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Old Wednesday 12th February 2020, 16:43   #201
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After a particularly poor week, still no poll-skins, virtually no Redwings just a couple of singles in silhouette darting over the canopy looking to roost, a virtual total absence of Goldcrest!!! unheard of at this time of year.

Went out to do some shopping and a coffee break, got back ''on station'' c4.45 then five minutes later I espied a ''Heron'' coming low and from the right heading SSW....not unusual thus I didn't reach for my camera.
Initially in silhouette against a dark cloud before moving against a brighter patch of blue and simultaneously phasing from dark to white with a lot of leg trailing before disappearing behind the canopy.Great White Egret!

FWIW Little Egrets are almost daily here at this time of year, if that wasn't enough...ten minutes later, a Grey lag Goose heading NEast low over my neighbour's house, the latter always on the cards be it just 1-2 sightings per annum, however the former a garden lifer! 50 and 51 respectively.
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Old Wednesday 12th February 2020, 17:53   #202
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No additions for me so far. However, if I get a red winged blackbird, I will surely let you know. They've been coming back every morning. I've been hearing them
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Old Wednesday 12th February 2020, 18:05   #203
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No additions for me so far. However, if I get a red winged blackbird, I will surely let you know. They've been coming back every morning. I've been hearing them
Get that flashlight switched on Jared!
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Old Wednesday 12th February 2020, 19:54   #204
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No additions for me so far. However, if I get a red winged blackbird, I will surely let you know. They've been coming back every morning. I've been hearing them

You can count heard only birds, J
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Old Friday 14th February 2020, 13:26   #205
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Fieldfare - I was beginning to think that I was going to have to wait until next autumn to get these on the list - but 5 went past today.
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I would, but I dont know bird calls that well. only a few I know for sure.
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14) Red winged Blackbird.

This ones a male. I got a video of it calling its call. Ill post that in a little bit.
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Old Friday 14th February 2020, 22:49   #208
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15) American Robin.

Was roosting in a Tree near my bird feeder. Didn't get a picture in time.
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Old Sunday 16th February 2020, 08:51   #209
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Out of the wall to wall “Battleship Grey” only a couple seen most years now...Peregrine going West. no.52.
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Old Sunday 16th February 2020, 19:48   #210
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A bit of song between the wind and rain:-

27 - Wren - 13th February
28 - Dunnock - 15th February

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Old Monday 17th February 2020, 09:27   #211
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#25. Goldfinch - I haven't seen these even annually, so very nice addition. 3 of them brighting up a very grey day.
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Old Monday 17th February 2020, 11:08   #212
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Looking 'all white' (see what I did there?) for the February Bird of the Month prize so far, a battle between the Finnish woodpecker and the London egret.
Here the first Chaffinches singing on 15th (one day earlier than last year) and a Robin this morning (one day later than last year!). We've still plenty of Brambling but the sole Siskin of this year so far left after a couple of days. One of the Brambling already looking most dapper.
Song Thrush should be back from the south by next weekend I would hope
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My only Brambling so far this year was 4,000 kms away from the garden in the Negev desert. I was a little surprised! Though in hindsight, I shouldn't have been as they do occasionally get that far south in Israel.

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Old Monday 17th February 2020, 13:40   #214
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My only Brambling so far this year was 4,000 kms away from the garden in the Negev desert. I was a little surprised! Though in hindsight, I shouldn't have been as they do occasionally get that far south in Israel.

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I had the same experience back in 1994 Paul, we had some decent numbers in Lebanon too, in the winter of 2005/6 I recall.
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Old Monday 17th February 2020, 16:48   #215
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Old Monday 17th February 2020, 17:42   #216
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You get Bramblings on Canaries too.

Plus late arrivals at home, four days to be precise over last years! no.52, on a roll 2 Tufted Duck North no.53.
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Very nice double-Milvus!
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Several hours spent staring out the window logging observations for the GBBC this weekend, just one to add to the year list though, and one that I hadn't realized I'd missed so far.

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Old Thursday 20th February 2020, 12:38   #220
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A slow old month so far, been scanning the distant fields down in the valley to no avail, so pleasantly surprised when one of the species I know has already returned there honoured me with a fly past just now, two shiny

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Old Thursday 20th February 2020, 12:50   #221
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been scanning the distant fields down in the valley to no avail,
I can't do that unfortunately. Apart from rooftops and chimneys up to about 200m away all I can see from my little garden is sky. And on a quiet day it is hard to believe how little flies over.

Next time I move it will hopefully be to a nice bungalow (no stairs !!) with great views from the garden. Maybe even a sea view.

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Old Thursday 20th February 2020, 14:36   #222
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I can't do that unfortunately. Apart from rooftops and chimneys up to about 200m away all I can see from my little garden is sky. And on a quiet day it is hard to believe how little flies over.

Next time I move it will hopefully be to a nice bungalow (no stairs !!) with great views from the garden. Maybe even a sea view.

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Sounds a bit like my old place in Selsey (1988-2004), though the sea view necessitated climbing onto my kids’ slide to see over the fence
Not sure a bungalow by the sea is a good investment unless some hefty sea defences are in place Steve
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Not sure a bungalow by the sea is a good investment unless some hefty sea defences are in place Steve
As it happens I was chatting about this with a Lincs birder last week and he suggested buying a house in the dunes at Anderby Creek on the Lincs coast - migrants and moths in the garden and seawatching from the front windows. When I mentioned erosion he rather rudely said it would likely last 10 or 15 years and do me fine.

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As it happens I was chatting about this with a Lincs birder last week and he suggested buying a house in the dunes at Anderby Creek on the Lincs coast - migrants and moths in the garden and seawatching from the front windows. When I mentioned erosion he rather rudely said it would likely last 10 or 15 years and do me fine.

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Life expectancy versus coastal erosion rates, one for a mathematician that!
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