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Very impressive sighting of the Diver and such great photos!!

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I am really pleased we are able to go ahead with another Big Year, so seeing how many people have already been busy I thought I should get started!   1.UK1. Dunnock  Prunella modularis 

339.Ic50. Snow Bunting  Plectrophenax nivalis          (m) Flatey Island    12.06.2019 (m) Flatey Island    12.06.2019 (f) Flatey Island    12.06.2019 Common on Flat

15.UK15. Barn Owl  Tyto alba Upton Warren, Worcestershire           05.01.2018 It was pretty dark, but we had arrived early in attempt to see the Barn Owl - so were delighted. Taken at

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@PeterHG @xelas @Galana @Kitsafari @mvecht @Zim Girlthank you

@Dave Williams about 5 years ago, there used to be only about 5 species of birds locally. Dramatic changes have happened and now there are hundred(s)B)

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21.UK21. Song Thrush  Turdus philomelos   

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Our Garden, Birmingham        09.01.2019

Although we have seen the Song Thrush many times from our garden (in big trees in a neighbours garden), we rarely see them actually in our garden so were pleased to see this visitor.

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And just to get everyone jealous....

22.UK22. Feral Pigeon (Rock Dove)  Columba livia  

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Trittiford Pool, Birmingham     17.01.2019

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23.UK23. Black-headed Gull  Chroicocephalus ridibundus   

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Swanshurst Park, Birmingham            11.01.2019

We see three Gulls regularly in the local area. This is probably the most commonly seen.

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24.UK24. Lesser Black-backed Gull  Larus fuscus    

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Priory Pool, Birmingham         03.01.2019

This is next most common.

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25.UK25. Herring Gull  Larus argentatus       

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Earlswood, nr Birmingham      22.01.2019

Less common than the other two where we live, but still seen regularly.

Other gulls are seen, but not regularly.

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Very nice @TonyQ I like the way the LBB is curling its toes up on the ice. Brrr! Send your birds by all means but keep the ice.

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@Galana thank you - we now have some (not much) snow! Anyway, back to the birds (pre snow)

 

26.UK26. Nuthatch  Sitta europea     

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Earlswood, nr Birmingham      22.01.2019

A fairly regular visitor to our garden, but also easy to see at Earlswood.

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27.UK27. Blue Tit  Cyanistes caeruleus        

 

Our Garden, Birmingham        17.01.2019

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These are daily visitors to our garden

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28.UK28. Great Tit  Parus major        

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Our Garden, Birmingham        27.01.2019 (Daily visitors)

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Earlswood, nr Birmingham      22.01.2019

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29.UK29. Coal Tit  Periparus ater      

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Earlswood, nr Birmingham      22.01.2019

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Earlswood, nr Birmingham      22.01.2019

These do visit our garden regularly, but tend to be a bit more skittish than the two birds above. They were a bit easier to photograph at Earlswood. Very pretty birds I think.

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30.UK30. Marsh Tit  Poecile palustris

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Earlswood, nr Birmingham      22.01.2019

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Earlswood, nr Birmingham      22.01.2019

Less common than the birds above, but they are reliably seen at Earlswood. They are a real pleasure to watch.

This bird does not visit our garden!

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Great collection of Tits :rolleyes:

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31.UK31. Pied wagtail  Motacilla alba

 

Swanshurst Park, Birmingham            28.01.2019

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32.UK32. Carrion Crow  Corvus corone        

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Highbury Park, Birmingham    30.01.2019

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33.UK33. Stock Dove  Columba oenas         

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Swanshurst Park, Birmingham            28.01.2019

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34.UK34. Woodpigeon  Columba palumbus  

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Moseley Bog, Birmingham      28.01.2019

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35.UK35. Sparrowhawk  Accipiter nisus        

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Moseley Bog, Birmingham      28.01.2019

Very pleased to see this - most of the time it had its back to me, but luckily turned its head a little for a couple of seconds!

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Galana
5 hours ago, TonyQ said:

Pied wagtail  Motacilla alba

Good to see you have not fallen prey to the trendy new name "White Wagtail" for the British race.:o

Nice birds and obviously a productive week-end for you.

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@Galana  - it is still a Pied Wagtail to me :). I said when I first started that I would use local names + scientific.

I accept the International name is White Wagtail (RSPB Handbook of British Birds gives local and international name), but the photo was only taken 2 miles away!

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36.UK36. Mistle Thrush  Turdus viscivorus   

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Birmingham     30.01.2019

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Birmingham     30.01.2019

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37.UK37. Great Spotted Woodpecker  Dendrocopos major  

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Moseley Bog, Birmingham      28.01.2019

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38.UK38. Greenfinch  Carduelis chloris         

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(M) Our Garden, Birmingham        30.01.2019

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(F) Our Garden, Birmingham        30.01.2019

Not uncommon in the garden, but not as regular as most of the other garden visitors shown so far

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39.UK39. Redwing  Turdus iliacus     

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Just up the road, Birmingham 28.01.2019

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Just up the road, Birmingham 28.01.2019

 

I was walking back from the local shops when I saw Redwings in the trees. I had to rush home and get the camera!

Interestingly we saw Redwings in the same trees in January 2017, and the photos appear in that Big Year.

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