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Old Saturday 17th March 2018, 09:01   #226
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Not just me grounded by the horrible sleet and snow, several Song Thrushes and at least a dozen of these frosty beauties, only one female amongst them, all feeding frantically behind the house at 8.30:

46 Ring Ousel
A tremendous grdn.tick! If I had one of those I'd come out in a "hot frush"
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Old Saturday 17th March 2018, 09:18   #227
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They're extremely skittish too, flew off in all of a panic when a Roe Deer buck trotted through the field, the Blackbirds gave them (in my imagination of course) a pitying look and carried on digging up the worms, I suppose they don't see Roe deer in the Atlas Mts!
It's all kicking off now, a flock of 21 Starling has turned up to feed in the field, exactly the same date as last year's first one

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Old Saturday 17th March 2018, 12:10   #228
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A quick hover and then off to the north.......

59 Kestrel

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Old Saturday 17th March 2018, 15:29   #229
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Not seen anything new but have seen a few species that I found I had missed off my list.

33. Great Tit
34. Wren
35. Greenfinch
36. Goldfinch
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Old Saturday 17th March 2018, 17:21   #230
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Minus 12, but a few warmish days last week saw a retreat in the snow ...and with it, the arrival of the first spring migrants - Rooks and Jackdaws back a week ago, and one of my favourite signs of early spring, trumpeting Cranes in my meadow on Thursday.

Lost count of my tally, need to count up again ...shouldn't take long, still basically just the winter stuff at present.
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Old Sunday 18th March 2018, 13:29   #231
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The heaviest snow fall (so far?) of the winter here overnight, with about 10cm this morning, meant no way was I venturing out to do my wildfowl counts. Three hours in the garden instead, with an obvious cold weather movement to the south including

60 Meadow Pipit

Ten of them, along with 320 Redwings and 250 Fieldfares. The pipits are only just arriving back from the south.

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Five down on same time last year, until a male Bullfinch (just one sighting last year), morphed onto my neighbour's flowering Cherry, no.53.

Am currently on a roll! certainly not had one for many a year, came almost vertically out of the river opposite and almost creased my roof....no.54 Common Snipe.

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Definitely on a roll!...now Red Kite over the house. no.55.
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Seems I am on a roll too, after Kestrel on Saturday and Meadow Pipit yesterday.....

61 Yellowhammer

One flew over, clearly pushed into town by the surrounding snow.

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Speaking of Yellowhammers, every evening a group assemble around the house and trees in the vicinity before going to roost, around a dozen throughout the winter on average. I joked with a friend that the Pine Buntings wintering in Italy weren't that far away so maybe one day one would 'hop' over the Alps to join my yellow ones. My heart missed a beat this evening when I glimpsed something odd arrive with a couple of Yellowhammers........... No, not a Pine Bunting, but only the second-ever 48 Rock Bunting for the garden. Just like the first one last year, it flew off before I could get the camera ready, a lesson learned (again ), but still a perfect end to my day, I had gone down to the lake shore east of Geneva and a wetland near the city and managed to find a Caspian Gull, my first Crag Martins of the year, a Cattle Egret and two White Storks, plus 'boxing' Hares. All in a pleasant sunshine and 9C, the forecast was for 3 max with snow - Result
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Speaking of Yellowhammers, every evening a group assemble around the house and trees in the vicinity before going to roost, around a dozen throughout the winter on average. I joked with a friend that the Pine Buntings wintering in Italy weren't that far away so maybe one day one would 'hop' over the Alps to join my yellow ones. My heart missed a beat this evening when I glimpsed something odd arrive with a couple of Yellowhammers........... No, not a Pine Bunting, but only the second-ever 48 Rock Bunting for the garden. Just like the first one last year, it flew off before I could get the camera ready, a lesson learned (again ), but still a perfect end to my day, I had gone down to the lake shore east of Geneva and a wetland near the city and managed to find a Caspian Gull, my first Crag Martins of the year, a Cattle Egret and two White Storks, plus 'boxing' Hares. All in a pleasant sunshine and 9C, the forecast was for 3 max with snow - Result
It's been a few years since I last visited Lake Geneva Richard, brings back memories though, one early Sep.(forget the year), several Arc/Pom.Skuas and a Sabine's Gull! one afternoon seen from the Southern end (causeway/swimming area), also (same time, different year) a Whiskered Tern and 2 migrating Honey Buzzards....as Gen.D.MacArthur once said, "I shall return".

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If you bring that selection with you, you will be welcomed with open arms Ken!
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Still rolling!.....only the 2nd time in 35 years, a high, fast winging Shoveler going South against a Western sky. no.56.
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Still rolling!.....only the 2nd time in 35 years, a high, fast winging Shoveler going South against a Western sky. no.56.
I wish you'd all slow down a bit - still stuck in a wintry period here, by this date last year I'd added returning Black Kite, Chiffchaff, Black Kite, Blackcap, Black Redstart and Crag Martin, all have been present a few miles away at lower altitudes for a while now.
Still, nice to se an early morning:

49 Grey Heron

so the half century is nearly here!
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37. Wigeon

This partially made up for failing to nail a pair of probable Pintail on a very brief view yesterday.
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I've been lurking in the thread this year, and living vicariously through the rest of you as the winter doldrums set in here. I figured I'd post an update when I got to 20!

Well....Monday night, sat at dining table. Squirrel darts away from scoffing seeds under the feeders, and I look up to see a Northern Saw-whet Owl! Oh my. I stuttered "Is that....?", thankfully Paul saw it too or I wouldn't have believed it!

