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40.UK40. Black Redstart  Phoenicurus ochruros  

New Bird

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Birmingham     31.01.2019

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Birmingham     31.01.2019

Excited to see this new bird in the middle of Birmingham (about two and a half miles away). In a suburban street, trees at the side of the road, and visiting front gardens.

A good bird to finish January. (I have two or three others which are available on 31st December in case of emergency)

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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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Towlersonsafari

Splendid  spot we saw our first one last year but much further away @TonyQ

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Galana

Keep them coming and keep that Camera handy when shopping.

That photo of the Black Redstart is better than the one in my field guide. We get them here every winter but so far they have eluded me. They like waste ground. What does that say about where you and I live?

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@Towlersonsafari @Galana @Zim Girl  thank you.

 

41.UK41. Bullfinch      Pyrrhula pyrrhula        

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(M) Our Garden, Birmingham        01.02.2019

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(F) Our Garden, Birmingham        03.02.2019

 

Regular visitors, but they often arrive in the afternoon when at this time of year the bushes are in shade. But a bit more cooperative here!

Sometimes we get two pairs arriving at the same time at this time of year.

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42.UK42. Pheasant     Phasianus colchicus  

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(F) Belvide Reserve, Staffordshire           02.02.2019

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(M) Ladywalk  Reserve, West Midlands    02.02.2019

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43.UK43. Chaffinch     Fringilla coelebs         

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(F) Belvide Reserve, Staffordshire           02.02.2019

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(M) Belvide Reserve, Staffordshire           02.02.2019

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44.UK44. Gadwall       Anas strepera 

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Ladywalk  Reserve, West Midlands    02.02.2019

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45.UK45. Reed Bunting          Emberiza schoeniclus

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(F) Ladywalk  Reserve, West Midlands    02.02.2019

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(M) Ladywalk  Reserve, West Midlands    02.02.2019

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Belvide Reserve, Staffordshire           02.02.2019

This last photo was taken earlier in the day, without the warm sunshine of the earlier two photos. I have put it in just because I like the colours in the cool light and seeing the bird "fluffed-up" to keep warm.

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Peter Connan

More beauties Tony!

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Galana

Keep em coming. Lovely photos.

Bullfinches in the garden make one green. I see your point on the third Reed Bunting. It is very nice with sharp bright eyes..

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Zim Girl

I agree, Bullfinches as a regular visitor to your garden is pretty impressive and I also really like the last Reed Bunting - quite comical.

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@Peter Connan @Galana @Zim Girl  thank you

 

I saw an interesting bird in a local park the other day (Not claiming an addition!)

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Cormorant, so already claimed. There were two birds, and they had much more white on them than I had seen before.

Is this breeding plumage, just variation, or could they be from the different sub-species "sinensis"?

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Dave Williams

It's either moving in to breeding plumage or, if you have similar weather as here, frost!

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Galana

Damn. @Dave Williams pinched my joke! I was going to say it was Hoar frost. Very mature old birds getting that certain feeling as the sun comes north.

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hank you @Dave Williams and @Galana

A bit worrying that you are thinking of the same jokes:D

 

46.UK46. Moorhen  Gallinula chloropus

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Belvide Reserve, Staffordshire           02.02.2019

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47.UK47. Collared Dove  Streptopelia decaocto       

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Our Garden, Birmingham        07.02.2019

We see them a few times each year in the garden, but they are very sensitive to movement and often disappear quite quickly.

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48.UK48. Great Crested Grebe  Podiceps cristatus  

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Swanshurst Park, Birmingham 06.02.2019

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Swanshurst Park, Birmingham 06.02.2019

One of my favourite birds!

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49.UK49. Tree Sparrow  Passer montanus   

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Belvide Reserve, Staffordshire           02.02.2019

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Belvide Reserve, Staffordshire           02.02.2019

Thes birds have suffered a drastic decline in the UK (except in @Zim Girl 's garden) but there are quite a few breeding at Belvide.

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50.UK50. Treecreeper  Certhia familiaris   

This is a bird I have really grown to like (after not knowing it existed!)   

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Moseley Bog, Birmingham      03.02.2019

It is very enjoyable watching them as the fly from the top of one tree to the base of another, and then work their way up the trunk digging for grubs and insects

 

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You can just see that this one has found a grub, Moseley Bog, Birmingham      03.02.2019

 

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A bit self indulgent for reaching 50!

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I was interested in @Galana 's 8 mile radius challenge from his home. I had a look at where my first 50 were seen

 8 (16%) were in the garden, so 0 miles

Another 18 were within 1 mile - so 54% were within 1 mile.

Another 5 within 2 miles, so 64% within 2 miles

Another 5 within 7 miles, so 74% within 7 miles (or @Galana 's 8 miles)

90% were within 20 miles, and 100% within 30 miles.

So a very local start to to BIg Year 2019:)

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@Tony Q  Well done on the first 50. Keep them coming.

Interesting to see that your Grebe is already in summer plumage. Here they are still having their winter plumage.

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Peter Connan

Congratulations on the 50 and a wonderful bird to reach it on!

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Galana

Good going @TonyQ. Half century and all more or less 'local' for a larger island like yours.

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Dave Williams

Nice going indeed Tony, I can honestly say none of mine were taken within 2 miles of home which is were 64% of yours have come from.

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