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Despite several forays out looking for birds recently it is very slow at the moment. Either I am not seeing anything new or what I do find is too far away!  So I have delved into my stash of 'not good enough' birds and come up with this one as I am probably unlikely to see any more for this year.

 

83.  Northern Wheatear

 

Male

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Near Loch Turret, Perthshire  -  21/06/18

 

Female

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Wasdale  -  23/05/18

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We get Sparrowhawks in the garden fairly regularly.  This one was flying around the bushes chasing a small bird.  It didn't get it and landed for a minute.  Just managed to get these but he was jumpin

12.  Robin       Marton Mere, Blackpool  -  06/03/18

Now the big draw to this particular Reserve is the chance to see Marsh Harriers, and Spring is the best time to see them flying low over the reedbeds. This was the absolute highlight of the visit

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Dave Williams

Nice images but I'm sure you will get a chance to see some more too , they will be on migration soon so often seen on the coast having a feed before the big flights to Africa that follow.

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Galana
5 hours ago, Dave Williams said:

they will be on migration soon

Like today. A nice fresh female on the beach feeding on Sandflies.

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Zim Girl
20 hours ago, Dave Williams said:

Nice images but I'm sure you will get a chance to see some more too , they will be on migration soon so often seen on the coast having a feed before the big flights to Africa that follow.

 

15 hours ago, Galana said:

Like today. A nice fresh female on the beach feeding on Sandflies.

 

Interesting info - will have to keep looking out for them then.

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A couple of weeks ago we were in the Forest of Bowland and continuing our quest for Red Grouse. There are lots of areas of heather moorland and they are not too hard to find (or hear) but getting close enough for a picture is a whole other matter although not surprising now that we are in shooting season.

 

So this is the best I got over a couple of goes at trying.

 

84.  Red Grouse

 

Here we all are!!

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But this is as close as you get!

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Forest of Bowland  -  04/08/18

 

Earlier visit.

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Forest of Bowland  -  05/05/18

 

Now these guys on the other hand were lining up to pose for us. (They are safe for a couple more weeks). This was one of half a dozen just sunning themselves on the walls.

 

Duplicate - Red Legged Partridge

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Dave Williams

Two species I need, and enough to meet my target for the year! I might get up that way in September , we'll see.

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Zim Girl
On 8/19/2018 at 8:09 AM, Dave Williams said:

Two species I need, and enough to meet my target for the year! I might get up that way in September , we'll see.

 

Let me know if you do and I can tell you where we saw them.

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Another short visit to Leighton Moss produced these.  Around 150+ in this pool, some still in summer plumage.

 

85.  Black-tailed Godwit

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Leighton Moss  -  18/08/18

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Peter Connan

Wow!

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Inching slowly forward, here is another from earlier on this year.

 

86.  Song Thrush

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River Brock  -  26/04/18

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Comrie  -  20/06/18

 

Also, I may have a Mistle Thrush. Pics on my Help with ID thread if you could have a look please?

http://safaritalk.net/topic/18589-help-needed-please-with-bird-ids/?page=2&tab=comments#comment-256599

 

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Galana
13 minutes ago, Zim Girl said:

Also, I may have a Mistle Thrush.

Yes. Did you get the ring number?

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Zim Girl
10 minutes ago, Galana said:

Yes. Did you get the ring number?

 

Some of the writing on the ring can be seen but not enough to make sense of it. 

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And here thanks to @Galana

 

87.  Mistle Thrush

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Stanley Park  -  26/03/18

 

 

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Kitsafari

Lovely additions!

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Dave Williams

Mistle Thrushes aren't an easy bird to get close to, well done!

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Zim Girl
17 hours ago, Dave Williams said:

Mistle Thrushes aren't an easy bird to get close to, well done!

 

Thank you Dave.

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Zim Girl

Well the going is really slow at the moment, although not for the want of trying!!

So debating which ones of my rubbish stock I dare let on show. I have not seen this bird again since I took these pics so it draws the short straw.

 

88.  Blackcap

Female

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Lytham Hall grounds  -  16/04/18

 

Male

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Stanley Park, Blackpool  -  25/04/18

 

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And another.

 

89.  Bullfinch

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Leighton Moss  -  22/06/18

 

That's it for a couple of weeks.  We go away to Madagascar this Sunday so hopefully I will come back with one or two more :)

 

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Kitsafari

Have a great trip = and look forward to photos and additions from Madagascar!

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Great additions. Esp Bullfinch.

Have a great trip and come back safe with lots to show us.

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Peter Connan

Madagascar is a fascinating destination. I wish you a great trip with lots of interesting birds (and other stuff)!

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michael-ibk

Have a fantastic trip both of you!

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Enjoy Madagascar, and come back with "one or two" new birds ... and many fantastic photos!

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PeterHG

Have a wonderful trip! Looking forward to the photos

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I hope you have a fantastic time in Madagascar! It's very high up on my list but I suspect that it will be quite some time before I get there so I'm looking forward to living vicariously through your report

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