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Old Monday 16th January 2006, 15:53   #26
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Here on the fringe of Amsterdam, guaranteed every day birds include magpies, crows, jackdaws, grey herons, starlings, jays, great tits, blue tits, robins, wrens, blackbirds, dunnocks, song thrush, common buzzard, woodpigeon, collared dove, mallards, house sparrow, tree sparrow, coots, moorhen, herring gull, black-headed gull, common gull,

Not quite everyday but nearly are great spotted woodpecker, goldcrest, chaffinch, long tailed tits, redwing, pheasant, little gull, common tern, cormorant, great crested grebe

and I'm sure lots more but I'm still learning the local gulls, waterbirds - still haven't managed to see a warbler of any type and many others that the guidebooks describe as common.
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Old Monday 16th January 2006, 19:47   #27
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At Xmas three years ago, I spent a couple of half days birding near London and on the coast, and a few hours wandering around the Clissold Park area, plus several hours shopping in different areas of London. I saw 60+ species but not a single House Sparrow. Two summers ago, I spent several days in London, Lincoln and Carlisle and again didn't see a single House Sparrow. Did I read somewhere that their numbers have dropped alarmingly in the UK?

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Here in Amsterdam, house sparrows have become quite rare. You really have to know where a colony lives to see and hear any... Many people haven't seen a house sparrow for years!
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Old Monday 16th January 2006, 19:57   #28
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Here the most popular birds are Collared Doves,Sparrows,Starlings and Blackbirds.Magpies are also in abundance.

At work (12 miles away),Pigeons,Pigeons and more Pigeons.
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Old Monday 16th January 2006, 20:13   #29
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When I originally posted, I wasn't asking in terms of feeder birds or of birds in particular seasons. I really meant birds that you can virtually guaranteee seeing -- excluding at bird feeders -- in any season if you drive or walk for. say, 30 minutes anywhere from where you live.

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If I walk for 30 minutes in the city park in the east side of Amsterdam, I'm almost sure to see on a daily basis :
- Blackbird
- Woodpigeon
- Coot
- Carrion Crow
- Mallard
- feral pigeon
- Great Tit
- Blue Tit
- Magpie
- Jackdaw
- Grey Heron
- Black-headed Gull
- Common Moorhen

But you'd get a different list for another park only 600 meters further.
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Old Monday 16th January 2006, 20:49   #30
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Hi to everyone at BirdForum,this looks to be a friendly and informative sight. I see most birds for this area from my window or when I'm in the garden.Most of them are usual but very welcome all the same. During the last month a male great spotted woodpecker has been snacking from the peanut feeder.
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Old Tuesday 31st August 2010, 17:31   #31
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Here in Missouri I have listed some of the birds you are most likely to see almost any day of the year, if you just get out a little bit and observe what birds are around.

Most Common Birds (Missouri, USA)

European Starling
House Sparrow
American Robin
Blue Jay
Northern Cardinal
Rock Pigeon (aka. Feral Pigeon)
Red-winged Blackbird
Mourning Dove
American Crow
American Goldfinch
Horned Lark
Canada Goose
Black-capped Chickadee
Carolina Wren
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Old Tuesday 31st August 2010, 17:42   #32
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On a day just watching from my houses windows when I pass them can practically guarantee the following

Starling, Collared Dove, Jackdaw, Rook, Wood Pigeon, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Blackbird, House Sparrow, Robin

If I was to go for an hour walk from my house I could add to that list:
Goldfinch, Chaffinch, Green Finch, Dunnock, Carrion Crow, Red Kite, Buzzard, Magpie, Long Tailed Tit, Black Headed Gull
In the summer add to that swallow, swift and house martin

Depending on which specific direction I went on said walk, I could also add:
Treecreeper, Pheasant and Yellowhammer,and usually Nuthatch, Red Legged Partridge, Coal Tit and Goldcrest. A decent chance of marsh/willow tits too (if I went towards the woods)
Green Woodpecker, feral pigeon, Greater Spotted Woodpecker, Mallard, Moorhen if I went towards the park and river.
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Old Tuesday 31st August 2010, 17:49   #33
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Commonest here I can think of:
Spotless Starling, House Sparrow, Black Redstart, Corn Bunting, Crested Lark, Linnet, Goldfinch, Chaffinch, Stonechat, Common Buzzard, Black Kite, Booted Eagle, Griffon Vulture, White Stork, Magpie, Carrion Crow.
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Old Wednesday 1st September 2010, 02:18   #34
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Here in Costa Rica, it kind of depends on the elevation but species that are hard to miss in the central valley are:

Black Vulture
Turkey Vulture
Red-billed Pigeon
White-winged Dove
Crimson-fronted Parakeet
Rufous-tailed Hummingbird
Tropical Kingbird
Great Kiskadee
Blue-gray Tanager
Rufous-collared Sparrow
Great-tailed Grackle
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Old Wednesday 1st September 2010, 02:55   #35
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Here in Tokyo its Rock Pigeon, Large-billed Crow, and Eurasian Tree Sparrow.

Back in Laramie it varies by season. Generally House Sparrow, American Robin, Rock Pigeon, Eurasian Collared Dove, American Crow, and Mountain Chickadee.
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Old Wednesday 1st September 2010, 03:05   #36
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I can usually guarantee seeing Collared Dove, Woodpigeon, Starling, Moorhen, Mallard, Carrion Crow and Magpie here, the Carrion Crows and Woodpigeons especially so when I walk on my local patch. Depending on the season I would usually find Robins, Blue Tits, Great Tits, Greenfinches, Wrens, Blackbirds, Green Woodpeckers, Lesser black-back gull, black-headed gull or herring gull here but none of those are guaranteed sightings and can be very localised. In my garden I'd see House Sparrows every day but walking around my local area I've just realised that I don't actually see them 'that' much elsewhere.

