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Old Thursday 23rd January 2020, 08:04   #126
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Time to start a new list (or two !)- Dead or īvirtualí garden records
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Old Thursday 23rd January 2020, 08:11   #127
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This type of debate occasionally occurs within entemology as birders get interested. As far as I am aware, most serious entemologists do not worry themselves of lists of things that they have seen alive. The scientific record is all that counts and the individual statuses such as collector, verifier, etc within the record gain equal prominence and respect.

For personal lists however, it tends to be organisms that you have seen alive but clearly, if it is simply a list of birds recorded in or from your garden then it does not matter by whom they were recorded or whether they were alive. All about the definitions.

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Old Thursday 23rd January 2020, 09:16   #128
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Interesting - I just found a freshly killed water shrew (puncture mark on the flank) on our land. Quite an exciting record (at least for me) as there are none from the atlas nearby.
Easily overlooked and certainly under recorded - but a strange situation - a definite record for the locality - but can I include it on my garden list?
Nice one. (Nicer if it was alive of course!)

I guess the question is whether it was alive on your property before it was killed, and not brought in by a cat (or a weasel etc) which was then disturbed - and presumably only you can judge how likely that was. Definitely needs reporting and adding as an addition of sorts though.
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Old Thursday 23rd January 2020, 09:18   #129
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This type of debate occasionally occurs within entemology as birders get interested. As far as I am aware, most serious entemologists do not worry themselves of lists
The more serious ones tend to call themselves entomologists though.



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Old Thursday 23rd January 2020, 10:03   #130
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44. Bullfinch
45. Goldcrest

Singles of each. Takes me up to equal with my January 2019 list but still two short of the 47 in January 2018.

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Old Thursday 23rd January 2020, 19:11   #131
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The more serious ones tend to call themselves entomologists though.

Indeed. Though in reality very few call themselves entomologists because it is too broad and will call themselves dipterists, coleopterists, micro-lepidopterists, hymenopterists, etc....

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Old Thursday 23rd January 2020, 21:31   #132
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Unbelievable.

10) Peregrine Falcon

I have been trying to find one for months now. Of all places to see it, it was RIGHT BY MY HOUSE!

I did get a picture, however, the bird was SO FAST that the picture came out blurry. I forgot to set it to the shutter priority setting.

Still, it was great to finally see one.

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Old Monday 27th January 2020, 18:29   #134
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Home in daylight - one addition:-

26 - Goosander - 27th January

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Old Monday 27th January 2020, 18:47   #135
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24) Magpie
Garden Mega today! - was looking out the front window when saw two

25) Feral Pigeon fly over

the houses opposite and into the distance. New addition to the garden list here (since August). Mostly all really quiet otherwise. Need some birds to start getting restless and moving around.
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btw starting to think of 'rarity of the month', a pretty occasional thing.

The criteria are something of a cross between a bird being an actual area, region or state rarity; being a really good garden bird; a really good bird for your particular garden (eg a commonish bird elsewhere but the first you've ever had for your garden in xx years), along with other factors like being a lifer etc.

Ken's Lesser Spotted Woodpecker one obvious contender??

Anything else? I know most of Ryan's seabirds would be for most of us, anything from elsewhere kinda fit the criteria? (Don't recall how regular you expect Goosander Paul).
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Goosander is expected and regular. They are on the river intermittently which most of the time I can't quite see from the house within 50 yards or so.

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Old Monday 27th January 2020, 22:34   #138
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btw starting to think of 'rarity of the month', a pretty occasional thing.

The criteria are something of a cross between a bird being an actual area, region or state rarity; being a really good garden bird; a really good bird for your particular garden (eg a commonish bird elsewhere but the first you've ever had for your garden in xx years), along with other factors like being a lifer etc.

