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Old Friday 4th January 2019, 12:18   #26
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January 4th - unexpected morning watch while car getting a new tyre

30. Goldcrest
31. Stock Dove
32. Great Spotted Woodpecker
33. Song Thrush (my first anywhere this year, #94)
34. Long-tailed Tit

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Old Friday 4th January 2019, 15:48   #27
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Heard only Green Woodpecker no.35...

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Old Friday 4th January 2019, 17:12   #28
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A good day for soaring raptors brought

11. Turkey Vulture (f)
12. Red-tailed Hawk (f)

A quick check of eBird revealed that I entered 88 species from the yard last year. Another quick check revealed that I have entered 105 species total (all years) into eBird from the yard. Given that I have a decent expanse of sky to view, I think 100 species may not be out of the question this year, especially if I spend more early mornings outside!

Last fall was an especially exciting year from the yard. Single-day highlights included 61 Purple Finches (just short of eBird county high), 1,126 Blue Jays (eBird county high, all birds were counted in only 70 minutes or so!), and 924 Broad-winged Hawks.

We'll see what happens. I'm certainly shooting for 100, though!
I managed 85 last year and 87 in the year before, the total overall here (we only arrived two years ago) is 96 now, so I've set myself a target of 90 (again).
Off to a modest start:
1 Mistle Thrush
2 Marsh Tit
3 Coal tit
4 Blue tit
5 Great Tit
6 Nuthatch
7 Carrion Crow
8 Raven
9 Chaffinch
10 Brambling
11 Greenfinch
12 Goldfinch
13 Siskin
14 Hawfinch
15 Yellowhammer
16 Green Woodpecker
17 Bullfinch
18 Blackbird
19 Fieldfare
20 Magpie
21 Golden Eagle
22 Crested Tit
23 Jay
24 Robin
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Old Friday 4th January 2019, 22:09   #29
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Slow and steady today, with three additions.

13. Cooper's Hawk (f)
14. American Crow (f)
15. American Goldfinch

At dusk, I saw a small flock of mergansers with the hundreds of roosting geese. In all likelihood they were Common, but all I got was a five-second silhouette view. I should be able to nail Common Merg down sometime this year, though.

I took a close look today, not in eBird this time but in my Sibley guide, to see what a reasonable year total might be. Although mid-90s seems more likely, 100 is not out of the question.
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Old Friday 4th January 2019, 22:58   #30
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I managed 85 last year and 87 in the year before, the total overall here (we only arrived two years ago) is 96 now, so I've set myself a target of 90 (again).
Off to a modest start:
1 Mistle Thrush
2 Marsh Tit
3 Coal tit
4 Blue tit
5 Great Tit
6 Nuthatch
7 Carrion Crow
8 Raven
9 Chaffinch
10 Brambling
11 Greenfinch
12 Goldfinch
13 Siskin
14 Hawfinch
15 Yellowhammer
16 Green Woodpecker
17 Bullfinch
18 Blackbird
19 Fieldfare
20 Magpie
21 Golden Eagle
22 Crested Tit
23 Jay
24 Robin
......I shudder to think what an immodest start might look like! - eleven there I need of which at least four I won’t be getting!
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Old Saturday 5th January 2019, 07:59   #31
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......I shudder to think what an immodest start might look like! - eleven there I need of which at least four I won’t be getting!
Four? Hmmm let me think: G Eagle and Crested Tit obviously, but the other two?
Marsh Tit and Yellowhammer?
Two more ‘early birds’ already added this morning:
25 Common Buzzard
26 Great Spotted Woodpecker
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Old Saturday 5th January 2019, 10:13   #32
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Heard only Green Woodpecker no.35...

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Told you it wouldn't be long!

Nothing yet today - but a Brambling made a welcome return
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Old Saturday 5th January 2019, 10:17   #33
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Four? Hmmm let me think: G Eagle and Crested Tit obviously, but the other two?
Marsh Tit and Yellowhammer?
Two more ‘early birds’ already added this morning:
25 Common Buzzard
26 Great Spotted Woodpecker
Correct on the four!..however this am Wren and Grey Wag make it nos.36 and 37.
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Old Saturday 5th January 2019, 10:50   #34
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My first MEGA of the year!!

