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Garden / Yard List 2024 (2 Viewers)

A very slow Spring here. Snow last weekend and -5C two nights ago. The chaffinches arrived 3 weeks ago, a robin 2 weeks ago and this week a pair of wagtails. Not very exciting. The bird feeders are still popular. Normally 10 chaffinch, 10 siskin, some hawfinch, some bullfinch, a pair of yellowhammers plus the usual tits etc. This all indicates that very few birds are breeding, not surprising considering the cold!
#45. Hobby - went NNE. Quite early one. Ah! And this one was also Garden lifer (in this garden)
Congratulations W, that is quite early for up there, I imagine you're not seeing many dragonflies yet! I've only ever had one Spring record here in 8 years, last May in fact. But I've seen two falcon sp this week, a male Peregrine the other day and a smart Kestrel seems to have taken up residence around us this week, by climbing on a chair (don't tell my wife :cool: ) I was able to get a clear view of it perched behind our raspberry canes this afternoon.
First Tree Pipits, Dunnock and Whinchat this morning when I did a walk in the mountains not too far away so hopefully I'll manage a couple of that trio for the Garden List this year....


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A good start this morning, when the Cetti’s Warbler that has an extensive territory, decided to pop down to its border with my garden, and have a little sing. Just my 2nd record this year.

A Swallow mobbing a high Sparrowhawk made me look up, and spot 2x #73 House Martins.

A nice Sunbow seen this morning too.


A briefly singing Treecreeper was also just my 2nd record this year. A strange species here, I see it fairly often, but there is a small gap when they disappear, I assume to breed, before turning up again. I had a family party last year. I say strange because the blank gap seems to be getting earlier year by year. Can they really be breeding so much earlier?


Later a Gull mobbing a couple of single Buzzards made me look up again, and culminated in a kettle of 6 Buzzards, possibly my largest flock.
Moving Swiftly

Back in Zurich after basically being out of town for two weeks. Also, an almost unique combination of nice weather and no kids at home due to holidays and other arrangements. So, after work and ticking two items of the honey-do-list (careful not to reduce it too much, otherwise new jobs seems to appear out of nowhere!) I had a whole hour and a half to sit in the garden :D

While leisurely munching on some crackers with cheese and sipping from some reasonably good French beverage, I also noticed a swift like form overhead. MY first (XXVII) Alpine Swift of the year. Almost a month alter than last year, but they have been reported to be around for a while. Still waiting for the Common Swifts though.
No less than a dozen sightings of Sprawk outback mostly am + two of Kestrel, then took a shopping break😩 then back on station at c5pm.
Adding Buzby and Red Kite, whilst I trawled the skies for hirundines (no luck). Then came that unmistakeable shape from the North, in line with the guttering and creasing mine as it winged South at 18.47….No.65 Hobby!

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