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Old Monday 1st April 2019, 10:59   #351
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Cracking flock of 14 Great White Egrets today, even better for where they were going. Plus a few new for the year:

67. Snipe
68. Sparrowhawk
69. Reed Bunting
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Old Monday 1st April 2019, 19:55   #352
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Cracking flock of 14 Great White Egrets today, even better for where they were going.
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........Just one of those would put a smile on my face.
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Old Wednesday 3rd April 2019, 10:17   #353
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62: House Martin (and Swallow together)!
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Old Wednesday 3rd April 2019, 13:00   #354
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20. Hoopoe .
Seen few minutes ago on my patio . I have seen one and sometimes two hoopoe quite often other years between end march and mid july but not last year. Though know someone in the village had a couple in their garden several times.
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Old Wednesday 3rd April 2019, 13:11   #355
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20. Hoopoe .
Seen few minutes ago on my patio . I have seen one and sometimes two hoopoe quite often other years between end march and mid july but not last year. Though know someone in the village had a couple in their garden several times.
Nice one Brenda, one to make us all jealous! I glimpsed one in flight near Geneva on Sunday but I don't think they'll be breeding at our altitude any time soon -it's snowing at the moment
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20. Hoopoe .
Seen few minutes ago on my patio . I have seen one and sometimes two hoopoe quite often other years between end march and mid july but not last year. Though know someone in the village had a couple in their garden several times.
Yes, a great garden bird!

Just realised that I've missed:

63: Redpoll
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Old Thursday 4th April 2019, 13:31   #357
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Nice early spring continuing...

70. Black Stork, one flying over
71. Marsh Harrier, first individual back on territory
72. Blackcap, very early individual, female
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Old Thursday 4th April 2019, 13:43   #358
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Nice early spring continuing...

70. Black Stork, one flying over
71. Marsh Harrier, first individual back on territory
72. Blackcap, very early individual, female
Spring you said? Huh, we've gone back to winter again, I measured the depth at 45cms around the house feeder this morning
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Finally a reason for me to post here, after over three weeks without an addition!

46. Chipping Sparrow

I saw one that briefly sang when I went outside for about 15 minutes.

It feels like I'm a bit behind in my quest for 100 (or even 90?!) yard birds this year.

How many do you average per year, Jos?
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Old Thursday 4th April 2019, 16:04   #360
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Spring you said? Huh, we've gone back to winter again, I measured the depth at 45cms around the house feeder this morning
Crikey, Richard!
I thought it was bad enough here!
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Crikey, Richard!
I thought it was bad enough here!
It caught out a lot of people and brought down lots of branches onto the roads, our three Black Redstarts vanished,no Chiffchaffs or Blackcaps heard today and a Brambling turned up, Yellowhammers reappeared with a vengeance ( I counted 28 at least) appreciating my efforts to clear an area of snow and put birdseed down.
Maybe that Swallow will finally arrive tomorrow.....
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Spring you said? Huh, we've gone back to winter again, I measured the depth at 45cms around the house feeder this morning
Glorious here today, five species of butterflies, White Storks bill clapping on nests, Snipe and Green Sandpiper in display flights, palm trees swaying in the breeze ...okay, perhaps not the last :)
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Old Friday 5th April 2019, 07:52   #363
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I can just see Jos sipping his Pina Colada as the White Storks applaud

Nothing new early today, but a smart male Ring Ousel perched briefly near the house and a Serin reappeared. Best of all, a garden bird photo tick, a Rock Bunting feeding with the Yellowhammers (they like the cheap birdseed with lots of millet in it it seems) stayed long enough to allow a few portraits to be done.
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Old Saturday 6th April 2019, 13:59   #364
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Two more spring additions today - Chiffchaff and Bittern. Always feel deeply honoured to have Bitterns on my land and it was a very nice night last night - clear and starlit, plus a deep resonating booming all night, wonderful.

73. Bittern
74. Chiffchaff
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Collared Dove and Nuthatch today
Nuthatches are infrequent visitors, normally a few years between visits! A few years back we were overun with collared doves, upto a dozen at a time, but this year its been wood pigeons all the way! Chiffchaffs are around but not seen/heard one in the garden yet.
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Old Saturday 6th April 2019, 19:16   #366
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Unlike Stephen and Jos I couldn’t add two today, I probably would have done but just as I thought I heard a Swallow call, a helicopter droned overhead so I couldn’t confirm it. So just the one new species for the year, gliding nonchalantly along the distant mountainside looking for any unfortunate Chamois or Ibex that may have perished in the big snowfall the other day:

56 Bearded Vulture ( Lammergeier)
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Unlike Stephen and Jos I couldn’t add two today, I probably would have done but just as I thought I heard a Swallow call, a helicopter droned overhead so I couldn’t confirm it. So just the one new species for the year, gliding nonchalantly along the distant mountainside looking for any unfortunate Chamois or Ibex that may have perished in the big snowfall the other day:

56 Bearded Vulture ( Lammergeier)
Quality over quantity :)
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Old Sunday 7th April 2019, 13:02   #368
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One more:

75. Wigeon, four on a flood pool
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Currently there are 7 sps of finch singing outside my house - inc Brambling - there are many singing in Yorks at the mo. But this is a first for me, in over 50 years of birding.
If they stick around for much longer they'll be breeding!
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Apart from Goldfinch hammering on the niger Perspex, a hoot from my resident Tawny, and the last few notes of Blackbird disappearing into the blanket grey....not a lot of late.
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Old Sunday 7th April 2019, 18:07   #371
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Slow and steady again, with a

47. Northern Rough-winged Swallow (f)

seen early in the morning.

Osprey is a notable miss so far, and Broad-winged Hawks should be arriving in about a week. I still need all three falcons for the list, too. Perhaps a bit of hawkwatching is in order! Too bad I'm pretty busy today, warm and light S winds...

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Not a garden tick as see them around relatively frequently but just had a male sparrow hawk crash into our front window whilst nabbing a blackbird which it then proceeded to start plucking on the ground about a foot away from the house while we watched. OH wanted to scare it off but once I pointed out that the blackbird was already half plucked and fully dead we watched it for a couple of minutes until something spooked it and it flew off with its supper. Not likely to get a closer view than that!!
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48. Field Sparrow

singing across the street. It may well have been there through the winter, but simply went undetected until spring.
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Not a garden tick as see them around relatively frequently but just had a male sparrow hawk crash into our front window whilst nabbing a blackbird which it then proceeded to start plucking on the ground about a foot away from the house while we watched. OH wanted to scare it off but once I pointed out that the blackbird was already half plucked and fully dead we watched it for a couple of minutes until something spooked it and it flew off with its supper. Not likely to get a closer view than that!!
A sad case of...not so nisus Paul
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And... we're not done, folks!

I "made time" for an afternoon hawkwatch that produced the goods.

49. American Kestrel (f)(x3)
50. Osprey (f)(x4)

to put me at the 50 marker.
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