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Old Tuesday 7th April 2020, 16:13   #526
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58) Swallow, one just over.

I've managed Sand Martin most years here, and certainly every year that I've put effort into a garden yearlist.
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Old Tuesday 7th April 2020, 17:37   #527
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Old Tuesday 7th April 2020, 18:35   #528
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Itís 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, donít know if you, or anyone else is ahead of their stats this year compared to previous?

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Iím four up on the same date last year Ken, despite not seeing any of all these migrating Ospreys, Lesser Spotted Eagles and Marsh Harriers that certain are seeing ( Iím really happy for you all ).
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Old Tuesday 7th April 2020, 19:11   #529
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Old Tuesday 7th April 2020, 19:20   #530
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Iím four up on the same date last year Ken, despite not seeing any of all these migrating Ospreys, Lesser Spotted Eagles and Marsh Harriers that certain are seeing ( Iím really happy for you all ).
Swings and roundabouts Richard....envy your Serin, Pine Bunting, Rock Bunting, Siskin, Brambling and Hawfinch at the feeders and thatís with your head in the clouds.
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Old Wednesday 8th April 2020, 09:40   #531
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April 7th.

At last - a nocturnal migration tick, but not the hoped-for Common Scoter

61. Moorhen - one heard overhead at 22.05 whilst checking the moth trap

#95 for my all-time garden life-list and #50 for lockdown, followed by #51 Mistle Thrush and #52 Greylag Goose this morning.

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Old Wednesday 8th April 2020, 13:57   #532
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I'm up 4 or 5 on last year so far.
But I can't see myself beating last year when I think of possibles remaining
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Old Wednesday 8th April 2020, 14:06   #533
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Congratulations on your 95th Steve, here I’m down to my last Brambling today, always moving to think of the journey they’re doing.
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Old Wednesday 8th April 2020, 15:50   #534
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The fine spring weather has seen the arrival of many common migrants over the past few days, a very pleasant time to be out. Unfortunately the nearby Redstart and Ring Ouzels don't want to come within view of the house yet...

112 Western Yellow Wagtail
113 Sand Martin
114 Whimbrel
115 Sandwich Tern
116 House Martin
117 Little Ringed Plover
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Old Wednesday 8th April 2020, 16:29   #535
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Itís 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, donít know if you, or anyone else is ahead of their stats this year compared to previous?

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Last year on April 8th I was at 32, so now I'm 17 ahead! Very strange year for sure...

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#49. Barnacle Goose - 33 flyover
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Old Wednesday 8th April 2020, 16:33   #536
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I'm up 4 or 5 on last year so far.
But I can't see myself beating last year when I think of possibles remaining
If I can emulate last years Aug/Sep/Oct haul (somehow canít see it) Iíd probably be on a record year.
That said...no two years are the same so no bets from me, however enforced quarantine could produce some interesting birds for all participants.

We can dream of out of area migrants, of which there are a whole range of species and with sky watching becoming an important ďstageĒ at this period, Iíve begun to look at overshooting occurrences over the last few years into the Low Countries...with some sobering possibilities not too far away, fingers xíd for all yard/garden listers.
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Old Wednesday 8th April 2020, 17:59   #537
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The fine spring weather has seen the arrival of many common migrants over the past few days, a very pleasant time to be out. Unfortunately the nearby Redstart and Ring Ouzels don't want to come within view of the house yet...

112 Western Yellow Wagtail
113 Sand Martin
114 Whimbrel
115 Sandwich Tern
116 House Martin
117 Little Ringed Plover
117 is amazing Ryan - envious as always.

Everyone on here seems to understand what garden listing is about - pity the same can't be said for the eBird garden listers as six of the current 'leaders' are clearly including walks. I put one person right and he has moved to the Patch lists but can't contact any of the others.
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Old Wednesday 8th April 2020, 18:02   #538
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Congratulations on your 95th Steve, here Iím down to my last Brambling today, always moving to think of the journey theyíre doing.
Thanks Richard - I have renewed hopes of getting to 100 with now doing so much garden birding- 38 hours so far this month.

