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Old Monday 6th January 2014, 11:23   #26
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That's seven you've got on me already, Joanne!

Still, it's good to be in front of Jos for a while at least.
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Still, it's good to be in front of Jos for a while at least.
Don't worry, I'll storming ahead in the next month or so ...with at least, er, maybe ten more if I am lucky!
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A few more in the past two days:

26)Fieldfare
27)Goldfinch
28)Sparrowhawk
29)Lesser Black-backed Gull
30)Stock Dove
31)Cormorant
32)Song Thrush
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Cormorant & Great-spotted woodpecker take me to 40.
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A bit of a late start for me, as this evening was my first time at home this year, and it was dark when I got here. Still, there was plenty of birdsong to be heard, and I saw two blackbirds. The list so far:
1. Blackbird
2. Robin (heard)
3. Wren (heard)
4. Pheasant (heard)
5. Rook (heard)
Being at home in daylight tomorrow should help me add a few more!
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It's been a very ''slow'' start to the year so far. As of yesterday I was on 31, however this morning lower temperatures and a wall to wall blue sky brought me ''five newbies''. Two Mute Swan flyovers (sound of wingbeats ''heard'' well before seeing!), Goldcrest (very ''thin in the trees'' this Winter), Wren, male Blackcap plus a very brief at the feeder! starkly pale Redpoll, which was not confiding whatsoever, unlike the regular Lesser Reds. and to compound my misery, it was feeding behind the feeder, thus I could only see half of it, before flying up and away, and there was no mistaking the un-streaked white rump!!....thus a Meally at the very least..No.36.

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Old Saturday 11th January 2014, 10:57   #33
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It's been a very ''slow'' start to the year so far. As of yesterday I was on 31, however this morning lower temperatures and a wall to wall blue sky brought me ''five newbies''. Two Mute Swan flyovers (sound of wingbeats ''heard'' well before seeing!), Goldcrest (very ''thin in the trees'' this Winter), Wren, male Blackcap plus a very brief at the feeder! starkly pale Redpoll, which was not confiding whatsoever, unlike the regular Lesser Reds. and to compound my misery, it was feeding behind the feeder, thus I could only see half of it, before flying up and away, and there was no mistaking the un-streaked white rump!!....thus a Meally at the very least..No.36.
Some nice ones there Ken; would love to have a winter Blackcap but never had one. A few more to add for me:

33)Pheasant
34)Fieldfare
35)Lesser Redpoll
36)Peregrine
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Up here at 3600ft in the French Alps the year has started unusually mild, so our garden, normally hidden under a couple of feet of snow, is actually green (we’ve even got some primroses in flower!). The feeders are hardly being visited and although usually in January I’d hope to clock up 35 to 40 species in, around and over the garden, so far this is the paltry result:
[b]1 Common Buzzard
2 Woodpigeon
3 Wren
4 Blackbird
5 Fieldfare
6 Mistle Thrush
7 Great Tit
8 Marsh Tit
9 Blue Tit
10 Magpie
11 Jay
12 Carrion Crow
13 Raven
14 Italian Sparrow
15 House Sparrow
16 Brambling
17 Chaffinch
18 Greenfinch
19 Bullfinch
[b]Still, it’s not a sprint etc etc
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Nice to see some daylight today....
6. Blue Tit
7. Treecreeper
8. Buzzard
9. Sparrowhawk
10. Pied Wagtail
11. Goldfinch
12. Chaffinch
13. Coal Tit
14. Stock Dove
15. Woodpigeon
16. Carrion Crow
17. Mistle Thrush
18. Long-tailed Tit
19. Goldcrest
20. Starling
21. Great Spotted Woodpecker
22. Jackdaw
23. Great Tit
24. Herring Gull
25. Nuthatch

Still plenty of easy ones to get, so will be looking again later this afternoon....
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Kind of late getting here, but I have not had too much yet! Only 22 species.

1. Snow Goose (flyover)
2. Canada Goose (flyover)
3. Bald Eagle (flyover)
4. Sharp-shinned Hawk
5. Cooper's Hawk
6. Red-tailed Hawk
7. Red-bellied Woodpecker
8. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
9. Downy Woodpecker
10. Northern Flicker
11. Blue Jay
12. American Crow
13. Black-capped Chickadee
14. Tufted Titmouse
15. White-breasted Nuthatch
16. Brown Creeper
17. Carolina Wren
18. European Starling
19. Harris's Sparrow
20. Northern Cardinal
21. American Goldfinch
22. House Sparrow
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Continuing mild and damp, wintering Three-toed Woodpecker continues, White-backed et al also, but otherwise not much happening at the feeders ...


