumage details. But it's surprising, seeing a bird so out of context, how your brain makes the connection - and Gannets do have a characteristic flight which, when you watch them at sea, you just absorb almost subconsciously, and that almost immediately was apparent. Having watched loads of Brown Boobies recently, my tongue-in-cheek reference to that was only a hark back to recent Cornwall sightings!
It was weird, though, to see a couple of circling Buzzards in the same bin view.
This year has been pocked with surprises - which is what makes this garden watching so refreshing so often.
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Old Saturday 16th November 2019, 08:15   #728
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A hell of a way - almost exactly mid way between Liverpool and Spurn - c. 100kms - so a Gannet is amazing.
Mind you H, the images of flood-hit Yorkshire recently suggest to me that the Gannet May have still felt it was at sea (instead of being ‘all at sea ´, boom boom)!
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Old Saturday 16th November 2019, 10:09   #729
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Your reference H to subconsciously IDing a bird before your “brain” kicks in..is so true, and even more so when one encounters a species out of context as with your Gannet.

Many years ago on a “still” warm Oct morning, I glanced up at the trees behind the house and noted (just nanoseconds) “Stone Curlew” then it was gone, so brief was the sighting, that it seemed not to “register” with my brain! Thus I felt just too brief to tick.

Effectively without the “yoke” of competition our respective garden lists would be much poorer.

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Old Sunday 17th November 2019, 00:16   #730
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WOW, what a bird H!

This has to be garden/yard bird of the year!
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Old Sunday 17th November 2019, 10:38   #731
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A hell of a way - almost exactly mid way between Liverpool and Spurn - c. 100kms - so a Gannet is amazing.
Amazing garden tick.
Been a few records in the area but never managed to connect with one.

Close but no cigar once again this morning.
Walking home after doing the webs count on my local patch. Had a flock of 16 whoopers fly low over me from the direction of my house.
Got in and my good wife asked if I had seen the swans that had flown over the garden “whooping”. 😂😂😂
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Old Tuesday 19th November 2019, 19:49   #732
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I thought H's Gannet sighting was surely to be the Garden tick of the year but I reckon I've topped it today. I was in England yesterday for a funeral and got back home at lunchtime from Geneva airport. First job was to top up the feeders and also scatter the cheap birdseed that the Yellowhammers like(lots of millet in it) in front of the house and near the kitchen window. At 4.30 (it was getting dark by then) I got the shock of my birding life to see the Yellowhammers had brought one of their cousins with them!

85 Pine Bunting

Not only a Garden Tick but a lifer to boot! A bit rare in France with no records betwen 2014 and 2016 and just the one record of a wintering pair in the winter of 2017/8. The Italian speaking part of Switzerland has a regular wintering site in recent years and their first of the season turned up at the weekend, maybe this one overshot!
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Old Tuesday 19th November 2019, 20:03   #733
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Old Tuesday 19th November 2019, 20:19   #734
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Old Tuesday 19th November 2019, 20:25   #735
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I thought H's Gannet sighting was surely to be the Garden tick of the year but I reckon I've topped it today. I was in England yesterday for a funeral and got back home at lunchtime from Geneva airport. First job was to top up the feeders and also scatter the cheap birdseed that the Yellowhammers like(lots of millet in it) in front of the house and near the kitchen window. At 4.30 (it was getting dark by then) I got the shock of my birding life to see the Yellowhammers had brought one of their cousins with them!

85 Pine Bunting

Not only a Garden Tick but a lifer to boot! A bit rare in France with no records betwen 2014 and 2016 and just the one record of a wintering pair in the winter of 2017/8. The Italian speaking part of Switzerland has a regular wintering site in recent years and their first of the season turned up at the weekend, maybe this one overshot!
....that must have been a sPINE tingling event Richard!...I've only ever seen one, and not in the garden...we now have parity.

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Old Tuesday 19th November 2019, 20:50   #736
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....that must have been a sPINE tingling event Richard!...I've only ever seen one, and not in the garden...we now have parity.
I’m definitely losing my marbles, today’s bird was of course my second ever P B, we probably saw the same one years ago Ken, Dagenham Chase was it (my kids found the roosting L e Owls more interesting I recall)?
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Old Tuesday 19th November 2019, 20:57   #737
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I’m definitely losing my marbles, today’s bird was of course my second ever P B, we probably saw the same one years ago Ken, Dagenham Chase was it (my kids found the roosting L e Owls more interesting I recall)?
Yes that was mine too!....Essex a great place for Sibes.
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Old Tuesday 19th November 2019, 21:40   #738
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I thought H's Gannet sighting was surely to be the Garden tick of the year but I reckon I've topped it today. I was in England yesterday for a funeral and got back home at lunchtime from Geneva airport. First job was to top up the feeders and also scatter the cheap birdseed that the Yellowhammers like(lots of millet in it) in front of the house and near the kitchen window. At 4.30 (it was getting dark by then) I got the shock of my birding life to see the Yellowhammers had brought one of their cousins with them!

