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Old Thursday 8th September 2016, 06:11   #701
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#59. Blackcap - But she have a red(ish) cap...
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Old Thursday 8th September 2016, 15:17   #702
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31 Swallow

Good to see the swallows they always arrive about now and stay around a few days before going on .
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Old Friday 9th September 2016, 12:13   #703
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Anoher garden maintenance visit, another addition:
81 Marsh Harrier

drifting south.
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Old Sunday 11th September 2016, 15:48   #704
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Belated addition. I appear to have omitted Common Buzzard - having just checked for possibles in the balance of the year. I think my first from the garden this year was 27th March.

In birding, there are few more beautiful sights in flight on a sunny day than today's highlight through the garden:-

37. Jay

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Old Sunday 11th September 2016, 18:06   #705
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Good feeling of autumn on my land (despite some of the best weather of the year, 25 C and sunny), but lots of passerines moving through, flocks of Jays et al, quite a few Nutcrackers too. Also five Black Woodpeckers back in the wet forest, etc, etc.

Two additions for the year - flock of 11 Cormorants flying over and a smart young Red-breasted Flycatcher hunting from stumps aside my feeding station.

113. Cormorant
114. Red-breasted Flycatcher
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Old Sunday 11th September 2016, 19:51   #706
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Still on 67....due to an oversight on my previous! However my new 67 came this am, totally out of the blue literally....landing atop yonder Ash tree looking straight at me! Only my 3rd in 33 years, and my first decent view of this superb species in the garden.....drop-jawed! I've never seen one perched in the open on a tree top before, and it had the courtesy to wait until I'd snapped it!....Plus a ''net gain'' Chiffy from yesterday.
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Lovely action shot Ken. Settling in to our new home which is situated on the side of a valley with some hefty mountains all around making it a bit of a 'dead end', surely less favourable for passing raptors on migration than our previous place (will continue the Garden List there until the end of the year as we haven't yet sold etc). So imagine my surprise this morning when this handsome chap perched atop of an adjacent conifer to preen (see grainy photo). As well as being out of typical habitat, it's a species we've never recorded in or from the garden in our ten years at our old home, despite it being next to a reedbed (and with a little pond in the garden!). Just goes to show that during the migration periods anything is possible (well almost ).
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That's an amazing occurrence Richard what a record!....and also from a "tree top". What is it with these traditional skulkers, that sends them into reverse when on migration?
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Old Sunday 11th September 2016, 22:24   #709
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Some fantastic birds turning up for everyone now migration is kicking in, nice to see so much activity again.
Number 84 for me today, Northern Parula. Another one seen often not far from home, so great to finally see one sneaking through the garden.
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Old Monday 12th September 2016, 05:13   #710
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Wow Jos! I'm really jealous of that RbF. It shouldn't be absolutely impossible in my garden... But I don't hold my breath while waiting.

Ken got great photos. I have also photoing those same targets at last few days, but after those shots - I won't put those here.

After saying that, I have to say to Richard that your photo for Bluethroat is much better than what I manage to do when the bird visiting in my garden at last May. I was left with only memories of it...

Anyway - one totally new species above garden:
#60. Kestrel
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So imagine my surprise this morning when this handsome chap perched atop of an adjacent conifer to preen (see grainy photo).
Very nice, this is one that I have high on my expected list, but I still I wait (perhaps too much habitat to hide in is my problem)


