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Old Tuesday 12th January 2016, 10:32   #101
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18. Common Crane 10 of them flew over my garden .


Help ..since two crows are investigating again the magpies long term nest high in tree . Looking with binc I can see one crow is hooded with black head and wings the back is grey the other crow looks all black .Are they male and female hooded crows ? There are several others flying around near look like carrion crows but not sure are the two often together ?

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Old Tuesday 12th January 2016, 10:44   #102
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Well spotted halftwo....just around the gills with all this rain!!
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16#Short eared Owl
17#Feral Pigeon
#16 sneaked in quietly there! Only ever seen one from a garden - and not this one! But there's a chance as they breed a couple of miles away. As do LEOs.
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Old Tuesday 12th January 2016, 12:24   #103
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19. Hooded Crow ??

Re my question about half hour ago I've now found a good site on internet about the differences with crows.

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Old Tuesday 12th January 2016, 13:17   #104
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That's a really rare bird in your part of France Brenda (Italy is the nearest place they breed, a few come in winter to Var and Alpes-Maritimes but not usually any further west). Does it match the illustrations of Hooded Crow perfectly, I'm wondering if it might be a hybrid Carrion/hooded Crow? Watch out for local twitchers peering into your garden if it's a bonafide Hoodie!!
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Old Tuesday 12th January 2016, 18:46   #105
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That's a really rare bird in your part of France Brenda (Italy is the nearest place they breed, a few come in winter to Var and Alpes-Maritimes but not usually any further west). Does it match the illustrations of Hooded Crow perfectly, I'm wondering if it might be a hybrid Carrion/hooded Crow? Watch out for local twitchers peering into your garden if it's a bonafide Hoodie!!
Could only see the back and side not front of bird black head ,grey back, right wing black thought left wing grey, is that possible ? The other crow with it was black. I had quite good view but as you will realise couldnt hold the binns up long! Been checking illustrations until today I didnt know of hybrid Carrion/hooded crow! Will be in touch further if I see again.
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Wings can look different depending on light etc, see these photos of a Hoodie near Marseille yesterday:
http://www.ornitho.fr/index.php?m_id...skip&mid=38870

Hope you get another view of it, are the Magpies and crows already prospecting nest sites down your way (I know you've had some mild weather which would explain that I suppose, here we're definitely in winter mode now!)?
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Old Thursday 14th January 2016, 08:39   #108
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Richard I havent seen any crows since tuesday but keep looking , must been some type of hybrid crow , can I count that as a different crow or not ?
Winter has arrived here now but not like where you are ! Tuesday was a very wintery day , today a much milder morning .
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An amazing sight of a

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flying up the valley above tree height. I don't recall seeing one ever flying so high up before!
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flying up the valley above tree height. I don't recall seeing one ever flying so high up before!
You were lucky to see that dipper .
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An amazing sight of a

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flying up the valley above tree height. I don't recall seeing one ever flying so high up before!
Well done H! I keep looking across the field in front of our house to the line of trees where a little stream flows - I've seen a Dipper down there so it's feasible, I feel most encouragé by your sighting, you jammy !!!****

Brenda, we can't count hybrids really, I've got up to three hybrid Italian/ House Sparrows, I'd love to add them to my list (especially as I'm not seeing anything new lately).
Still, it sounds like a Hooded Crow from what you described so it's got my vote
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19. Red-breasted Nuthatch - Was coming to the feeders regularly in December, then just disappeared till now.
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So, halfway through January, it's been mostly the usual suspects in the garden so far, with the less common visitors being the not-so-common nuthatch and chaffinch both turning up on New Year's Day (but not since) and then a fly-over skein of Canada Geese yesterday.

