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94. BY / NA 23. Rock Pigeon, Lake Merritt, 21/1/18

 

Can't be avoided any BY! 

 

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121. UK. 8. Eurasian Jay, London, 5/4/18    

127. UK. 18. Eurasian Robin, London  

117. UK.4. Long-tailed Tit, London, 24/2/18  

95. BY / NA 24. California Towhee, Lake Merritt, 21/1/18

 

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96. BY / NA 25. Yellow-rumped Warbler, Lake Merritt, 21/1/18

 

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97. BY / NA 26. Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Lake Merritt, 21/1/18

 

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98. BY / 27 NA. Canvasback, Lake Merritt, 21/1/18

 

Looks a like our Pochard but the head / bill is more elongated.

 

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99. NA 28. Double-crested Cormorant, Lake Merritt, 21/1/18

 

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100. BY / NA 29. Greater Scaup, Lake Merritt, 21/1/18

 

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101. NA. 30, Lesser Scaup, Lake Merritt, 21/1/18

 

This one I'm not sure about - it's fiendishly difficult to distinguish the lesser and greater but there are lots of them in mixed flocks at Lake Merritt so this is my guess.

 

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102. NA. 31, Copper's Hawk, Lake Merritt, 21/1/18

 

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103. NA. 32, Anna's Hummingbird, Lake Merritt, 21/1/18

 

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Peter Connan

Congratulations on the ton and on the beautiful hummer!

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104. UK 1. Fieldfare, London, 2/3/18

 

Throw my hat in the ring with all of those who had Fieldfares in the their gardens during the "Beast from the East". In this case it was a mixed flock (Fieldfares and Redwings) of 50-100 birds spread across a series of 2 x 4m gardens in Peckham, London.

 

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105. UK 2, Redwing, London, 2/3/18

 

My main objective this year is to beat my UK count of last year and this one's a new one from last year

 

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more fieldfares from the same weekend! I wonder whether it was a bumper year for them this year?

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4 hours ago, Tdgraves said:

more fieldfares from the same weekend! I wonder whether it was a bumper year for them this year?

 

 @Tdgraves - Good question! I tried to see if there was any commentary on whether this had been a bumper year for them in the UK. It seems like it was more likely that they were forced off their normal feeding grounds into gardens which are comparatively sheltered. Judging from the web they were everywhere.

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I had another trip out to San Francisco for work so I managed to photograph a few more species. Before I list them I'll share a few better photos of one's already listed.

 

Female, White-crowned Sparrow

 

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Ruby-crowned Kinglet

 

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Yellow-rumped Warbler

 

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Anna's Hummingbird

 

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Unfortunately, all photos were taken in heavily overcast or dusk conditions - beggars can't be choosers

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Galana

I agree. Normally Fieldfares are feeding on open agricultural land and hawthorn berries. However the cold snap froze or covered the ground and so they came into gardens to seek food.

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Dave Williams

I hope the Fieldfares are around at home next week!

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106. NA. 33 Steller's Jay, Pleasanton, 5/3/18

 

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107. NA. 34, California Scrub Jay, Pleasanton, 7/3/18

 

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108. NA. 35, Red-tailed Hawk, Pleasanton, 5/3/18

 

The Red-tailed Hawk or RTH is the ubiquitous American bird of prey, effectively resident throughout the USA. This and the yellow rumped warbler are so far my two repeats from last years NA count. 

 

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109. NA. 36, Morning Dove, Pleasanton, 5/3/18

 

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110. NA 37. Bushtit, Pleasanton, 7/3/18

 

You can tell the sex of these birds apart by the eye colouration - pale in the female, dark in the male.

 

Female

 

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Male

 

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111. NA 38. Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Pleasanton, 8/3/18

 

My attempt to use this photo in the "Name that Bird" thread lasted all of two seconds so I might as well post it. 

 

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