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Old Monday 31st December 2007, 23:00   #1
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Old Monday 31st December 2007, 23:02   #2
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Had a quick look outside but cannot see any birds. I suspect the fireworks have scared them all away.
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Old Monday 31st December 2007, 23:04   #3
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Last year at this time I had a collard dove plummet down the chimney, but no sign (thank goodness) this time!!!

I see Jyothi has just started this thread, but I beat him to it by 2 seconds!!!!!!!!!

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Old Monday 31st December 2007, 23:34   #4
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Lol it was close Penny
I can't delete my thread, as there is no delete button so recently after posting it, but I have PM'ed Delia to see if it can be done.

Stepped outside the house, masses of fireworks and..

1. Tawny Owl
2. Pheasant
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Old Monday 31st December 2007, 23:41   #5
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Lol it was close Penny
I can't delete my thread, as there is no delete button so recently after posting it, but I have PM'ed Delia to see if it can be done.

Stepped outside the house, masses of fireworks and..

1. Tawny Owl
2. Pheasant
It was VERY close Jyothi - Happy New Year and well done with first 2 birds on BF!!!!!

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Old Monday 31st December 2007, 23:47   #6
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Nuttin so far!.
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Old Tuesday 1st January 2008, 01:08   #7
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I'm still working on my 2007 list (it's only 9:06 pm EST)! The funny thing is, I'm not having much luck with all this darkness around!
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Old Tuesday 1st January 2008, 03:17   #8
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12/31/07 - 8:17 PM Pacific Standard Time

Saw 33 species today, the last day of the year. So that would make, what, -- minus 33 species for 2008 so far?

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Just up and have seen Blackbirds (getting the worms). The two Firecrest in the garden haven't woken yet - shame. Hopefully i'll see them later. Just having a brew before I pop up to the local Res for an hour or two. I should pick up 30+ ticks this morning.
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Old Tuesday 1st January 2008, 07:54   #10
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Well it's almost 1am here in the Pacific Time Zone. I just got my first bird of the year, a cracking Northern Saw-whet Owl! I took our snowmobile up into our neighbors woods, walked a bit farther, and started calling for them. At the second location, after about five minutes of calling and waiting, I heard twittering sounds above me, one of the less-commonly-heard Saw-whet vocalizations. It took a few more minutes, but I finally saw its silhouette pass between trees, then got the spotlight on it in flight, then the spotlight on it perched on an open branch. Fantastic! It flew around a few times, twittering some more and moving on to whining sounds as well.

I did the same last New Years, but after more than an hour all I had was one call far down a slope, so it was great to actually see it this year.

Now to get some sleep! ^_^ Happy New Year everyone.
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Old Tuesday 1st January 2008, 10:17   #11
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Happy new year everyone!

So far I've had Starling, Collared dove, Wood Pigeon, robin, Chaffinch, Greenfinch, House sparrows, blue tit and Magpie all in my garden, plus the black headed gulls on the roof.
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A quick walk around the local res this morning has given me 39 so far.
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Tens species so far, all in the garden and surrounds. I am being lazy and not going out (chances are every person and their dog will be out and about).
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Red kite!! On a (non-birding) family walk, near Beaconsfield. An awesome start to the year. (Also some less exciting stuff: green & g-s woodpeckers were best of the rest.)
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Compared to this time last year, things are looking very rosy!

