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Siskins and Redpolls appealingly absent this Winter?

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Old Thursday 23rd January 2020, 11:24   #26
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Naaah. Redporrs.
Let'th hear it for the Thithkinth!
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That's the second** word this week from the 1913 Webster's Dictionary; even then it was archaic...
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**The first word was 'imitatress', which BLI adopted for Cryptic Honeyeater...
Remember Googlewhacks? (See wikipedia if not).

Doing a search and getting a unique return on BF is something akin to, and a source of some pride or something I guess. Unfortunately imatatress has now appeared on 4 different threads in total, so no longer counts. 'Appealingly' is still only on one (this one), and the even rarer 'appea*ingly' (where * = r) on none.

Only real words (archaic included) count though, so eg thithkinths etc don't.

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Only real words (archaic included) count though, so eg thithkinths etc don't.
That'th thoe eethee for you to thay!
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Ravens can count to 5 or more I believe. Not sure about the smaller passerines.

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Remember Googlewhacks? (See wikipedia if not).

Doing a search and getting a unique return on BF is something akin to, and a source of some pride or something I guess. Unfortunately imatatress has now appeared on 4 different threads in total, so no longer counts. 'Appealingly' is still only on one (this one), and the even rarer 'appea*ingly' (where * = r) on none.

Only real words (archaic included) count though, so eg thithkinths etc don't.

Reminds me of a competition between mates in the pub where we had to come up with as many names of footballers as we could, whose first and last initial was the same, my contribution, Wayne Wooney.
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One, repeat one, Redwing on my patch this year so far (SW London). No Fieldfares, Siskin or Redpoll. Usually plenty of Redwings and a few of the others. The Rowan berries are all still there if there are any takers....
I'm also in SW London, largely flatbound, but I'd normally expect to see a Redwing or two by now. Still none (and Fieldfares only turn up in really hard winters). As far as thrushes are concerned, I'm still walking on air from a magnificent Ring Ouzel photographed from my bedroom window on 24 October last year.

Many years since I saw a Siskin from my flat, and never a Redpoll in the 37 years I've been here.
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Reminds me of a competition between mates in the pub where we had to come up with as many names of footballers as we could, whose first and last initial was the same, my contribution, Wayne Wooney.
I'd struggle to come up with the names of any footballers at all, whatever the initials
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I'd struggle to come up with the names of any footballers at all, whatever the initials
Lineker, Gary Barlow, Pele, that Cantona bloke?
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Lineker, Gary Barlow, Pele, that Cantona bloke?
Looked them up; Gary Barlow seems to be a pop singer (something called 'take that'), the other three turn out to be ex-footballers . . . so you've not named any either
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Looked them up; Gary Barlow seems to be a pop singer (something called 'take that'), the other three turn out to be ex-footballers . . . so you've not named any either
Was messing with you a tad Mind you don't know Pele's initials, or any that fit Andy's game criteria ... or do I ... ?



... Roy of the Rovers?
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... Roy of the Rovers?

(not to be confused with Loy of the Lovers, star of that old Jackie Chan romcom)
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Was messing with you a tad Mind you don't know Pele's initials, or any that fit Andy's game criteria ... or do I ... ?



... Roy of the Rovers?
He was Roy Race, so that would fit!

Mind you I was brought up to believe It's Goals That Count....

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Getting back on topic... I was up in some larch forest in Aberdeenshire today and there were loads of Siskins feeding on the cones, along with lots of other birds. This included two Bramblings. I didn't see any Redpolls though, which was a bit surprising.
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Getting back on topic... I was up in some larch forest in Aberdeenshire today and there were loads of Siskins feeding on the cones, along with lots of other birds. This included two Bramblings. I didn't see any Redpolls though, which was a bit surprising.
Larch? How many Two-barred Crossbills?
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Larch? How many Two-barred Crossbills?
Not going to swap the r's and l's in that one


3 Redwing in the Holly tree at the bottom of the garden this morning - been no visible berries in it for a while. The Hawthorn slowly being denuded by eg Blackcaps and Blackbirds.
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Larch? How many Two-barred Crossbills?
I didn't see any but I didn't have enough time to look. Might be worth looking though. There were certainly some Common Crossbills around. This was at Bennachie, for anyone in the Aberdeenshire area.
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Was messing with you a tad Mind you don't know Pele's initials, or any that fit Andy's game criteria ... or do I ... ? ... Roy of the Rovers?
Strictly speaking he didn't have any initials with the name 'Pele'; he was actually named Edson Arantes do Nascimento...
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I didn't see any but I didn't have enough time to look. Might be worth looking though. There were certainly some Common Crossbills around. This was at Bennachie, for anyone in the Aberdeenshire area.
All those ones in Shetland in the summer must've gone somewhere . . . they're there for the finding!

Just hope it wasn't out to a watery grave in the Atlantic!
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I didn't see any but I didn't have enough time to look. Might be worth looking though. There were certainly some Common Crossbills around. This was at Bennachie, for anyone in the Aberdeenshire area.
Anyone in the Aberdeenshire area 'up among the heather on the hill o' Bennachie' knew what went on there...
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Anyone in the Aberdeenshire area 'up among the heather on the hill o' Bennachie' knew what went on there...
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Redwings have been much more numerous than usual on my south Hampshire patch. Siskins and Redpolls have been conspicuous by their absence.

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... Roy of the Rovers?
Think you mean Woy of the Wovers.
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Redwings have been much more numerous than usual on my south Hampshire patch. Siskins and Redpolls have been conspicuous by their absence.

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Yes it’s interesting how differing species can concentrate themselves in a relatively small area for the duration. During the Hawfinch irruption two years ago for that period at home I had just a few flyovers.
However the main flock was concentrated in a very small area a couple of miles away and could be accessed (with patience) almost daily.

I’ve had the same experience with Brambling obviously at the time each species will have a preferred feeding location, for me it was Blackthorn for the former and Beechmast for the latter, and yet in other years both species (mostly absent) but can appear more randomly as singles or in small groups.

The problem is that with climate change upon us one might be forgiven (jumping the gun) in declaring that yet “another” species is experiencing decline! When it might just be a natural fluctuation for that species...ie a good breeding season coupled to a poor local crop failure, resulting in mass exodus afar to a more “bountiful” location....time will tell no doubt?
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