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Old Thursday 14th March 2019, 14:24   #276
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A real jaw dropper at 10.47am, a flyover garden life 1st....a European Shag (filmed) size and continuous wing beats said all! no.57.
Crikey, that'll be a description species there Ken I imagine?
Snowing steadily here again but the dawn chorus gradually adding more members, this morning I could hear the nearby song of a male


48 Blue-dykie

to give it its Scots diminutive.Answers on a post card please A good three weeks earlier than last year's first.
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Old Thursday 14th March 2019, 17:35   #277
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Crikey, that'll be a description species there Ken I imagine?
Snowing steadily here again but the dawn chorus gradually adding more members, this morning I could hear the nearby song of a male


48 Blue-dykie

to give it its Scots diminutive.Answers on a post card please A good three weeks earlier than last year's first.
Don't do descriptions anymore Richard....owing to a number of good solid birds being rejected, by a ''mind set'' that is diametrically opposite to mine!

Anyway have not been short of ''Blue-dykies'' at this end, however Spadgers or Sprows have been conspicuous (as ever) by their absence.
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Don't do descriptions anymore Richard....owing to a number of good solid birds being rejected, by a ''mind set'' that is diametrically opposite to mine!

Anyway have not been short of ''Blue-dykies'' at this end, however Spadgers or Sprows have been conspicuous (as ever) by their absence.
Well, as long as "you're not bitter", as the Guinness ad says (other stouts are of course available ahem). Yes, Dunnock it was, a cigar coming your way
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A real jaw dropper at 10.47am, a flyover garden life 1st....a European Shag (filmed) size and continuous wing beats said all! no.57.
Wow!

Just hail and gales here last few days.
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Crikey, that'll be a description species there Ken I imagine?
Snowing steadily here again but the dawn chorus gradually adding more members, this morning I could hear the nearby song of a male


48 Blue-dykie

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Blue Rock Thrush?
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Old Thursday 14th March 2019, 19:20   #281
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Well, as long as "you're not bitter", as the Guinness ad says (other stouts are of course available ahem). Yes, Dunnock it was, a cigar coming your way
You'll have to do better than that Richard!....gave up smoking 47 years ago!

Don't do much ''bitter'' nowadays, however I could (red whine) a lot, If I chose to, but that would be taking the entire farce of adjudication too seriously, and I couldn't do that (well not at the moment).
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Blue Rock Thrush?
Och nae H, I dunnae think the Scots would have a traditional name for one of those, it was a Dunnock, which is absent here between November and (usually)
April.

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Chasing ...

42. Woodpigeon, quite a few migrating today
43. Linnet
44. Yellowhammer
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A real jaw dropper at 10.47am, a flyover garden life 1st....a European Shag (filmed) size and continuous wing beats said all! no.57.
An ERROR on my part, always going to be difficult, a fast flying foreshortening “all” black projectile, picked up at 135 degrees on a 180 degree flight line, with a niggling “abrupt” turn into the wind almost at the end.

Prompted me to review the black dot frames once more, and whilst taking extra frames from the clip, noted that several frames revealed a contrasting pale bar to the secondaries...adding that to the flight jizz would eliminate a Phalacrocorax species and support an equally jaw-dropping Velvet Scoter!

To ERR is supposedly human.....
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Maybe upload the video?
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It's been a long time coming...

59: Great Black-backed Gull
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My first Reed Bunting of the year, a male and very smart he lloked too in the evening sun.
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Old Sunday 17th March 2019, 18:25   #288
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Spring gathering pace - many hundred of Bean and White-fronted Geese passing over today, a few Whooper Swans and a very nice pair of immature White-tailed Eagles lingering a while, circling low overhead. Also a flock of six Great White Egrets heading north, two Woodlarks (one singing in good looking habitat) and other bits and bobs.

45. White-fronted Goose
46. White-tailed Eagle
47. Great White Egret
48. Black-headed Gull
49. Woodlark
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Old Sunday 17th March 2019, 18:32   #289
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Spring gathering pace - many hundred of Bean and White-fronted Geese passing over today, a few Whopper Swans and a very nice pair of immature White-tailed Eagles lingering a while, circling low overhead. Also a flock of six Great White Egrets heading north, two Woodlarks (one singing in good looking habitat) and other bits and bobs.

45. White-fronted Goose
46. White-tailed Eagle
47. Great White Egret
48. Black-headed Gull
49. Woodlark
Hah, I'm not letting you get away with it just yet (mind you every time I see one new species lately you see four or five Jos).
Anyway, at dawn this morning, the sweet sound of the first

49 Blackcap

of the year up here, two weeks earlier than last year's first, and a day later than our earliest in 2017. Positively summery yesterday and very balmy this morning, snowing now........................
I suppose your Whopper Swans are Cygnus giganticus?
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I suppose your Whopper Swans are Cygnus giganticus?
Oops, giant they were, but not giant :) Now edited, thanks.

Good one on keeping level, yonks before Blackcaps get here.
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Back in the autumn, I constructed a series of 'shrike piles' - obvious goal being to attract breeding Red-backed Shrikes, but also expecting them to be popular with Whitethroats, etc. After a long winter when the best they could do was offer shelter to a Brown Hare, was rather pleased to see them utilised today on one of the very first days that suitable species are back in the country - influx of returning Yellowhammers in the last days, and one nice male has chosen the biggest as his favourite post, singing from it all day long.
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Maybe upload the video?
Before I show the film clip, ranking perhaps on a par with some of my ''better'' shots....
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It's been a long time coming...

59: Great Black-backed Gull
Still on my missing list. Expected a flyover on the way to the roost but no joy so far.
Been very slow for the last few weeks.
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Old Sunday 17th March 2019, 22:13   #294
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Before I show the film clip, ranking perhaps on a par with some of my ''better'' shots....
Egyptian Goose perhaps?
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Egyptian Goose perhaps?
Doesn't seem to have a duck feel about it.
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Up to 60 today, with a small passage of Meadow Pipits past my house.
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Doesn't seem to have a duck feel about it.
....a melanistic one
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Doesn't seem to have a duck feel about it.
A bit of a tentative guess on one of the photos. Maybe the vid will help!
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Thought the bird was flying in the opposite direction to that shown in the video ...

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