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Old Sunday 10th April 2016, 07:54   #426
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Sharp frost overnight, but despite the temperature being barely positive, the first

61 Barn Swallow
flying around , twittering merrily in the sunshine.
Then 2 hours later my first-ever spring record for the garden of
62 House Martin
speeding north-east!
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Old Sunday 10th April 2016, 13:53   #427
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31 Redstart - only my second ever in the garden, and a nice male too, a real garden mega!
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Old Sunday 10th April 2016, 14:31   #428
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Nice one! I heard the first singing Redstart this morning but I still haven't seen it yet, surely one of our smartest-looking European passerines.
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Old Sunday 10th April 2016, 16:38   #429
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Arrived home in the early hours after a weeks absence.....released the blind, and it had the good grace to wait until my eyes focused.....a lone flyover Greylag! no.56.
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Old Sunday 10th April 2016, 18:05   #430
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55) Willow Warbler singing from the hedge.
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Old Sunday 10th April 2016, 18:35   #431
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47) A Blackcap has been singing for a couple of days, saw it briefly this morning.

48) Magpie, must be a record to get to April 10th before seeing one. Five came at once today.

I saw some Swallows 300 yards down the road on Friday but none from the garden yet.
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Old Monday 11th April 2016, 07:13   #432
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Some very nice additions above!
I had Redstart last year - as you say, Nutcracker, a real garden mega.
Out & about yesterday the first Willow Warbler - so despite the cold the migrants continue.
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Old Monday 11th April 2016, 08:32   #433
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48) Magpie, must be a record to get to April 10th before seeing one. Five came at once today.
Wow! It was bird #4 on 1 January for me, which is about average
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Old Monday 11th April 2016, 09:03   #434
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Nice warm spring weather yesterday and few beautiful goodies at the feeder (that's what the little food is left - I have not added a seeds of a couple of weeks):
#26. Siskin
#27. Goldfinch
And few hours a later on the roofs antenna:
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Old Monday 11th April 2016, 09:23   #435
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Another warm day here too, opened the window while eating my breakfast to hear my earliest-ever

63 Cuckoo

beating the previous earliest (last year and 2013) by 4 days - global warming or what!
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Old Monday 11th April 2016, 09:49   #436
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... global warming or what!
Global except Lithuania :) After a nice spell at the month's beginning, it's been decidedly cool since,and temperatures set to fall by the week's end to zero. No new birds today for me, and I will be away for a week now ...so keep up the good work Richard, you could zip past me again!
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Old Monday 11th April 2016, 13:34   #437
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Old Monday 11th April 2016, 18:48   #438
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More snow this weekend, and temps back down to -13C yesterday, keeping fingers crossed that the recent influx of Spring birds can find enough bugs to eat.

Spent this morning keeping a watchful eye on one of our local Barred Owls, who has been sat watching the feeder much of today. This meant I was in prime position to see a lovely Mourning Dove (No. 31), who arrived and cooed pleasantly. Very common locally, but not so common in my garden. Turned up for the morning of April 13th last year, so regular!
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A small fall this morning during persistent rain - Swallows flying through and:-

33 - Chiffchaff (at least four)

When in the car though the bins, I then thought I'd picked up a Pied Fly distantly in the trees alongside the garden. A hasty scramble and 10 mins in the rain failed to confirm it so alas I headed into work.

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First Swallows through today, no. 56.
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Old Tuesday 12th April 2016, 13:08   #441
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Two new birds this morning for the year:

60. Common Loon - flyover
61. Double-crested Cormorant - flyover
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My first one through today also, no.57
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You two must be seeing my south flying birds of a few days ago!
Weather really bad here all day. I found a LRP two miles away - but can't scope it from here!!
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My first one through today also, no.57
Gurrr! Thought I heard a Whitethroat today but not counting it yet....maybe tomorrow?
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#29. Great Cormorant - flyover
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Old Thursday 14th April 2016, 06:19   #449
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28. Blackcap .
He was on the apple tree at 7.30 this morning the female must be around too ,pleased they are back
after the winter.

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Old Thursday 14th April 2016, 15:38   #450
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First new addition in nearly a fortnight! Was out in the garden trying to add Red-Rumped Swallow (seen plenty locally just not from the house). No joy but did get several Swift for no. 25.

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