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Old Saturday 25th April 2020, 22:03   #651
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Like you have with Goldcrest, which I 'need' for the garden and Firecrest is a fantasy for me here
No two years are the same Papa 10. From circa ‘09-‘18...Firecrest and Goldcrest overwintered, no Firecrest for the last two years and last Winter’s Goldcrest numbers down by 60%, with Red Kite numbers this year doubling over ‘19 and Redwing/Fieldfare numbers down by 70%+...and for the first year ever, no Redpolls and just the single Siskin!....you just never can tell.
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Old Saturday 25th April 2020, 22:32   #652
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Finally, an overflying wader when checking my moth trap:-

63 Grey Plover 25 April 2020

Lockdown garden list is now 60 of which 39 photographed & 3 heard only.

Entertainment from the sparrows today.

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Old Sunday 26th April 2020, 15:15   #653
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Always on the cards...and about on time (thought the heat and cloudscape looked good) no.74. Swift, very high in the haze c6 heading NEast. However a real RARE last night joining us for dinner (well almost), the last ''Live'' one was seen in the self same garden c30 years ago!

Suspect the reduction of rubber on tarmac during the pandemic may have just...contributed to it's longevity at this time?
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Old Sunday 26th April 2020, 15:35   #654
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Migrants about again today:

59. Swift Three over North this afternoon.

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Old Sunday 26th April 2020, 18:06   #655
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Everyone's seeing Swifts except me!
Grey Plover is excellent , Paul !
Nice Hedgey , Ken!
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Mate, that was me yesterday! Your turn will come

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No two years are the same Papa 10. From circa ‘09-‘18...Firecrest and Goldcrest overwintered, no Firecrest for the last two years and last Winter’s Goldcrest numbers down by 60%, with Red Kite numbers this year doubling over ‘19 and Redwing/Fieldfare numbers down by 70%+...and for the first year ever, no Redpolls and just the single Siskin!....you just never can tell.
Just over 12 months ago I had daily decent numbers of Redpoll and Siskin along with 40+ Brambling but this winter not a one of any of these. No shortage of winter thrushes (over 100 in garden trees not uncommon), Red Kites are scarce hereabouts but plenty of Common Buzzard Click image for larger version

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Old Sunday 26th April 2020, 20:55   #658
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Everyone's seeing Swifts except me!
Grey Plover is excellent , Paul !
Nice Hedgey , Ken!
Cheers H!...moving Swiftly on, they’ll be with you very soon.


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Just over 12 months ago I had daily decent numbers of Redpoll and Siskin along with 40+ Brambling but this winter not a one of any of these. No shortage of winter thrushes (over 100 in garden trees not uncommon), Red Kites are scarce hereabouts but plenty of Common Buzzard Attachment 725343

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I can only hope for the Brambling and Redpolls before year end...some great shots Papa!
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Well, it's been a looong time since I've been in the Birdforum realms, but I've made it back!

Delighted to read so many garden updates, especially lots of firsts!

It should come as no surprise that I've been birding the yard intensely. In fact, it's been over a month since I've been anywhere else for birding.

However, lots of great birds have graced the yard this year. I'll try to update in several installments so as not to overwhelm with one huge post.

I'm mainly going back to my eBird account and sifting through the early records to parse these first couple updates. As such, the first several species may not all may be in completely chronological order.

February

21. Red-bellied Woodpecker
22. Fish Crow
23. Carolina Wren
24. European Starling
25. American Robin
26. House Sparrow
27. House Finch
28. American Goldfinch
29. House Sparrow
30. Brown-headed Cowbird
31. Yellow-rumped Warbler


March

32. Red-tailed Hawk
33. Herring Gull
34. Bald Eagle
35. Red-shouldered Hawk
36. Horned Lark (3rd yard record)
37. Tree Swallow
38. White-throated Sparrow
39. Common Merganser
40. Rock Pigeon (Feral)
41. Killdeer
42. Wilson's Snipe (new yard bird and a Pennsylvania lifer for me!)
43. Carolina Chickadee (missed last year)
44. Cedar Waxwing
45. Rusty Blackbird (new yard bird)
46. Sharp-shinned Hawk
47. Wood Duck (2nd yard record)
48. Mallard
49. Great Blue Heron
50. American Kestrel


The snipe and Rusty Blackbirds were both seen on 9 March. I was so shocked to see the pair of snipe shoot over quite low! It turned out that they spent some time that morning in the neighborhood. The blackbirds were much more expected, but still nice. This spring I've now seen 16 Rusties over seven different days.
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OK, more March birds to continue from last post.


