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Old Sunday 5th March 2017, 06:56   #301
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An excellent start to the morning - with Brambling in the garden and

56: Redpoll not far away.

(Though numbers are academic for me!)
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Old Sunday 5th March 2017, 07:19   #302
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Richard Prior , had quick look on a bird site I belong to .
More than 50 Black kites seen by someone in Pau yesterday - thats only 30 minutes max drive from here ,so yes you are right.
I hope to see one or several today, havent seen any since some months which is as usual at the time of year.
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Old Sunday 5th March 2017, 07:32   #303
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16. Green woodpecker two. I usually see one most days for many months of the year , havent seen since December.
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Old Sunday 5th March 2017, 07:49   #304
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A few "regulars" that I still haven't seen yet....Kestrel, Firecrest, and Fieldfare to name but three. Still can't complain, as I'm ahead of myself by 2, compared to same time last year....and "Treeper" really was a bonus!
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Old Sunday 5th March 2017, 10:35   #305
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Three days into spring and stacks of birds now - Skylarks abundant, another Woodlark, quite a number of Cranes calling and displaying, lots of Lapwings drifting about, first Starlings, another small flock of Waxwings, three Grey Herons back at their colony, 30-40 Common Buzzards through during the morning. Great Grey Shrike still about.

Also five Greylag Geese over (3rd record, all in March, first multiple count) and two Whooper Swans (7th record), plus a Mute Swan a little later.

31. Whooper Swan
32. Greylag Goose
33. Grey Heron
34. Starling


And forgot to add Treecreeper some time ago.

35. Treecreeper
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Old Sunday 5th March 2017, 11:53   #306
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Spring? Harumph, snowing here again
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A beautiful day yesterday - warm & sunny - now cold and wet again!
But another Brambling in the garden.

And I see it's about time for a Red Kite to pass this way!

Almost exactly at the same number as last year at this date.
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Spring? Harumph, snowing here again
A very early start to spring this year, I do not rule out a return to snow here too

All lakes still totally frozen - is actually a good time to get Whooper Swan and Greylag Goose etc as they are flying around looking for open water (almost all my records of both have been in this early stage of spring when lakes are still frozen)
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Old Sunday 5th March 2017, 19:08   #309
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If we get the house we want I'll be c.50 metres lower than here, 8 miles east and in a much more sheltered spot with a lot less precipitation.
As for the birds - we shall see.
You'll just have to start a new list.

Two not very exciting ones to add:

42) Collared Dove
43) Mallard


but on the plus side, Yellowhammers singing!
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Old Monday 6th March 2017, 02:47   #310
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Not extremely exhilarating, but neat:

29. Cedar Waxwing
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Old Tuesday 7th March 2017, 10:53   #311
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Old Tuesday 7th March 2017, 14:31   #312
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Finally! I typically only get Eurasian Collared-Doves!

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Old Tuesday 7th March 2017, 20:47   #313
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Nothing to add to my list but one to upgrade from flyover to in the garden. I think it was probably attracted by all the young rabbits, the second litter of 2017 appeared last Friday. First time in the garden but a regular over for several years.
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Old Wednesday 8th March 2017, 07:35   #314
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Much to my delight a pair of Buzzards are building opposite my house.

And just to add to my smile the year's first

57: PEREGRINE

just passed by
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Old Wednesday 8th March 2017, 10:12   #316
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Had two Firecrests behind my abode this am, but not visible from the house.
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Old Wednesday 8th March 2017, 14:11   #317
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Fanfare please! ~150 Canada geese just flown over the ridge, which takes me to the giddy heights of 17.
Why does 17 deserve a fanfare? Why, because that is the number Dad (Jabberwocky) reached on January 1st! The chase is finally on

(PS. Love the Buzzard photo Dad. Poor bunnies. We had both Barred Owl and Northern Shrike yesterday, I was thrilled, the chickadees less so!).
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Old Wednesday 8th March 2017, 16:33   #318
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We are happy the rains have come but the birds are finding water everywhere and not visiting our bird baths as much. Here are a couple of regulars to our garden but nothing to add to the list. A pair of Red-cheeked Cordon-bleu and a pair of Scarlet-chested Sunbirds.
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Had two Firecrests behind my abode this am, but not visible from the house.
I know how you feel Ken, I've a similar situation with several Alpine Accentors hanging about just 750m up our lane, from our place I can even see a bit of the roof of the house some of them were frequenting yesterday. I have had a couple of glimpses of crest sp too but not clinched which species, hopefully I'll see both in the garden during the year, but the Alpine Accentors ?
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A birthday treat for me: two

58: Golden Plover

zapping through northward.
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Totally "out of the dark"......certainly not on my radar, early hours of the morning, missus and me woken up by a repetitive clear call! I was sure of the group from whence it came, and thought it's almost familiar, presume it was disturbed by a ground predator? This am I xeno canto'd it, and it was fairly conclusive, not just a year...but also a garden tick. No.54 Red-legged Partridge.
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Old Thursday 9th March 2017, 11:19   #322
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58: Golden Plover

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Totally "out of the dark"......certainly not on my radar, early hours of the morning, missus and me woken up by a repetitive clear call! I was sure of the group from whence it came, and thought it's almost familiar, presume it was disturbed by a ground predator? This am I xeno canto'd it, and it was fairly conclusive, not just a year...but also a garden tick. No.54 Red-legged Partridge.
We had one living on the patio in France for a few days a few years back - you can count it, but you just have to assume that it's a befuddled bird from some shooting thing somewhere along the line ... ?!
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9th March - spring on the way - Peacock (Butterfly) just now. Sweepstake for first (UK?) sub- Saharan migrant proper.

Swallow/House Martin - Late March??
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We had one living on the patio in France for a few days a few years back - you can count it, but you just have to assume that it's a befuddled bird from some shooting thing somewhere along the line ... ?!
Had an "incongruous" bird last Autumn, just c300m away...running into a hedgerow across a newly mown (Epping Forest) open plain area, adjoining pavement and busy road. That constituted only the 2nd bird observed on "open" forest land in 60 years! Of course they do occur on adjacent farmland...perhaps several miles+from site.

Brimstone, Peacock and what looked like a Small Tortoiseshell today...but then with a 16 degree Celsius out of a big blue....it's probably not surprising.
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