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Old Wednesday 10th June 2020, 18:55   #826
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A few new ones from the past few weeks but its been hard going. Ebird says i'm on 145 but I can't quite work out which species I've missed out here yet

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Old Wednesday 10th June 2020, 19:03   #827
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It’ll be something really common and easily overlooked Ryan, Wren perhaps?
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Old Thursday 11th June 2020, 19:00   #828
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It’ll be something really common and easily overlooked Ryan, Wren perhaps?
I think your probably right Richard, had a quick look today and couldn't find it amongst the more unusual species. Tomorrows job now....
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Old Sunday 14th June 2020, 16:54   #829
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Later we did some maintenance at Mother in Law’s field in the forest and after a 10 month absence I finally saw some Common Crossbill, a flock of about 60, I was wondering, have any of the rest of you had similar Crossbill ‘missing in action’ scenarios since last summer? Or ( Jos and Wari perhaps) bigger numbers remaining instead of leaving your areas? Probably pine cone crop related...
Last Winter and Spring there has been more Crossbills on move than ever (in my birding years- 12).

It seems that the show is over here also. But in this month I have been at home just a weekends. Ok, next week I'm mostly at home...
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Apart from a single sighting a number of years ago, I’ve heard very brief single “purrs” between 1-3 times perhaps on several occasions certainly over the last three years during June/July.
Heard again briefly this am, thus Turtle Dove makes it a “purr-fect” no.80.
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Old Monday 15th June 2020, 12:38   #831
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Purrfect Turtle Dove

Very jealous of that one Ken but I won’t make any ‘catty‘ comments!
More Crossbills beginning to turn up around and about now, and Alpine Swift over the garden twice recently, otherwise things have stalled perhaps till post breeding movements start in July, I’m missing some regulars like Tree Pipit, Common Redstart ( both breeding less than 1km away), both the common flycatchers to name but four
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Very jealous of that one Ken but I won’t make any ‘catty‘ comments!
More Crossbills beginning to turn up around and about now, and Alpine Swift over the garden twice recently, otherwise things have stalled perhaps till post breeding movements start in July, I’m missing some regulars like Tree Pipit, Common Redstart ( both breeding less than 1km away), both the common flycatchers to name but four
Cheers Richard, If I can emulate last Autumn’s haul I’ll be a real happy bunny! Only ever had just the one Tripit and Crossbills twice, thus I’ll not be betting on those, however the two Flys and Redstart again unlikely (not two years running surely ) Got a pair of Groppers less than a mile away!, absolutely no chance there, interestingly had one reeling c2m up in a Sallow yesterday...didn’t know they got that high.
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Cheers Richard, If I can emulate last Autumn’s haul I’ll be a real happy bunny! Only ever had just the one Tripit and Crossbills twice, thus I’ll not be betting on those, however the two Flys and Redstart again unlikely (not two years running surely ) Got a pair of Groppers less than a mile away!, absolutely no chance there, interestingly had one reeling c2m up in a Sallow yesterday...didn’t know they got that high.
Have you got a raspberry patch Ken, I saw an August southbound Gropper in such a habitat a few years back so don’t despair, a nice bit of low growing vegetation might do the trick for you. Surprised you don’t get overflying Tree pip on autumn migration though.
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Old Monday 15th June 2020, 15:59   #834
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Have you got a raspberry patch Ken, I saw an August southbound Gropper in such a habitat a few years back so don’t despair, a nice bit of low growing vegetation might do the trick for you. Surprised you don’t get overflying Tree pip on autumn migration though.
I’m sure like most of us Richard, we don’t connect with all that passes through and over our respective cabbage patches. If we were able to do so, there would be plenty of “jaws on the floors”. I don’t have a Raspberry patch but I’m cultivating a Bramble patch next to the pond so..... we live in hope.
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Old Monday 15th June 2020, 16:28   #835
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Blimey, that was a quick result
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Old Wednesday 17th June 2020, 07:44   #836
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I was drinking my morning coffee in the garden and watching the Swifts circling above when I noticed much bigger "Swift":