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Anyway - one totally new species above garden:
#60. Kestrel
Nice one, almost always an August/September bird here, but not had one this year.
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Old Monday 12th September 2016, 06:02   #712
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Equally jealous of your RbFly Jos!
I somehow imagined you'd have Bluethroats all over your boggy habitat , does it not breed in Lithuania then?
I'm hoping a photographer friend will improve my photos as it looked like a Red-spotted to me, which is apparently the rare one here (no previous records for Haute-Savoie it seems).
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Old Monday 12th September 2016, 06:10   #713
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I somehow imagined you'd have Bluethroats all over your boggy habitat , does it not breed in Lithuania then?
It does breed in Lithuania, though rather localised and not very abundant. The species probably has occurred, but my swampy area is becoming more and more reeded and ever easier for small things like Bluethroats to hide in. In the last few years, Water Rails and Moorhens have started to breed, Little crake has occurred a couple of times, Great White Egrets summered this year and loads of Sedge Warblers now breed, Savi's Warbler and Reed Warbler occurring too. Just need the Bluethroat as the cherry on the top.
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Old Monday 12th September 2016, 06:12   #714
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Equally jealous of your RbFly Jos!
This one does breed some years, didn't this year, so the one this weekend was very welcome ...and views much better than usual - hawking out as Great Tits fed on the adjacent peanut feeders.
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Old Monday 12th September 2016, 10:03   #715
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I'm hoping a photographer friend will improve my photos as it looked like a Red-spotted to me, which is apparently the rare one here (no previous records for Haute-Savoie it seems).
I've given it a go; not sure it's possible to tell from this pic.
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Thanks for that N, looks like I might have to change the sighting on the local website to ssp undetermined, after all I don't want to get a reputation as The English Stringer!
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Thanks for that N, looks like I might have to change the sighting on the local website to ssp undetermined, after all I don't want to get a reputation as The English Stringer!
Good God No!.....otherwise you'll have to consider a "Sharp Brexit".
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Good God No!.....otherwise you'll have to consider a "Sharp Brexit".
Don't get me started on that, please!!
The local bird recording police beat me to it and have asked me to change my observation to Bluethroat ssp non-defined, all subspecies can show apparent reddish patches on the throat in autumn, so I would've needed one of Jos' nets to catch it to be able to nail it as a red-spotted. I'm still amazed that they have never been recorded in Haute-Savoie though, as I believe there's a small breeding population in Switzerland (just next door!).
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Old Tuesday 13th September 2016, 07:20   #719
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I'm very impressed by recent sightings - & a tad envious.

It's time I found one for mine.

A nice just-fed male Merlin on patch yesterday was my highlight.
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32. Red backed Shrike. Seen several times in this last week on end of washing line , grass and tree
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32. Red backed Shrike. Seen several times in this last week on end of washing line , grass and tree
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It seems that the winter will come again this year. At least if I conclude something about birds movements.

#61. Common Crane - And not just one, but something between 160 - 190 birds flew to the West.

Yesterday was the first day for two weeks when I didn't see any Phylloscopus at my garden. Also Redstarts seems to have gone. But there was still one Lesser Whitethroat, couple Robins and:

#62. Garden Warbler - I think this was first one that I have ever seen in my Garden.
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It seems that the winter will come again this year. At least if I conclude something about birds movements.

#61. Common Crane - And not just one, but something between 160 - 190 birds flew to the West.

Yesterday was the first day for two weeks when I didn't see any Phylloscopus at my garden. Also Redstarts seems to have gone. But there was still one Lesser Whitethroat, couple Robins and:

#62. Garden Warbler - I think this was first one that I have ever seen in my Garden.
What an amazing sight those Cranes must have been! As for Garden Warbler, it certainly seems a misnomer to me, I have only ever seen one in a garden!

Summer is starting to arrive here, with a number of summer birds returning. But sadly my tiny inner-city garden is very unlikely to attract any of them! Still, I can hopefully look forward to our Channel-billed Cuckoos and Pacific Koels being back soon.
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Old Wednesday 14th September 2016, 07:13   #724
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Along with Chiffy and a Goldcrest this am....out of a bright blue at 8.01 am.......a flypast Yellow Wagtail no.68. Very much less than annual for me, now hoping to make it to 70!


This evening....the gods were smiling!...talking on phone, when I suddenly espied this at end of neighbour's garden.....no 69. Thought I'd indulge in Richard's ''extra limital'' photo contest.
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Old Wednesday 14th September 2016, 22:01   #725
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Flyover 85 Double-crested Cormorant this morning. My first for my county too. 30 km south in Ottawa they are almost a guaranteed daily spot (I saw a raft of 103 yesterday!), however they don't seem to venture over the border into our area very often. Just seen two whilst kayaking too. You never know what is going to turn up!
Now if a Cardinal can venture up here too?!
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