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Old Monday 18th March 2019, 13:37   #301
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26. Lesser black backed gull
27. Sparrowhawk - couldn’t tell the sex but it was doing its trademark flap-flap-glide.

Edit: 28. Grey heron, flew over about 3 minutes ago, presumably to one of the neighbour’s ponds for a fish supper.
Haven’t had much time for birdwatching recently but have a couple of new additions:

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30. Common Buzzard
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Old Monday 18th March 2019, 15:55   #302
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Thought the bird was flying in the opposite direction to that shown in the video ...

I got confused too!...silhouetted flight images can be awkward at the best of times, am coming close to “pulling” this one, as the consensus appears to be thumbs down. I think the moral to this is....keep anything that might be construed as ambiguous...under wraps.
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Old Monday 18th March 2019, 16:37   #303
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I got confused too!...silhouetted flight images can be awkward at the best of times, am coming close to “pulling” this one, as the consensus appears to be thumbs down. I think the moral to this is....keep anything that might be construed as ambiguous...under wraps.
Well ... better for it to be a bird sp., or one that got away than put out as something it wasn't tbh. Think the rarer the bird, the better and clearer it needs to be seen in order to be 100% sure it was that and not something else masquerading as.

Guess the very windy conditions (?) wouldn't have helped in your id at the time.
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Guess the very windy conditions (?) wouldn't have helped in your id at the time.
......rapidly foreshortening as it went, in more ways than one now 56.
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Old Tuesday 19th March 2019, 11:20   #305
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Lose some, win some. At last!...interaction between male and female Peregrine, high over the lee valley ridge...back to Heinz. I’m sure you’ll nose ahead Richard as always, however a long time waiting having to wade through many Sprawks, my first female gentilis...Cloudy still and “almost” warm in time order- male and female Peregrine high at 12.30, gentilis high and West at 12.39, with a record 4 Com.Buzzards at 12.53pm...bit of a roll I’d say....lest I forget no.58.

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Chugging along behind you Ken, another earliest ever this morning ( by three days ), buzzing away in the nearby trees then feeding in front of the house:

50 Serin

I was puzzled as I thought it looked like a female when I first saw it, mystery solved this evening (see picture).
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Old Tuesday 19th March 2019, 13:09   #307
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31. Stock Dove

Continuously harassed by a territorial wood pigeon.
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Chugging along behind you Ken, another earliest ever this morning ( by three days ), buzzing away in the nearby trees then feeding in front of the house:

50 Serin
That’s certainly not going to grace my garden list Richard, however always hopeful...with all goodies gratefully received.
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That’s certainly not going to grace my garden list Richard, however always hopeful...with all goodies gratefully received.
Always willing to send a few 'overshoots' further north if I can

Just got an armchair garden tick when inputting today's sightings to Ebird, it said I was on 51, not 50 for the Garden/Yard 2019, a bit of trawling through my observations and there it was, so small I'd overlooked it:

51 Wren

I'd even taken a mugshot!
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Always willing to send a few 'overshoots' further north if I can

Just got an armchair garden tick when inputting today's sightings to Ebird, it said I was on 51, not 50 for the Garden/Yard 2019, a bit of trawling through my observations and there it was, so small I'd overlooked it:

51 Wren

I'd even taken a mugshot!
Sounds like you applied a bit of Trog-onometry there Richard.
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Old Wednesday 20th March 2019, 17:00   #311
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I got a Black Jack!

#19. Wood Pigeon
#20. Herring Gull
#21. Goldfinch
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I got a Black Jack!

#19. Wood Pigeon
#20. Herring Gull
#21. Goldfinch
I didn't see any casinos in Helsinki Wari, I hope you're not gambling away the family's food budget up there

Just before sunset a hirundine whizzed over and after ten anxious minutes (for me, not the bird ) it reappeared hawking insects over the valley. Not surprisingly for this date it was a

52 Crag Martin

They have been in nearby Thônes for a fortnight now so it was about time one wanderd up to us.
No reports for the next few days as we're off to UK, I want to do some pre-Brexit stocking up on Scottish Oatcakes which rumour has it, may be subject to high tariffs/import charges in the future Brave New World
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Snapping at your heels H!....been looking for this, this past week, this am on top of my Ash tree. no.59...Chiff Chaff.

Definitely on a roll, a casual glance over the canopy revealed two unmistakeable fast shallow wing-beating Goosander, heading West to the reservoirs. no.60.

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Old Thursday 21st March 2019, 16:58   #314
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A bit of an influx today, plenty of Fieldfares, etc. Among them, three new for the year - all spring migrants here:

50. Wren
51. Jackdaw
52. House Sparrow
, checking out the stork nests
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Old Friday 22nd March 2019, 17:45   #315
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32. Blackcap
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Old Saturday 23rd March 2019, 07:34   #316
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Snapping at your heels H!....been looking for this, this past week, this am on top of my Ash tree. no.59...Chiff Chaff.

Definitely on a roll, a casual glance over the canopy revealed two unmistakeable fast shallow wing-beating Goosander, heading West to the reservoirs. no.60.
A Chiffchaff was singing just a few hundred yards away yesterday - but not audible here yet....
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33. Chiffchaff, always nice to hear.
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33. Chiffchaff, always nice to hear.
Yes!..I could see mine singing, or opening it’s bill, but alas could not hear it singing! Either it was yawning or I’m going mutton.
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Old Saturday 23rd March 2019, 21:32   #319
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One new one a day for the past few days:
17. American Robin (heard only so far)
18. Canada Goose - single flyover
19. Turkey Vulture
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One new one a day for the past few days:
17. American Robin (heard only so far)
18. Canada Goose - single flyover
19. Turkey Vulture
Your last entry jasper...is surely a sign that Spring is well and truly established.
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Old Sunday 24th March 2019, 05:15   #321
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Bits and bobs...

53. Common Gull among increasing numbers of Black-headed Gulls
54. Long-tailed Tits, a pair of snowy-heads making a nest
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And, er, number 55 for the year ...

Any guesses?
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Old Sunday 24th March 2019, 06:18   #323
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And, er, number 55 for the year ...

Any guesses?
Hazel Grouse

Typica Josl, I go away for the weekend and you overtake me while I’m absent, most unfair
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Old Sunday 24th March 2019, 06:37   #324
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A few additions over the last couple of days.
62 little egret
63 chiffchaff
64 little grebe.
Grebe was a good addition as we can only hear them in the distance on flat calm days and we haven’t had many of those recently.
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Old Sunday 24th March 2019, 10:31   #325
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Was rudely awoken this am by a ''train''......the ''Chatter-Chatter-Hoo-Hoo''
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