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Old Friday 19th April 2019, 07:18   #401
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Better late than never!...a Swallow North West-ing it at 7.20 am. no.61.

Hoping this is the beginning of a mini roll, suspected seeing these two earlier in the year but bad light wasn’t helpful. However wall to wall blue this am more than made up for it, no.62...a pair of Bullfinch flying over the garden.

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Old Friday 19th April 2019, 14:21   #402
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And today House Martin (37).

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Old Saturday 20th April 2019, 09:05   #403
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And today House Martin (37).

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Saw my first House Martins too, in the village yesterday but my Ďscope couldnít help me spot them from the garden later on so Iíll have to wait for them to wander up here.
On returning from my early morning shopping I was greeted by the song of

61 Bonelliís Warbler. (Western I should specify in case Nutty is checking this thread )

Earliest Iíve had here by one day, a breeder nearby at 1300m altitude that fortunately sings as it passes through our patch each spring.
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Old Saturday 20th April 2019, 12:27   #404
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A good morning in the garden got me.
69 whitethroat
70 house Martin
71 willow warbler.
I will get a peregrine one day 😢😢😢
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Old Saturday 20th April 2019, 17:35   #405
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Old Sunday 21st April 2019, 07:37   #406
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60. Peregrine Falcon (sorry Toby!)(f)
Youíre on my tail birdmeister, not often heard in these parts now...a Cuckoo heading North at 7.29am no.63. :)
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Old Sunday 21st April 2019, 10:24   #407
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Youíre on my tail birdmeister, not often heard in these parts now...a Cuckoo heading North at 7.29am no.63. :)
Been straining my ears to no avail, but a second Red Kite drifted past this morning. Brambling still singing here.
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Old Sunday 21st April 2019, 11:12   #408
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Been straining my ears to no avail, but a second Red Kite drifted past this morning. Brambling still singing here.
If itís still singing in a couple of weeks H, you might have to suppress! A potential schedule one breeder.
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Old Sunday 21st April 2019, 15:11   #409
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61. Jay - one seemed to be migrating high NE: another garden lifer, #91.

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Old Sunday 21st April 2019, 19:54   #410
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61. Jay - one seemed to be migrating high NE: another garden lifer, #91.

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I threw away a probable garden lifer yesterday evening, finally having gone outside after several hoursí cooking ready for the family get together I saw a medium to small falcon wheeling around high up, it seemed to be mustard colour below, lit by the low sun. By the time I fetched my bins from inside it was far away heading north so remains a falcon sp. What do I find when I look at local bird news sites today? Red-footed Falcons turning up all over the area
Can't win em all I guess......
To add to the frustration I found a Tree Pipit today just 200m from home, it didnít come into sight here though.Still, the good news is that the family enjoyed the leg of lamb, hope Wariís was equally well-received. Happy Easter to you all!
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Old Sunday 21st April 2019, 20:30   #411
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Youíre on my tail birdmeister, not often heard in these parts now...a Cuckoo heading North at 7.29am no.63. :)
I'm afraid I have to look behind me to see your tail Ken! All in good fun, though.


A good morning brought four new species to the list.

61. Green Heron (f)
62. House Wren
63. Gray Catbird (year bird for me)
64. Purple Finch (f)

I figure on a quiet couple of days ahead, until migration picks up again in a few days.
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Old Monday 22nd April 2019, 07:51   #412
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67: Yellow Wagtail - never guaranteed, so nice to hear a flyover today. A close Skylark not quite close enough though, too.
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Old Monday 22nd April 2019, 07:52   #413
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If itís still singing in a couple of weeks H, you might have to suppress! A potential schedule one breeder.
Just one singing today.
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Old Monday 22nd April 2019, 10:52   #414
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Lagging behind here.
However 39. blackcap
40. willow warbler
Also an oystercatcher yesterday morning whilst processing the contents of the moth trap.
Most exciting perhaps is that both suitable nest boxes have been taken over by tree sparrows - one evicting blue tits in the process.

