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Old Friday 11th January 2019, 00:54   #76
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Perhaps they’ve been tempted away by a neighbour with a more attractive feeder spread? Happened to me a few Winters back...no such thing as loyalty I’m afraid.
A valid point Ken, but I don't think it's the case here. I've had a neighbor who has been feeding birds for several years now, and a few switched to those feeders back then. Now, however, things seem to have settled in and I don't think her feeding is very regular right now.

I think it's one of those things where it's concerning, but there's not enough data yet to jump to conclusions. The topic came up in a statewide listserv late last fall, and some people said they had plenty of chickadees/titmice and others said far fewer than normal. I have noted an alarming lack of them almost everywhere, especially titmice, regardless of weather.

One interesting note is that a Cape May person who I talked to in the fall said that he saw more actively migrating titmice down there than ever before, which would be highly unusual. To me they have always seemed as sedentary as, say, a cardinal.

I think a lot of people here are interested to see the statewide CBC (Christmas Bird Count) results, though weather and resulting lack of coverage may make this year a poor one to judge from.
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Old Friday 11th January 2019, 07:52   #77
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Till mid February only? I can confidently say you will be 30 or 40 or more species in front by then. My tally will only statt roaong significantly in March.
I have to wait till April...
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Old Friday 11th January 2019, 08:11   #78
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The concern for me at any rate birdmeister, is subscribing to the notion that no two years are the same, and having experienced as such, might mask any real tipping point should one occur, albeit eventually the status quo would be confirmed one way or the other. This is compounded by age, the longer one’s been Birding, the greater the experience of contractions and additions one can draw on, and as we all know global warming is certainly the “mover and shaker” in our post industrial world....time will tell I guess.

PS...It’s been relatively quiet so far (Autumn/Winter) this side of the pond too.

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Old Friday 11th January 2019, 20:40   #79
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The concern for me at any rate birdmeister, is subscribing to the notion that no two years are the same, and having experienced as such, might mask any real tipping point should one occur, albeit eventually the status quo would be confirmed one way or the other. This is compounded by age, the longer one’s been Birding, the greater the experience of contractions and additions one can draw on, and as we all know global warming is certainly the “mover and shaker” in our post industrial world....time will tell I guess.

PS...It’s been relatively quiet so far (Autumn/Winter) this side of the pond too.

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Fully agree Ken, I am alert for possible long-term changes but we will have to see what the next several years bring.
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A wonderful addition to the list, provided that nocturnal heard only birds are allowed.

20. Great Horned Owl

A male and female duetting delightfully close by!
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Old Saturday 12th January 2019, 11:34   #81
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January 12th - morning watch

A gloomy and drizzly session but brightened up by

44. Mediterranean Gull - slowly drifted SW.

A garden (and town ) tick to boot. Double-figures of BHGs are attracted to the back of a nearby restaurant so it might hang around.
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Old Saturday 12th January 2019, 12:46   #82
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Climb an impressive one with a predictable Raven .,

16.Common Raven

Lots of snow, lots of woodpeckers at thw feeders, an additional Middle Soot joined the group today.
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Old Saturday 12th January 2019, 15:13   #83
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A wonderful addition to the list, provided that nocturnal heard only birds are allowed.

20. Great Horned Owl

A male and female duetting delightfully close by!
Yes! heard only’s are allowed bm, one of the few US 🦉 that I’ve seen, and a most impressive one at that!

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Old Saturday 12th January 2019, 15:54   #84
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27. sparrowhawk
28. siskin
brambling still around.

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Two today:-
27 Eurasian Sparrowhawk 12 Jan 2019
28 Long-tailed Tit 12 Jan 2019

Having got fed up waiting for any light, I snapped a few pics today so 5/28 photographed. Patch yearlist is 55/88 but there have now been 17 species on my patch this year that I have not seen yet....

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Double whammy this am, two flybies:

Lesser Black-backed Gull

And

WAXWING ! - 1 or 2 birds fighting strong winds

41 I think
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Double whammy this am, two flybies:

Lesser Black-backed Gull

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WAXWING ! - 1 or 2 birds fighting strong winds

41 I think
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Old Sunday 13th January 2019, 08:35   #88
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Finally after two years waiting garden ticked the little egret that frequents the park stream across the road when it flew over this morning. It has been there for ages but not visible from the house. First time I have seen ithe flying over the garden
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42: Wren
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Old Sunday 13th January 2019, 14:06   #90
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Hello and a Happy New Year to you all .
Midday I saw from the window a beautiful red Kite on a very low descent and very close .
About 20 birds who are usually here from December or first week of January to mid March havent arrive .
1. House Sparrow over 40 most here all year
2. Robin.
3. Dunnock
4. Black Bird
5. Collared Dove
6. Magpie
7. Crow
8. Red Kite
9. Cattle Egret
10. Grey Heron
11. Chaffinch
12. Blue tit only 2 this time
13. Great tit only 2 this time
14. Longtailed tit 1 seen since yesterday

Usually in my garden every winter about 16 tits , several green finch ,several chaffinch , chiff chaff 2,black cap 2, red black starts 2 or 3 . Last winter also hawfinch 2 ,goldfinch 2 ,

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42: Wren
.....snap! with a flyover Pied Wag. no.42.
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Can't believe this (sorry, Ken!)

46: Long-tailed Tit
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46: Long-tailed Tit
Only three times my tally now ...
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47: and you can't blame me for this one - you know I'd rather not count them....Feral Pigeon.

This puts me way above half of all my possibles - in the first 2 weeks of the year!

Don't worry, Jos, you'll overhaul my list soon enough - Spring as your land and skies fill with dozens of excellent birds.
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46: Long-tailed Tit
Well done H!...bereft of some regularly occurring species here, hopefully temporarily so...watch this space.
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47?!!! Took me until May 4th to get to 47 last year! Well- I'm still submitting my request for a wintry wonderland drum-roll - I've made it to double figures!

1. Black-capped Chickadee
2. White Breasted Nuthatch
3. Red Breasted Nuthatch
4. Hairy Woodpecker
5. Downy Woodpecker
6. American Crow
7. Common Raven
8. Barred Owl (not seen til the end of March last year)
9. Bald Eagle
10. Wild Turkey

Some very notable absences: Blue Jay (big migration South this year, seen some in the area, but not in the garden), and Junco + Goldfinch that I've not seen anywhere since November - both seen on January 1st last year. On the other hand, both Pine and Evening Grosbeaks seen locally already this year, which I didn't see at all in the previous 3 years. Also a Rough-legged Hawk seen very nearby, which was brand new to my Green Patch list.

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48: Pheasant (again I'd rather not count them - but...!)
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