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Old Sunday 5th April 2020, 09:34   #1
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Members Self Isolating Bird Sightings - April 5th

Buckinghamshire farm

Crow
wood pigeon
Red Kite
Blue Tit
Great tit
Jay
Magpie
wren
kookaburra
Robin
black and white woodpecker
jackdaw
blackbird
pheasant
Goldfinch
Sparrow
Gulls
Greenfinch
Starling
Collared dove
Heron
Buzzard
Chiff chaff heard in tree
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Feral Pigeon 3 (over)
Common Woodpigeon 4 (1 over, 3 in song)
European Herring Gull about 30, mostly overhead but some on roofs (where they nest)
Common Kestrel 1 over
Eurasian Magpie 4 (3 in flight, one on roof)
Western Jackdaw 4
Carrion Crow 4 over
Eurasian Blackcap 1 (in song, heard only)
Common Blackbird 1 (in song, heard only)
European Robin 1 (in song, heard only)
Common Chaffinch 2 (heard only)
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All from the garden or within 1/2 mile of the house:

1. Stock Dove
2. Coal Tit
3. Great Tit
4. Blue Tit
5. Red Kite
6. Song Thrush
7. Wren
8. Wood Pigeon
9. Dunnock
10. Blackbird
11. Robin
12. Magpie
13. House Sparrow
14. Chaffinch
15. Nuthatch
16. Long-tailed Tit
17. Lesser Black Backed Gull
18. Canada Goose
19. Swallow - 1st of the year
20. Common Buzzard
21. Collared Dove
22. Goldfinch
23. Blackcap
24. Chiffchaff
25. Great Spotted Woodpecker
26. Green Woodpecker
27. Starling
28. Raven
29. Carrion Crow
30. Jackdaw
31. Mallard
32. Pied Wagtail
33. Goldcrest (6/4/20)

Will be spending the afternoon in garden so will edit afterwards if anything else turns up.

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Old Sunday 5th April 2020, 10:50   #4
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Ran my moth trap overnight for an added incentive to get up early.
Live in North Baddesley, just north of Southampton, large village, surrounded by a belt of farmland, woodland, and low grade relict New Forest habitat.
Garden is tiny, but has a brook running nearby and small patch of parkland beyond the garden.
Sat in the garden 7am to 11am with the following sightings:

Blue tit,
great tit,
coal tit.
Long tailed tit,
Jackdaw,
carrion crow
Woodpig
Coll dove
Wren,
song thrush,
robin
Bullfinch
Goldfinch
Starling
Ring Ouzel m 07:30
Blackbird
Rook
Magpie
Chaffinch
Greenfinch
House sparrow
Herring gull
Goldcrest
Nuthatch
Dunnock
Kestrel
Sparrowhawk
Pied wag
Lesser black backed gull
Buzzard

Ring Ouzel totally unexpected, and difficult to find anywhere in the local area. Proves anything is possible with our hobby.
Appeared to fly low from rough area beyond garden into tree tops where I got a good view.

Must try this again! photos of surrounding view. Garden is really small, and very limited view of of sky sadly.
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Watford

Blackbird
Woodpigeon
Collared Dove
Blue Tit
Coal Tit
Goldfinch
House Sparrow
Hedge Sparrow
Magpie
Jackdaw
Chaffinch
Great Tit
Great Spotted Woodpecker
Robin
Long-tailed Tit
Starling
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Old Sunday 5th April 2020, 11:21   #6
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Blairgowrie, Perthshire

Upstairs flat, country town, minimal garden space, but view into neighbouring properties with trees.

07.45-08.45
3 Whooper Swans (house tick) flying NE to SW
1 Blue Tit
Flock of Starlings
1 Herring Gull
1 Male Blackbird
1 Wood Pigeon
1 Carrion Crow
1 Robin (on my window sill)
1 House Sparrow (in window feeder)

9-10.30 (after putting out feed)
1 Jackdaw
2 Collared Dove (pair - occasional visitors)
1 Chaffinch Male
1 Dunnock

Sadly my walk round the block, even including a field, didn't give me anything new.

Had a pair of Coal Tits at the feeders yesterday, but of course they've gone walkabout today.

