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Old Monday 13th April 2020, 10:29   #576
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10 Brown Creeper I suspect they have been around all month, but needed to be outside to hear one, then track it down.
11 Barred Owl A regular, but not seen for several months, so great to have back again.

I suspect there is a small flock of Red Crossbills flying around, but not 100% confident on the call ID, so am going to have to wait until they settle low enough for me to see.
Just reading back through January postings. Thank you, so much, Amy, for sharing your Barred Owl photograph. What a stunner and Owls are one of my favourite bird families....

This is one of the things that I love about this thread - that people can post from all around the world and you feel like you are with them sharing their experiences and seeing through their eyes and willing them on in their garden bird watching. Just fabulous. Thank you, everyone.

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Old Monday 13th April 2020, 16:48   #577
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61) Two Greylags just gone over.
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Despite being in this house for 22 years, this clearly is a unique period and I have never before spent twenty consecutive days birding from the garden. Of course, every prospect that I will spend the next twenty days doing so and maybe even the twenty after that but I did a quick analysis of records for that twenty day period to understand the frequencies with which I had seen the 53 species so far this lockdown:-

20 days (100%) Mallard, Feral Pigeon, Woodpigeon, Herring Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Jackdaw, Carrion Crow, Blue Tit, Starling, Blackbird, House Sparrow & Goldfinch (12 species)
19 days (95%) Great Tit & Robin (2 species)
18 days (90%)Magpie
17 days (85%) Collared Dove
16 days (80%) Sparrowhawk
14 days (70%) Moorhen, Buzzard & Dunnock (3 species)
12 days (60%) Greenfinch
9 days (45%) Peregrine & Long-tailed Tit (2 species)
8 days (40%) Stock Dove
7 days (35%) Swallow
6 days (30%) Wren & Song Thrush (2 species)
5 days (25%) Rook & Pied Wagtail (2 species)
4 days (20%) Canada Goose, Lapwing, Grey Heron & Chaffinch (4 species)
3 days (15%) Kestrel, Blackcap, Willow Warbler & Chiffchaff (4 species)
2 days (10%) Shelduck, Mandarin, Black-headed Gull, Little Egret, Green Woodpecker & Raven (6 species)
1 day (5%) Greylag Goose, Mute Swan, Common Scoter, Common Gull, Red Kite, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Coal Tit, House Martin, Redwing & Meadow Pipit (10 species)

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Old Tuesday 14th April 2020, 05:36   #579
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I've not done a list yet, but it's odd how different it can be even between gardens (or "gardens") which aren't that far away.

I think Paul Chapman is in the West Country so probably around the same latitude as me, but my 100%ers over the past month or so are a bit different to his:

Rose-necked parakeet
Woodpigeon
Mistle thrush
Robin
Blue tit
Coal tit
Great tit
Fecking [email protected] starlings
Magpie
Blackbird
Dunnock
Wren
Herring gull & carrion crow, but only overhead.

With honourable mentions to goldfinches and long-tailed tits.

I'm not sure what's happened to the jays - we used to have up to five at a time but have only seen one in the past month.
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Old Tuesday 14th April 2020, 07:56   #580
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At last! my first Swallow North...no.70. :)
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Old Tuesday 14th April 2020, 10:24   #581
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Richard, I have the opposite experience with binoculars against the camera... kind of. Last Thursday 4 Swans flew over and I was watching them from my porch with binos. One of the Swans looked smaller than others. Beside of me I had also scope and camera. I choose scope, cos I wanted to see the beak of the smallest. I couldn't find the Swans on scope before the situation was over. If I had chosen camera, probably I would now have pictures from which I could have verified the species... So, in my case scope against camera, I choose camera at the next time.

Ticks from that mornings 50 minutes on porch:

#50. Oystercatcher
#51. Canada Goose
- Garden lifer
#52. Whooper Swan
#53. Black-throated Diver
- 3 fly over. At the same time this was year tick for me.

