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New bad weather visitors and identification requested

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#1 JohnR

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Posted 19 January 2013 - 03:41 PM

Each bad winter of recent years has brought more birds into my garden such as blackcaps, reed buntings, grey wagtails. Yesterday's snow has seen two more new birds put in an appearance (I blame the bad photography on the weather :rolleyes: ):

 

a redwing, though it is being harassed by the resident blackbirds so may not be around for long

 

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and a finch that is new to me (redpoll?)

 

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Posted 19 January 2013 - 04:52 PM

Intriguing title. I thought there was a problem at customs due to some kind of flooding or similar in one of our favorite Africa destinations.

 

I'm weighing in with Redpoll on #2.


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Posted 19 January 2013 - 06:05 PM

Agreed.
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Posted 19 January 2013 - 08:12 PM

Thanks, Lynn and Jo. It would be nice if they hung around for the Big Garden Birdwatch.


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Posted 19 January 2013 - 08:27 PM

Get some video John and upload it to ST. We'll have our own Garden watch. What day is it on? I'll start a new topic covering the same period where members can upload images and video from their own gardens...


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Posted 19 January 2013 - 08:40 PM

Next weekend I believe. http://www.rspb.org.uk/birdwatch/
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Posted 20 January 2013 - 02:53 PM

Video, GW, what's that?

 

Today I got a front view of the finch

 

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Posted 20 January 2013 - 06:41 PM

I only put out some niger seed today and instantly the goldfinches were on it! Lovely pic.
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Posted 20 January 2013 - 10:21 PM

From the front that finch does not look like a common redpoll which has a beige breast so I am leaning towards a Lesser Redpoll. I found a match in flickr

http://www.flickr.co..._13/8168162525/ which a certain Rainbirder liked so a Lesser Redpoll is my best bet.


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Posted 16 February 2013 - 11:00 PM

Today another first time visitor to my feeders: a siskin

 

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and a returnee who had deserted me for a neighbour's garden

 

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Posted 18 February 2013 - 10:18 AM

Nice blackcap!


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Posted 21 February 2013 - 06:53 PM

Nice.  Like you John we've been getting new visitors over the past few years including Blackcaps and Redwings. 2 years ago we had huge (20 - 30) flocks of Redwings all over the SE London area, which was very unusual. Not had Redpoll or Siskin though - so I'm green with envy!


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Posted 21 February 2013 - 06:57 PM

We saw a flock of waxwings on the way from work to the vets on Monday :) too late in the day and no cam to get pics though :(
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Posted 21 February 2013 - 08:25 PM

I've never even seen a waxwing let alone photograph one.  :angry:


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Posted 21 February 2013 - 08:38 PM

There is a twitter feed to help you find them if that's of interest. #waxwingsuk.
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King Julian: “Who wipes?”





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