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Old Thursday 10th October 2019, 14:04   #651
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22 Female black cap seen on my apple tree yesterday , several years have had a male and female in garden
from october to march
Robin in garden again since last week will stay until near end of march .
Since wednesday 2 blue tits ,3 greenfinches and a chiff chaff have joined the resident 30+house sparrows, 3
blackbirds and two collared doves etc .
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Old Friday 11th October 2019, 16:24   #652
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Another day, another yard lifer! This is some October I'm having.

91. Wood Duck (f) (yard lifer)

This was a quick flyby that blasted past on a breezy morning, but I got on it just long enough to get proper shape and color.

Let's see what the rest of the month brings! Winter Wren was not on my radar. Rusty Blackbird, American Pipit, and YB Sapsucker should be possible (but a bit lucky) as flyovers. I'm still missing some huge ones, including Carolina Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, and WB Nuthatch.

At this point, I'm a bit skeptical about hitting 100. It'll be close, though!
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Old Friday 11th October 2019, 17:17   #653
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Another day, another yard lifer! This is some October I'm having.

91. Wood Duck (f) (yard lifer)

This was a quick flyby that blasted past on a breezy morning, but I got on it just long enough to get proper shape and color.

Let's see what the rest of the month brings! Winter Wren was not on my radar. Rusty Blackbird, American Pipit, and YB Sapsucker should be possible (but a bit lucky) as flyovers. I'm still missing some huge ones, including Carolina Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, and WB Nuthatch.

At this point, I'm a bit skeptical about hitting 100. It'll be close, though!
Not to say Wood Duck aren't good birdmeister...they are, but I preferred your last lifer!...Central Park a few years ago.
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Old Saturday 12th October 2019, 06:50   #654
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"Winter is coming"

#69. Waxwing - Couple of these fly over with Fieldfares and Carduelisis.
#70. Brambling - 3 yesterday evening and one just a few minutes ago.
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Old Saturday 12th October 2019, 09:35   #655
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#69. Waxwing - Couple of these fly over with Fieldfares and Carduelisis.
#70. Brambling - 3 yesterday evening and one just a few minutes ago.
Snap Wari! Just had my first Brambling of the - let's stay with Autumn for now shall we?.
I decided to do an hour or so's vis-migging early this morning, encouraged by a couple of recent visits to the migration watch point on the Rhône an hour from here. It reminded me how our valley is really not on the migration route
In one hour I managed 6 Woodpigeon, 3 Chaffinch and 2 Goldfinch, plus the cerise sur le gateau, two

80 Meadow Pipit

I'm going to need some luck to match the 86 total of 2018...........
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Old Saturday 12th October 2019, 12:03   #656
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Snap Wari! Just had my first Brambling of the - let's stay with Autumn for now shall we?.
I decided to do an hour or so's vis-migging early this morning, encouraged by a couple of recent visits to the migration watch point on the Rhône an hour from here. It reminded me how our valley is really not on the migration route
In one hour I managed 6 Woodpigeon, 3 Chaffinch and 2 Goldfinch, plus the cerise sur le gateau, two

80 Meadow Pipit

I'm going to need some luck to match the 86 total of 2018...........
Hopefully Autumn will be as long and warm as possible. (But my friend from Ranua - Southern Lapland - put me short video yesterday and there was snowing, white blanket on the ground and all... )

I need only two and then I'm last year's result... but you never know. It may even be that I will not receive any new ticks this year...
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Old Saturday 12th October 2019, 12:18   #657
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Just caught the back of it twice, as it finished hovering in front of the Holly before rapid exit into said, thought that it looked a tad bright and waited for it to re-emerge some 15 mins.later, just the one brief visit last year, will hope for a few more this year....no.84 Firecrest

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Old Saturday 12th October 2019, 17:31   #658
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Not to be discouraged I did another hour sky watching once the Ireland Rugby match had finished I was just begiining to consider counting Red Admirals as they seemed to be the only migration visible when,glory be, a migrating bird of prey!! Only my second ever


81 Marsh Harrier

here and the first autumn one, heading south very high.
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Old Sunday 13th October 2019, 13:56   #659
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I need only two and then I'm last year's result... but you never know. It may even be that I will not receive any new ticks this year...
About an hour after I wrote the previous one, I happened to look out the kitchen window and...

#71. (Garden lifer by the way)
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Old Monday 14th October 2019, 19:11   #660
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October 14th.

72. Great Black-backed Gull

A lot of activity over the garden most mornings now but nothing else new. First Siskin of the autumn today though.

