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Garden / Yard List 2021 (1 Viewer)

birdmeister

Well-known member
United States
A big surprise came our way when a pair of

98. Great Crested Flycatcher

checked out both boxes this afternoon! The one is occupied by 5+ Tree Swallow chicks, while the bluebirds are getting ready for Round 2 (already fledged two chicks). I'm pretty sure the entrances are too small for the GC Fly pair anyway. It's very odd to have them in a residential setting like this, though! Almost akin to having Scarlet Tanager or Wood Thrush. They certainly weren't around all year, so maybe failed breeders looking for new "digs"?

There are only three previous yard records of this canopy-loving beauty, two heard only and one a brief flyby. Needless to say, I was "chuffed" to get photos of them at eye level.
 

Euan Buchan

The Edinburgh Birdwatcher
Supporter
Scotland
Yesterday saw Goldfinch & Greenfinch at the feeder. I've not seen much activity on the feeders since I came back from Skye. Jackdaws have been regulars at the peanut feeder. Must point out there's been lots of Oystercatchers flying about and calling.
 

Richard Prior

Halfway up an Alp
Europe
Like Birdmeister, my latest addition is most likely a failed/already finished breeder too, June has often thrown up the odd wanderer from lower altitudes and with the high temperatures forecast I’ll be all ears and eyes for other ‘exotics’🤞

83 Wryneck
 

KenM

Well-known member
Like Birdmeister, my latest addition is most likely a failed/already finished breeder too, June has often thrown up the odd wanderer from lower altitudes and with the high temperatures forecast I’ll be all ears and eyes for other ‘exotics’🤞

83 Wryneck
That would be a grdn.life tick for me!...will summon the bird gods “ye jammy bugger!” 😄👍
 

birdmeister

Well-known member
United States
A big surprise came our way when a pair of

98. Great Crested Flycatcher

checked out both boxes this afternoon! The one is occupied by 5+ Tree Swallow chicks, while the bluebirds are getting ready for Round 2 (already fledged two chicks). I'm pretty sure the entrances are too small for the GC Fly pair anyway. It's very odd to have them in a residential setting like this, though! Almost akin to having Scarlet Tanager or Wood Thrush. They certainly weren't around all year, so maybe failed breeders looking for new "digs"?

There are only three previous yard records of this canopy-loving beauty, two heard only and one a brief flyby. Needless to say, I was "chuffed" to get photos of them at eye level.
Didn't process the images until too late to edit, so here goes! Only one is really decent, but the birds certainly were great.
 

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Richard Prior

Halfway up an Alp
Europe
Had a little bit of rain here this morning too, but all it brought was dust from further south (and certainly no seabirds - well done Steve!) 😮
 

KenM

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No. About 2 miles away.
I’ll let the “brotherhood” decide on that one H!

FWIW H....I’ve had Black Redstart, Wheatear, Little Grebe, Garden Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat, Greenfinch, Firecrest, Treeper, Lesser Spot. and Coot all within a mile of my abode...and I can’t have any of them.😢😢😢
 
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