25 species today, this is mainly from looking out my windows, but also a short walk down the local park which has a small river running through it. Not exactly perfect weather, but this is what I've seen today, in order:

Lesser Black-backed Gull
Carrion Crow
Dunnock
Rook
Feral Pigeon
Starling
Herring Gull
House Sparrow
Siskin
Wood Pigeon
Blackbird
Robin
Black-headed Gull
Magpie
Blue Tit
Greenfinch
Pied Wagtail
Cormorant
Mallard
Great Tit
Dipper
Jackdaw
Wren
Redwing
Fieldfare
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first owl of the year? Short eared and very nice it was too, closely followed by a barn owl about ten minutes later. And a pair of grey partridges was suprising as well as there aren't that many about near here. Unfortunately fog and bad light beat me too a little owl, so that is my first dip of the year. I also had goldcrest.
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bittern in cornwall this afternoon at stithians. also black necked grebe in newlyn at first light with a gn diver and over at carbis bay this morning red throated and gn divers and slav grebe
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Forty Three this morning at Amwell Gravel Pits including Smew, Goldeneye, Egyptian Goose and Chiffchaff which pleased me no end.
Strangely, no Green or Goldfinches :-(
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Old Tuesday 1st January 2008, 16:34   #19
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34 so far,nothing exotic.
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Old Tuesday 1st January 2008, 16:43   #20
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68 so far. Best being 5 species of heron including Bittern, Great White Egret and Cattle Egret. Black Tailed Godwit, Green Sand, Snipe, Goosanders and Black N Grebe all at Blashford Lakes HWT.
Missed some easy birds like Green Wood, Treecreeper and Kingfisher but hopefully by tomorrow I will be over the 100 mark.
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88 on a very murky day in Essex - showy BN Grebe, 2 BT Divers, 4 Smew, 40+ Goosander and a few Twite were the highlights.
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New Year's Day birding tick race in Sussex

Wow - what a day - we started at about midday just looking out into the garden, then went to West Wittering (accompanied by every family, their dogs and BBQs), then Church Norton, finally a frantic run around at Arundel WWT in the nearly pitch-black, which gave us an extra around 14 species!

So the total was....47! Last year was around 35, so very pleased. We got:

Bar-tailed Godwit
Blackbird
Black-headed Gull
Blue Tit
Brent Goose
Canada Goose
Carrion Crow
Cetti's Warbler
Chaffinch
Collared Dove
Coot
Cormorant
Curlew
Dunlin
Dunnock
Golden Plover
Goldfinch
Great Tit
Greenfinch
Grey Wagtail
Herring Gull
Jackdaw
Kestrel
Lapwing
Little Egret
Little Grebe
Long-tailed Tit
Magpie
Mallard
Moorhen
Mute Swan
Oystercatcher
Pheasant
Pied Wagtail
Pochard
Redshank
Ringed Plover
Robin
Rook
Shelduck
Snipe
Starling
Teal
Tufted Duck
Turnstone
Wigeon
Woodpigeon

Yipee!

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Old Tuesday 1st January 2008, 16:58   #23
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70 odd close to home on a short miserable wet day, highlights inc:-

Tawny, Little, Long-eared & Short-eared Owls (2 of the latter trying repeatedly to catch a Stoat - he got sick of this & had a good go at jumping up back at the owls!)
3Stonechat 2Woodcock 1Corn Bunting(in terminal decline here...?) 3Water Rail(feeding out in the open together) White fronted Geese 1Ruddy Duck(very scarce here in winter) Great Crested Grebe etc.

Missed Jack Snipe & Barn Owl, but lots of regular birds to look forward to over the next couple of weeks.... like Pied Wagtail & Coal Tit !
also missed :- Barn owl, Heron, Jack Snipe, Golden Plover, Jay, Tree Sparrow, Gsw, Treecreeper, Greylag goose, Dipper, Redshank, Kingfisher, Green Sand, Goosander, Chiffchaff, Shoveller etc
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Managed 87 species around East Kent. Staggeringly this list does not include Greenfinch or Goldfinch, only Kestrel and Marsh Harrier in the raptors and only Little Owl. So plenty of scope to improve this over the next few days.
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Had family calling around so was restricted to what I could see out of the window Very wet and dark day - complete opposite of this time last week when it was clear blue skies and sunshine and a hard frost.

1: Blue Tit


Do I get the prize for the Most feeble January 1st List?

Off out tomorrow afternoon and all day Thursday so planning to make amends!
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