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This morning just before I headed out Birding I had a new visitor to the garden. It was a Stock Dove I can't remember last time I saw a Stock Dove either in the field or in the garden but it was great to watch it.
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Old Wednesday 17th June 2020, 12:30   #838
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Well done Euan! They are a very handsome bird when you get a close look at them
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Well done Euan! They are a very handsome bird when you get a close look at them
Yes a curious bird.
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Old Wednesday 17th June 2020, 18:16   #840
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I was drinking my morning coffee in the garden and watching the Swifts circling above when I noticed much bigger "Swift":

#78. Hobby
Still waiting......😕
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Old Saturday 20th June 2020, 11:32   #841
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Old Saturday 20th June 2020, 17:08   #842
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It looks like I've hit my target 6 1/2 months early!! It appears i missed out the first two from previous months. Just as I thought the excellent spring was all over this week returned to form, Crossbills, Siskins and a couple Mistle Thrush have been moving south, a Reed Warbler and Marsh warbler took up residence in my garden for a day and last night, while watching a fantastic spectacle of 1500+ swifts moving south in an hour, they were joined by 3 Spoonbills. What a spring in east Norfolk!!!

144 Black Tern (was actually #125)
145 Grey Plover (was actually #140)
146 Red Crossbill
147 Marsh Warbler
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It looks like I've hit my target 6 1/2 months early!! It appears i missed out the first two from previous months. Just as I thought the excellent spring was all over this week returned to form, Crossbills, Siskins and a couple Mistle Thrush have been moving south, a Reed Warbler and Marsh warbler took up residence in my garden for a day and last night, while watching a fantastic spectacle of 1500+ swifts moving south in an hour, they were joined by 3 Spoonbills. What a spring in east Norfolk!!!

144 Black Tern (was actually #125)
145 Grey Plover (was actually #140)
146 Red Crossbill
147 Marsh Warbler
148 Eurasian Reed Warbler
149 Mistle Thrush
150 Eurasian Spoonbill
Congratulations Ryan, that's a spectacular total that we 'inlanders' can only dream of. Mind you, I bet those Spoonbills had their work cut out joining the southbound Swifts, a bit of slipstreaming might work I suppose..... Lovely shot of the Marsh Warbler too, nice chunky bill
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Old Sunday 21st June 2020, 17:14   #844
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Old Wednesday 24th June 2020, 07:58   #846
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Noc migging unintentionally last night produced a strange brief sound, which after searching through some candidates on Xeno canto, I was fairly sure it was a

73: Shoveler

Still within striking distance of HALF of Ryan's score - so not bad!
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Old Thursday 25th June 2020, 16:10   #847
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73. Oystercatcher - one called several times just after I went in having processed my moth catch but couldn't spot it when I got back out.

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Breakfast bonanza

Late June sometimes turns up oddities at our altitude we’ve found, both here and at our previous place, presumably post or failed breeding wanderers from lower down but to get two in five minutes while eating our porridge this morning was a nice surprise. I was curious as to why the ‘Great Spotted Woodpecker’ arrived in the cherry tree was not shimmying up the trunk as usual but staying pretty still, so got out the bins and was chuffed to see it was only our second ever

78 Middle Spotted Woodpecker

My wife kept an eye on it while I scrambled for the camera but of course it moved off before I was sorted out .Still, when the second surprise arrived in the same tree a couple of minutes later I was able to photograph the visitor, an adult

79 Spotted Flycatcher

Usually it’s August before I see them here as they head south, so this was a first June record for the garden.
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Late June sometimes turns up oddities at our altitude we’ve found, both here and at our previous place, presumably post or failed breeding wanderers from lower down but to get two in five minutes while eating our porridge this morning was a nice surprise. I was curious as to why the ‘Great Spotted Woodpecker’ arrived in the cherry tree was not shimmying up the trunk as usual but staying pretty still, so got out the bins and was chuffed to see it was only our second ever

78 Middle Spotted Woodpecker

My wife kept an eye on it while I scrambled for the camera but of course it moved off before I was sorted out .Still, when the second surprise arrived in the same tree a couple of minutes later I was able to photograph the visitor, an adult

79 Spotted Flycatcher

Usually it’s August before I see them here as they head south, so this was a first June record for the garden.
Clearly...both “well spotted” then Richard.
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