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Old Friday 20th December 2013, 12:03   #11851
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Henry has been very entertaining indeed. We came in from shopping this morning, and there he was, munching away, with a GT and a Sparrow on either side, and two Great Woodies trying to muscle their way in. He would have none of it!
Redpolls and Bullfinches...two species we have never seen here, even though according to the maps, the should be here.
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Old Friday 20th December 2013, 14:37   #11852
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It seems to have been a good year for the local starlings. Normally the maximum number seen on the nearby pylon is just over a hundred - in this photo taken on 29th November I counted around two hundred and ten :
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a ropey image of 18 Redpolls hanging on in the high winds, what you don't see are the other dozen or so in the tree tops behind, the numbers are building nicely
Superb numbers for December

Lots of Tits this afternoon, mainly Blue and Great. There were 5 Siskins til the male Sparrowhawk took one from the sunflower feeder. It was a prolonged kill, as the Siskin was in his talons, but because the feeder has a squirrel cage on it, he struggled to finish the job off and take away the prey. I only see the occasional Sprawk kill, but almost every one has been a Siskin. I wonder if they just aren't quick enough to react like other birds?

Also a female Bullfinch.
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Right place.. right time! Went to the sink and glanced out of the window.... to see the 54th species for the garden, a Grey Wagtail! Fabulous! It didn't stay long, but as they are on the river only about 150 yds away, maybe it will be back. Lovely splash of colour on a dull day, and if I'd been 1 minute later, I'd have missed it!
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Old Friday 20th December 2013, 17:26   #11854
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Henry, our resident Hawfinch with a damaged left wing is back! He can fly ok, but perhaps not well enough to migrate any further than our garden here in Mauerbach, Austria. He spent last winter with us, but we haven't seen him since early spring.
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Beautiful bird! He's on to a good thing finding your food, so hopefully he was able to rear young in the summer, and will again next year. Would love to see one so close up!
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We are not sure if this is one of his....
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Old Friday 20th December 2013, 19:19   #11856
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now your just rubbing it in.....

If those fellas were on our feeding tables we would have major twitches occurring.
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Old Friday 20th December 2013, 19:23   #11857
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Good to hear some positive Starling news.



Superb numbers for December

Lots of Tits this afternoon, mainly Blue and Great. There were 5 Siskins til the male Sparrowhawk took one from the sunflower feeder. It was a prolonged kill, as the Siskin was in his talons, but because the feeder has a squirrel cage on it, he struggled to finish the job off and take away the prey. I only see the occasional Sprawk kill, but almost every one has been a Siskin. I wonder if they just aren't quick enough to react like other birds?

Also a female Bullfinch.
The bird has gotta eat......
I wonder if the Siskins are more tolerant of sudden movements (trees blowing, other birds crashing in, loud noises etc) and therefore more relaxed and ultimately more at risk from attack.

Forgot to report on Wednesday that I had a new Sparrowhawk visit, a young male, I wonder if its dads (my regular visitor) offspring?
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One things for sure Dave as you run THE Sparowhawk larder in the area you'll get more visits!!!!! Very benevolent of you to support the species!

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Right place.. right time! Went to the sink and glanced out of the window.... to see the 54th species for the garden, a Grey Wagtail! Fabulous! It didn't stay long, but as they are on the river only about 150 yds away, maybe it will be back. Lovely splash of colour on a dull day, and if I'd been 1 minute later, I'd have missed it!
Great garden visitor.

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I wonder if the Siskins are more tolerant of sudden movements (trees blowing, other birds crashing in, loud noises etc) and therefore more relaxed and ultimately more at risk from attack
Indeed. A potential theory there. The Siskins also ignored the Blackbird's alarm call.

I put nijer out yesterday and had a dawn watch. The Bullfinch was back and after an hour a Redpoll appeared. Not on the nijer but on the sunflower hearts... Oh well!
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I've just seen my first robin for about five weeks (heard loads). How very Christmassy!
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Merry Christmas to all who read and post on this thread.

4 Long-tailed Tits was a nice surprise this morning.
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Happy Christmas all.

Blackbirds taking the high number count today at least ten in the garden, 7 Lesser Redpolls too.
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Merry Christmas everyone,male and female bullfinch and a very nice mistle thrush were the late morning highlights
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Merry Christmas all. First Siskin on the feeders for quite some time today.

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Blackbirds taking the high number count today at least ten in the garden, 7 Lesser Redpolls too.
What no turkey on the feeders Dave?

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Old Thursday 26th December 2013, 12:18   #11868
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Dave, just had one flying over towards you. Could of course be an indication of amount o wine consumed!!!!
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Nice selection of birds in our yards yesterday:
6 White-winged Dove
Red-bellied Woodpecker
2 Downy Woodpecker
2 Blue Jay
Northern Mockingbird
2 Northern Cardinal
3 Carolina Chickadee
2 Carolina Wren
2 Tufted Titmouse
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Orange-crowned Warbler
4 Yellow-rumped Warbler
5 Chipping Sparrow
4 American Goldfinch

Fly-overs:
Turkey Vulture
3 Black Vulture
Great Egret

Oddly enough, not a single House Sparrow.

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More storms today meant birds were few and far between, but quality shone through with a visit by a Goldcrest.
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its back......

2 x Mealy Redpoll just shown up on the feeders.... happy days

Just twitched the American Buff Bellied Pipit and Siberian Chiffchaff as well
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2 x Mealy Redpoll just shown up on the feeders.... happy days

Just twitched the American Buff Bellied Pipit and Siberian Chiffchaff as well
Congrats !!!

Can you text me if the Meallies reappear. Cheers!

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