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226.UK.49. Gadwall  Anas strepera   

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Belvide Reserve          05.04.2018

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44.G34. Blue-bellied Roller  Coracias cyanogaster Mandina Lodge           21.01.2018 Mandina Lodge           21.01.2018 Mandina Lodge           21.01.2018   A

So an early start to 2018, as the 2017 Big Year was such fun. All photos are likely to be taken with a Canon 70D and Canon 100-400ii. Pretty well all of them will be at 400mm!   New Yea

233.UK.56. Avocet  Recurvirostra avosetta     Upton Warren, Worcestershire           25.03.2018 Upton Warren, Worcestershire           25.03.2018 Although this is only our thi

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227.UK.50. Oystercatcher  Haematopus ostralegus  

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Belvide Reserve          05.04.2018

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Belvide Reserve          05.04.2018 

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228.UK.51. Herring Gull  Larus argentatus    

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Earlswood, nr Birmingham      16.02.2018

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229.UK.52. Wren  Trogdolytes trogdolytes    

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Belvide Reserve          05.04.2018

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Belvide Reserve          05.04.2018

I always enjoy seeing a Wren.

This post takes me past last Year's total of 229

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230.UK.53.Cormorant  Phalacrocorax carbo 

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Sandwell Valley           02.02.2018

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Earlswood, nr Birmingham      16.02.2018

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231.UK.54. Tree Sparrow  Passer montanus

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Belvide Reserve          05.04.2018

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Belvide Reserve          05.04.2018

I have only seen these in Scotland in previous years, so pleased to see them in the Midlands. Unfortunately not very common.

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232.UK.55. Pheasant  Phasianus colchicus  

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(F) Belvide Reserve          05.04.2018

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(M) Belvide Reserve          05.04.2018

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(M) Belvide Reserve          05.04.2018

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233.UK.56. Avocet  Recurvirostra avosetta

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Upton Warren, Worcestershire           25.03.2018

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Upton Warren, Worcestershire           25.03.2018

Although this is only our third year of birding, we look forward to the return of the Avocets to Upton Warren. Beautiful birds, and I still remember our delight at seeing them for the first time. This one is for @elefromoz

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@TonyQ

 

Lovely latest additions and well done on beating last year's total so soon.

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I say count the Owl, looks good to me!

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55 minutes ago, Dave Williams said:

I say count the Owl, looks good to me!

So do I. That image looks better than some I have posted lately.:lol:

You saw, you heard it so count it!

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Love the Wren - and how immensey cool to see an Owl in your garden. Yes, count it!

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That's three votes  to count the Owl. So don't give two hoots about it. Count it!!

 

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@TonyQ, you have a great collection,  I'm particularly enjoying everyone's "local" birds this year. How lovely that even now we can still all wander to our local reserves and see such variety, I hope it stays that way. 30+ garden birds, you must have a friendly welcoming refuge for them. The Avocet is lovely

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Great shots of the pheasant.

 

Since the owl can presumably be almost nothing else, you may as well count it!

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@Peter Connan @michael-ibk @Galana @Dave Williams @Zim Girl Thank you, I will follow your guidance and include the Tawny Owl!

@elefromoz Thank you. Our garden is fairly smathe ll, but we do provide food and water to the birds. We are also lucky that gardens that back on to ours contain a number of mature trees. We are up to 36 species now with 4 new ones this year Lesser Redpoll, Fieldfare, Tawny Owl and Goldcrest!

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235.UK.57. Dunlin  Calidris alpina     

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Upton Warren, Worcestershire           25.03.2018

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Upton Warren, Worcestershire           25.03.2018

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            UK.58  Feral Pigeon (Rock Dove)  Columba livia   

Seen in The Gambia so only in UK list.  

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Trittiford Pool, Birmingham     11.03.2018

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236.UK.59. Reed Bunting  Emberiza schoeniclus     

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(F) Belvide Reserve          05.04.2018

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(M) Belvide Reserve          05.04.2018

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237.UK.60. Shoveler  Anas clypeata 

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(M) Swanshurst Park, Birmingham            20.02.2018

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(M+F) Swanshurst Park, Birmingham            20.02.2018 Doing what Shovelers do....

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238.UK.61. Mediterranean Gull  Larus melanocephalus       

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Belvide Reserve          05.04.2018  

I hope to get a better photo, but this does show the clear difference to the Black-headed Gulls   

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239.UK.62. Treecreeper  Certhia familiaris    

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Earlswood, nr Birmingham      15.02.2018

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Earlswood, nr Birmingham      16.02.2018

Again I hope for better photos later in the year, but just in case!

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240.UK.63. Lapwing  Vanellus vanellus         

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Upton Warren, Worcestershire           25.03.2018

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241.UK.64. Siskin  Carduelis spinus

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Moseley Bog   23.02.2018

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Males can be stunning bright Yellow - Earlswood, nr Birmingham      24.02.2018

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Trittiford Pool, Birmingham     11.03.2018

That takes me past my 2016 total, so the most I have seen in a year.

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6 minutes ago, TonyQ said:

That takes me past my 2016 total, so the most I have seen in a year.

 

And it´s only April - way to go!

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