At last... 5-6 pm

2 Coal Tits

EDIT: for updates see post #41
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Old Sunday 5th April 2020, 11:58   #7
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All seen and heard from the house, mostly in the direction shown in the photo, facing East. A typical selection so far today, I’ve been getting between 25 and 30 in recent days and finished with 30 today ( plus an unidentifiable far off hirundine ).
To exercise my brain I decided to paint a simple sort of ‘word picture’ for each species:

Tawny Owl hooting
Sparrowhawk patrolling
Common Buzzard mewing
Black Kite scrounging
Woodpigeon flopping
Black Woodpecker excavating!
Green Woodpecker yaffling
Great Spotted Woodpecker tapping
White Wagtail chiswicking
Robin trilling
Black Redstart crackling
Blackbird chinking
Song Thrush err, singing
Mistle Thrush repeating
Blackcap fluting
Chifchaff chipping
Marsh Tit cheweeting
Coal Tit squeaking
Blue Tit scolding
Great Tit teaching
Nuthatch choochooing
Jay screaming
Carrion Crow cawing
Raven croaking
Chaffinch cascading
Brambling wheezing
Greenfinch snearing
Goldfinch tinkling
Bullfinch meeping
and Yellowhammers cheezing

Not been on our permitted 1 hour and 1km from house exercise yet so hopefully a couple more to add later.
Edit: Just the Black Woodpecker to add from our walk and a Black Kite back at home having a dog fight with two local Buzzards.
First Red Admiral and Brimstone on the walk too!
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Mainly cottage type garden (below) semi-rural, near river: (inc flyover - do we count those?)

Sunday 5th April

So just looking out of backdoor onto garden off and on throughout the day, tally is:

Greenfinch
Goldfinch
House Sparrow
Blue Tit
Coal Tit
Blackbird
Jackdaw
Magpie
Robin
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Collared Dove
Wood Pigeon
Starling

edit; well after sundown, Song Thrush singing vespers

21hrs - Hedgehog came a snuffling

Quick non-stop 20 mins circular bike ride along (semi-urban) river bank at the back of the house (for the exercise) added a few more:

Moorhen
Coot
Canada Goose
Herring Gull
Pied Wagtail
Mute Swan
Egyptian Goose
Mallard
Chiffchaff (heard)
Nuthatch (heard)
Chaffinch
Great Tit (heard)
Pheasant
Sparrowhawk
Carrion Crow
Stock Dove
Wren (heard)

Other things in garden and on bike ride
Brimstone
Peacock
Large White

Muntjac
Grey Squirrel
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Joining in from Hong Kong (we're all in this together, right?)
I live in a village, with woodland behind the house and scrubby farmland in front.
It's been a gloomy, drizzly day, but that helped to push a few migrants lower, including three new species for my house list. I've been watching on the patio for an hour in the morning and an hour late afternoon, with a couple more species noted incidentally during the day.
It's dark now, so this will probably be all, unless an owl starts calling later this evening.

Spotted Dove
Greater Coucal
Asian Koel
Plaintive Cuckoo
Large Hawk Cuckoo
Silver-backed Needletail (house tick)
House Swift
White-breasted Waterhen
Little Egret
Black Kite
Grey-faced Buzzard (house tick)
Besra
Asian Barred Owlet
Great Barbet
Grey-chinned Minivet
Scarlet Minivet
Ashy Minivet (house tick)
Hair-crested Drongo
Ashy Drongo
Red-billed Blue Magpie
Large-billed Crow
Japanese Tit
Common Tailorbird
Yellow-bellied Prinia
Barn Swallow
Red-whiskered Bulbul
Chinese Bulbul
Chestnut Bulbul
Yellow-browed Warbler
Mountain Tailorbird
Swinhoe's White-eye
Rufous-capped Babbler
Masked Laughingthrush
Chinese Hwamei
Black-throated Laughingthrush
Velvet-fronted Nuthatch
Black-collared Starling
Crested Myna
Oriental Magpie Robin
Hainan Blue Flycatcher
Blue Whistling Thrush
Plain Flowerpecker
Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker
Scaly-breasted Munia
Eurasian Tree Sparrow
White Wagtail
Olive-backed Pipit
Little Bunting
Black-faced Bunting
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Suburban garden with various trees, flower/wildflower beds and a fish pond!

Sparrowhawk ....flyover
Grey Heron ....flyover
Magpie
Blackbird
Dunnock
Robin
Great Tit
Blue Tit
Bullfinch (m)
Woodpigeon
Carrion Crow
Jackdaw

Update.

Coal Tit
Wren
Common Buzzard ...flyover

Fox x2 (caught on Camera trap)
Seven-spot Ladybird x7
1 each of Peacock and Comma butterflies.

