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Old Sunday 17th February 2019, 10:53   #201
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They know theyre safe...till the next mealtime, and anyway hunger is a great driver.
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Old Sunday 17th February 2019, 11:07   #202
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16. Starling several
17. Green finch 1
18. Common Buzzard seen most days

Long tailed tits increased to 5 , one of my favourite small birds .

Having beautiful sunny warm days this week between 18 and 21 c, nights cold some
mornings frost but days are terrific , lunch in garden .

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Old Sunday 17th February 2019, 11:16   #203
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16. Starling several
17. Green finch 1
18. Common Buzzard seen most days

Long tailed tits increased to 5 , one of my favourite small birds .

Having beautiful sunny warm days this week between 18 and 21 c, nights cold some
mornings frost but days are terrific , lunch in garden .
Ive been imaging LTTits in the grdn.this am will send a couple through, no Greenfinches for me Brenda...I live in hope.
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Old Sunday 17th February 2019, 16:21   #204
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It has been really warm up here, at the daytime even +5 Celsius degrees. And the "snow mountains" had shrink fast. Weekend has been also sunny, so I took a chance today and sit on stairs sunbathing.
Also I tried a "new trick" and stole one Powans head from my wife's cooking and throw it on the roof of the yard house. I'm not sure was it my "trick" or just luck, but two Common Gulls (and one unidentified gull) fly over #15 (but they didn't landed, so the fish head ended up in the Magpies menu.).
Also I got:
#16. Yellowhammer - after many years waiting two in garden.
#17. Raven - first I heard them and then saw. About one hour later, one Raven join in Crows gang, who harassed a young Sprawk.
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It has been really warm up here, at the daytime even +5 Celsius degrees. And the "snow mountains" had shrink fast. Weekend has been also sunny, so I took a chance today and sit on stairs sunbathing.
Also I tried a "new trick" and stole one Powans head from my wife's cooking and throw it on the roof of the yard house. I'm not sure was it my "trick" or just luck, but two Common Gulls (and one unidentified gull) fly over #15 (but they didn't landed, so the fish head ended up in the Magpies menu.).
Also I got:
#16. Yellowhammer - after many years waiting two in garden.
#17. Raven - first I heard them and then saw. About one hour later, one Raven join in Crows gang, who harassed a young Sprawk.
I'd be sorely tempted to call that a Goshawk!


My addition of

36. Red-shouldered Hawk (f)

was a nice bird to have early in the year. They used to be seen only on migration from the yard, but winter sightings are increasing.

I saw an eagle yesterday, but it was extremely distant and stayed that way. I thought it looked a bit off for Bald, but I will never know...

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One more to add this evening, a very expected flock of

37. Red-winged Blackbird (f)
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I'd be sorely tempted to call that a Goshawk!
I agree with birdmeister that looks very much like an immature Goshawk, immature Sprawk would have horizontal barring, your bird is vertically streaked, and what I thought was the leg...is actually the hind claw!


Suspect more regular over your yard than mine wari, however Ill keep my eyes peeled.
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Thank you very much Birdmeister and Ken! That was totally new species for my garden. So #18. Goshawk.

It was looking so small when I compared it for Hoodies (about same size) and Raven and also the head looks big comparing to body. So maybe we can say this is male? Females would be much bigger.
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I believe there can be a 10-15% size difference between the sexes wari, however...I have seen “big” females on occasion. I believe the Scandinavian birds are the biggest in Europe?

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So far this year I'm still waiting for that tell-tale Crow alarm call that signals a Goshawk in the vicinity, they(the Crows) are doing their croaking alarm now when Buzzards pass over, but the "Watch out there's a Gos about" call is altogether louder and more anxious (especially if it's a female, as Wari says his bird will be a male if it was the same size as the Hoodies).
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Yes, I agree with the others - juv Goshawk there, Wari - nice - even has a hint of gular stripes - and streaking right down to the tail coverts.
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32. song thrush.

Still slow going.

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Thank you very much Birdmeister and Ken! That was totally new species for my garden. So #18. Goshawk.
Congratulations Wari - and another one we have in common (I got mine back in November, and you may have heard the whooping from there!). Wish I'd managed such a good photo!

Puts you a couple ahead as well, I have 16. Brown Creeper to add, which has likely been here all along, but much easier to find when its warm enough to be outside for longer periods and get a chance to hear one.
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