It's a difficult time of year to answer that question really as I've just been through the August silence, when there are very few birds showing themselves and that colours somewhat my response - much depends on the season as in the summer I might be pretty sure of seeing Whitethroat or Blackcap, in the winter Redwing or Fieldfare. For a period of the winter I might be almost guaranteed to see Goosander or Tufted Duck if I go to specific places here but that doesn't mean they're common (far from it!). Probably reading too much into the question really though!
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Old Wednesday 1st September 2010, 05:30   #37
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Great thread idea. I'm on the outskirts of Brisbane and heading out the door I can be sure that I'll see rainbow lorikeets, sulphur-crested cockatoos, kookaburras, currawongs, magpies, noisy miners, butcherbirds and masked lapwings to name a few. I've seen pelicans near the reservoir up the road, even though we're miles from the coast.

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Old Wednesday 1st September 2010, 05:42   #38
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NW Crow, House Sparrow, Rock Pigeon, Glaucous-winged Gull, House Finch, Great Blue Heron, Mallards, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Bewick's Wren, and Bushtit.
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Old Wednesday 1st September 2010, 12:00   #39
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When I'm out walking, grey fantail, striated pardalote, rainbow and musk lorikeet, galah, magpie, new holland honeyeater, crescent honeyeater, white-plumed honeyeater, at least one of the tree creepers (often brown), crimson rosella, superb fairy-wren often see scarlet robin, raven, grey currawong, white-winged chough, red-rumped parrot, nankeen kestrel and then several of the thornbill species yellow-rumped, striated or buff-rumped thornbills being the most common. I love my 'common' birds, it's good to get to know them :)
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Old Wednesday 1st September 2010, 17:22   #40
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Here in NW Arkansas, I think Northern Cardinal usually tops the CBC lists. Some other of the commonest species:

House Sparrow
Mourning Dove
European Starling
Northern Mockingbird
American Robin
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
Common Grackle
White-throated Sparrow (Oct-May)
Dark-eyed Junco (~Nov-Mar)
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Old Wednesday 1st September 2010, 21:27   #41
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From my apartment I can usually only see Jackdaws and Rooks, and the occasional Fieldfare. Biking to uni the most common species are probably Greenfinch, Nuthatch, Wood Pigeon, Starling, Blackbird and Tree Sparrow. Great and Blue Tits are also pretty much everywhere. Those are the ones that can be seen almost all year round (except for the Starlings and Wood Pigeons). In summer there's many more, such as Swifts, House Martins, Willow Warblers and White Wagtails. There's quite a lot of birds in the city actually! :)
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Old Wednesday 1st September 2010, 22:23   #42
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mourning doves are probably our most abundant native bird here
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Old Thursday 2nd September 2010, 02:26   #43
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Wow, a thread comes back to life after six years!!!

Here in Siem Reap, Cambodia the 10 most common (more or less in order of abundance and only in the city):

Eurasian Tree Sparrow
Common Mynah
Yellow-vented Bulbul
Streak-eared Bulbul
Spotted Dove
Peaceful Dove
Asian Barred Owlet
Palm Swift
Black Drongo (October - April)
House Sparrow (Airport)
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Old Thursday 2nd September 2010, 17:28   #44
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Jackdaws. If I ever failed to see one around here, I think I would become worried. Long live the 'daws.

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Old Sunday 5th September 2010, 06:05   #45
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Definitely House Sparrows, Mourning Doves, European Starlings, Grackles, and Rock Doves.
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Old Sunday 5th September 2010, 13:32   #46
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Here in Quito, Ecuador the most common birds are:

Great Thrush
Rufous-collared Sparrow
Sparkling Violetear
Black vulture
Eared Dove
Black-tailed Trainbearer (Actually saw a pair breeding on the sidewalk in downtown Quito last week.)
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Old Monday 6th September 2010, 18:24   #47
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Northern Cardinal, House Sparrow, Common Grackle, Red-winged Blackbird, Chipping Sparrow, European Starling, Mourning Dove, Mallard, Canada Goose, Black-capped Chickadee, American Robin, American Goldfinch, Chimney Swift, Rock Pigeon
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Old Monday 6th September 2010, 20:13   #48
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From my apartment in Gambia, currently (wet season) in order of frequency it's something like

Pied Crow
Hooded Vulture
African Little Swift
Common Bulbul
Grey-headed Sparrow
Western Grey Plantain-eater
African Palm Swift
Grey-headed Gull

Probably 30+ are guaranteed every day species.
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Old Wednesday 8th September 2010, 08:26   #49
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The one's I'd say I'm pretty much 100% guaranteed on my patch are...

Woodpigeon
Magpie
Jackdaw
Great Tit
Blue Tit
Long-tailed Tit
Blackbird
Robin
Mallard
Wren
Dunnock
Goldfinch
Chaffinch
Collared Dove
Moorhen
Coot
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Old Friday 10th September 2010, 16:56   #50
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I read somewhere that the most abundant bird in PA is actually ovenbird...

In suburban Allentown where I live it seems to be cardinal, house sparrow, blue jay, robin, MoDo, BC chickadee, goldfinch, American crow, starling.

If I travel 1/2 mile to the nearby park, I add titmouse, nuthatch, downy and red-bellied woodpecker. Plus junco and white-throated sparrow in winter, or pewee, red-eyed vireo and wood thrush in summer.
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