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Old Tuesday 26th April 2011, 10:09   #251
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With the Elk however, it was more a case of quality views of the ear

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Old Tuesday 26th April 2011, 12:13   #252
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Joss Hi,
Am thinking about a trip to one of the Baltic states for two or three days before June this year, probably a city centre break. What 'speciality' species might I expect in the city parks that I wouldn't find generally in the UK.

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Old Tuesday 26th April 2011, 18:21   #254
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reading the birds people have sighted in their garden on here has made my jaw drop!
Nightingales, cuckoos, both of which I've never heard or seen. I know I know, I haven't lived have I? But they just aren't around urban areas anymore are they.
Welcome to the Garden Listing thread Nature_Lover! Have you got a garden list? It soon escalates; I know I spend more and more time with the bins to the sky from the house and garden. Count everything seen and heard, it doesn't have to actually be in the garden.

Nothing new for me for a few days.......the north wind doth blow.
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Old Tuesday 26th April 2011, 19:53   #255
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Joss Hi,
Am thinking about a trip to one of the Baltic states for two or three days before June this year, probably a city centre break. What 'speciality' species might I expect in the city parks that I wouldn't find generally in the UK.

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Speaking for Vilnius, then Middle Spotted Woodpecker, Icterine Warbler are easy enough in the city, along with Wheatears and Black Redstarts on the rooftops, Pied Flycatchers in the city centre too. A little effort to get just beyond the city limits (easy) will get you Golden Orioles, Red-backed Shrikes, Common Rosefinches, etc etc.

A bit of persuasion might even get me to take you for full glories of the Baltics beyond the city.
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Old Tuesday 26th April 2011, 20:39   #256
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Joss Hi,

Thanks for the info. Once I've sorted out my available short window dates, and stretched my plastic, I might well take a much long awaited 'dip' into the Baltics?

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Jos Hi,

Forgot to take advantage of your garden Wrynecks! Thirty odd years ago during late October, I was driving (windows down) a very hot day, along a minor track adjacent to a golfing complex on Majorca, when I heard a rapid "quee-quee-quee" call. I promptly hit the brake, then looking 3-4metres up at a dead branch (for the Hobby?) and found myself staring at the back of a Wryneck with it's head turned perhaps c200 degrees whilst calling! The only time I've ever heard and witnessed the neck movement!...how I envy your garden visitors.

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Hi everyone! here's my little suburban garden list..
Blackbird
Starling
Carrion crow
collared dove
wood pigeon
blue tit
great tit
long tailed tit
coal tit
robin
chiffchaff
goldcrest
goldfinch
greenfinch
chaffinch
lesser redpoll
house sparrow
dunnock
song thrush
wren
magpie
sparrowhawk
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Welcome to the Garden Listing thread Nature_Lover! Have you got a garden list? It soon escalates; I know I spend more and more time with the bins to the sky from the house and garden. Count everything seen and heard, it doesn't have to actually be in the garden.

Nothing new for me for a few days.......the north wind doth blow.
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I've put a list of everything I've seen, because I'm not confident enough with bird songs to be certain of species I've heard.

I'm hoping for some new birds this summer..
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69) Willow Warbler this morning.

My Wryneck story: Last autumn I went to watch the raptor Migration at Tarifa on the southenmost tip of Spain. We were staying in a tiny rural Casita and on the first morning I found a Wryneck in the field in front of the house and I watched it while eating my breakfast! It, very cooperatively, stayed for a few hours. Not my own garden but it was on that houses garden list, only a few miles from Africa.
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Can we count birds that we have heard or do we have to see them to put them on our list?
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Can we count birds that we have heard or do we have to see them to put them on our list?
We count all those seen and heard from the garden including flyovers.
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Both heard a few days ago but remained out of sight
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Red-legged Partridge to the list added yesterday!!

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my garden list so far this year...

male & female bramblings & still here, goldfinches galore, siskins galore but now moved on, greenfinches, blackbirds, jackdaws, wood pigeons, collared doves, bullfinches, coal tits, robins, great tits, blue tits, dunnocks, a wren, redwing & fieldfare, mistlethrush & songthrush (last 4 earlier this year)..chaffinches
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Lost track of where the garden list is, but had a Carrion Crow actually on the garage roof the other day.

Also, the row of trees next to the line of houses below us were pollarded about a month or so back, which means I have a slightly better view of a bit of a bend in the Penryn River about a mile and a half away. Set the scope up yesterday, lo and behold - a smart Little Egret from the bedroom window! (Pretty sure I eliminated Great White Egret and Carrier Bag before anyone comments).
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With Little egret still on a list of possibles, today one from the list...a cracking fly-by by not one, but two (drum roll please)...

80 : Common terns.

Heading roughly NE.
Not just 80 (equal to last year's entire list!) but also 110 on the garden list. And the ninth species on this year's list which did not occur last year.

Swifts yet to put into an appearance so far...

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is the garden list for this year alone?
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is the garden list for this year alone?
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Yes, we do an annual rivalry list - anyone welcome to join in.
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... and if you search 'garden list' on here you also find some threads on general all-time garden lists eg
How big is your GARDEN/YARD LIST?
which can either be very depressing or interesting, depending on how you want to look upon it ...
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After an hour 'skywatching' this morning I saw Swift winging North, now eclipsing last years total of 60....quickly followed by my 3rd Swallow again heading North, and my second Pied Wagtail of the year (only my 4th in 28 years). That's 32 in and 29 out, with seven species seen so far this year that were absent in 2010.

Cheers...keep those 'mince pies peeled'.
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