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Old Friday 18th October 2019, 03:53   #661
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#28 White-faced ibis
Flyover. I live in a pretty small town surrounded by ranch land at the moment, so I should have a good shot at getting some decent flyovers. Hoping for snow geese and/or sandhill cranes in the next month or two. I pretty much whiffed on Raptors during the fall, unfortunately
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Old Sunday 20th October 2019, 09:12   #662
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A flyover Hawfinch at 8.20 followed by a bunting sp? and then never annual....3 Mute Swans South East no.85.
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Old Sunday 20th October 2019, 09:20   #663
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A flyover Hawfinch at 8.20 followed by a bunting sp? and then never annual....3 Mute Swans South East no.85.
I hope you’re doing a dusk garden watch Ken, you never know what might be ´hawking’ around the vicinity !
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Old Sunday 20th October 2019, 19:55   #664
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#29- Eastern phoebe
Hopefully goldfinches start arriving here soon. I didn't move to this home until the summer so I have no winter birds.
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Old Sunday 20th October 2019, 20:06   #665
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Hopefully goldfinches start arriving here soon. I didn't move to this home until the summer so I have no winter birds.
That’s going to be interesting Hookem, how many species do you hope to add before the end of the year?
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Honestly have no clue. I've been birding for a few years, but this is the first time I've set out feeders so I don't really know what to expect. I spend a fair amount of time relaxing on the patio with the binoculars handy, so if I could hit 40 by the end of the year, that would be great. We will be in this house until December 2020, so I'm hoping to get to 50 before we move out.
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Old Friday 25th October 2019, 19:32   #667
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Hookem, I'm sure you get at least double of that - maybe even triple. (I have never been in Texas, but I think you have there much more birds than we have here.)

Speaking of the yard ticks, I'm in last year's record for:

#72. Brent Goose - I was collecting my morning post, when heard burbling gaggle from sky - which was totally dark, so I couldn't see nothing. I was pretty sure what they were and when I listening Brents from Xeno Canto I was sure.
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New record has been born!

#73. Jay -
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Congratulations Wari!
Still very quiet here in terms of new ones for the year, still I managed 24 species in an early morning hour and a half today ( and two more since!) so there’s still plenty to see.
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#73. Jay -

Congratulations Wari! That didn't take long....now don't go getting too many more or you'll have an even higher total to beat next year!

Meanwhile....nothing new here in a month and a half. I'm still 9 off equalling my record - need to get a shift on! I've had some nice new ones on my green patch lately, so no complaints.
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Congratulations Wari! That didn't take long....now don't go getting too many more or you'll have an even higher total to beat next year!
That's true... But what can you do when they just keep coming?

#74. Hawfinch - This was just a second time I saw this in my garden. (Last time I saw this was maybe 2015 or something like that.) Also it was a year tick for me.

PS. Today has been ambivalent day: In addition to the new garden tick, I manage to see Kingfisher in local wetland. My first in Finland. But then - I backed my car in the ditch and broke down the exhaust pipe...
PPS. Just noticed when looking out of window: the First snow
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My partner moved to a new place just north of Falmouth at the end of the summer, and whilst I'm kinda there full time, haven't been keeping a proper list yet (was going to in the new year) - noted a few interesting things over such as Peregrine, Linnet, Grey Wag etc, nice but regular in the area. Today added a barrel-rolling Raven, and was just outside bringing the washing in, and lost in thought thinking about doing the garden list when a long-billed wader flew over, fast and direct. First thought was it would be a Curlew, but then quickly realised it was a godwit - Black-tailed!! Unexpected and not one I'd be that likely to get again, so thought I'd better get it in and on the all-time garden list!
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That's true... But what can you do when they just keep coming?

#74. Hawfinch - This was just a second time I saw this in my garden. (Last time I saw this was maybe 2015 or something like that.) Also it was a year tick for me.

PS. Today has been ambivalent day: In addition to the new garden tick, I manage to see Kingfisher in local wetland. My first in Finland. But then - I backed my car in the ditch and broke down the exhaust pipe...
PPS. Just noticed when looking out of window: the First snow
Well done on the Hawfinch and Jay Wari!...is the snow early this year?

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... haven't been keeping a proper list yet (was going to in the new year) - was just outside bringing the washing in, and lost in thought thinking about doing the garden list ...- Black-tailed!! Unexpected and not one I'd be that likely to get again, so thought I'd better get it in and on the all-time garden list!
Me too - taking in the washing and Grey Heron flew low over the garden - went back indoors thinking to add it to my garden list then realised my ‘garden list’ still comprises of yellow ‘Post Its’ stuck all over the fridge with various noteable species and dates waiting to be written into notebook form
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Me too - taking in the washing and Grey Heron flew low over the garden - went back indoors thinking to add it to my garden list then realised my ‘garden list’ still comprises of yellow ‘Post Its’ stuck all over the fridge with various noteable species and dates waiting to be written into notebook form
Ha. No time like the present I guess, so here goes, in no particular order ...

Mabe Burnthouse (nr Falmouth) Garden List 2019 -

Flyover -
Cormorant
Peregrine
Buzzard
Rook
Jackdaw
Raven
Linnet
Skylark
Goldfinch
Pied Wagtail
Grey Wagtail
*Black-tailed Godwit*
Collared Dove
Woodpigeon
Meadow Pipit
Swallow
House Martin

In garden or in adjoining hedge –

Magpie
Robin
Chiffchaff
Wren
Blackbird
Blue Tit
Great Tit
Coal Tit
House Sparrow
Chaffinch

Tawny Owl (heard only, quite frequently)

I make that 28. Might be a few common birds I don't recall (eg C Crow, Dunnock) but will wait and see.

An advantage of starting this late in the game is that I can still keep potentially adding new species, whereas all those on 75+ are severely limited as to new additions.

*Bwah ha ha* ... evil laugh
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