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Old Sunday 17th February 2019, 10:53   #201
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They know theyre safe...till the next mealtime, and anyway hunger is a great driver.
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Old Sunday 17th February 2019, 11:07   #202
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16. Starling several
17. Green finch 1
18. Common Buzzard seen most days

Long tailed tits increased to 5 , one of my favourite small birds .

Having beautiful sunny warm days this week between 18 and 21 c, nights cold some
mornings frost but days are terrific , lunch in garden .

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Old Sunday 17th February 2019, 11:16   #203
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16. Starling several
17. Green finch 1
18. Common Buzzard seen most days

Long tailed tits increased to 5 , one of my favourite small birds .

Having beautiful sunny warm days this week between 18 and 21 c, nights cold some
mornings frost but days are terrific , lunch in garden .
Ive been imaging LTTits in the grdn.this am will send a couple through, no Greenfinches for me Brenda...I live in hope.
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Old Sunday 17th February 2019, 16:21   #204
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It has been really warm up here, at the daytime even +5 Celsius degrees. And the "snow mountains" had shrink fast. Weekend has been also sunny, so I took a chance today and sit on stairs sunbathing.
Also I tried a "new trick" and stole one Powans head from my wife's cooking and throw it on the roof of the yard house. I'm not sure was it my "trick" or just luck, but two Common Gulls (and one unidentified gull) fly over #15 (but they didn't landed, so the fish head ended up in the Magpies menu.).
Also I got:
#16. Yellowhammer - after many years waiting two in garden.
#17. Raven - first I heard them and then saw. About one hour later, one Raven join in Crows gang, who harassed a young Sprawk.
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Old Sunday 17th February 2019, 20:46   #205
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It has been really warm up here, at the daytime even +5 Celsius degrees. And the "snow mountains" had shrink fast. Weekend has been also sunny, so I took a chance today and sit on stairs sunbathing.
Also I tried a "new trick" and stole one Powans head from my wife's cooking and throw it on the roof of the yard house. I'm not sure was it my "trick" or just luck, but two Common Gulls (and one unidentified gull) fly over #15 (but they didn't landed, so the fish head ended up in the Magpies menu.).
Also I got:
#16. Yellowhammer - after many years waiting two in garden.
#17. Raven - first I heard them and then saw. About one hour later, one Raven join in Crows gang, who harassed a young Sprawk.
I'd be sorely tempted to call that a Goshawk!


My addition of

36. Red-shouldered Hawk (f)

was a nice bird to have early in the year. They used to be seen only on migration from the yard, but winter sightings are increasing.

I saw an eagle yesterday, but it was extremely distant and stayed that way. I thought it looked a bit off for Bald, but I will never know...

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One more to add this evening, a very expected flock of

37. Red-winged Blackbird (f)
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Old Monday 18th February 2019, 16:07   #207
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I'd be sorely tempted to call that a Goshawk!
I agree with birdmeister that looks very much like an immature Goshawk, immature Sprawk would have horizontal barring, your bird is vertically streaked, and what I thought was the leg...is actually the hind claw!


Suspect more regular over your yard than mine wari, however Ill keep my eyes peeled.
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Old Tuesday 19th February 2019, 09:00   #208
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Thank you very much Birdmeister and Ken! That was totally new species for my garden. So #18. Goshawk.

It was looking so small when I compared it for Hoodies (about same size) and Raven and also the head looks big comparing to body. So maybe we can say this is male? Females would be much bigger.
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I believe there can be a 10-15% size difference between the sexes wari, however...I have seen “big” females on occasion. I believe the Scandinavian birds are the biggest in Europe?

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Old Tuesday 19th February 2019, 09:45   #210
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So far this year I'm still waiting for that tell-tale Crow alarm call that signals a Goshawk in the vicinity, they(the Crows) are doing their croaking alarm now when Buzzards pass over, but the "Watch out there's a Gos about" call is altogether louder and more anxious (especially if it's a female, as Wari says his bird will be a male if it was the same size as the Hoodies).
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Old Tuesday 19th February 2019, 11:05   #211
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Yes, I agree with the others - juv Goshawk there, Wari - nice - even has a hint of gular stripes - and streaking right down to the tail coverts.
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32. song thrush.

Still slow going.

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Thank you very much Birdmeister and Ken! That was totally new species for my garden. So #18. Goshawk.
Congratulations Wari - and another one we have in common (I got mine back in November, and you may have heard the whooping from there!). Wish I'd managed such a good photo!

Puts you a couple ahead as well, I have 16. Brown Creeper to add, which has likely been here all along, but much easier to find when its warm enough to be outside for longer periods and get a chance to hear one.
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Old Wednesday 20th February 2019, 13:11   #214
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Finally nailed the little egret that frequents the local park stream when it flew over the garden the other day. Been waiting for it for over a year since I first saw it on the park.
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Old Thursday 21st February 2019, 17:38   #215
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Congratulations Wari - and another one we have in common (I got mine back in November, and you may have heard the whooping from there!). Wish I'd managed such a good photo!

Puts you a couple ahead as well, I have 16. Brown Creeper to add, which has likely been here all along, but much easier to find when its warm enough to be outside for longer periods and get a chance to hear one.
Thanks Amy. I'm sure you leave me coughing dust well behind you, when the Spring starts - Just like you do last year.
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Old Friday 22nd February 2019, 17:47   #216
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A few additions over the last week.
56 wigeon
57 shoveler
58 little owl
59 oystercatcher.
Still not had grey wagtail, bullfinch, redpoll or yellowhammer. Normally bankers.
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Old Friday 22nd February 2019, 20:02   #217
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I'm sure you leave me coughing dust well behind you, when the Spring starts
Maybe not so far way in Finalnd this year - has my earliest ever Cranes prancing around on my land on Thursday, most welcome.

Also Black Woodpeckers (they are usually around all winter, but they sneaked off to a neighbouring patch of woodland this winter) and a Great Grey Shrike, so three additions for the year.

23. Common Crane
24. Black Woodpecker
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A few additions over the last week.
56 wigeon
57 shoveler
58 little owl
59 oystercatcher.
Still not had grey wagtail, bullfinch, redpoll or yellowhammer. Normally bankers.
Only the last is realistically possible here!
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Old Saturday 23rd February 2019, 15:06   #219
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One new species this morning, a

38. Fish Crow (f)

that was kind enough to reveal its identity.
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Around lunchtime today I added

39. Bald Eagle (f)

At least two birds were soaring in the area.
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Just as Jos found, our Black Woodpeckers have also been absent this winter, despite the warmer than average temperatures there is still a lot of snow lying which may be discouraging them from returning just yet.
At least one of the male Yellowhammers has started singing now although we still have a feeding flock of around a dozen that are in winter mode you might say.

Still, we were pleased to hear the first returning

35 Song Thrush

singing on Friday, a week earlier than last year and five days later than in 2017. If Black Woodpecker isn't our next new one I'm guessing White Wagtail might be, there was one in the village just 1km away on Friday.
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Only the last is realistically possible here!
Thats the beauty of overlooking the valley. Get lots of flyovers.
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Always hoped for, didn’t get any last year...however this am a Brambling no.54.
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Old Monday 25th February 2019, 08:58   #225
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Four additions in a twelve hour purple patch, the first heard last night and the three others in the space of fifteen minutes this morning:

36 Tawny Owl
37 Starling
38 Willow Tit
39 Black Woodpecker

We have had no Willow Tit on the feeders all winter even though they live in the forest nearby. So a welcome sight!
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