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Old Friday 1st May 2020, 10:41   #701
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At last!

Hobby on patch the other day, Ken, won't be long
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Old Friday 1st May 2020, 14:06   #702
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At last!

Hobby on patch the other day, Ken, won't be long
Praps.....sooner than you think H! Probably same bird as yesterday, too fast for me and the camera....must do better.
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This morning was quieter than Wednesday, but I still got two new species to pass my old record of 88 set from the yard last year!

88. Gray Catbird
89. Orchard Oriole (3rd individual from the yard, first time in spring)
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Old Friday 1st May 2020, 17:02   #704
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Praps.....sooner than you think H! Probably same bird as yesterday, too fast for me and the camera....must do better.
Too fast for its prey!
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Old Saturday 2nd May 2020, 14:02   #705
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Lovely weather for ducks

Having long been resigned to the unlikelihood of any web-footed species ever being seen here (Goosander an outside chance I optimistically thought) I got a shock earlier when a flock of eleven

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were circling around in the low cloud further up the valley in a somewhat confused state! Clearly regretting their evident navigational error and faced with an unbroken mass of mountains of up to 2500m in height they did a clumsy u-turn, formed a smart 'V' and powered off down the valley back towards Annecy. That's 101 for the Garden life list then and a most welcome addition to brighten up the soggy gloom (we currently have Amber flood warnings in place after going nearly three weeks without any rain!).
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Unexpected visitor - well, passer-by - we normally see Kestrels from the house only during juvenile dispersal around Septemberish:

61. Kestrel One East, not sexed, too far.

A pleasant surprise!

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Just the odd one seen most years occasionally several, today one overhead soaring Common Tern, no.77.
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One just flew past !!!
There's no water for miles !
Incredible.
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Old Saturday 2nd May 2020, 16:32   #709
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One just flew past !!!
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Exceptional! Well done H.
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Old Sunday 3rd May 2020, 12:44   #710
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One more for the garden list, Swift.
A pair just flew over, reasonably low heading SW.
Still very few Martins or Swallows and those seem to be very high up.
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Old Sunday 3rd May 2020, 13:49   #711
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One just flew past !!!
There's no water for miles !
Incredible.
Excellent. They obviously have to move, but usually at night I thought (people get them nocmigging), which throws people a bit apparently when they come to analyse the nights 'catch'!
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Garden Mega!

Been mosty quiet on the additions of late, apart from hearing 49) Barn Owl at dusk while listening to the local Tawny Owls.

Taking part in the #BigGardenSit bird watching hour on Saturday and turning it into a bird count day added a few more on - some a touch unexpected.

First up at 08:50 and a typically quiet morning apart from the usual Herring Gulls and Rooks moving around to add a 50) Black-throated Diver flying purposefull NW inland about quarter mile or less away at treetop height! We're about 5 miles from the coast, but even so this was a tad surprising. Made it all worthwhile (ended up on 20 for the hour, near the bottom of the table!).

Later in the afternoon spotted a high up distant 51) Common Swift, and in another direction 52) 2 House Martin. It started to drizzle late evening, but popping out again (unsuccesffully) for Tawny Owls for the day list instead was able to add a flock of 53) Whimbrel heading north somewhere nearby (hard to tell where from or how many as coincided precisely with a noisy helicopter passing over at the same time! (32 species for the entire day).
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Been mosty quiet on the additions of late, apart from hearing 49) Barn Owl at dusk while listening to the local Tawny Owls.

Taking part in the #BigGardenSit bird watching hour on Saturday and turning it into a bird count day added a few more on - some a touch unexpected.

First up at 08:50 and a typically quiet morning apart from the usual Herring Gulls and Rooks moving around to add a 50) Black-throated Diver flying purposefull NW inland about quarter mile or less away at treetop height! We're about 5 miles from the coast, but even so this was a tad surprising. Made it all worthwhile (ended up on 20 for the hour, near the bottom of the table!).

Later in the afternoon spotted a high up distant 51) Common Swift, and in another direction 52) 2 House Martin. It started to drizzle late evening, but popping out again (unsuccesffully) for Tawny Owls for the day list instead was able to add a flock of 53) Whimbrel heading north somewhere nearby (hard to tell where from or how many as coincided precisely with a noisy helicopter passing over at the same time! (32 species for the entire day).
A couple of belters there Dan, a nice reward.
Regulars may recall how I couldn't see a near 'ish' Stonechat once because a tree was blocking the view to the dung heap it frequented for just one afternoon, it would have been a Garden Lifer. A touch of déjà vu early this morning then when on my walk back from the bakers I found a Whinchat (another species yet to grace the list), this was near another dung heap which is clearly visible from the house. It was chased off by a Black Redstart but I was sure that it wouldn't have gone far and that I'd be able to see it from home using the 'scope. No such luck though, despite a few hours' watching.
Still, all was not in vain as while watching a group of house Martins in the distance this afternoon I jammed onto my first

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of the year, two in fact. In four years here the earliest previous ones were 23 May so real early birds!
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Old Monday 4th May 2020, 09:00   #714
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First up at 08:50 [/QUOTE]

Most of the day's stuff has long gone by 7! Never mind 8:50!!

