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Old Thursday 3rd September 2020, 20:18   #926
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Finally another tick. And a garden lifer. Was sitting in the hot tub reading The Peregrine (sacrilege to say but Iím finding it a bit of a chore) when a flock of Linnets landed on the conifers.

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Old Thursday 3rd September 2020, 20:21   #927
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You and Ken risk setting an unhealthy garden ticking trouserless trend Rich ( see his post 913)
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Old Thursday 3rd September 2020, 20:23   #928
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You and Ken risk setting an unhealthy garden ticking trouserless trend Rich ( see his post 913)
Didnít realise Ken was Welsh as well.
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Old Thursday 3rd September 2020, 20:41   #929
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Didnít realise Ken was Welsh as well.
Canít claim any Welsh blood Rich (certainly not knowingly) however, Iíd be proud to have some, what with Rourkeís Drift, Tommy Farr and Shirley Bassey not to mention Moussierís Redstart amongst others....
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I got a few more to add to the list.
102 Upland Sandpiper.
103 Eastern Kingbird.
104 Nashville Warbler.
105 Baltimore Oriole.
106 Snowy Egret.
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Old Sunday 6th September 2020, 18:13   #931
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I just came out of the sauna - but the pants on - when I heard the crows shouting in haste. There was a female
#82. Marsh Harrier on the sky. Last seen from garden 2017.
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Old Sunday 6th September 2020, 19:58   #932
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Hot tubs and saunas, I donít know , the only thing getting me Ďsteamed upí is my continuing failure to spot/hear a Tree Pipit, still missing from this yearís tally!
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Old Thursday 10th September 2020, 14:20   #933
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The late August storms here in Norfolk helped with several snipe and a wood sandpiper over the sea and a juvenile long-tailed skua arced past on the 30th. September has been pretty slow but vismig numbers are picking up with plenty of mipits and siskins moving south and a wee flock of 4 tree sparrows joined them on the 5th. A garden warbler in the garden on the 8th was more expected but they have been a bit thin on the ground this year, especially in spring.

164 Common Snipe
165 Wood Sandpiper
166 Long-tailed Jaeger
167 Eurasian Tree Sparrow
168 Garden Warbler
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Old Thursday 10th September 2020, 20:16   #934
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168 Ryan? Exactly double my total so far (until this evening at least).
Our wedding anniversary so I cooked a meal for the long suffering Mrs P, we ate outside on this nice warm evening and to show how romantic I am I didnít look through the telescope (handily placed next to the table) until dessert
The reward for my culinary labours ( my wifeís words not mine!):

85 Marsh Harrier

A female powering south, makes up for yet again missing Tree Pipit for the garden list, this morning one was in a tree by the road just 25m from the house as I walked to the village Found a Grasshopper Warbler on my walk too, so potential additions lurking...
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Old Thursday 10th September 2020, 20:35   #935
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Been my best ever year on my plot, pity I didn't participate in this thread this year 🙂
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Old Friday 11th September 2020, 06:46   #936
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Been my best ever year on my plot, pity I didn't participate in this thread this year 🙂
Next time it rains you could sit down and do a resumť Jos! Hope you're on the mend.

Dawn vigil paid off for me just now with two

86 Tree Pipit


About time too, I can get the porridge underway now!
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Old Friday 11th September 2020, 11:20   #937
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Been my best ever year on my plot, pity I didn't participate in this thread this year ��
Give us a rough total, Jos.

Have you been I'll? Are you better?


I've finally just got

78: PEREGRINE

on my list - probably my latest year ever.
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Old Friday 11th September 2020, 12:30   #938
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September 11th must be International Tree Pipit Day........

76. Tree Pipit - one south was my first bird of the day: hadn't even sat down. Did have my trousers on though.

And those with a good memory might remember this makes 99 for my garden life-list.

Congratulations on your two Richard - and your anniversary too.