ICELAND GULL

Just flown over - a nice juv/1st winter!!!
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Back in the lead, Ken...

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Old Saturday 5th January 2019, 11:02   #36
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My first MEGA of the year!!

ICELAND GULL

Just flown over - a nice juv/1st winter!!!
What a Great Tick H!
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Old Saturday 5th January 2019, 11:05   #37
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I know - still reeling from the "what the?!!"
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Old Saturday 5th January 2019, 12:27   #38
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January 5th - rather chilly morning watch

36. Goosander - 5 flew west, only my second record
37. Raven
38. Redwing - 2, scarce locally since Christmas
39. Greylag Goose

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Old Saturday 5th January 2019, 12:55   #39
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Flyover Cormorant no.38.
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Old Saturday 5th January 2019, 17:07   #40
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Two simple additions today with heard-only

16. Carolina Wren

and a brief visit to the feeders by a

17. Song Sparrow
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Old Saturday 5th January 2019, 21:04   #41
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As at today, the garden yearlist stands at 21 (of a patch yearlist of 82):-

1 Robin 01 Jan 2019
2 Mallard 01 Jan 2019
3 Herring Gull 01 Jan 2019
4 Carrion Crow 01 Jan 2019
5 Blackbird 01 Jan 2019
6 Woodpigeon 02 Jan 2019
7 Black-headed Gull 02 Jan 2019
8 Cormorant 02 Jan 2019
9 Blue Tit 02 Jan 2019
10 Starling 02 Jan 2019
11 Goldfinch 02 Jan 2019
12 House Sparrow 02 Jan 2019
13 Magpie 03 Jan 2019
14 Feral Pigeon 04 Jan 2019
15 Goosander 05 Jan 2019
16 Moorhen 05 Jan 2019
17 Lesser Black-backed Gull 05 Jan 2019
18 Grey Heron 05 Jan 2019
19 Great Tit 05 Jan 2019
20 Dunnock 05 Jan 2019
21 Jackdaw 05 Jan 2019

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Old Saturday 5th January 2019, 22:16   #42
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One more late-day addition, at least 220

18. Snow Geese (f)

flying NE, stunningly lit by the afternoon sun.

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Old Sunday 6th January 2019, 00:04   #43
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Old Sunday 6th January 2019, 12:28   #44
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January 6th - morning watch

40. Reed Bunting - odd record of two over going north, well away from normal habitat
41. Mistle Thrush

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Old Sunday 6th January 2019, 13:27   #45
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27 Peregrine Falcon

A male just powered up the valley, ignoring the huge congregation of finch species around the feeders (managed to count up to 220 Bramblings before I got dizzy!)
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After several hours of not a lot! A circa dozen Long TTits, a whole bunch of Chaffinch...and a male Blackcap in the honeysuckle. no.39.
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A few today early & then when I popped back for ten mins this afternoon so now 26 (out of a patch yearlist of 86):-
22 Mute Swan 06 Jan 2019
23 Collared Dove 06 Jan 2019
24 Blackcap 06 Jan 2019
25 Little Egret 06 Jan 2019
26 Peregrine Falcon 06 Jan 2019

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Old Sunday 6th January 2019, 17:28   #48
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Since we left the Eden I haven't really gone in for these threads, will try this year to keep track of what we have seen...
So far:
1. Pheasant
2. Grey partridge (only added to the garden list on 30/12)
3. Common Gull
4. Herring Gull
5. Black-headed gull
6. Wood pigeon
7. Stock Dove
8. Great Spotted Woodpecker
9. Dunnock
10. Robin
11. Blackbird
12. Fieldfare
13. Rook
14. Jackdaw
15. Carrion crow
16. Long-tailed tit
17. Blue Tit
18. Coal tit
19. Great Tit
20. Treecreeper
21. House sparrow
22. Chaffinch
23. Brambling (a female yesterday, first in the garden this winter)
24. Greenfinch
25. Goldfinch

A few glaring omissions - no raptors for instance.

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Old Monday 7th January 2019, 05:01   #50
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I'll try and post a full list a bit later on but birders in Leeds have been going a bit crazy due to the Bohemian waxwings that have turned up. A first for me!
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