The highlight today has been watching a Great Tit taking nesting material into the Swift box that was put in place last Autumn!
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From my walk at Girdle Ness this morning (52 species plus one subspecies)

Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) 5
Teal (Anas crecca) 8
Eider (Somateria mollissima)
Common Scoter (Melanitta nigra) 6
Feral Pigeon (Columba livia f. domestica)
Woodpigeon (Columba palumbus)
Moorhen (Gallinula chloropus) 4
Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus) 1
Turnstone (Arenaria interpres) 25
Purple Sandpiper (Calidris maritima) 231
Snipe (Gallinago gallinago) 7
Redshank (Tringa totanus) 5
Kittiwake (Rissa tridactyla)
Common Gull (Larus canus)
Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus)
Herring Gull (Larus argentatus)
Lesser Black-backed Gull (Larus fuscus) 4
Guillemot (Uria aalge)
Razorbill (Alca torda)
Fulmar (Fulmarus glacialis)
Gannet (Morus bassanus)
Shag (Phalacrocorax aristotelis)
Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea) 1
Buzzard (Buteo buteo) 1
Magpie (Pica pica)
Jackdaw (Coloeus monedula)
Rook (Corvus frugilegus) 2
Carrion Crow (Corvus corone)
Coal Tit (Periparus ater) 4
Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus)
Great Tit (Parus major) 4
Skylark (Alauda arvensis)
Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus) 2
Chiffchaff (Phylloscopus collybita) 5
Chiffchaff (Siberian - tristis) - subspecies - (Phylloscopus collybita tristis) 2
Goldcrest (Regulus regulus) 1
Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes)
Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)
Blackbird (Turdus merula)
Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos) 1
Robin (Erithacus rubecula)
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)
Dunnock (Prunella modularis)
Pied Wagtail (yarrellii) - subspecies - (Motacilla alba yarrellii) 11
Meadow Pipit (Anthus pratensis)
Rock Pipit (Anthus petrosus) 6
Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs)
Bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula) 2
Greenfinch (Chloris chloris) 1
Linnet (Linaria cannabina)
Common/Lesser Redpoll (Acanthis flammea/cabaret) 2
Goldfinch (Carduelis carduelis)
Reed Bunting (Emberiza schoeniclus) 5
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All seen and heard from the house, mostly in the direction shown in the photo, facing East.
I think you inadvertently fell over when taking your photo :)
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NE Hampshire, rural garden backing onto woodland, about half a mile to farmland

Jackdaws
Blackbirds
Rooks
1 Robin
1 Coal tit
Blue Tits
Great Tits
Wood pigeons
Dunnock
Pheasant
Jay
Magpie
Great Spotted Woodpecker
Heard a Song Thrush
Nuthatch

Grey Squirrels

Holly Blue
Brimstone
Peacocks x 5
Fritillary ?

Lots of Ants
White tailed bees
Garden Snail
Spider ?
Lots of Overflies

6th April

Two Collared Dove

7th April

Muntjac stag
Hen Pheasant
Orange Tipped Butterfly
Beetle - very iridescent green; landed on my t shirt and stayed for ages

8th April

Male chaffinch
Red kites back again soaring and swooping very low over the garden
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Bremerton, Washington. Just across Puget Sound from Seattle.
Morning feeder watch:
Black-capped chickadee
Chsetnut-backed chickadee
Spotted towhee
Dark-eyed junco
Fox sparrow
Song sparrow
White-throated sparrow
White-crowned sparrow
Golden-crowned sparrow
House sparrow
Anna's hummingbird
Rufous hummingbird
Stellar jay
American robin
European starling
Northern flicker
American crow
Bushtit
Red-breasted nuthatch
Ruby-crowned kinglet
Pileated woodpecker
I'll update as necessary. Also plan a short trip to a local creek mouth for possible shore birds.
Quick drive to the local creek & waterfront:
Dunlin
Horned grebe
Red-breasted merganser
American widgeon
Bufflehead
Canada goose
Greater whte-fronted goose
Varied thrush
Scaup, too far to differentiate
Barrow's goldeneye
Common goldeneye
Mallard
Greater yellowlegs
Kildeer
Common loon
Green-winged teal
Bald eagle
Belted kingfisher
American goldfinch
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Among the usual today, Redwing (1) visited the garden for the first time. Also the local Buzzard swept past the window below eye level, and later returned to perch in the garden.
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Hi all, from our allotment, Birmingham, UK - first time I have not seen a robin!!!

Crow
Wood pigeon
Great tit
Buzzard
Starling
Magpie
Blue tit
Blackbird
Goldfinch
Lesser black backed gull
Dunnock

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London, Limehouse. Going out for shopping or jogging.

Birds seen recently:

Cormorants
Robins
Blackbirds
Great Crested Grebe
Tufted Ducks
Mallards
Coots (obviously)
Moorhens
Pied Wagtail
Grey Wagtail
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Abbadia San Salvatore, Tuscany, Italy. small town at 850 metres altitude. Mostly Chestnut and Austrian Pine mixed woods around town, Beech higher up. 2nd floor flat with small covered (less sky!) balcony at the front looking onto street and more blocks of flats. Back window looks over more flats and mixed woodland. No garden but some space in front of garage. Also observations within the 300 metres radius we are permitted to exercise in.