Interesting that your Bramblings are leaving. I have not had a garden one this year but Chaffinches have been dwindling and today was the first time I have not seen one at all.

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Old Wednesday 8th April 2020, 20:57   #539
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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
2 more additions, today :
32) Drake Mallard flew over the garden
33) Linnet in flight
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Old Wednesday 8th April 2020, 22:22   #540
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A long thirteen hour day at work today in front of the computer but as that computer was in the garden:-

53 Mute Swan - two heading low over the garden around noon thankfully were low enough & noisy enough to get me to look up but over the roof & out of sight before the camera was deployed - 08 Apr 2020
54 House Martin - three heading north were the first of the year - 08 Apr 2020

Lockdown garden list 51 with 33 photographed & two heard only. A few of today's pics.

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If I can emulate last years Aug/Sep/Oct haul (somehow canít see it) Iíd probably be on a record year.
That said...no two years are the same so no bets from me, however enforced quarantine could produce some interesting birds for all participants.

We can dream of out of area migrants, of which there are a whole range of species and with sky watching becoming an important ďstageĒ at this period, Iíve begun to look at overshooting occurrences over the last few years into the Low Countries...with some sobering possibilities not too far away, fingers xíd for all yard/garden listers.
Last year's list has 17 (17!!) that I've not seen this year yet - with about 7 likely. But this year I've already had 3 that I didn't get last year.
So I reckon last year was rather exceptional.

I'll try to stay ahead of half of Ryan's list!!
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Old Thursday 9th April 2020, 11:32   #542
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62. Willow Warbler - a very distant singer graciously worked its way into next door's rose bush

It and five Fieldfares going over take my Lockdown List up to 54, garden only. A very quiet morning otherwise though.

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43. Willow Warbler. From the front garden.
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Last year's list has 17 (17!!) that I've not seen this year yet - with about 7 likely. But this year I've already had 3 that I didn't get last year.
So I reckon last year was rather exceptional.
Interesting H!...so far 28 species on last yearís list yet to be seen?, and 6 this year (not seen last), with 4 garden newbies out of the six.
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Willow Warbler?

Unlike Steve and Rich's birds, this phyllosc that briefly visited the neighbour's pear tree this evening was silent, but seemed longer winged and not at all fidgety and waggy tailed as a typical Chiffchaff, do the two rushed pictures that I managed help with the id.?
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Richard - I would say Chiffchaff but I've been rubbish today so I wouldn't listen to me!

Three other Clevedon birders saw Red Kites from their gardens today but I missed them. However, a WhatsApp from Carol Rushton produced:-

55 Raven - a pair circling & briefly tumbling - 09 April 2020

Lockdown garden list 52 with 34 photographed & two heard only. A few of today's limited pics.

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Unlike Steve and Rich's birds, this phyllosc that briefly visited the neighbour's pear tree this evening was silent, but seemed longer winged and not at all fidgety and waggy tailed as a typical Chiffchaff, do the two rushed pictures that I managed help with the id.?
I'm always a bit cautious about trying to read wing detail from a 2D image but I'm pretty sure the primary projection in photo 2 confirms the impression from photo 1 that it's a Chiffchaff.
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Thanks for the responses Paul and Graham, it was a sluggish Chiffchaff then, I fell into that modern trap of grabbing the camera before my bins and quickly lost it to view, a lesson learnt there.
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Thanks for the responses Paul and Graham, it was a sluggish Chiffchaff then, I fell into that modern trap of grabbing the camera before my bins and quickly lost it to view, a lesson learnt there.
Certainly a Chiffy Richard!...quite a contrasty eye-stripe/super there, donít know if tristis might be a candidate?

Iím programmed to grab the camera if I think Iíve got enough time to get off a burst, if not, I use the bins.
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