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Old Monday 19th December 2011, 08:33   #626
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The "in garden" list is probably still below 60.

Meanwhile yesterday a male bullfinch pushes the yearlist record to 131.

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Old Monday 19th December 2011, 15:31   #627
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I'm almost certainly finished now (73..and no House Sparrow at all this year!)...however my current ''in out split'' total (not for the year, but all time... is exactly 50:50.

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Old Monday 19th December 2011, 20:07   #628
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A very interesting thread.

Whilst not wishing to compete with any other subscriber's Garden List, I offer the following sightings from my "plot"out of interest: Wryneck, Black WP, Black Kite, Pallas's Wblr, Crested Tit, GGS, Gt White Egret, Hobby, Honey Buzzard, Goshawk and Osprey. RBS missed by only 50 mtrs (view obscured by trees), and twice yearly overhead passage of up to 10,000 Common Cranes on migration.

Regular nesting birds on my plot include Whitethroat, Gdn Wblr, Blackcap, Willow Wblr, Chiff-Chaff, Alba Wag, MSWP, Black Redstart and ST Treecreeper.

Having relocated here only a few short years ago, and accutely aware of the extent to which the area is "underwatched", I am still wondering what will turn up next - a great buzz with each new season. Good luck to all garden listers.
Some cracking birds there. What is MSWP?

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Old Monday 19th December 2011, 23:11   #629
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Some cracking birds there. What is MSWP?

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Middle spotted woodpecker maybe?
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Old Friday 23rd December 2011, 14:59   #630
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Middle spotted woodpecker maybe?
You got it, Jonny721. Apologies for excessive use of TLAs; force of habit I'm afraid. I posted before Andy Hurley's TLA thread got underway.....

Middle Spotted WP is far from common here, and I was really upbeat when I noted the efforts of a pair to locate their yearly brood site in an old oak at the bottom of my patch. The tree in question was hosting a large bracket type fungi some twenty-plus feet up the trunk and they went in from the side of this (presumably the wood was easier to work). I was concerned to leave them relatively undisturbed, and limited my visits to once weekly. The last I saw of them was three or more young coming up to the entrance as one or other of the parents returned with offerings. They only occupied the site once, three years ago now, and have not been back. This suggests that they excavate new each year. However, I regularly hear their distinct call each year, early in the season.

Other regular annual sightings here include Swallowtail butterfly. Nobody sprays crops or gardens in this area. Perhaps that has something to do with the abundance of wildlife to be seen.

Latest of interest here: Six Red Kites, slow and purposeful flight W in loose formation.

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Old Friday 23rd December 2011, 15:26   #631
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You got it, Jonny721. Apologies for excessive use of TLAs; force of habit I'm afraid. I posted before Andy Thurley's TLA thread got underway..... .....
Who is Andy Thurley and what TLA thread are you referring to?

Just curious!
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Old Friday 23rd December 2011, 20:20   #632
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ah! TLA - Three letter acronym

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Old Saturday 24th December 2011, 06:41   #633
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Glad to see this is still going. Only been out in the garden once or twice since returning from Thailand in the hope of a new species, but no go. A couple of Ravens flew low over the other day, though, which was nice.

Have three non-work days left - so there's still hope!
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Some cracking birds there. What is MSWP?

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Hi Cheshire Birder. Swings and roundabouts I'm afraid. I've not seen a rook within 10 miles of this village since arriving in 2005, and this area is 60% farmland. Nor have I seen a single Water Rail in Saarland County in that time.

However, when the Common Cranes and raptors pass over on migration each year these are forgotten. And who knows what the next surprise may be.
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Old Saturday 24th December 2011, 07:36   #635
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Who is Andy Thurley and what TLA thread are you referring to?

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Hi Larry. Well spotted, and my apologies to Andy Hurley. The thread I was referring to is "TLAs, good or bad?" (previous page).

I'm out now to see what might have been blown in on the reservoir.
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Old Saturday 24th December 2011, 11:45   #636
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I've got a Scoter in the garden today. He's not in great shape alas.
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Old Saturday 24th December 2011, 14:05   #637
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Hi Larry. Well spotted, and my apologies to Andy Hurley. The thread I was referring to is "TLAs, good or bad?" (previous page).

I'm out now to see what might have been blown in on the reservoir.
Thanks, SAARLAND BIRDER, I now see where you were coming from!

Looks like I am going to have a pretty short list for our garden list this year. I think my last bird was # 46.

Maybe 2012 will be a little higher. Hope so, anyway!
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Old Saturday 24th December 2011, 14:09   #638
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Everyone seems to be having a record year!!

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Not quite! A good start for me, then bombed the second half of the year. Off for a week after Christmas though, so still a faint chance of finishing on a high.

All the very best to one and all for 2012.

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Old Tuesday 27th December 2011, 18:19   #639
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With possibly the last day of the year for my garden birding I failed to add another species today, despite good (20+) numbers of Linnets made flighty by an imm. male Sparrowhawk.

The Peregrine put in another appearance, too.

Am on nights now & probably in London until the New Year.
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Old Wednesday 28th December 2011, 00:03   #640
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It's fun to meet others who keep count of the species who visit their gardens! I had 62 species spotted from my garden this year - highlights for me were the nesting pairs of downy woodpeckers and mallards, a couple of wild turkeys, the kestral who kept it's cache under the blue spruce tree last spring, the Eastern towhee (a lifer), and the Harris' sparrow who visited our feeders daily all last winter.
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Old Wednesday 28th December 2011, 05:39   #641
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Are there plans for a 'Garden List 2012'? If so, I'd like to keep one for my city balcony.
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Are there plans for a 'Garden List 2012'? If so, I'd like to keep one for my city balcony.
No doubt someone will start one.

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Just days away. I'll be in London for the New Year (hopefully) so, if I'm absent...
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In case you are absent, halftwo, I have posted a thread for the year 2012.
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In case you are absent, halftwo, I have posted a thread for the year 2012.
Thanks, Larry, all the best for the garden New Year.

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Old Friday 30th December 2011, 02:02   #646
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Hi, just joined today and am poking about. This appears to be mainly a European thread. I assume a "garden list" is what you find around your house and property. I've been keeping one for my property for 16 years now. So far this year I have 75 species, 120 for the full 16 years. I count them if I can see them or hear them from my property. Happy New Year!
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Old Friday 30th December 2011, 12:44   #647
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87) Common Redpoll A small flock of Redpoll dropped in and were feeding on the Silver Birch catkins so I had a nice chance to study them and pretty sure there was a common among the lessers........feel chuffed with this! I don't think I'll get any more for the year but I'm pretty happy with 87 in 2011 and 107 for the all time garden list.

Happy Birding for 2012 to all you garden listers!

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I count them if I can see them or hear them from my property. Happy New Year!
Yep, them's the rules I play by too!

And a Happy New year to you too.

James (still waiting for one last garden year tick; is there no end to my mad optimism?!)
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Added grey plover, dunlin, red kite, snow and greylag goose to the (my mates) house list today. Any one else running a some-one else's house list?

I've also got in Gwent on my dad's house list Honey Buzzard and my sisters (old) house list- Black Kite
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