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Bird species seen just the once in your yard/garden. (1 Viewer)

David Ferguson

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The only Treecreeper was found stunned by my wife. When it woke up it walked up her arm, crossed her shoulder, climbed up her neck and head and when it reached the highest point (the top of her head) it flew off. Other bizzare moments were a Raven that landed just outside the window and flew off with a fallen fat ball and a Red-legged Partridge feeding on seed put out for the sparrows and finches. Other single observations of birds in the garden are Waxwing, Firecresr, Moorhen and Red Kite. Kites are regular in the sky but only once have I seen one actually land on a tree in the garden.
 

Trystan

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At a previous suburban house, a Common whitethroat was a single occurance.

At my current house, nothing exactly fits the bill. We had a pair of nuthatches coming in for about a year, but sadly no longer.
 

KenM

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The only Treecreeper was found stunned by my wife. When it woke up it walked up her arm, crossed her shoulder, climbed up her neck and head and when it reached the highest point (the top of her head) it flew off. Other bizzare moments were a Raven that landed just outside the window and flew off with a fallen fat ball and a Red-legged Partridge feeding on seed put out for the sparrows and finches. Other single observations of birds in the garden are Waxwing, Firecresr, Moorhen and Red Kite. Kites are regular in the sky but only once have I seen one actually land on a tree in the garden.
What an amazing Treecreeper account David! 👍
 

Tired

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United States
I swear I saw a bald eagle above my house once, years ago. White head, brown body without any caracara-type markings, white tail, orange feet. Only saw it briefly, though.
 

Sancho

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Supporter
It's not really "in the garden", but I did see a Rose-Coloured Starling on the communal grass area from the window of our holiday flat on the West (Irish) Coast a few years back. My daughter got a photograph of it, and it was the fifth county record, in about 120 years. Oddly there have been about ten more records in the county since then.
 

Jay C

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United Kingdom
Redstart was my best. I just happened to look out of the window one morning while getting ready for work, and there it was sat on a bush. A few minutes later it was gone again. This was in early April so I'm guessing it was just stopping off on migration, not sure why it chose my garden though. I also heard a Tawny Owl outside my window one night and never heard it again, if that counts?
 

KenM

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Redstart was my best. I just happened to look out of the window one morning while getting ready for work, and there it was sat on a bush. A few minutes later it was gone again. This was in early April so I'm guessing it was just stopping off on migration, not sure why it chose my garden though. I also heard a Tawny Owl outside my window one night and never heard it again, if that counts?
All “vocals” count Jay C: Regarding Common Redstart, I’ve had a single Spring and four brief Autumn occurrences over 38 years, and I live in a good conduit migrant spot (they don’t breed in the area) thus any sighting inland of this species is kinda special.👍
 

Seth Miller

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Don't have a yard or garden per se, but do a lot of birding from our rooftop in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Out of 82 total species got a fair number that were sighted just once:
1) Western Marsh Harrier
2) Verditer Flycatcher
3) Booted Eagle
4) Glossy Ibis
5) Black-Winged Kite
6) Indian Golden Oriole
7) Greenish Warbler
8) Wedge-tailed Shearwater! (blown way inland by cyclone Amphan. First national record for BD)
9) Red-wattled Lapwing
10) Small Pratincole
11) Rufous Woodpecker
12) Bank Myna
13) Large-tailed Nightjar
14) Indian White-eye
15) Oriental Pratincole
16) Ruff
17) Grey Wagtail
18) Long-legged Buzzard
19) Asian Openbill
 

Richard Prior

Halfway up an Alp
Europe
Don't have a yard or garden per se, but do a lot of birding from our rooftop in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Out of 82 total species got a fair number that were sighted just once:
1) Western Marsh Harrier
2) Verditer Flycatcher
3) Booted Eagle
4) Glossy Ibis
5) Black-Winged Kite
6) Indian Golden Oriole
7) Greenish Warbler
8) Wedge-tailed Shearwater! (blown way inland by cyclone Amphan. First national record for BD)
9) Red-wattled Lapwing
10) Small Pratincole
11) Rufous Woodpecker
12) Bank Myna
13) Large-tailed Nightjar
14) Indian White-eye
15) Oriental Pratincole
16) Ruff
17) Grey Wagtail
18) Long-legged Buzzard
19) Asian Openbill
That’s a roof with a view by the sound of it Seth!
 

Mikewander

Well-known member
Scotland
I don't know if a fly over counts, but a White Tailed Eagle flew over my garden.
It must have been one of the birds released from Fife.
 

Jay C

Member
United Kingdom
If we're also counting flyovers I have Peregrine and Hobby, though the latter ID isn't certain. Others that have actually landed include Goldcrest, Song Thrush (common in a local park but which seem to avoid the gardens) and an apparently lost racing pigeon.
 

AGPank

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My house does well.
nesting pair of cardinals
blue jays
mockingbirds
muscovy ducks
egyptian geese
red shouldered hawk
white ibis
grackel
cowbird
painted bunting
white winged doves
collared doves
zenaida dove
great egret
turkey vulture
black headed vultures
ravens
pileated woodpecker
swallow tail kite (fly over)
osprey (fly over)
swallows (couldn’t identify in flight)
Warblers (haven’t identified)
starling
 

Andy Adcock

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England
For context, I'm just over a mile from the City centre here.

Fieldfare (during the 'Beast from the East), Redwing, G.s Woodpecker, Bullfinch, Hobby (one pursuing a huge flock of migrating Swifts above my home was a real surprise) Waxwing and Chiffchaff.
 

Jay C

Member
United Kingdom
Just today I can add a new one to the list, a Reed Bunting that showed up this morning. I'm not particularly close to any wetlands or farmland, so it's a bit of a mystery where it came from.
 

KenM

Well-known member
Just today I can add a new one to the list, a Reed Bunting that showed up this morning. I'm not particularly close to any wetlands or farmland, so it's a bit of a mystery where it came from.
I too, in non Reed Bunting habitat Jay C:....have had the odd Reed Bunting at this time, albeit my last brief “single” was more than 20 years ago. :( 👍
 

KenM

Well-known member
For context, I'm just over a mile from the City centre here.

Fieldfare (during the 'Beast from the East), Redwing, G.s Woodpecker, Bullfinch, Hobby (one pursuing a huge flock of migrating Swifts above my home was a real surprise) Waxwing and Chiffchaff.
Would that be Blighty or Russia Andy?

Cheers
 
ZEISS. Discover the fascinating world of birds, and win a birding trip to Columbia
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