March

51. Peregrine Falcon
52. Chipping Sparrow
53. Eastern Phoebe
54. Double-crested Cormorant
55. Osprey
56. Hairy Woodpecker
57. Northern Rough-winged Swallow


April

58. Barn Swallow
59. Common Loon
60. Tufted Titmouse (first yard record since August 2018! Normally a common resident)
61. Golden-crowned Kinglet (2nd yard record)
62. Merlin
63. Field Sparrow
64. Purple Martin
65. Northern Harrier
66. Broad-winged Hawk
67. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
68. Ruby-crowned Kinglet
69. Palm Warbler
70. Chimney Swift
71. Great Egret (fewer than 5 yard records, none in spring)
72. House Wren
73. Savannah Sparrow (3rd yard record, likely two birds)
74. Brown Thrasher
75. Pileated Woodpecker (usually one or two per year)
76. Pine Warbler (new yard bird)
77. Bank Swallow (new yard bird)
78. Prairie Warbler (former breeder; first in several years, heard only but still great!)


I've accrued quite a large raptor count this spring after multiple long watches. Total numbers will be up at the end of May or so.

The first round of pictures features perched visitors, some resident and some migrant. They are Pine Warbler, Song Sparrow, Eastern Bluebird, Savannah Sparrow, and Northern Mockingbird.


Looks like I'm quite a bit ahead of the game. Last year I had 64 species by the end of April, and didn't reach 78 until late August!
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Now for pictures of flyovers, some migrant and some resident.

They are Black Vulture, Great Blue Heron, Double-crested Cormorant, Common Loon, and Osprey.
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Final set of pictures. These are Herring Gull, Broad-winged Hawk, Common Raven, and another Broadwing.

I'm thrilled to have a resident pair of ravens now! Almost every day they're seen or heard, sometimes giving a great show.
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#56. Song Thrush
#57. White Wagtail


Picks from last weeks "garden watch":
1. Lonely Crane
2. -"- Loon (or Bt Diver)
3. House Sparrow male drove the Feral Pigeon out of the yard couple of times. Pretty tough dude.
4. After that the House Sparrow experienced the detachment of the soul... and the soul turned out to be a Tree Sparrow...
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A lengthy sky-watch this morning finally produced a long overdue....

62) Kestrel
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4. After that the House Sparrow experienced the detachment of the soul... and the soul turned out to be a Tree Sparrow...
Looks a bit of a shadowy character to me
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Two House Martin NW buzzed by the 4-6 Swift that have been present since yesterday no.75....now with the quartet complete!...Where’s that skinny Peregrine.
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Just a few minutes ago:

#58. Caspian Tern
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The garden had another visitor today.
The daughter shouted, 'dad, what's this on the shed'?
It was a Sparrow Hawk, just sat there bold as brass, hopped from the shed to the feeders then onto the back gate. The sparrows didn't even seem to notice he was there.
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At last! I can add to the list. A garden lifer as well

49. Wood Warbler

Briefly singing in the trees next to the garden.
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49. Wood Warbler

Briefly singing in the trees next to the garden.
You lucky bugger!...The best Phylloscopus in my book Rich, deeply envious, a real gripper of a grdn.lifer.
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Cheers Ken. Stunning birds. Still no Swift though.

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I can only hope for the Brambling and Redpolls before year end...some great shots Papa!
I'm no photograher Ken, just got an old bridge camera set up by my lad to 'point n shoot'. Managed a shot of a garden rare today (House Sparrra) and, due to the compliment, a shot of my daily visitors (2 mtrs from the kitchen window)
Anyway I'm always busy so am just a casual garden lister and if I manage a photo it's a bonus, do enjoy following this thread though.
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I'm no photograher Ken, just got an old bridge camera set up by my lad to 'point n shoot'. Managed a shot of a garden rare today (House Sparrra) and, due to the compliment, a shot of my daily visitors (2 mtrs from the kitchen window)
Anyway I'm always busy so am just a casual garden lister and if I manage a photo it's a bonus, do enjoy following this thread though.
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Like me Papa, House Sparrow is also a garden rare, normally just one brief visit per annum (if I’m lucky), this year has been the exception with a male and two females perhaps eight visits all in January (none since) and as for Grey Partridge well that’s as likely as Ptarmigan!
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Same here with GP. I might change my daily HS to (even annual) Partridge.

This morning some kind of rarity in garden:

#59. Linnet - First male visited briefly in garden and after that couple sit on neighbors birch. I remember that I have seen Linnet in garden several years ago, but for at least four years it has not been seen.
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Same here with GP. I might change my daily HS to (even annual) Partridge.

This morning some kind of rarity in garden:

#59. Linnet - First male visited briefly in garden and after that couple sit on neighbors birch. I remember that I have seen Linnet in garden several years ago, but for at least four years it has not been seen.
Only ever had two Wari in 37 years! Both singleton flyovers and calling.
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