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Old Monday 6th April 2020, 07:51   #501
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I thought Bell Heather from a garden which at least explains why I get the odd True Lover's Knot. I think it had watched one of those home decoration programmes and was trying to spruce up its nest.
Bell Heather, that it. And ties in nicely with the moth

Need to look my trap out. (And update my garden list on here tbh)
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Old Monday 6th April 2020, 09:39   #502
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Bell Heather, that it. And ties in nicely with the moth

Need to look my trap out. (And update my garden list on here tbh)
It's not Bell Heather as that flowers in mid- late summer. It's likely to be Winter Heath, Erica carnea or its hybrid E. x darleyensis, which are the common heathers currently flowering in parks & gardens.

No doubt as a close relative can probably support those invertebrates that feed on our native species.
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Old Monday 6th April 2020, 10:16   #503
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5 Hawfinches high and North at 11.04am, no.66.

On a Sky watching Roll, my 5th “new” garden list flyover for the year....Raven East. no.67.

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Old Monday 6th April 2020, 10:43   #504
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It's not Bell Heather as that flowers in mid- late summer. It's likely to be Winter Heath, Erica carnea or its hybrid E. x darleyensis, which are the common heathers currently flowering in parks & gardens.

No doubt as a close relative can probably support those invertebrates that feed on our native species.
Nothing beats a bit of actual knowledge ...
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Old Monday 6th April 2020, 10:44   #505
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5 Hawfinches high and North at 11.04am, no.66.

On a Sky watching Roll, my 5th “new” garden list flyover for the year....Raven East. no.67.
Nice one Ken. All rather quiet on the sky front here. Clouds, Herring Gulls, Rooks and Jackdaws aside ...
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Old Monday 6th April 2020, 10:48   #506
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It's not Bell Heather as that flowers in mid- late summer. It's likely to be Winter Heath, Erica carnea or its hybrid E. x darleyensis, which are the common heathers currently flowering in parks & gardens.

No doubt as a close relative can probably support those invertebrates that feed on our native species.
Aeshna5 & Dan

Thank you. My botany is legendarily poor with the lowlight being stinging myself on stinging nettles when I thought I was searching Balsam for Balsam Carpet! A friend bent over double laughing.

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Old Monday 6th April 2020, 11:46   #507
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April 6th.

60. Kestrel - flyover. Surprisingly rare over this urban area.

Another unsuccessful go at Common Scoters last night, but at least the moths started co-operating - all two of them.

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Old Monday 6th April 2020, 12:33   #508
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Nice one Ken. All rather quiet on the sky front here. Clouds, Herring Gulls, Rooks and Jackdaws aside ...
It’s amazing what you can find when you spend hours scanning the skies for hirundines...that ain’t there!

Like Steve up thread another night without Scoter.
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Old Monday 6th April 2020, 14:04   #509
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I tell you what, to stop everyone going doolally tap let's have a competition. I invite all Garden listers here present to make their guess for what No 100 will be, the winner will receive a prize of a signed copy of my book A Guide to 200 Common Birds of Lebanon Remember, we live at 1,000metres altitude in Haute-Savoie.
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My guess is Eagle Owl.

Meantime in South-East corner of Finland:

#46. Chaffinch - Heard only at April 3rd - and many times at this point, but not seen yet.
#47. Red Crossbill - 2 flyovers

On first photo - our back yard from upstairs window. Then couple of typical garden birds; apple eating Gull etc...
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Amazing to get 3 in a day:

65: House Martin
66: Blackcap

4th year since 1990 that I've had Swallow & HMartin on the same day.
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I can just see a Hawk Owl atop yonder pine Wari.....perhaps one day?
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A correction: Willow Warbler was not No. 50, which in fact was a calling Redwing over last night that the intervening sleep wiped from my memory but not my notebook!

50. Redwing 1 over East
51. Willow Warbler Male. In a tree by the brook there's a songbird that sings....

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A correction: Willow Warbler was not No. 50, which in fact was a calling Redwing over last night that the intervening sleep wiped from my memory but not my notebook!

50. Redwing 1 over East
51. Willow Warbler Male. In a tree by the brook there's a songbird that sings....

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Ooh and that makes me wonder......... why everyone’s adding new for the year birds except me
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I can just see a Hawk Owl atop yonder pine Wari.....perhaps one day?
That would be a mega(ish).
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Another 30 minutes of garden and sky- watching has generated my second addition of the day :

27) Cormorant flying east

Plus Peacock; Small Tortoishell and Brimstone Butterflies, during the day.
Monday 6th

A frenetic and fruitful 52 minute garden / skywatch produced Sparrows and Starlings gathering nesting material; a pair of Greenfinches with the male in display flight; displaying Starlings; mating Woodpigeons; a female Sparrowhawk :

28) Female Peregrine
29) Grey Heron heard
30) Willow Warbler in the garden
31) Chiffchaff in the garden

So I need to revise my target again -and will try up to 35
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About time too:

52. Blackcap male singing far side of the brook

Migration is still very slow round here.

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67: Linnet
68: Goosander

3 more Swallows over
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Hurrah! First hirundines!

57) House Martin - half a dozen feeding way off to the north.

Also been enjoying watching a Raven tumbling up above the garden.
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57) House Martin - half a dozen feeding way off to the north.

Also been enjoying watching a Raven tumbling up above the garden.
HM before Swallow! How rude!
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At last! A Chiffchaff I can hear from the front garden.

42. Chiffchaff
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I know! Most unusual! I've had Swallow a couple of times just up the river over the past few days, but none yet from home. Won't be long I'm sure. Sand Martin is the scarce one, but should fall at some point.
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I know! Most unusual! I've had Swallow a couple of times just up the river over the past few days, but none yet from home. Won't be long I'm sure. Sand Martin is the scarce one, but should fall at some point.

In 30 years of record keeping I've never had HM before Swallow. 4 years, inc this year, on the same day.
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In 30 years of record keeping I've never had HM before Swallow. 4 years, inc this year, on the same day.
Down in Cornwall and had my first garden Swallow yesterday.

Back when I lived in Somerset as a teenager (all those years ago ... ) I recorded Swallow flying north over our house on 1st April 3 years in a row!

I've found Sand Martin an incredibly hard one to add to random house lists (only achieved it in France).
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In 30 years of record keeping I've never had HM before Swallow. 4 years, inc this year, on the same day.
It’s been a very strange year for me so far H!...with regulars AWOL and newbies very much to the fore.
Last year I was at 61 on April 19th, am currently on 67 on the 7th!...very unusual indeed, don’t know if you, or anyone else is ahead of their stats this year compared to previous?

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