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UK birders, what birds are visiting you?


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#1 Game Warden

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Posted 04 April 2013 - 03:14 AM

Have you had any interesting sightings in your area? Any of the usual migratory species arrived yet or is the weather playing havoc with "flight plans"?

 

As an aside, heard the first cuckoos at the HQ today. They are heading north from Africa and perhaps were hoping for a little Portuguese sun, but it has been pouring with rain almost non stop...


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Posted 04 April 2013 - 05:10 PM

I heard on the news today that the BTO gps collared cuckoo Chris just crossed the Sahara on the way here.

 

We still had some snow flurries today so he is advised to wait in the warm for a while yet.


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Posted 04 April 2013 - 05:33 PM

I saw a tweet earlier on Twitter that Cuckoos had been heard on the Downs near Lewes...


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Posted 04 April 2013 - 07:42 PM

Been seeing Redwings and Blackcaps. Apart from that, just the usual suspects ... parakeets  :)


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Posted 22 November 2013 - 10:03 AM

Coming up to Christmas, what winter birds are in your garden? Are you putting any food out for them? 


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Posted 22 November 2013 - 11:24 AM

I've a flock of 8-12 starlings coming daily for a feed of mealworms and the sunflower seed feeder is attracting green and gold finches as well as chaffinches, robins and tits. Nothing exotic.


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Posted 02 December 2013 - 09:10 PM

No Waxwings visiting the North East yet... hoping at least a few venture this way! We've got a couple of Bitterns at the local nature reserve, which I saw at the weekend!  

 

Lots passing through Northumberland on their way North such as Black Throated Diver's, Great Northern Diver's and Long Tailed Skua.  These have mostly been spotted flying off the Northumberland coast!  

 

However, the noisy Kittiwakes on the River Tyne are waking me up in the mornings at the moment!


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Posted 14 October 2014 - 10:17 AM

What UK birds have you had in your backgardens recently?


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Posted 17 October 2014 - 01:33 PM

Just the usual mostly. Goldfinches and starlings seem to be up in numbers, greenfinches down, though I haven't kept a count scientifically. We are reaching the time when I depart in darkness and return in darkness so don't see much of the garden. Just one slightly unusual visitor this summer

 

 

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Posted 18 October 2014 - 11:20 AM

My mum and I twitched a Little crake that's been knocking around at Minsmere recently, a first for Suffolk.

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Posted 27 November 2014 - 09:54 PM

I know winter is starting to get serious when the reed buntings come into my garden from the countryside. Here's a female I saw a couple of days ago

 

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Posted 27 November 2014 - 10:24 PM

Sparrows. Neighbour had a sparrowhawk make a kill of the aforementioned in his garden!





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