12. Three-toed Woodpecker
13. Hooded Crow
14. Fieldfare
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Some nice ones there Ken; would love to have a winter Blackcap but never had one. A few more to add for me:

33)Pheasant
34)Fieldfare
35)Lesser Redpoll
36)Peregrine
Joanne I see we're ''neck and neck'' again! (hope tongues don' wag ) I rarely get Blackcap ''mid-Winter'' perhaps the mild weather helped, being surrounded by Ivy...kinda helps though. However I managed to get a shot of the (much to my surprise) returning Meally yesterday before going out. Just added Mistle Thrush, and Collared Dove..38.
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Joanne,

Fieldfare is 26 & 34 on your list.

Dawn had me listening out for Dipper again in the frosty air, to no avail.
Very quiet skies here, though the feeders are busy and the Bullfinches have visited again.
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Fieldfare is 26 & 34 on your list.
A worthy bird to be listed twice

Can I add my Three-toed Woodpecker three times?
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26. Redwing
Awful weather- hardly any birds about at all.
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Fieldfare is 26 & 34 on your list.
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A worthy bird to be listed twice
Oooops..............sorry folks. I'm on 35. (well behind Ken now)
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Continuing mild and damp, wintering Three-toed Woodpecker continues, White-backed et al also, but otherwise not much happening at the feeders ...


12. Three-toed Woodpecker
13. Hooded Crow
14. Fieldfare
Ditto up here (well mild and dry rather than damp), I'm going to have sacks of seed left over by the end of the winter if this continues. At least the first Coal Tit and Goldfinch appeared today, and by straining my eyes I could see a dozen or so Alpine Chough cavorting about the slopes behind us....
20 Green Woodpecker
21 Coal Tit
22 Goldfinch
23 Alpine Chough
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Oooops..............sorry folks. I'm on 35. (well behind Ken now)
To be on 40 already!...I reckon H must be putting-in the hours...rumour has it, that he's bivouacked on the upstairs window sill.
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I've had just five days off work so far, and a few night shifts when I can get a couple of hours in. Loads to go still - but I expect to be overtaken before much longer!
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Back on 36) with a fabulous male Hen Harrier. I'm so excited, only the second or third time for this species from my garden. I watched it catch something unidentified; it was small as he ate it quickly. Hopefully as he's eaten here, he'll be back.
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Back on 36) with a fabulous male Hen Harrier. I'm so excited, only the second or third time for this species from my garden. I watched it catch something unidentified; it was small as he ate it quickly. Hopefully as he's eaten here, he'll be back.
What a fantastic sight!...and seen from the house!..well done.

Your 2nd/3rd

Am certainly envious, many years ago I had a Hobby interacting with Sprawk over the house during June...the Sprawk peeled off...only to be replaced with a female Montagu's!...left me somewhat open mouthed!
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What a fantastic sight!...and seen from the house!..well done.

Your 2nd/3rd

Am certainly envious, many years ago I had a Hobby interacting with Sprawk over the house during June...the Sprawk peeled off...only to be replaced with a female Montagu's!...left me somewhat open mouthed!
Yes, the others were ringtails passing by, one low, one high, not to be seen again. It got even better this morning with him being seen a further two times, the closest being at less than 50 metres. I'm crossing my fingers hoping he sticks around! Male Hen Harriers have got to be one of the most spectacular birds; such power, grace and beauty.

Your Hobby, Sparrowhawk and Monty's must have been a pretty special moment too!
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Back on 36) with a fabulous male Hen Harrier. I'm so excited, only the second or third time for this species from my garden. I watched it catch something unidentified; it was small as he ate it quickly. Hopefully as he's eaten here, he'll be back.
Nice indeed.


And continuing the raptor spirit ...

...most unexpected for mid-winter, a immature White-tailed Eagle battling through a snowstorm, circling round and landing near my feeding station.


In past years, whilst my feeding station sported no shortage of woodpeckers, there was a notable absence of finches and the like (most migrate out of Lithuania and my feeders are within woodland). This year however I set up a second feeding station a couple of hundred metres away on the edge of the meadows, the 'grain box' the centrepiece. Odd crows and Great Tits been utilising to date, but today, with the first snow of the winter today (very very late), the site immediately sprung into life - a dozen Hooded Crows, one Raven, a couple of Jays ...and nine Yellowhammers, two Greenfinches and a little flock of Mealy Redpolls, yippee to all the latters. Hopefully the next days will see these numbers mushrooming ...


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16. Common Buzzard
17. Raven
18. Greenfinch
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White-tailed eagles, male Hen harriers...and here's me hoping for a House sparrow!!

Fantastic stuff, Joanne & Jos.
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