Strong north-easterly wind didn't make things easier but we can't really complain!

April 5th, 2020


1. Feral Pigeon
2. Collared Dove
3. Wood Pigeon
4. Green Woodpecker (heard only)
5. Great Spotted Woodpecker (heard only)
6. House Martin
7. Robin
8. Common Redstart
9. Black Redstart
10. Blackbird
11. Blackcap
12. Chiffchaff
13. Great Tit
14. Coal Tit
15. Blue Tit
16. Marsh Tit
17. Nuthatch
18. Magpie
19. Jay
20. Jackdaw
21. Hooded Crow
22. Starling
23. Tree Sparrow
24. Chaffinch
25. Goldfinch
26. Greenfinch
27. Siskin
28. Serin
29. Hawfinch


Some pics here

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  1. Rook
  2. Carrion crow
  3. Dunnock
  4. Blue tit
  5. Bullfinch
  6. Goldfinch
  7. Chaffinch
  8. Greenfinch
  9. Magpie
  10. Backbird
  11. Red kite
  12. Common buzzard
  13. Comma - butterfly
  14. Peacock - butterfly
  15. Eristalis pertinax - hoverfly
  16. Wood pigeon
  17. Collared dove
  18. Jay
  19. Jackdaw
  20. Coal tit
  21. Grey Heron
  22. Bombylius major - beefly
  23. Chiffchaff
  24. Wren
  25. Robin
  26. Nuthatch
  27. Brimstone - butterfly
  28. House sparrow
  29. Tufted duck
  30. Mallard
  31. Coot
  32. Moorhen
  33. Sparrowhawk
  34. Green shieldbug
  35. Red mason bee
  36. Red tailed bumble bee
  37. Eristalis arbustorum - hoverfly
  38. Stock dove
  39. Goldcrest
  40. Blackcap
  41. Grey wagtail
  42. Melanostoma scalare - hoverfly
  43. Parasyrphus punctilatus - hoverfly
  44. Platycheirus albimanus - hoverfly
  45. Notonecta glauca - backswimmer - water insect but we have no pond
  46. Nomada flava - cuckoo bee
  47. Honet bee
  48. Orange tip - buterfly
  49. Small white - butterfly
  50. Melangyna cincta - hoverfly
  51. Epistrophe eligans - hoverfly
  52. Platycheirus scutatus agg. - hoverfly
  53. Canada goose
  54. Mistle thrush
  55. Speckled wood - butterfly
  56. Bank vole
  57. Weasel
Not too bad for a suburban garden in Leeds. UK
18-22 added April 7
23-27 added April 8 all seen whilst exercising, a 3 mile walk around the streets.
28-33 added April 10 during exercise walk to Roundhay Park Upper Lake
34-35 added April 12 in garden
36 added April 13
37 added April 11 but only confirmed species April 13
38-41 April 14th - exercise walk through Roundhay Gorge
42-49 April 15th -17th in the garden
50-52 April 21 garden
53-57 April 21 exercise walk in Roundhay Gorge
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Mabe Burnthouse, nr Falmouth, Cornwall. Small garden, but went out for a walk this morning to the local reservoir not far away.

Mute Swan
Canada Goose
Mallard
Teal
Woodpigeon
Collared Dove
Moorhen
Coot
Great Crested Grebe (12)
Herring Gull
Great Black-backed Gull (5)
Lesser Black-backed Gull (20)
Cormorant
Grey Heron
Buzzard
Jay
Magpie
Rook
Carrion Crow
Jackdaw
Coal Tit
Blue Tit
Great Tit
Sand Martin (15)
Chiffchaff (12+)
Blackcap
Goldcrest
Wren
Nuthatch
Blackbird
Robin
Dunnock
Chaffinch
Greenfinch
Linnet
Goldfinch

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Fritillary ?
Think much more likely to be a Comma at this time of year? No butterflies for me today.
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Urban Lufbra, 6.5 hours watching from the garden:

32 species but nothing that has not been listed already unfortunately.

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Suburban garden with various trees, flower/wildflower beds and a fish pond!

Sparrowhawk ....flyover
Grey Heron ....flyover
Magpie
Blackbird
Dunnock
Robin
Great Tit
Blue Tit
Bullfinch (m)
Woodpigeon
Carrion Crow
Jackdaw

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Coal Tit
Wren
Common Buzzard ...flyover

Fox x2 (caught on Camera trap)
Seven-spot Ladybird x7
1 each of Peacock and Comma butterflies.

The highlight today has been watching a Great Tit taking nesting material into the Swift box that was put in place last Autumn!
Oh how exciting Pam.... but what are the Swifts going to do eh?

I only saw one tiny fly when I opened my window to feed the birds mid morning.
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