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Old Thursday 29th October 2015, 07:26   #26
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Fortunately a few bird from yesterday were still around this morning before work.

66. Brambling
67. Redwing
68. Song Thrush
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Old Saturday 31st October 2015, 11:50   #27
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Hope you are at home today . . . . . . .
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Old Friday 4th December 2015, 17:51   #28
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Unfortunately not I left for Borneo 2 hours before the Pallid Swifts were seen over the Shearwater Estate. Missed good opportunities for Little Auk too, but at least managed to add Pheasant on my return. Cannot really complain though as Borneo was great with Bornean Ground Cuckoo, 7 Pittas, 5 Frogmouths and many other good birds.

69. Pheasant
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Old Wednesday 16th December 2015, 16:50   #29
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Up to 10 Tree Sparrows in the garden daily at the moment, cleaning out the feeders quite quickly, which today had the advantage of having me restocking the feeders when a Woodcock flew through the garden.

70. Woodcock
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Old Sunday 3rd January 2016, 15:06   #30
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With the chance of a Little Auk seeming good I spent a couple of hours seawatching from the house this afternoon, which really turned out well. As well as the additions to the list it was great to see a couple of Blue Fulmars and Little Gulls and take my house year list to 35 species.

71. Mallard
72. Brent Goose (Dark-bellied)
73. Shelduck
74. Little Auk
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Old Sunday 13th March 2016, 17:00   #31
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Didn't manage to add the hoped for Whooper Swan this weekend, but did add one more to the list.

75. Skylark
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Old Friday 18th March 2016, 14:57   #32
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Hot on the heels of Skylark I added another relatively overdue species.

76. Rook
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Old Sunday 3rd April 2016, 18:28   #33
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Had hopes for a new raptor in nice conditions, whilst no such luck a pair of Peregrines overhead was nice. I did however get an addition to the list.

77. Sand Martin
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Old Wednesday 13th April 2016, 07:44   #34
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A long overdue garden tick this morning, particularly because my parents had seen two in my garden a few weeks ago whilst they were visiting and I was out and about.

78. Siskin
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Old Thursday 5th May 2016, 07:44   #35
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The 58th species of the year was a garden tick, well it was actually it was about 500 metres away but seen from the house this morning.

79. Arctic Tern
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Old Tuesday 10th May 2016, 07:32   #36
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I have been working on improving the garden for wildlife, but it is going to be a long slog. Have taken up nearly 200 paving slabs and now beginning to dig out the hard core underneath. It will be worth it when it is done, but some back-breaking work to be completed before then. Nothing new in the garden, but this morning a brief seawatch added 2 new species.

80. Puffin
81. Ringed Plover
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Old Saturday 28th May 2016, 16:01   #37
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An afternoon's gardening really paid dividends today when I saw two interesting birds coming south. Grabbed bins and could immediately see they were the best birds since I moved into the house..

82. Glossy Ibis
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Old Monday 6th June 2016, 18:23   #38
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I missed the Barnacle Geese passing yesterday, but I did manage a flock of around 50 Canada Geese at 9.30pm last night presumably heading to Scotland to moult.

83. Canada Geese
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Old Wednesday 10th August 2016, 17:55   #39
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It has been a while since the last addition, but the first migrant in the garden at the weekend.

84. Willow Warbler
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Old Tuesday 30th August 2016, 11:50   #40
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A patch year tick yesterday and even better it was from the garden.

85. Greenshank
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Old Thursday 13th October 2016, 19:23   #41
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Heard Yellow-browed Warbler from the garden, but still not seen so left off the list for now. Did however get to add another today.

86. Redpoll
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Old Monday 17th October 2016, 18:00   #42
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A big fall of birds on Saturday resulted in plenty of Goldcrests in the garden and a few Brambling, Chiffchaff and Blackcaps. I hoped for something good, but the only addition to the list was something that I somehow manager to miss last winter.

87. Fieldfare
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Old Sunday 30th October 2016, 16:21   #43
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A long overdue addition to the list today.

88. Lapwing
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Old Wednesday 2nd November 2016, 11:40   #44
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Enjoying the change of the clocks so I can have a 15 minute seawatch before work and today turned up a new species for the list.

89. Goldeneye
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Old Monday 20th March 2017, 07:40   #45
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It seems a long time since the last addition to the list, but I got one eventually. Whooper Swans pass regularly at this time of year, over 300 so far this year by Whitburn Obs, so it was only a matter of time before I connected from home and a flock of 17 went past this morning.

90. Whooper Swan
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Old Wednesday 10th May 2017, 05:36   #46
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Some cracking birds in what must be an excellent location!

Would be great to see a pic of the view you have over the sea to get some context.

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Old Wednesday 10th May 2017, 12:30   #47
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Would take a photo but currently birding in Sumatra. It is a small gap through houses, which gives one scopes width view.
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Old Saturday 20th May 2017, 11:52   #48
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A shot of the garden and the view showing the small gap through which I can see the sea. Also a picture of the mega that awaited me when I got home from work yesterday and was around again this morning.

91. Turtle Dove
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Old Sunday 21st May 2017, 15:02   #50
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If you look in the first picture in post 48 you can just make out a large nest in a tree above next doors conservatory. This appeared whilst I was on holiday and I had been wondering what was responsible. I got my answer today and it was a garden tick.

92. Moorhen
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