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Members Self Isolating Bird Sightings - April 5th (1 Viewer)


Bah humbug
Mabe Burnthouse, nr Falmouth, Cornwall. Small garden, but went out for a walk this morning to the local reservoir not far away.

Mute Swan
Canada Goose
Collared Dove
Great Crested Grebe (12)
Herring Gull
Great Black-backed Gull (5)
Lesser Black-backed Gull (20)
Grey Heron
Carrion Crow
Coal Tit
Blue Tit
Great Tit
Sand Martin (15)
Chiffchaff (12+)

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Steve Lister

Senior Birder, ex County Recorder, Garden Moths.
United Kingdom
Urban Lufbra, 6.5 hours watching from the garden:

32 species but nothing that has not been listed already unfortunately.


delia todd

If I said the wrong thing it was a Senior Moment
Staff member
Opus Editor
Suburban garden with various trees, flower/wildflower beds and a fish pond!

Sparrowhawk ....flyover
Grey Heron ....flyover
Great Tit
Blue Tit
Bullfinch (m)
Carrion Crow


Coal Tit
Common Buzzard ...flyover

Fox x2 (caught on Camera trap)
Seven-spot Ladybird x7
1 each of Peacock and Comma butterflies.

The highlight today has been watching a Great Tit taking nesting material into the Swift box that was put in place last Autumn!

Oh how exciting Pam.... but what are the Swifts going to do eh?;)

I only saw one tiny fly when I opened my window to feed the birds mid morning.

Jos Stratford

Beast from the East
Labanoras, Lithuania, my little patch of land, a cocktail of mixed forest, wetland and meadow.

6.30 am, bit chilly, woke in my cabin, ramped up the gas heater, put on the kettle. Dawn chorus in full swing - Skylark, Fieldfare, Blackbird, Song Thrush, Starling, Yellowhammer among the early singers, Cranes yodelling, Bittern booming off yonder. From the window, first sightings of the day, two White Storks atop a distant nest, then Jay at the feeders and Grey Herons and flights of Great White Egrets heading out from the colony.

Coffee duly drunk, took a two-hour stroll, cutting through the woodland and wetland edge, thereafter back through meadows. Snipe and Green Sandpipers, Great, Middle and Lesser Spotted Woodpeckers all hammering away, Bitterns still booming, a pair of Marsh Harriers active over their nest site, Water Rail squealing, Goldeneye and Goosander prospecting for nesting sites. Plenty of common birds, plus a little bit of migration, with incoming flights of Chaffinches, Redwings, Fieldfares and White Wagtails. Deviated to incorporate a patch of spruce, the only area on my land to regularly get Coal Tits and Goldcrests, them got lucky with a roosting Tawny Owl.

Now 9.00 am, already 42 species seen, back to the cabin for breakfast. Despite still nippy, tucked into my porridge on the outside bench, Magpie, fly-over Mute Swans, migrating Bean and White-fronted Geese and a perching Great Grey Shrike for my reward - the later particularly nice, usually just a winter visitor to my land. Breakfast and another coffee over, a wander to the edge of my property to scan adjacent White Stork nests, effectively a twitch for the Tree Sparrows and House Sparrows that nest within the storks' nests. Duly saw them, plus Linnets, so then wandered to an area of regenerating scrub on the other side of my land, Woodlarks on breeding territory, my first Chiffchaff of the year and a rather nice Grey-headed Woodpecker.

Purely to add a few species for the day tally, I now departed my land for the first time for several days, walking all of ten minutes to a neighbouring lake – pods of Goldeneye all over, plus several new for the day, Great Crested Grebe, Wigeon, Teal and Tufted Duck. Despite this lake being only a few hundred metres from my land, and despite their abundance on this lake, I have never recorded a single Great Crested Grebe on or over my land, I think they travel by underground!!!

Approaching midday, and almost back at my cabin and enjoying the sun now showing considerable warmth, I was now in for the highlight of the day – a gaggle of geese attracted my attention to the sky, but there to a backdrop of picture perfect blue was a sight most pleasant – sharing a thermal, one adult White-tailed Eagle and one Black Stork! White-tailed Eagles are reasonably regular on my land, Black Storks aren't anymore! In former years, they used to be pretty much annual, but this was only the second in the last seven years, so pretty happy I was. And then it was time for barbecue, aka doing nothing but sitting in the sun and scanning the sky. So passed several lazy hours, a steady stream of White Storks drifting north, mostly threes and fours, but also one flock of 23, also a number of Cranes and Buzzards northbound too. One more White-tailed Eagle, an immature this time, and one new bird for the day, a Sparrowhawk.