So far, I'm at 16 garden species:

1. Robin
2. Starling
3. Woodpigeon
4. Carrion crow
5. Blackbird
6. Blue tit
7. Great tit
8. Nuthatch
9. Chaffinch
10. House sparrow
11. Dunnock
12. Black-headed gull

(all on NY's day)

13. Magpie
14. Coal tit
15. Feral pigeon/Rock dove

16. Canada goose
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Old Friday 15th January 2016, 18:11   #114
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QUOTE=halftwo;3340731]An amazing sight of a

Dipper

flying up the valley above tree height. I don't recall seeing one ever flying so high up before![/quote]

Quality spot! I have the river Stour within 45mtrs, would have to be high to catch a glimpse, to be honest never seen one in that area of Stour, but you never know...
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So, halfway through January, it's been mostly the usual suspects in the garden so far, with the less common visitors being the not-so-common nuthatch and chaffinch both turning up on New Year's Day (but not since) and then a fly-over skein of Canada Geese yesterday.

So far, I'm at 16 garden species:

1. Robin
2. Starling
3. Woodpigeon
4. Carrion crow
5. Blackbird
6. Blue tit
7. Great tit
8. Nuthatch
9. Chaffinch
10. House sparrow
11. Dunnock
12. Black-headed gull

(all on NY's day)

13. Magpie
14. Coal tit
15. Feral pigeon/Rock dove

16. Canada goose
Never seen a Starling in six years from the Garden... once over you wouldn't dare put your washing out for them lol!
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Old Friday 15th January 2016, 19:52   #116
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An amazing sight of a

Dipper

flying up the valley above tree height. I don't recall seeing one ever flying so high up before!
Brilliant garden bird H! It'll never happen here.

Two more:

34) Great Black-backed Gull
35)Lesser Black-backed Gull
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I thought I might get one singing from here & possibly exploring the side streams up the valley sides, but never expected to see one flying.
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Brilliant garden bird H! It'll never happen here.
Ei, given all water on my land is frozen probably half a metre thick now, it'd take a Dipper with a pneumatic drill to be brave enough to venture my way :)
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Ei, given all water on my land is frozen probably half a metre thick now, it'd take a Dipper with a pneumatic drill to be brave enough to venture my way :)
Methinks you're exaggerating a bit there test it and I'll make a prediction of 20 cm frozen soil water depth, and perhaps a bit more, but not 50 cm, on ponds
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Methinks you're exaggerating a bit there test it and I'll make a prediction of 20 cm frozen soil water depth, and perhaps a bit more, but not 50 cm, on ponds
Record thickness for lakes in this area is 78 cm ... no real idea what it is now, but I saw some guys having fun on one lake a few days ago driving their Mercedes in big circles, spinning like a ballerina.

Given the temperatures have been sitting at minus 20 for quite some while now (and I see a forecast for minus 27), it is certainly think enough for me to not worry when prancing around on it. Probably around 25-30 cm (water, not soil) in reality at the moment - I will ask some of those nutters that bore holes and try to fish all day.
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Horse race held on one lake most winters too (the flat area is a lake ...most lakes look like this in winter!)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SK0gUYn99CI
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Record thickness for lakes in this area is 78 cm ... no real idea what it is now, but I saw some guys having fun on one lake a few days ago driving their Mercedes in big circles, spinning like a ballerina.

Given the temperatures have been sitting at minus 20 for quite some while now (and I see a forecast for minus 27), it is certainly think enough for me to not worry when prancing around on it. Probably around 25-30 cm (water, not soil) in reality at the moment - I will ask some of those nutters that bore holes and try to fish all day.
Aye, in a normal winter, but not just after the warmest autumn / early winter on record! Even Finland, they still had no snow/ice until after christmas, 2-3 weeks of -20 isn't long enough to freeze 50 cm deep!
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Aye, in a normal winter, but not just after the warmest autumn / early winter on record! Even Finland, they still had no snow/ice until after christmas, 2-3 weeks of -20 isn't long enough to freeze 50 cm deep!
Inclined to agree half a metre was likely an exaggeration ...once I can jump up and down on it, I stop paying attention

Main river through the city also frozen now, this does not happen every winter.
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Nuthatch in the garden briefly this am = 44.
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