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Old Wednesday 14th September 2016, 22:53   #726
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A very loud kewicking Tawny Owl (38) in trees within 30 metres or so of the garden.

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Old Friday 16th September 2016, 05:13   #727
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This evening....the gods were smiling!...talking on phone, when I suddenly espied this at end of neighbour's garden.....no 69. Thought I'd indulge in Richard's ''extra limital'' photo contest.
Ken, what is it?
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Old Friday 16th September 2016, 08:17   #728
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Ken, what is it?
Hopefully this might help?
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Old Friday 16th September 2016, 08:20   #729
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Old Friday 16th September 2016, 09:45   #730
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I suppose that's it, but with that forehead slope and bill it looks almost like one of those Alder Flycatcher types, I reckon Ken's mixed up his US holiday snaps with his garden list folder
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Old Friday 16th September 2016, 13:23   #731
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Spot fly it is!...albeit my views through bins were completely silhouetted, thus I had to take a shot with the camera and lighten to almost 100% to get the detail on the 2nd image. However upon seeing the bird through the bins in that first inst. kinda conveyed the signature posture and shape of Spot fly of old.

Strangely enough....I only had two sightings of distant empids whilst across the pond....must have been a touch early, as I've tended to see more on previous visits.
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Old Tuesday 20th September 2016, 12:01   #732
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The flying ants were swarming Yesterday and a male Blackcap was indulging in an 'on the wing all you can eat buffet' for no. 37!

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Old Wednesday 21st September 2016, 17:55   #733
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Circa a dozen+ Swallows heading SSE over the House early am, preceding a small group of House Martins lingering over the house which included no.70...Sand Martin!
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Old Thursday 22nd September 2016, 19:13   #734
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70) Sand Martin, a week or so ago. And today one of the best, Honey Buzzard, no 71. Lots of movement now and finally some big hirundine movement with 500+ Swallows today and flocks of up to 50 Meadow Pipits daily passing through along with an assortment of the usual warblers. I think I am a little ahead of last years tally at this point.
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Old Thursday 22nd September 2016, 22:15   #735
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70) Sand Martin, a week or so ago. And today one of the best, Honey Buzzard, no 71. Lots of movement now and finally some big hirundine movement with 500+ Swallows today and flocks of up to 50 Meadow Pipits daily passing through along with an assortment of the usual warblers. I think I am a little ahead of last years tally at this point.
Gr-r-r-r-r-r .......
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Old Tuesday 27th September 2016, 12:16   #736
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I've been seeing them everywhere recently and finally had one in the garden:
38) Red-breasted Flycatcher.

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Old Tuesday 27th September 2016, 13:54   #737
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70) Sand Martin, a week or so ago. And today one of the best, Honey Buzzard, no 71. t.
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Old Tuesday 27th September 2016, 15:39   #738
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I've been seeing them everywhere recently and finally had one in the garden:
38) Red-breasted Flycatcher.

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Wow..what a garden bird!.....I've only ever seen 3, and one of those was distant under a heavily shaded canopy.

As for getting one in the garden....Cows might fly!
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Old Tuesday 27th September 2016, 19:11   #739
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A dream garden bird!
Yeah it is.....comes of being on a migration route so close to the channel coast.
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Old Tuesday 27th September 2016, 19:58   #740
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Here's another one for Ken to dream about, zooming south west this evening(the bird, not Ken) while we were waiting for the buyers of the house to visit:
82 Merlin
Only my fourth here in 10 years, one in spring , an April 1st bird (honest!) and 2 October ones.
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Old Tuesday 27th September 2016, 22:45   #741
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Here's another one for Ken to dream about, zooming south west this evening while we were waiting for the buyers of the house to visit:
82 Merlin
Only my third here in 10 years I think
Can't remember exactly when (praps 5 yrs ago during late December) except that it was a post sunset sky, with a female Merlin streaking South on pointy wings, almost Swift like but with a much longer tail....ah yes I remember it well have been looking ever since....but to no avail.
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Old Wednesday 28th September 2016, 05:00   #742
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31. Striated Pardalote

Heard calling this morning, first record for the garden.
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Old Wednesday 28th September 2016, 15:50   #743
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31. Striated Pardalote

Heard calling this morning, first record for the garden.
Looks like a nice little bird Tim, with an interesting bill shape.

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Old Wednesday 28th September 2016, 16:54   #744
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Looks like a nice little bird Tim, with an interesting bill shape.

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They are indeed very likeable, always busy and on the move.

Speaking of which, at our new place, I've just been watching some birds still not on the move (thanks to the continued balmy weather in the Alps), 4 Griffon Vultures! A banker for next year's New Garden List as they arrive each summer (non breeders from further south)
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There's certainly "no bones about Griffing me off" there Richard!.....
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Old Thursday 29th September 2016, 10:12   #746
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Looks like a nice little bird Tim, with an interesting bill shape.

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They are fantastic little things, we seem to be encountering a plague of them around Brisbane right now!
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Old Thursday 29th September 2016, 20:38   #747
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A small group of House Martins over the garden for most of the afternoon takes my total to 57. My first addition since May and the first House Martins since May 2012!
Maybe I'll reach 60 for the first time this year.
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After having several Great Tits visit the feeder daily finally had the first Blue Tits in the garden for 39 (they didn't visit the feeder though!).

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Old Friday 30th September 2016, 21:58   #749
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Today I awoke to a beautiful morning!....A flock of Goldfinches at the feeders, a Chiff Chaff that tried to gate crash the bedroom window, soaring and displaying Accipters (yes displaying Sep.30th...flared UTC's, and roller coast dives by the male), plus no.71 and 72, coincidently both within the same time window as last year, end of Sep-beginning Oct.
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Today I awoke to a beautiful morning!....A flock of Goldfinches at the feeders, a Chiff Chaff that tried to gate crash the bedroom window, soaring and displaying Accipters (yes displaying Sep.30th...flared UTC's, and roller coast dives by the male), plus no.71 and 72, coincidently both within the same time window as last year, end of Sep-beginning Oct.
That is a beautiful morning Ken, nice one Mate!

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