85 Pine Bunting

Not only a Garden Tick but a lifer to boot! A bit rare in France with no records betwen 2014 and 2016 and just the one record of a wintering pair in the winter of 2017/8. The Italian speaking part of Switzerland has a regular wintering site in recent years and their first of the season turned up at the weekend, maybe this one overshot!

Oo, that's a bit good :)

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My Pygmy Owl still hanging out, not much more this rainy weekend
Are you likely to get much more with a Pygmy loitering
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Not only a Garden Tick but a lifer to boot! !
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Old Friday 22nd November 2019, 05:28   #741
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Nice one Richard
Thanks for all the congrats folks, our house is hosting a twitch, French style! Luckily I had some peanuts and local sparkling to help the observers celebrate, mugs of tea and biscuits don’t cut the mustard over here
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Old Friday 22nd November 2019, 09:02   #742
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Wow, Richard!
Dream stuff!

Now to fill those feeders.
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Old Friday 22nd November 2019, 13:24   #743
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Had a slightly larger turn out for my ''Bash'' Richard, however I think PB is aesthetically a better bird!

Had a great bird on Wednesday, unfortunately it was c 80m from the garden in the wood behind, first one I've had really ''good views'' of for about five years, a male Lesser Spotted Woodpecker replete with a red top and loadza white barring on the back! To compound the misery of not seeing it from the house (I did try) the shutter burst that I took....were all out of focus big-time!

Today I had only my second ever ''on the furniture'' in 36 years, still living in hope.
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Old Friday 29th November 2019, 17:35   #744
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Well, my hopes were beginning to dwindle of me adding any more to the garden list this year, and then as we walked back into the garden after a walk to the mailbox, looked up and saw
78 Golden Eagle
Whoop! Having seen at least one passing through the area in the past few Novembers, this was one of those birds that I've half-expected for a while, just had to be in the right place at the right time.
A juvenile, with lovely white patches on the wings - and none of the tell-tale white 'armpits' of the Juvenile Balds in the area.

That makes 107 on the all-time garden list, in just over 5 years here. Three new additions this year (so far!).

I've still got a ways to go to catch up with my previous yearly high-score. But hopes are alive once again!
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Old Saturday 30th November 2019, 09:40   #745
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79: Goosander

past this am.
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79: Goosander

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Me too H, just the one and Northward bound!....however I nearly acquired an uninvited guest, thankfully the window was closed.
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Old Sunday 1st December 2019, 11:34   #747
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Ist December is when I have a desperate look through my notes to see if I've forgotten to include anything (found Common Kestrel upon doing this exercise last year), sadly in our first two years here we didn't see anything to add in December. Remarkably consistent figures here though, 87 in 2017, 86 last year and on 85 currently, the life garden list stands at 98 with two new ones this year, Northern Wheatear and Pine Bunting.
I just found my comments on 1st December last year on the 2018 thread, perhaps I should set up a stall at the local market as a fortune-teller:
At the 30th November we're on 85 for the year, last year we finished the year on 87 but added none in December, I'm racking my brains to think what might turn up (not heard Pygmy or Tengmalm's Owls this autumn locally so they're unlikely), still grilling the Yellowhammers in case a Pine Bunting nips over the Alps from southern Switzerland................

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Old Wednesday 4th December 2019, 12:52   #748
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December 4th

75. Bullfinch - one calling as it flew north high overhead but couldn't see it.

Another one I didn't realise was new until eBird showed it as new for the year.

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Old Wednesday 4th December 2019, 17:48   #749
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Whats happening in here?!? Gannets and Pine Buntings in (or from) gardens!?! Congratulations to you both!

Last weekend I manage to get two new ones:

#75. Redpoll - Only one with one Siskin. It was so weird that at first I didn't realize it was a garden year tick. But when I checked the next species...
#76. Coal Tit - ...my books I noticed that I got two new ticks, which is quite amazing in this time of year.

Also the Rowan berries are disappearing really fast...
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Early morning vigil for Woodcock instead produced a low-flying

80: MERLIN !!

I suspect this could be my final total...
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