As evening approached, and with the day's tally sitting at about 64, I took another walk, this time adding only Long-tailed Tits. Then, however, I returned for a grand finale upon my bench - just after 7.00 pm, a magnificent Lesser Spotted Eagle flying directly across my view, my first of the year and a very nice bird. Not long after, three Whooper Swans did a fly-by and then, to end the day in style, a little bit of a stake out – at 8.30 pm the previous evening, a Woodcock had passed over by cabin, calling its little grunt. So there I waited in expectation ...and at 8.30 pm, so it went over again! So the dying embers of the day, bird number 68.

Enjoyable day all in all, many thanks to Steve for the inspiration to do a 'big day'. And also a peasure to read the various accounts from elsewhere.

1. Mute Swan
2. Whooper Swan
3. White-fronted Goose
4. Bean Goose
5. Eurasian Wigeon
6. Mallard
7. Common Teal
8. Tufted Duck
9. Common Goldeneye
10. Goosander
11. Great Crested Grebe
12. Great Bittern
13. Grey Heron
14. Great White Egret
15. White Stork
16. Black Stork
17. Marsh Harrier
18. White-tailed Eagle
19. Lesser Spotted Eagle
20. Common Buzzard
21. Eurasian Sparrowhawk
22. Water Rail
23. Common Crane
24. Northern Lapwing
25. Woodcock
26. Common Snipe
27. Green Sandpiper
28. Black-headed Gull
29. Common Gull
30. Wood Pigeon
31. Tawny Owl
32. Great Spotted Woodpecker
33. Middle Spotted Woodpecker
34. Lesser Spotted Woodpecker
35. Grey-headed Woodpecker
36. Wood Lark
37. Eurasian Skylark
38. White Wagtail
39. Wren
40. Robin
41. Mistle Thrush
42. Song Thrush
43. Redwing
44. Blackbird
45. Fieldfare
46. Chiffchaff
47. Goldcrest
48. Long-tailed Tit
49. Marsh Tit
50. Willow Tit
51. Coal Tit
52. Blue Tit
53. Great Tit
54. Great Grey Shrike
55. Eurasian Jay
56. Eurasian Magpie
57. Hooded Crow
58. Common Raven
59. European Starling
60. Tree Sparrow
61. House Sparrow
62. Chaffinch
63. Goldfinch
64. Greenfinch
65. Linnet
66. Bullfinch
67. Yellowhammer
68. Reed Bunting
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Emma's 5th April 2020 List

Small sub-urban garden, 1 apple tree, small pond (requiring attention), flower bed with spring flowers.

Wood Pigeon
Blue Tit
House Sparrow

Peacock Butterfly

Chiffchaff - heard
Herring Gull - flyover
Bumblebee - rescued from pond, revived and flew off!
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Staff member
United Kingdom
Thanks for taking part folks, I have been asked if we could keep it going for the lockdown period to allow us to add new birds butterflies etc to the list's, i think its a good idea so if you see something already not on your list just come here and add it to the thread, copy your old list and add it.

by the way I was wondering if anyone truly read all the lists properly;)


Virtually unknown member
United Kingdom
Small garden on edge of village & exercise / dog walk around adjacent farmland / scrub in the Chilterns, Bucks.:

1. Red Kite
2. Buzzard
3. Sparrowhawk
4. Pheasant
5. Feral Pigeon
6. Wood Pigeon
7. Collared Dove
8. Skylark
9. Wren
10. Dunnock
11. Robin
12. Song Thrush
13. Blackbird
14. Chiffchaff
15. Great Tit
16. Blue Tit
17. Long-tailed Tit
18. Magpie
19. Jay
20. Jackdaw
21. Carrion Crow
22. Starling
23. House Sparrow
24. Chaffinch
25. Bullfinch
26. Yellowhammer

6th April:

27. Mallard
28. Blackcap

7th April:

29. Goldfinch

8th April:

30. Grey Heron
31. Kestrel

11th April:

32. Swallow

12th April:

33. Lesser Black-backed Gull
34. Green Woodpecker

13th April:

35. Garden Warbler

18th April:

36. Red-legged Partridge
37. Moorhen
38. Whitethroat

19th April:

39. Great Spotted Woodpecker

21st April:

40. Cormorant

25th April:

41. Swift

28th April:

42. Black-headed Gull

29th April:

43. Coal Tit

4th May:

44. Canada Goose

14th May:

45. Rook

17th May:

46. Stock Dove

18th May:

47. Herring Gull

25th May:

48. Hobby - completely unexpected sighting!

26th May:

49. Wheatear - equally unexpected.
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delia todd

If I said the wrong thing it was a Senior Moment
Staff member
Opus Editor
Thanks for taking part folks, I have been asked if we could keep it going for the lockdown period to allow us to add new birds butterflies etc to the list's, i think its a good idea so if you see something already not on your list just come here and add it to the thread, copy your old list and add it.

by the way I was wondering if anyone truly read all the lists properly;)

You been out in your plane then Steve.... you sure got round the world quickly;)

That's a great idea... some of my regulars weren't around today.


Picture Picker
Thanks for taking part folks, I have been asked if we could keep it going for the lockdown period to allow us to add new birds butterflies etc to the list's, i think its a good idea so if you see something already not on your list just come here and add it to the thread, copy your old list and add it.

by the way I was wondering if anyone truly read all the lists properly;)

I have.

I'll be asking questions later.



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End Terrace house in small coastal village SE Sutherland, over looking Farmland and forestry with a limited view of the sea from upstairs between two houses.
Pink-footed goose
Mallard duck
Common Scoter
Long-tailed duck
Red breasted merganser
Red-throated diver
Red kite
Common buzzard
Golden plover
Black-headed gull
Common gull
Herring gull
Great black backed gull
Lesser black backed gull
Sandwich tern
Wood pigeon
Collared dove
Meadow pipit
Pied wagtail
Song thrush
Mistle thrush
Great tit
Blue tit
Hooded crow
House sparrow

And on my walk to the pier and back.

Slavonian grebe
Reed bunting
White wagtail
Ringed plover


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david kelly

Drive-by Birder
From my “man den” overlooking an old wooded railway cutting in East Lothian.

Collared Dove
Herring Gull
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Carrion Crow
Blue Tit
Coal Tit
Great Tit
Song thrush
House Sparrow

Yesterday there were a thousand Pink-footed Geese going north-west over the house, none today though.


Deb Burhinus

Used to be well known! 😎
Is it possible to lift the deadline on editing our posts in this thread so we can keep additions all in one post? I’m not just reading lists, (I’m counting how many birds are on each list - sooo competitive ;))
Congratulations on the Kookaburra Steve!
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United Nations
GiG April 5th Garden Birdwatch

5th April 2020. Ipswich, Suffolk, UK. Urban back garden. Between 07:30 to 18:00.

I had done a bird watch yesterday as I thought that was the 5th! I got 23 species plus heard a duck flying overhead at 22:00 (heard wing beats) so that gave a number to aim for.

07:30 - 08:00
Mainly listening out of the window while getting breakfast, catching up on news and emails.
1. House Sparrow - around 20-25 in the garden, many gathering nest material.
2. Blackbird - singing in the garden. Up to 3 seen.
3. Robin - singing. Pair seen later, likely nesting in the garden.
4. Dunnock - singing. One seen.

08:00 - 08:30
5. Great Tit - 2 seen.
6. Greenfinch - 1 singing. Later 4 in the garden, the most seen for years.
7. Goldfinch - Up to 6 seen. Singing in the garden.
8. Starling - up to 3 seen.
9. Herring Gull - 2 flying around.
10. Carrion Crow - 2 in the area.
11. Collared Dove - 2 in the garden area. A further 2 later flew over.
12. Linnet - 1 heard flying over.
13. Wood Pigeon - up to 6 seen overall. Nest building in the garden.

08:30 - 09:00
14. Wren - 1 singing in the garden.
15. Chaffinch - 2 seen. Nesting in the garden.
16. Lesser Black-backed Gull - up to 6 seen in total.
17. Jackdaw - 4 in the area.
18. Blue Tit - 2 on feeders.
19. Magpie - at least 3 seen.
20. Peregrine - 1 flew over.

21. Black-headed Gull - 1 flew over.

22. Buzzard - one flew over. Later 2 more at 16:13.

23. Sparrowhawk - a male circling over the garden. Again at 12:07.

24. Goldcrest - one singing.

25. Tawny Owl - just as I'm typing this up I can hear one outside!

Other wildlife during the day.

Grey Squirrel 2 in a chase.