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168 Ryan? Exactly double my total so far (until this evening at least).
Our wedding anniversary so I cooked a meal for the long suffering Mrs P, we ate outside on this nice warm evening and to show how romantic I am I didnít look through the telescope (handily placed next to the table) until dessert
The reward for my culinary labours ( my wifeís words not mine!):

85 Marsh Harrier

A female powering south, makes up for yet again missing Tree Pipit for the garden list, this morning one was in a tree by the road just 25m from the house as I walked to the village Found a Grasshopper Warbler on my walk too, so potential additions lurking...
COVID has definitely helped this year, 6 months being home almost every night is normally unheard of especially during spring and autumn
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64 Common Crossbill this morning (12/9) over the garden calling while I was doing the moth trap. Checking that revealed I'd doubled up on Willow Warbler - now corrected.

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Old Sunday 13th September 2020, 15:15   #941
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September 13th

77. Lesser Redpoll - heard whilst processing my moth trap.

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Old Friday 18th September 2020, 17:23   #942
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This morning I completed the nuthatch double when I heard a

117. White-breasted Nuthatch

from the bedroom window. Although it's very common in surrounding woodlands, I haven't seen one from the yard since November 2018.
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Old Sunday 20th September 2020, 11:30   #943
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At Saturday morning I spend half an hour on garden. The constant migration of passerines in the sky, mostly Chaffinches went to West. Also at least 5 Chiffchaffs, couple of Goldcrests and

#83. Stock Dove - flock of 32 and five minutes later 1 more
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Old Tuesday 22nd September 2020, 00:02   #944
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Having already earmarked 2020 for the ''big push'' (87) last year, before the employment of Lockdown (which has certainly helped), by increasing my hours at the window (well someone's got to do it ) I could never have envisaged the difference that it's made albeit at a cost (chores stacking up ). If I just deal with Flycatchers (one of either species...perhaps one every three to four years), has today! netted me a hat-trick of both species since the 23rd of August!....am still recovering from that result.

I've always subscribed to the more you put in the more you get out, however this must be down to a good breeding season for both species, because the odds against such a result in my mind still doesn't stack up.
The other marked increases have been Reed and Garden Warblers, again averaging perhaps just a single to two occurrences annually, to circa eight and a dozen visits respectively this year! Compared against decreases for Common Whitethroat with just four visits so far against nine for last year, with no two years being the same am currently two ahead of last year's total, thus am anticipating ''I know not what?'' for a mission accomplished 90, assuming of course it doesn't all go belly-up.
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Despite more time out in the garden than ever before I have not had a single flycatcher of either species, nor any of the warblers you mention. My only highlights have been nice views of an Osprey, the brief Redstart and even briefer fly-over Tree Pipit.

So I reckon you are having a great autumn Ken.

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Despite more time out in the garden than ever before I have not had a single flycatcher of either species, nor any of the warblers you mention. My only highlights have been nice views of an Osprey, the brief Redstart and even briefer fly-over Tree Pipit.

So I reckon you are having a great autumn Ken.

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Thanks Steve, particularly for graciously making the comparison much appreciated, the only comment I can make is the North East South West conduit/channel effect that my location enjoys certainly helps the numbers.
However your current annual tally is much envied by a couple of my colleagues, at day end I believe you are a circa dozen short of my so far total, that is no mean feat by any measure, Iím hoping there will be a few more surprises for all once October kicks in.

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Always hoped for but never guaranteed, eighteen days earlier than last year's single occurrence....a fitting no.90!, bringing my highest ever annual total....however with another three months to go...do I go for the ton? Methinks it might be ten too far.
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Always hoped for but never guaranteed, eighteen days earlier than last year's single occurrence....a fitting no.90!, bringing my highest ever annual total....however with another three months to go...do I go for the ton? Methinks it might be ten too far.
Hopefully dressed
No rest
Firecrest
To hit ninety
Blithely
Will retiree
Ken
Have gotten
An additional ten
Stay awake
To make
Or Break
Hit the ton
Story told and no gun
Hopefully fun
We'll see
Presumably
On New Year's E'e
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Hopefully dressed
No rest
Firecrest
To hit ninety
Blithely
Will retiree
Ken
Have gotten
An additional ten
Stay awake
To make
Or Break
Hit the ton
Story told and no gun
Hopefully fun
We'll see
Presumably
On New Year's E'e
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