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Garden / Yard List 2024 (1 Viewer)

That Grey Heron returned to taunt me again this morning, flying behind the house and on towards the Aravis mountain chain, looking great against the blue sky, snow capped peaks, you get the picture. Which was more than I did as I was up a ladder at the time :rolleyes:

Anyway, the hot air coming up from the Med sent two new arrivals my way:

63 Wryneck
64 European Serin
I'll take your word for it, Richard! Between that and Great Corm, you're striking it rich up there.

On the way home yesterday, I marveled at a flock of 200-odd White-faced Ibis migrating past a rainbow through the desert. Multiple flocks were seen dodging rain cells, but by the time I got home, the skies were quiet.
 
I'll take your word for it, Richard! Between that and Great Corm, you're striking it rich up there.

On the way home yesterday, I marveled at a flock of 200-odd White-faced Ibis migrating past a rainbow through the desert. Multiple flocks were seen dodging rain cells, but by the time I got home, the skies were quiet.
Aargh, talking of Ibis………..
Whilst still just a callow youth I developed my two main life passions, birds and rugby, so yesterday seemed to have shaped up to be a good day, three additions for the year finishing with the Cormorant at 15h45 and then continuing with the Stormers vs La Rochelle rugby which was on TV from 16h to 18h.
But what do I find upon checking the Animal Tracker app in the evening ? 6year old male Bald Ibis ‘Oskar’ migrated from near Milan, passed through the Alps, to arrive in the early evening just 10km from here, the straight line between the last two signals from its device suggests it flew directly over the house while I was glued to the rugby(n)
It took the same route last year to spend summer in Switzerland so has clearly got a taste for that strawberry tart with Gruyère double cream that they do there!
One day maybe I’ll be in the right place at the right time…….
 
Today, am four behind the same time as last year😩the ongoing famine is quite disheartening!
However on the bright side, over 30 Red Kite sightings already this year with interacting Chiffies in the splash pool and almost constant singing is a Spring 1st for moi.
Only ever had intermittent singing singles before, quite unlike the Fall when multiples can occur.
Am trying to forecast the next tick, methinks either Willow Warbler or Swallow…time should tell…in the meantime a few of the usual suspects.
 

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I got to 64 species on 7 April last year, but thanks to this Sahara dust-laden warm air current the past few days I'm ahead of the game with number

67 Barn Swallow

this afternoon, two days later than our earliest ever here in 2022. More Wryneck calling going on today, early afternoon one perched on a cherry tree c60m away, giving me a chance to play with the zoom on my new toy.
 

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I got to 64 species on 7 April last year, but thanks to this Sahara dust-laden warm air current the past few days I'm ahead of the game with number

67 Barn Swallow

this afternoon, two days later than our earliest ever here in 2022. More Wryneck calling going on today, early afternoon one perched on a cherry tree c60m away, giving me a chance to play with the zoom on my new toy.

Very nice photo!!!!
 
Virtually every new species arriving this spring is breaking my earliest ever arrival date - two Tree Pipits today, two weeks early. Also one Osprey breaking my earliest ever and a Kestrel, a rare passage bird for me, but also earlier than I have seen before.

Two other new for the year too Hawfinch and Crested Tit - didn't see the latter last year, so happy with that 👍

88. Osprey
89. Kestrel
90. Tree Pipit
91. Crested Tit
92. Hawfinch
 
The yearlist inches forward; #68 Oystercatcher flew a couple of noisy laps around the garden this morning. Normally a March arrival, though last year was February.

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A Lesser Redpoll perched up was unusual, never as common as Siskin, and even rarer for them to land.

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Too left bird, with 3 Goldfinch.

A couple of new breeding species this year in the shape of Goldfinch, seen nest-building/prospecting, very welcome, and Magpie also nest building (I’m not so happy about them).
 
BH: here I keep hearing an Oystercatcher, which I still need for the year, here. But it's a Song Thrush doing a reasonable impression.
It'll be a case of "Cry wolf", when one does eventually fly over!
My local Song Thrushes often, but not this year! Imitate Oystercatcher. I usually take that as a sign that Oystercatchers have arrived in the valley. They only seem to do it in early spring. I suspect it’s because they hear it (at night?) and like the sound. 🤣
 
Very nice period now - new birds every day. Pool by the house is pretty magic at present - Wigeon and Shoveler still present, joined today by a pair of Garganey (and Mallard and Goldeneye), but even better a good bunch of waders, Lapwings and Green Sandpipers as usual, but also one Black-tailed Godwit, five fly-over Curlew (second this year, but usually barely annual) and, gracing the pool the whole day, a real cracking pair of Marsh Sandpipers - a rare bird in Lithuania, but my second record on my land (single on 26 May 2018).

Pair of Grey Partridge trundled by late afternoon.

93. Marsh Sandpiper
94. Black-tailed Godwit
95. Grey Partridge
 

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