As usual, I didn't get any picks of those, but here's some picks from garden.
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Old Tuesday 14th April 2020, 10:32   #582
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Ah yes, relocating flying birds using the ‘scope is tricky, I had a sort of rifle sight velcroed to mine to help migration observations but I’ve mislaid it somewhere. I like the Cranes pic . I was pleased to see the first two returned House Martins inspecting last year’s nests in the village this morning, some years it takes several weeks before I see them up at our place so was surprised just now to have three flying overhead!

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Old Tuesday 14th April 2020, 11:21   #583
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Hi everyone, after a few years of moving constantly, I've finally got a garden to birdwatch, at least while we are in lockdown before I try to get back to Australia!

I'm currently staying with my family in Mallorca, Spain. We're on the edge of the mountains, surrounded by small-scale farms.

My list so far this year (I've been here since late February):

1. Red-legged Partridge
2. Yellow-legged Gull
3. Western Cattle Egret
4. Osprey
5. Griffon Vulture
6. Cinereous Vulture
7. Bonelli's Eagle
8. Booted Eagle
9. Red Kite
10. Black Kite
11. Common Kestrel
12. Peregrine Falcon
13. Eurasian Hobby
14. Common Woodpigeon
15. Eurasian Collared Dove
16. Eurasian Hoopoe
17. Alpine Swift
18. Pallid Swift
19. Common Swift
20. Eurasian Wryneck
21. Eurasian Scops Owl (heard only)
22. Eurasian Stone Curlew (heard only)
23. House Martin
24. Sand Martin
25. Eurasian Crag Martin
26. Barn Swallow
27. Woodchat Shrike
28. Common Starling
29. Common Blackbird
30. Song Thrush
31. European Robin
32. Black Redstart
33. RED-BREASTED FLYCATCHER
34. European Stonechat
35. Eurasian Blackcap
36. Common Chiffchaff
37. Willow Warbler
38. Wood Warbler
39. Common Firecrest
40. Sardinian Warbler
41. Common Chaffinch
42. European Greenfinch
43. European Goldfinch
44. Common Linnet
45. European Serin
46. Cirl Bunting
47. Northern Raven
48. Great Tit
49. Blue Tit
50. Blue Rock Thrush
51. House Sparrow
52. Common Crossbill

I seem to remember that Feral Pigeon is not included on this list? If that has changed, that is my 53rd species

I saw a number of other species when I visited last summer, so the list should increase over the coming weeks, I'm excited to see what I can get to!
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Old Tuesday 14th April 2020, 11:25   #584
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Ah Meester Tims, ve haff been expecting you ( strokes overweight white cat and looks sinister).
Looking forward to your West Med observations
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Old Tuesday 14th April 2020, 11:45   #585
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Ah Meester Tims, ve haff been expecting you ( strokes overweight white cat and looks sinister).
Looking forward to your West Med observations
Cheers Richard!! It’ll be a good incentive (if I needed one) to spend the entirety of lockdown staring at the sky, I feel like it’s a matter of time before something really rare appears!
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Old Tuesday 14th April 2020, 12:01   #586
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Cheers Richard!! It’ll be a good incentive (if I needed one) to spend the entirety of lockdown staring at the sky, I feel like it’s a matter of time before something really rare appears!
Same here. But not really hoping we stay in lockdown for the next 20 years ...
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As you may have heard from your folks Dan, we’ve got another month of confinement here in France to face, I feel very lucky ( and also guilty) that we live in the sticks, town dwelling birders will be tearing their hair out especially with the ‘no more than 1km’ rule that applies.
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As you may have heard from your folks Dan, we’ve got another month of confinement here in France to face, I feel very lucky ( and also guilty) that we live in the sticks, town dwelling birders will be tearing their hair out especially with the ‘no more than 1km’ rule that applies.
I hadn't, but not surprised. They are lucky too to have a large garden (and apparently it's kind of been summer temperatures back as long ago as late Feb where they are in the SW). Because they both have fairly serious underlying health issues I don't think they will be going out at all even when lockdown is officially lifted ...

I tried persuading me old man to take the garden bird listing more seriously (they always tell me when they hear the Cranes go over or see the Golden Orioles etc) but think taking on the domestic side of things is enough ...
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At last! my first Swallow North...no.70. :)
Congratulations Ken - and SNAP !

