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Old Friday 2nd March 2018, 13:57   #13051
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Its a Fieldfare Cog - cold weather is bringing them into gardens, chop up some apples
Thanks.....we've had some thrushes around for a while now so thought it might be a young one.
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Hi Cog. There's a few around today.

We had 20+ Blue Tits and heaps of other common species. Surprisingly the Woodpeckers were a no show. Did have a new addition to the garden list which, given where I live was very surprising - 2 Lapwings flew over.

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Old Saturday 3rd March 2018, 10:27   #13053
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Hawfinch

A lot of Hawfinches about lately.
This one was in the garden on Wed's and possibly has a yellow ring on it's leg ?
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Old Saturday 3rd March 2018, 10:29   #13054
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Garden has been full of Blackbirds
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Old Saturday 3rd March 2018, 10:41   #13055
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Great garden record Cog. Send them to Neath please

We've got a few Blackbirds as well Euan. 6 yesterday was a record for our garden.

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Old Saturday 3rd March 2018, 11:04   #13056
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Great garden record Cog. Send them to Neath please

We've got a few Blackbirds as well Euan. 6 yesterday was a record for our garden.

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My recent favourite has to be these two Yellowhammers from end of January.
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Old Saturday 3rd March 2018, 11:19   #13057
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Stop it now. I'm jealous enough already

Haven't seen a Yellowhammer around here for years. They're on The Gower and I remember seeing one at Kenfig Pool a few years ago but that's it.

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Today, 3 Brambling, Blackcap male and female, Fieldfare, Redwing plus all the usual etc, etc
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Had lots and lots of Blackbirds, Chaffinches, Woodpigeons, Song Thrush & Fieldfares.
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Fieldfares melted away with most of the snow! They knew it was time to be off.
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Old Tuesday 6th March 2018, 12:01   #13061
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Magpies have taken apart last years nest (all barring the base of it) and rebuilt it in the next tree. However the Bullfinch pair have been prospecting what is left of the original nest and have started to add nesting materials..... watch this space.

Much like everyone else the Fieldfare have been prevalent with one individual taking on the mantel of guarding the apples.

Siskins in low numbers and only a single Redpoll in the last few weeks.

Song thrush singing from the garden every morning much to my partners dismay..... Tawny Owl calling at night not too far away (didn't have the inclination to go looking for it in the stormy weather, may do now).

Good numbers of the regulars
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Old Friday 9th March 2018, 14:55   #13062
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Treecreeper (second one in a year) and three Bullfinch, a lone female being harassed by the now resident pair
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Old Friday 9th March 2018, 19:26   #13063
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A lot of Hawfinches about lately.
This one was in the garden on Wed's and possibly has a yellow ring on it's leg ?
Cog, that is a colour ringed bird. Roughly (if you don't want everyone to know exactly) where are you?

Its from one of two projects:

http://www.cr-birding.org/cs/node/130

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http://www.cr-birding.org/node/879
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It's a long time since I've posted here. In August 2016 we left our exurban home near Houston, Texas and moved to Barcelona.
Unfortunately, we now see many fewer birds at home. Our old house had two gardens, was surrounded by other large gardens and often attracted 20+ species in a day. Our flat in Spain is in a very urban setting and has no garden but only a 6' X 10' balcony. Luckily the balcony overlooks a small garden with a vegetable plot and a couple of small trees and so we do get a few visitors to our feeders. We also get occasional flyovers.
At present the only regular visitors to our feeders are Collared Doves, Blackbirds, a Robin and Black Redstarts. Other birds I see frequently from our balcony are Magpies, Starlings, Monk Parakeets, Serins, Sardinian Warblers (photo) and Yellow-legged Gulls.
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First Goldfinches in a while we're back in the garden today. Also, last week we had a pair of Common Buzzards over the back garden and a couple of Ravens.

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Old Sunday 18th March 2018, 19:12   #13066
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Hi Pam, good to see you back
Bit of a late reply but thanks!!

