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Old Thursday 16th May 2019, 21:46   #476
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Three additions this month being:-

40 - Shelduck (9th May) - two of the locals flying around presumably a pair followed by two pairs a couple of days later

41 - Sedge Warbler (14th May) - singing bird on the adjacent drainage channel on a dawn listen courtesy of some indigestion

42 - Reed Warbler (14th May) - same as above - both occur with maybe Reed Warbler doing better for us in our roadside ditches than Sedge Warbler

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Old Friday 17th May 2019, 17:29   #477
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Double counted Mallard earlier in the year, but forgot Wood Warbler! So all square at 98.

But some good stuff in the last days. My third ever, a singing Little Crake the main highlight (to a backdrop of Bittern, Golden Orioles, Savi's Warbler and Common Rosefinch. Marsh Harrier and Crane breeding, seven breeding pairs of Great White Egret (a long expected and hoped for addition).

Not quite on the quality of Little Crake, also sneaked a wandering Feral Pigeon, another traditional spring species in these parts :)

99. Little Crake
100. Feral Pigeon
101. House Martin
102. Garden Warbler
103. Common Rosefinch
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Old Saturday 18th May 2019, 07:46   #478
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This morning after 5 o'clock, I climbed on Sauna's roof with binos and scope in my backpack. Roof is about 5 metres from ground and I thought I'd see a lot more from there than from the yard. Truth was little bit different what I remembered, there is so much tall trees around. Anyway, the view was better than from ground level. I spend there an hour and half and got couple new garden ticks:

#48. Arctic loon - 12 of them flew to East,
#49. Great Cormorant - first 3 birds flew West and after half an hour 2 birds to East,
#50. Sterna sp. - Common or Arctic,
#51. Acrocephalus sp. - This was really tricky one. It sang a moment in one bush, then I saw it flew on plumtree, and sang again, maybe a 10 or 15 seconds - and then nothing. It completely disappeared. And I did'n see it at all when it was still. I've always had trouble separating Blyth's and Marsh Warblers by the song and this song sounded very strange. There was something similar than Sedge Warblers song, or even Great Reed Warblerish. In a middle of the suburb. I manage to record 20 second video, where you can hear only the harsh part of the song (Great R. W.ish part). Perhaps this mystery can not be solved ever which isn't nice, because this was my first Acrocephalus-warbler in my yard.

Also I saw one far away Swallow or Martin (I leave this case open so far) and about 400 Barnacle's flew to East and 3 to West.

After I climbed down, I saw 2
#52. Common Swifts
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Old Sunday 19th May 2019, 18:39   #479
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Just one addition, partly because distracted by butterflies elsewhere in the country.

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Old Sunday 19th May 2019, 19:34   #480
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Jos, Paul and Wari, your combined latest additions are all needed here, that's 13 species I haven't yet seen for the Garden List this year, I'm really pleased for you all.

Really.

Singing Little Crakes and various Acros, I ask you.................
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Old Sunday 19th May 2019, 19:58   #481
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You do however have Lammergeier :)
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Old Sunday 19th May 2019, 21:33   #482
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Three solid additions for me, the first being at least six flocks of nocturnal migrants.

70. Least Sandpiper (f)
71. Pine Siskin (f)
72. Purple Martin (f)

Before last night, I had only heard Least Sand on two other occasions. One quick note here: I am very judicious in counting nocturnal migrants, only recording them if they are unmistakable calls and heard well several times.

I was thrilled to have the siskin. I thought I'd missed the window for that! Given last year's big irruption, there's a good chance I won't have any this fall.

The martin was simply a clean-up species, but one that peaks in late April.
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Old Monday 20th May 2019, 15:24   #483
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Jos, Paul and Wari, your combined latest additions are all needed here, that's 13 species I haven't yet seen for the Garden List this year, I'm really pleased for you all.

Really.

Singing Little Crakes and various Acros, I ask you.................
Richard, you have dozens that I don't - and never get. Do you wanna switch?
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Old Tuesday 21st May 2019, 11:00   #484
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Richard, you have dozens that I don't - and never get. Do you wanna switch?
Hmm, maybe for a few weeks each year
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Old Tuesday 21st May 2019, 13:44   #485
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73 cuckoo
74 lesser whitethroat.
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Old Tuesday 21st May 2019, 21:15   #486
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One more yesterday with a migrant

73. Ruby-throated Hummingbird (f)

The dreamed-for Mississippi Kite did not materialize, but 7 Common Nighthawks were a decent consolation prize.
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Old Wednesday 22nd May 2019, 21:06   #487
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Sleeping out this night - calls of quadrillion frogs echoing all over, plus a Bittern booming and the Little Crake too, but over the top several Thrush Nightingales belting out sone and one Grasshopper Warbler reeling. Just on edge of property as I drove in, one Long-eared Owl, only the second time I have seen here (although common in neighbouring forests)