Finally had my first swallow 41) over the house, yesterday ( Monday, too).
I felt relieved, but it seemed somewhat incongruous, as despite the late afternoon sun, it was decidedly chilly in the wind and I was sat outside in the shade in a fleece second layer , woolly hat and hands in pockets!

Great to see your update Gregor- it seems ions ago that I was reading and commenting on your blog; chatting about your sightings in Kakamega and discussing our mutual Australian sightings on BUBO. It seems a lot of changes and travel for each of us in the intervening period. Have you now finished university in Brisbane ?

Stay safe everyone.

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Old Wednesday 15th April 2020, 10:07   #590
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A slower week as the cold NE winds hit, a few new migrants dropped in but in general its been hard work. Hopefully the next couple of days of warm weather will push more birds north

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119 Blackcap
120 Ring Ouzel
121 Whitethroat
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Congratulations Ken - and SNAP !

Finally had my first swallow 41) over the house, yesterday ( Monday, too).
I felt relieved, but it seemed somewhat incongruous, as despite the late afternoon sun, it was decidedly chilly in the wind and I was sat outside in the shade in a fleece second layer , woolly hat and hands in pockets!
Thanks Carol! “Windscreen wiper” sky watching eventually paid off!...and hopefully will continue to do so, I can now ease off the Dawn to Dusking.
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Just reading back through January postings. Thank you, so much, Amy, for sharing your Barred Owl photograph. What a stunner and Owls are one of my favourite bird families....

This is one of the things that I love about this thread - that people can post from all around the world and you feel like you are with them sharing their experiences and seeing through their eyes and willing them on in their garden bird watching. Just fabulous. Thank you, everyone.
Thank you Carol. You've summed up pretty much perfectly what I love about the thread too.
I've not seen the Barred in a while, but I've heard a pair duetting in the night. A local friend thinks there is a pair setting up in a tree hole near her place. I'm not quite sure how big their territory is, it may be the same pair or another.
Congratulations on 41....how long til 50?!
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Strange that you Southerners have only just got Swallow, about a month after Ryan's!

Missed another Osprey today & the White tailed Eagle was only ten miles from here at one point the other day - which means about 6 or 7 miles too far to see!
(If I can id a Hobby at 2 miles, then WTE must be doable at 4!)
Several times now I've thought I've heard a Skylark - but it's amazing how many electrical DIY motors are going at any one time, so not a defo yet.
Sounds like the local Rooks are feeding young in the nest now when it's quiet.
Edit: not just when it's quiet, obvs, I just can't hear them when it's not!
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Several times now I've thought I've heard a Skylark - but it's amazing how many electrical DIY motors are going at any one time, so not a defo yet.
Funny you should say that because I've had the same thing going on, lots of nearly but drowned by mowers/washing machines/drills. Not only that but I rather thought most/all Skylarks must have gone through by now, but this afternoon I finally nailed one for certain, over North-east calling.

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Strange that you Southerners have only just got Swallow, about a month after Ryan's!
My earliest ever garden North bound Swallow in Spring was April 2nd (which was at least two to three weeks before mean arrival.

They're more regularly encountered on the coast as I understand it, I can remember a birding colleague going for a ''rare'' in Scotland during late March many moons ago and commenting on good numbers off the coast at that time which I found odd!
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Lockdown list up by one:

55. Great Spotted Woodpecker flypast, calling.

Normally these things are around all the time, but I haven't so much as heard one since lockdown began. I was starting to think they'd disappeared from the area without me even noticing. Glad they haven't!

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Fantastic past few days, with some additions to the list:
53. Common Buzzard
54. Mediterranean Flycatcher
55. Eurasian Golden Oriole
56. Western Subalpine Warbler
57. European Bee-eater
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55. Great Spotted Woodpecker flypast, calling.

Normally these things are around all the time, but I haven't so much as heard one since lockdown began. I was starting to think they'd disappeared from the area without me even noticing. Glad they haven't!

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Was discussing their apparent reduction in the last few years with a friend (he in Cheshire) & we are both of the opinion that there are fewer lately.
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Maybe needs a name change? ... oh hang on ...
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