Ken's Lesser Spotted Woodpecker one obvious contender??
I'll have to agree!....as it's just a minor point.
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Old Tuesday 28th January 2020, 10:40   #139
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The top three for January seem to me to be Kenís Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, Jaredís Peregrine then a tie for third between the Barnsley Little Egret for H and the Scaup for Ryan ( good job Jos has been Down Under otherwise heíd no doubt blow us all away with a flyover Stellerís Eider or similar )
Still getting between 35 and 45 Yellowhammer each day, perhaps the Pine Bunting will pop in again on its way back to Kazakhstan, otherwise Iím still on Siskin watch......
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The top three for January seem to me to be Kenís Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, Jaredís Peregrine then a tie for third between the Barnsley Little Egret for H and the Scaup for Ryan ( good job Jos has been Down Under otherwise heíd no doubt blow us all away with a flyover Stellerís Eider or similar )
Still getting between 35 and 45 Yellowhammer each day, perhaps the Pine Bunting will pop in again on its way back to Kazakhstan, otherwise Iím still on Siskin watch......
No new additions for me yet. I haven't seen that Peregrine since. I'll keep my eye out for him, though.

For some reason, I didn't receive an email notification about this thread. I'll have to fix that.

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10 Brown Creeper I suspect they have been around all month, but needed to be outside to hear one, then track it down.
11 Barred Owl A regular, but not seen for several months, so great to have back again.

I suspect there is a small flock of Red Crossbills flying around, but not 100% confident on the call ID, so am going to have to wait until they settle low enough for me to see.
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10 Brown Creeper I suspect they have been around all month, but needed to be outside to hear one, then track it down.
11 Barred Owl A regular, but not seen for several months, so great to have back again.

I suspect there is a small flock of Red Crossbills flying around, but not 100% confident on the call ID, so am going to have to wait until they settle low enough for me to see.
Great shot of a Barred Owl Jasper!...here's mine from Oregon a few years back now and looking somewhat greyer....probably a senior.
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Several additions these last few days included

16. Lesser Black-backed Gull
17. Snow Goose
18. Cooper's hawk

The highlight for sure was seeing my first clear-cut

19. Cackling Goose (yard lifer)

from the yard! This winter has brought 8 or more Cacklers to my local reservoir, so I was delighted but not shocked to see this pale mini fly past with Canadas.
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A yard lifer? Looks like we have a winner of the month!!
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By yard lifer, do you mean a new bird for your yard, but not for you?

A new bird for your yard which is also a personal lifer is obviously pretty special ...
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50 (if we're counting feral pig) :

Heron

One right past the window.

And another:

Grey Wagtail !

somewhat distant.
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Time runs and I've been busy (read: Lazy).

Jan 11th:
#20. Common Redpoll

Jan 19th:
#21. Herring Gull - I'm quite sure I've never seen it in January before (It's been unusually warm here.)

Jan 28th:
#22. Yellowhammer

If the Birdmeisters Cagling Goose is a Lifer, my vote of Bird of the Month goes there.

So far my best bird is Hawfinch. I've seen them (yes them, 'cos there has been two birds after the first time.) twice after the January 5th.
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By yard lifer, do you mean a new bird for your yard, but not for you?

A new bird for your yard which is also a personal lifer is obviously pretty special ...

Ah, sorry Dan! I see that looks a bit confusing. "Yard lifer" simply means a new species for the yard. If I saw a "real" lifer from the yard, I'd be ecstatic!
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Ah, sorry Dan! I see that looks a bit confusing. "Yard lifer" simply means a new species for the yard. If I saw a "real" lifer from the yard, I'd be ecstatic!
'Just' a yard tick ... still not bad, depending on how long you've been recording or how common/nice a bird they generally are. I've only had a handful of 'Garden lifers', probably the case for others on here? Feral Pigeon was a garden tick the other day - I would have put it in bold, red and underlined it, but didn't want to upset old Halftwo too much ...
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Went up to the field the other day, only third time this year; just to remind this is c6 acres (c1.5 hectares?) actually owned by myself, and hence qualifies as some kind of 'garden' on here for listing purposes.

Anyway:

Field List;

Field, nr Falmouth, Cornwall

18th January 2020

1) Goldcrest
2) Song Thrush
3) Raven
4) Magpie
5) Jackdaw
6) Robin (including the attack version)
7) Bullfinch (heard)
8) Blue Tit
9) Dunnock

20th January 2020

10) Redwing
11) Common Snipe

28th January 2020

12) Long-tailed Tit
13) Grey Wagtail

Mostly rather quiet. Hopefully more to come when I start getting up there more.
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