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Old Sunday 13th February 2011, 12:40   #101
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February 12, 2011

20. American Kestrel, high in sycamore tree above our bird feeders.



February 13, 2011

21. Carolina Wren, eating suet at the feeder. This winter has been rough on these wrens, so I was rather surprised to see one in our yard!
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Old Thursday 17th February 2011, 18:22   #102
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Old Saturday 19th February 2011, 19:13   #103
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Probably just a co-incidence...that during this topical 'Dove' period that we're enjoying...I should get my first ever Stock Dove in the garden today..(my 60th in the garden..perched bird!) and my 27th for the year plus a further 21 flyovers..totalling 48 since Jan.1.
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Old Monday 21st February 2011, 15:42   #104
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49) Mute Swan - 2 south yesterday
50) Long Tailed Tit - 6 in garden today
51) Little Egret - 1 in fields today
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No new birds recently but some brilliant flocks of Brambling!
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you got 30 in a day !? I'm only just up to 30.
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Old Thursday 24th February 2011, 07:55   #107
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you got 30 in a day !? I'm only just up to 30.
Sorry, N_L: I had thirty before breakfast this morning! And these included a

58 : Curlew

Lots of mating type activity going on now and suddenly all the Black-headed gulls are sporting summer plumage.
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Old Thursday 24th February 2011, 08:45   #108
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55) Stock Dove

Welcome back H...........you go away for a few weeks and I think I'll catch up but no, still trailing.
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Old Thursday 24th February 2011, 19:13   #109
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23. Ross's Goose
Those would be nice!!...............but it's not going to happen.
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Well, Joanne, I'm not going to be getting a Black-faced Spoonbill any day soon either!
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Well, Joanne, I'm not going to be getting a Black-faced Spoonbill any day soon either!
LOL It wasn't in my garden......................but it wasn't too far away either.
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Had what probably amounts to my earliest Brimstone in the garden today!...along with a good smattering of buzzy bees, and distantly singing Song Thrush, Blackbird and Mistle Thrush....Is something in the air?

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LOL It wasn't in my garden......................but it wasn't too far away either.
East Asia is quite a distance from where you live! (You must have seen your avatar bird in a zoo, I guess.)
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Had what probably amounts to my earliest Brimstone in the garden today!...along with a good smattering of buzzy bees, and distantly singing Song Thrush, Blackbird and Mistle Thrush....Is something in the air?
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Most definately, Ken.

Loads of mating/courting/singing today, with Starlings, Blue tits and House sparrows squabbling over holes in trees, and a Long-tailed tit gathering nesting material. 10c too.
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East Asia is quite a distance from where you live! (You must have seen your avatar bird in a zoo, I guess.)
No, it's a European Spoonbill, Platalea leucorodia, a scarce visitor to Sussex, usually see one or two per year.
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Old Friday 25th February 2011, 09:01   #117
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The mild weather brought another songster out this morning - and, after two harsh winters, I was glad that the ('summer' resident)

59 : Goldcrest

has survived to claim next door's young conifer patch as his territory.
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No, it's a European Spoonbill, Platalea leucorodia, a scarce visitor to Sussex, usually see one or two per year.
My mistake, Joanne, (I must have had one of those "senior moments")!

I had Black-faced Spoonbill on my mind, as our oldest son is currently in Hong Kong and emailed me that he had taken a birding trip up to Mai Po Wetland Centre and seen several of the Black-faced variety!

* Not a garden (yard) bird, but yesterday I saw 50+ American White Pelicans at a lake near Saint Joseph. They seem to be "jumping the gun" a little bit, as we got seven (7) inches of snow yesterday! That should put Spring "on hold" for a bit!
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My mistake, Joanne, (I must have had one of those "senior moments")!

I had Black-faced Spoonbill on my mind, as our oldest son is currently in Hong Kong and emailed me that he had taken a birding trip up to Mai Po Wetland Centre and seen several of the Black-faced variety!
It's OK, Larry. I thought Black-faced might just have been the American name for our Spoonbill...................having only yesterday had a conversation with a friend about how so many of the common American and British names for species differ so the only really reliable ones are the Latin names.
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Old Thursday 3rd March 2011, 06:35   #120
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This morning's early watch produced a much-overdue

60 : Grey heron

which, nowadays seems very scarce - maybe the winters have pushed them away.
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Old Monday 7th March 2011, 16:52   #122
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Today i've had Magpie,Wood Pigeon, Chaffinch, Yellow hammer ( Pair) House sparrow (Pair) Great tit (4) Blue tit (4) Robin (2) Dunnock, Blackbird (Male) Tree sparrow (Male) Think that's all
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Had my 28th 'in garden' species for the year today...a Song Thrush...and it is singing!

Also on my pyracanthea bough..which is festooned with apples (for the Waxwings..which still haven't materialised), I had a Nuthatch stabbing an apple several times..before dropping onto the nut feeder..perhaps it thought that it was an outsized peanut?.
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I've just realised that I have listed Stock Dove twice so still on

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Ooh, getting close now, Joanne!

Despite a few looks out there today, nothing new. A Lapwing flying past was just the third day of records for that species this year. 20+ Fieldfares in the field and a Goldcrest again, but despite the spring-like quality of the day I still await some passage. Have put the last of the niger seeds in the feeder - still getting Lesser redpoll & Siskin every day - when that's gone they'll have to fend for themselves.
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