105. Long-eared Owl.
106. Thrush Nightingale
107. Grasshopper Warblers.
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Old Thursday 23rd May 2019, 09:03   #488
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At long last!....a pair of Tufted Duck commuting between the two lakes. no.70.
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Old Thursday 23rd May 2019, 17:53   #489
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Finally some warm sunny weather today, sending two typical summer arrivals within range of my binoculars:

67 Griffon Vulture
68 Common Swift


House Martins have been back in the village for two weeks now, but the trees are blocking my view down there from here, so I will have to wait for one to wander a bit, the other impending arrival is Red-backed Shrike (arrived 16 May in 2017, first one recorded on 28th last year, though we were in Armenia from 12 to 25 May).
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... the other impending arrival is Red-backed Shrike (arrived 16 May in 2017, first one recorded on 28th last year, though we were in Armenia from 12 to 25 May).
I have a worrying absence of Red-backed Shrike so far this year, I am hoping they are just late. Nice 'shrike piles' waiting for them, so far just used by Whitethroats.
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Old Saturday 25th May 2019, 04:53   #491
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I have a worrying absence of Red-backed Shrike so far this year, I am hoping they are just late. Nice 'shrike piles' waiting for them, so far just used by Whitethroats.
Late arrival indeed Jos for the Red-backed Shrikes, if the link below works you can see the situation as it was in the first week of May across Europe, if you then click on to EuroBird Portal the current picture seems more reassuring:

https://www.ornitho.ch/index.php?m_id=21&a=N706#FN706

Hopefully you won't be suffering with your piles for much longer

I didn't have to wait too long after all for the next one:

69 House Martin

One overhead with four Swifts yesterday.
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Still no Red-backed Shrike, but a welcome Spotted Flycatcher today, investigating a nest site - these have been scarce in recent years, so pleased with this.

Little Crake still singing, with Bittern et al.

108. Spotted Flycatcher
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Old Saturday 25th May 2019, 07:31   #493
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Yay, 20 minutes after the above post, a male Red-backed Shrike singing right adjacent to the piles! Very satisfying indeed, even the hedgeline he is singing from I planted.

109. Red-backed Shrike.
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Old Sunday 26th May 2019, 07:41   #494
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Yay, 20 minutes after the above post, a male Red-backed Shrike singing right adjacent to the piles! Very satisfying indeed, even the hedgeline he is singing from I planted.

109. Red-backed Shrike.
Mouth-watering stuff, Jos. I still need Little Crake.
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Mouth-watering stuff, Jos. I still need Little Crake.
You still would need it even if you visited me ...it is singing from reeds very close, but not a big chance of seeing it I think (I guess I could tape lure it, but no plans to do this).

Bittern is also very close and booming all day every day, haven't seen him either :)
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One interesting addition:

74. Common Yellowthroat

Certainly a breeder, but one that I thought was forced out by construction a couple years ago.
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Busy busy here, though the leaves are starting to make things more difficult.

59 Cape May Warbler
60 Mourning Dove - Heard only so far. Over and over and over.
61 Red-eyed Vireo
62 Magnolia Warbler
63 Bay-breasted Warbler
64 Eastern Wood-Pewee
65 American Redstart
66 Chestnut-sided Warbler
67 Blackpoll Warbler Brand new to my Province list, let alone the garden! Seen from the sofa this morning! Takes my garden life list to 106.
68 Philadelphia Vireo
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Busy busy here, though the leaves are starting to make things more difficult.

59 Cape May Warbler
60 Mourning Dove - Heard only so far. Over and over and over.
61 Red-eyed Vireo
62 Magnolia Warbler
63 Bay-breasted Warbler
64 Eastern Wood-Pewee
65 American Redstart
66 Chestnut-sided Warbler
67 Blackpoll Warbler Brand new to my Province list, let alone the garden! Seen from the sofa this morning! Takes my garden life list to 106.
68 Philadelphia Vireo
That is a rather nice list of additions!
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Agree, well done Amy. Still quiet here, waiting for some regulars to arrive. Luckily, while scanning the distant peaks for Short-toed Eagle (I saw a pair nearby a fortnight ago now) two acrobatic

70 Alpine Swift

flew into view, I would never have spotted them with the naked eye! Only the second record since we arrived at this house in 2016 and the first in Spring. Warm weather forecast so hopefully that tardy Red-backed Shrike will turn up along with the local Honey Buzzards.....
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Well that was quick!

71 Honey Buzzard

A good raptor day so far, 9 Griffon Vultures, this pair of Honey Buzzards, Common Buzzards, a Black Kite and a Red Kite.

Edit, More birds of prey later, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, Golden Eagle pair distantly, four more Honey Buzzards (migrating) and the icing on the cake,a gliding

72 Short-toed Eagle

making nine species in the day. I think a glass of red is merited
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