Peacock x 1
Comma x 1
Large White x 1
Small White x 1
Brimstone x 1

Buff-tailed Bumblebee
Tree Bumblebee
Common Carder Bee
Honey Bee
Hairy-footed Flower-bee
Melecta albifrons
Andrena flavipes
Red Mason Bee
Eristalis pertinax

Overall good fun, pleased to get 25 species during the day. A bright cloudless day but gusty wind made less raptor sightings. Great listening to the colony of House Sparrows in the Forsythia/Wild Hop thicket and brilliant to have Greenfinches back in the garden.

Prior garden birds during self-isolation
26. Mallard - 3 flew over March 31st.
27. Cormorant - 3 flew west April 2nd.
28. Grey Heron - 2 flew over chased by Lesser Black-backed Gulls April 3rd.
29. Moorhen - one flying over heard calling at 22:00 on April 3rd. First garden record.
30. Coal Tit - one on feeder April 3rd.

6th April 2020 Update
31. Kestrel - female flew over, heading north at 17:15. Second garden record.

7th April 2020 Update
32. Red Kite - flew north. A kettle of seven Buzzards was the largest group I've ever seen from the garden. A Peregrine also seen today.

10th April 2020 Update
33. Feral Pigeon
34. Swallow - first one of the year and second record for the garden.

Previous day had a pair of Peregrines.

New butterflies for the year have been:
Holly Blue x 2
Green-veined White x 1
Speckled Wood x 1

11th April 2020 Update
35. Blackcap - singing from the cover of Ivy within the Hawthorn. Mostly in sub-song but a couple of times went full pelt.

New butterfly for the year:
Small Tortoiseshell

12th April 2020 Update
No sign of the Blackcap today, a passage bird that dropped in for the day. Two Red Kites was the first time I seen more than one at time over the garden from about six occasions. Three additions to add.
36. Great Black-backed Gull - two flew west early morning.
37. Rook - one flew west mid-morning.
38. Long-tailed Tit - a bird moved through the bottom end of the garden.

18th April 2020 Update
Limited birding during the week due to work and the weather on Saturday 18th wasn't great but got to in the garden for an hour early on and again after the rain in the afternoon.
39. Mistle Thrush - two flew north. A new species for the garden list

19th April 2020 Update
40. Skylark - two flew over ENE at 07:45

21st April 2020 Update
41. Coot - heard flying over at 23:25 while looking out for Lyrid meteor shower. Two Hedgehogs in the garden also.



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Had quite a good day today, there was a mini fallout of migrants the other day and they've stuck around. I live in a wooded neighborhood right by the Gulf Coast, with live oaks, magnolias, sweetgums etc. and my house is just a few blocks from scrub and saltmarsh by the Mississippi Sound. Even so close to the water, by house is at 25 feet elevation - essentially I live on an oak chenier surrounded by saltmarsh. Here's my day list, all in the yard or within 1 mile of the house:

Brown Pelican
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Turkey Vulture
Bald Eagle
Clapper Rail
Laughing Gull
Herring Gull
Forster's Tern
Royal Tern
Mourning Dove
White-winged Dove
Chimney Swift
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Downy Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Pileated Woodpecker
Merlin *new for neighborhood*
Great Crested Flycatcher
Eastern Kingbird
Yellow-throated Vireo
Blue-headed Vireo
Red-eyed Vireo
Blue Jay
Fish Crow
Barn Swallow
Cliff Swallow
Tree Swallow
Purple Martin
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
Carolina Wren
Marsh Wren
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Eastern Bluebird
Wood Thrush
Northern Mockingbird
Gray Catbird
Brown Thrasher
European Starling
Worm-eating Warbler *new for neighborhood*
Louisiana Waterthrush *new for yard*
Black-and-white Warbler
Prothonotary Warbler *new for yard 2 days ago*
Kentucky Warbler *new for neighborhood*
Hooded Warbler
Northern Parula
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Eastern Towhee
Swamp Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Indigo Bunting
Northern Cardinal
Red-winged Blackbird
Common Grackle
Brown-headed Cowbird
Orchard Oriole
House Finch

Also honorable mention of Blue-winged Warbler, new yard bird 2 days ago but not seen today.


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Oh how exciting Pam.... but what are the Swifts going to do eh?;)

I only saw one tiny fly when I opened my window to feed the birds mid morning.

Time will tell Delia!;)

Coal Tits began nesting in a box later in the afternoon! It was a pleasure to watch the pair toing and froing in the garden. I managed a phone scoped image.

A question for Steve. Did you edit your post to add Kookaburra as I am sure I did not see that species as I speed read the posts before adding my own post.?:h?:

6th April.
11 7-spot Ladybirds
2 Dark-edged Bee Flies
1 Greenfinch (f)


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