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It's a long time since I've posted here. In August 2016 we left our exurban home near Houston, Texas and moved to Barcelona.
Unfortunately, we now see many fewer birds at home. Our old house had two gardens, was surrounded by other large gardens and often attracted 20+ species in a day. Our flat in Spain is in a very urban setting and has no garden but only a 6' X 10' balcony. Luckily the balcony overlooks a small garden with a vegetable plot and a couple of small trees and so we do get a few visitors to our feeders. We also get occasional flyovers.
At present the only regular visitors to our feeders are Collared Doves, Blackbirds, a Robin and Black Redstarts. Other birds I see frequently from our balcony are Magpies, Starlings, Monk Parakeets, Serins, Sardinian Warblers (photo) and Yellow-legged Gulls.
I was just thinking about you the other day, I still have your US blog link on my list. I miss your blog posts! Bar the Redstarts it sounds like my regular feeder visitors!
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Old Sunday 18th March 2018, 19:18   #13067
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My garden has been non stop recently and even had rare visits from a Siskin and also Fieldfare.

Today we had 12 Goldfinch, Collared Doves, Woodpigeon, Starlings, House Sparrows, Blue, Great, Coal and Long-tailed Tits, Robin, Dunnock, Blackbird and a Mistle Thrush
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Here in Central Florida my feeders are busy although I don't have a wide variety of species.
These species visit multiple times everyday and have done so since Nov.
Tufted Titmouse
Carolina Chickadee
Northern Cardinal
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Mourning Doves
More recently or occasionally I get:
Chipping Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
American Goldfinch
Carolina Wren
Blue Jay
and at my birdbath I get:
Northern Parula
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Gray Catbird
Eastern Phoebe
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Well so much for my feeders. I've taken them down, at least for today. Two reasons; there are extreme weather warnings for this afternoon - damaging winds and isolated tornadoes. The second reason is because I just heard that last night a bear broke through the fence across the road (about 60m from my feeders). The National Forest Service regularly issue warnings around here that feeders can attract bears. I'm not worried about the bears but some of my neighbours are, so in fairness to them, the feeders are now down. I may try putting them up during the day and down at night.
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Well so much for my feeders. I've taken them down, at least for today. Two reasons; there are extreme weather warnings for this afternoon - damaging winds and isolated tornadoes. The second reason is because I just heard that last night a bear broke through the fence across the road
i can see that bears would be a problem with pets and children ... they would probably chew up the feeders too? what a photo though ...
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They do chew up feeders although the kind that I use now are flexible enough that they don't suffer serious damage. I hang them on a shepherd's crook style metal pole and 3 years ago I had a pole bent to 90 degrees even though it was still rooted in the ground.
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6 Red Kites and 1 Common Buzzard over the hill behind the house at the moment

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Old Sunday 25th March 2018, 18:59   #13073
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It's a long time since I've posted here. In August 2016 we left our exurban home near Houston, Texas and moved to Barcelona.
Unfortunately, we now see many fewer birds at home. Our old house had two gardens, was surrounded by other large gardens and often attracted 20+ species in a day. Our flat in Spain is in a very urban setting and has no garden but only a 6' X 10' balcony. Luckily the balcony overlooks a small garden with a vegetable plot and a couple of small trees and so we do get a few visitors to our feeders. We also get occasional flyovers.
At present the only regular visitors to our feeders are Collared Doves, Blackbirds, a Robin and Black Redstarts. Other birds I see frequently from our balcony are Magpies, Starlings, Monk Parakeets, Serins, Sardinian Warblers (photo) and Yellow-legged Gulls.
Hi Jeff
Makes you appreciate the mundane birds abit more I guess, however Sardinian Warbler aint too shabby. Got a lot of Monk Parakeets last week while in Madrid. Good to see you posting again
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Old Sunday 25th March 2018, 19:01   #13074
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Here in Central Florida my feeders are busy although I don't have a wide variety of species.
These species visit multiple times everyday and have done so since Nov.
Tufted Titmouse
Carolina Chickadee
Northern Cardinal
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Mourning Doves
More recently or occasionally I get:
Chipping Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
American Goldfinch
Carolina Wren
Blue Jay
and at my birdbath I get:
Northern Parula
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Gray Catbird
Eastern Phoebe
Good to see some other bird species on this thread. Any garden with a Cardinal sounds great. Off to Maine \ New Hampshire in July, looking forward to some North American species
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Chipping Sparrow numbers have grown significantly during the last few days.
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