Garden life list hits 100 in style! With a lifer owl, on my birthday. Not too shabby! It only hung around for a minute or so. Obviously I have been sat in the same spot at dusk every evening since in the hopes of seeing it again.

Anyhow, 2018 thus far:
1 Hairy Woodpecker 01 Jan 2018
2 Black-capped Chickadee 01 Jan 2018
3 White-breasted Nuthatch 01 Jan 2018
4 Dark-eyed Junco 01 Jan 2018
5 American Goldfinch 01 Jan 2018
6 Downy Woodpecker 01 Jan 2018
7 American Crow 01 Jan 2018
8 Red-breasted Nuthatch 01 Jan 2018
9 Blue Jay 02 Jan 2018
10 Brown Creeper 02 Jan 2018
11 Bald Eagle Yard list, 04 Jan 2018
12 Common Raven Yard list, 04 Jan 2018
13 Pine Siskin 04 Jan 2018
14 Red Crossbill 11 Jan 2018
15 Pileated Woodpecker 19 Jan 2018
16 Purple Finch 24 Jan 2018
17 American Robin 06 Mar 2018
18 Wild Turkey 07 Mar 2018
19 Sharp-shinned Hawk 13 Mar 2018
20 Northern Saw-whet Owl 19 Mar 2018
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Welcome back Amy, you've stopped it becoming a parochial European only thread!

No lifer for me today, but a first 'in the garden' species, only ever had one fly-by before:

50 Lesser Redpoll

It first appeared under one of the more distant feeders, then came to a closer one and eventually hopped onto the terrace right in front of the window, very obliging I must say!
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It felt a bit more like spring this morning with the sun out and birds moving.

38. Skylark
39. Whooper Swan
40. Pied Wagtail
41. Linnet
42. Redshank
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No lifer for me today, but a first 'in the garden' species, only ever had one fly-by before:

50 Lesser Redpoll
hi. i haven't seen one of those, great picture. i have twice seen a bird very similar but no red at all on breast and back paler, hoping to see it again when phone nearby for photo.

my garden visitors in Lymm are listed elsewhere here, all the normal bunch. the most interesting was a male sparrowhawk taking a blackbird in front of me, which in a 6x8m yard was an event of note.
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It felt a bit more like spring this morning with the sun out and birds moving.

38. Skylark
39. Whooper Swan
40. Pied Wagtail
41. Linnet
42. Redshank
Five I need there Mark.....
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No Pied Wagtail? That is really strange.

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No Pied Wagtail? That is really strange.

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One per year....if I'm lucky, however Grey Wagtail on "occasion" can be almost daily.
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Better late than never.....on a grey day, a non-singing Chiff Chaff on the feeder tree, no.57.
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Old Saturday 24th March 2018, 20:06   #249
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Here's my list.

Southern Finland, city, high-rise. Nice view but very little vegetation in the yard so best on migration times. Not much to see in the winter as can be seen on the list.

1. Goldfinch
2. Hooded Crow
3. Magpie
4. Jackdaw
5. Common Redpoll
6. Great Tit
7. Greenfinch
8. Fieldfare
9. Blue Tit
10. Feral Pigeon
11. Waxwing
12. Blackbird
13. Herring Gull
14. Bullfinch
15. Common Sparrow
16. Goshawk


Been expecting a Sparrowhawk, but not yet. It's still basically winter and migration is just beginning. Hoping to increase the list in the coming weeks.
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Here's my list so far, thought I'd post it while I'm still ahead of Jasperpatch. I won't be for long.
Jan 1st
1. Pheasant
2. Buzzard--flyover
3. Woodpigeon
4. Great Spotted Woodpecker
5. Green Woodpecker
6. Kestrel
7. Jay
8. Magpie
9. Rook
10. Coal Tit
11. Marsh Tit
12. Blue Tit
13. Great Tit
14. Goldcrest
15. Starling
16. Dunnock
17. Chaffinch
18. Greenfinch---many more this year, high count of 19 last week.
19. Goldfinch--not many here only 3 max.
20. House sparrow
Jan 2nd
21. Collared Dove
22. Tawny Owl
23. Long-tailed Tit
24. Robin
25. Blackbird
Jan 12th
26. Carrion Crow
Jan 14th
27. Song Thrush
28. Bullfinch
Jan 16th
29. Black-headed Gull--flyover
30. Herring Gull--flyover
31. Fieldfare
Jan 19th
32. Greylag Goose--flyover
33. Redwing
Jan 21st
34. Grey Heron--flyover-went down on neighbours fish pond.
35. Stock Dove
Feb 7th
36. Wren
37. Barn Owl--flyover
Feb 8th
38. Yellowhammer
Feb 12th
39. Red-legged Partridge
Feb 20th
40. Jackdaw--not that common in my garden but this one has an injured wing, very much a pedestrian. Has been here daily since.
Feb 22nd
41. Mallard
Feb 25th
42. Lapwing--flyover flock
Mar 5th
43. Tree Sparrow
Mar 7th
44. Siskin-a male and first for 2 years, two days later a female.
Mar 13th
45. Reed Bunting--first for over 3 years
Mar 16th
46. Linnet--flyover flock
Mar 21st
47. Peregrine--flyover and only 3rd garden record
Today
48. Brambling--a nice male with a lot of extra Chaffinch passing through.

Not seen a Sparrowhawk yet or Skylark, no Redpolls either.
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