Get a grip, Dan!!😁😅😷
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Get a grip, Dan!!😁😅😷
Yes, what a disgrace! At least I had the excuse of getting my wife’s packed lunch ready for her departure for work before I got outside this morning, after an hour’s backbreaking and knee-knackering weeding I got my third Garden Life Tick of the year when I heard Bee Eater (s) high overheard heading East at 9.30, a heard only addition to the list but a lovely sound to hear up here nonetheless

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50. Cuckoo.

Heard calling at lunchtime today.
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Yes, what a disgrace! At least I had the excuse of getting my wife’s packed lunch ready for her departure for work before I got outside this morning, after an hour’s backbreaking and knee-knackering weeding I got my third Garden Life Tick of the year when I heard Bee Eater (s) high overheard heading East at 9.30, a heard only addition to the list but a lovely sound to hear up here nonetheless

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Heard calling at lunchtime today.
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40 here for the year....some of you have better gardens!
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Old Monday 4th May 2020, 16:13   #719
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"Thick and fast" were the words for yesterday! Very good overnight migration brought a memorable morning flight, producing

90. Wild Turkey (2nd yard record, heard distant)
91. Eastern Towhee
92. Greater Yellowlegs (new yard bird!)
93. Solitary Sandpiper (new yard bird, flock of four then one!)
94. Cliff Swallow (2nd yard occurrence)

Other good flyover numbers included Eastern Kingbird (6), Blue Jay (39), Bobolink (6), Orchard Oriole (4!), Baltimore Oriole (10!), Yellow-rumped Warbler (20), warbler sp. (49), and several odd-looking passerine migrants.

Later in the afternoon, FOUR ravens flew over, a new yard high count.

This morning might have been nice, too, but I was quite busy unfortunately. Looks like the forecast calls for lighter migration these next several days, so probably fewer additions.

Photos from yesterday include Blue Jay, Common Raven, and Eastern Kingbird. I also included a photo of the backyard, at least most of it. Lots of sky, but not many tall trees! There are two tall ones just out of frame, but that's it.
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May 5th.

69. Jay - one flew over nice and low. Only my 3rd in three years and four months here.

I saw my first Swift a couple of weeks ago but it is only today that the 'locals' are back, just three so far but occasionally screaming. A late Siskin over yesterday, and the second Hobby of the year the day before that, but otherwise rather quiet of late.

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That's 101 for the Garden life list
Richard - sorry to say I somehow missed #100. I remember you musing it might turn out to be Whinchat but I know it wasn't. What was it that brought up your century? Or do I need to read back through the thread to find out?

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Richard - sorry to say I somehow missed #100. I remember you musing it might turn out to be Whinchat but I know it wasn't. What was it that brought up your century? Or do I need to read back through the thread to find out?

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Ha, it was all a bit embarrassing really, I was checking a previous year’s Garden List and realised that Grey Wagtail was missing from the Garden Life List! So the Short toed Treecreeper was actually no. 100!
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I also included a photo of the backyard, at least most of it. Lots of sky, but not many tall trees! There are two tall ones just out of frame, but that's it.
Oh, you have your own birding tower there.

Richard!

Weekend was quite good for garden ticks.

Saturday:
#61. Common Tern
#62. Whimbrel
- Garden lifer. 2 birds flew over and if they had been silent, I may not have noticed them at all.
#63. Northern Pintail - Garden lifer. 7 birds flew over. Luckily I manage to take photo. Otherwise I wouldn't dear to ID them...

Sunday evening at 10 pm I went on yard to listen to any Black Scoters flying over. No BS's, but:
#64. Bittern - Distant booming from local bay. I think this was my third record ever.
#65. Green-winged Teal - An other Garden lifer. Heard only, but several birds flew over.
#66. Goldeneye - Not annual and I only heard the whistle of wings.

PS. Also not annual at resent years so very nice suprise were two Hedgehogs.
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Oh, you have your own birding tower there.

Richard!

Weekend was quite good for garden ticks.

Saturday:
#61. Common Tern
#62. Whimbrel
- Garden lifer. 2 birds flew over and if they had been silent, I may not have noticed them at all.
#63. Northern Pintail - Garden lifer. 7 birds flew over. Luckily I manage to take photo. Otherwise I wouldn't dear to ID them...

Sunday evening at 10 pm I went on yard to listen to any Black Scoters flying over. No BS's, but:
#64. Bittern - Distant booming from local bay. I think this was my third record ever.
#65. Green-winged Teal - An other Garden lifer. Heard only, but several birds flew over.
#66. Goldeneye - Not annual and I only heard the whistle of wings.

PS. Also not annual at resent years so very nice suprise were two Hedgehogs.
Well done on the “Grdn.Lifers” Wari! How many lifers have you had this year...surely not as many as birdmeister.
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#63. Northern Pintail - Garden lifer. 7 birds flew over. Luckily I manage to take photo. Otherwise I wouldn't dear to ID them...
I may be mis-understanding, but the photo of ducks flying that you have posted shows Eurasian Wigeon, not Northern Pintail
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