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Old Monday 22nd April 2019, 11:19   #415
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Well done on the Tree Sparrows Rob, they need all the help they can get. You’d better get a dozen more nest boxes up and develop a colony!
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Old Monday 22nd April 2019, 13:42   #416
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Been pondering where else we could put boxes...

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Old Monday 22nd April 2019, 17:51   #417
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62. Yellow Wagtail - one, maybe two, heard-only going over.

Richard - Happy Easter to you too, and everyone else who celebrates it. And maybe you will get another Red-footed Falcon. By the way that was my first ever rarity find, a female at Spurn almost 45 years ago.

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Old Monday 22nd April 2019, 18:34   #418
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Frustrating day.

Close but no cigar.
On my morning walk had gropper reeling and cuckoo calling in a field visible from my house but not close enough to hear them.
Then got a call from my neighbour telling me a cc Marsh harrier was on the hillside opposite my house (garden lifer) Unfortunately I was at my daughters half a mile away. Dashed back but to late to see it 😢
Onwards and upwards 😴😴
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Old Wednesday 24th April 2019, 17:13   #419
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Whilst overshadowed by a few local rarities not far away from the patch such as Black Kite and Citrine Wagtail, the patch has also been quite good recently with amongst others a couple of Spotted Redshank, Grasshopper Warbler, Pied Flycatcher, Redstart, Whinchat, Garganey, etc all within a mile of home so I really spend little time looking from the house or garden.

However, whilst sat out last night shortly before dusk in the garden, a group of twenty Sand Martin (38) buzzed through towards somewhere to roost and this morning from the landing window on the adjacent drainage channel, a garden tick in the form of a Common Sandpiper (39) was being pushed along by a dog walker.

The stretch that is visible from the house is pretty limited so I have seen little on it from the house whereas the sightings from outside the garden include a far nicer selection.

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Old Wednesday 24th April 2019, 18:22   #420
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A flyover Common Tern this afternoon was perhaps a trifle earlier than the norm, however....gratefully received. no.64.
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Whilst overshadowed by a few local rarities not far away from the patch such as Black Kite and Citrine Wagtail, the patch has also been quite good recently with amongst others a couple of Spotted Redshank, Grasshopper Warbler, Pied Flycatcher, Redstart, Whinchat, Garganey, etc all within a mile of home so I really spend little time looking from the house or garden.

However, whilst sat out last night shortly before dusk in the garden, a group of twenty Sand Martin (38) buzzed through towards somewhere to roost and this morning from the landing window on the adjacent drainage channel, a garden tick in the form of a Common Sandpiper (39) was being pushed along by a dog walker.

The stretch that is visible from the house is pretty limited so I have seen little on it from the house whereas the sightings from outside the garden include a far nicer selection.

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Some very nice species there Paul all within a mile, by contrast we've seen just Tree Pipit and Treecreeper close by but not from the garden/house. Some compensation on Monday with a species which is already on the Garden List 2019 but was just a speck in the 'scope. Two of these monsters wandered down into the valley before thinking better of it and circling off high back to their mountain home, so a new one for the Photographed from the Garden List!
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Some very nice species there Paul all within a mile, by contrast we've seen just Tree Pipit and Treecreeper close by but not from the garden/house. Some compensation on Monday with a species which is already on the Garden List 2019 but was just a speck in the 'scope. Two of these monsters wandered down into the valley before thinking better of it and circling off high back to their mountain home, so a new one for the Photographed from the Garden List!

Hi Rich,


Now that is what I call a Garden Bird - Wow !!


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Now that is what I call a Garden Bird - Wow !!


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Hi Ian,

Next time I do a leg of lamb roast I'll put the bone in the garden, maybe they'll come even closer!

Glad you got the Serin I sent over to Sussex
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Very nice indeed.

Well that Lammergeier a couple of years back that was seen by the Severn Bridge & then refound in Devon probably came close....

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An obliging singer not too far away.
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