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Zim Girl's 3rd Big Year 2020


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Here we go again.  Like last year, I would most like to beat my UK total and find some new birds along the way.

 

Just one bird to start, found on a quiet tarn in South Lakes on our usual New Year's Day walk.  Now I am waiting for some sunshine to get out again!!

 

1.  Mute Swan

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Simpson Ground, Nr Newby Bridge  -  01/01/20

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The longest journey starts with but a single step. Lao Tzu .

Good start.

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Step two is to get the daily visitors.

 

2.  House Sparrow

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Front garden  -  09/01/20

 

 

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And step three, one of my Dunnocks just for @michael-ibk.

 

3.  Dunnock

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Front garden  -  09/01/20

 

You know where to come if you want one Michael!

 

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The Tree sparrows are currently having a party on the back garden feeders.

 

4.  Tree Sparrow

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Back garden  -  09/01/20

 

 

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I am very jealous of your Tree sparrows in your garden!  @Zim Girl

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7 hours ago, Zim Girl said:

You know where to come if you want one Michael!

 Michael is now spoilt for choices :D!

 

5 hours ago, Towlersonsafari said:

I am very jealous of your Tree sparrows in your garden!  @Zim Girl

Are they difficult to find in UK? I have a flock of them each day in our garden.

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1 hour ago, xelas said:

 

Are they difficult to find in UK? I have a flock of them each day in our garden.

 

same here too.

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2 hours ago, xelas said:

 

Are they difficult to find in UK? I have a flock of them each day in our garden.

 

49 minutes ago, Kitsafari said:

 

same here too.

So now we know where they have all gone.:D

In many areas they are not common at all, or not seen at all

There are still sites where they are visible.

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2 minutes ago, TonyQ said:

So now we know where they have all gone.:D

Interested in house exchange maybe?

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Enough of the Tree Sparrow boasting @xelas and @Kitsafari !!! Actually  they have suffered A 97% decline in the uk since 1970 and are a bird of farmland and often near water our local population  dissapeared  about 15 years ago over about 3byears

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1 hour ago, Towlersonsafari said:

Enough of the Tree Sparrow boasting @xelas and @Kitsafari !!! Actually  they have suffered A 97% decline in the uk since 1970 and are a bird of farmland and often near water our local population  dissapeared  about 15 years ago over about 3byears

 

I read that in the UK, the fall is due to agricultural intensification and pesticides. interesting that the tree sparrow  has adapted well to our urban and suburban areas but I have to admit that 10 years ago I saw more of them than I do now in our garden, but I had thought it was because they found a better place to feed. it could a silent decline that we didn't even notice.

 

Sorry @Zim Girl for diverging from your BY but you provided good fodder for discussion. 

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13 hours ago, Kitsafari said:

Sorry @Zim Girl for diverging from your BY but you provided good fodder for discussion

No problem at all.  We have been lucky enough to have a resident flock here for a number of years.  Until last year (when the blue tits took back the nest box) they nested in our garden too.

I didn't know they were quite uncommon until I started doing BY and noticed that the local birding forums always noted them when seen, which isn't that often.

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We went on a Dipper hunt a few days ago and found 3 of them.  Usual stretch of river on the edge of the Forest of Bowland.  Not bad for our first attempt of the year.

 

5.  Dipper

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River Brock  -  10/01/20

 

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Nice!

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I wouldn´t mind to get a Dipper but it won´t be easy since the closest one must be about 300km from here, but you never know, one year is a long period of time...

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Without jinxing it, I think you would be fairly unlucky not to see at least one on a walk along this river. They are great fun to watch and follow.

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It's been a few years since I last sawa Dipper. Beautiful photos!

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First off, a trip to the local park and a few of the easier to find birds.

 

6.  Feral Pigeon

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Stanley Park  -  15/01/20

 

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7.  Woodpigeon

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Stanley Park  -  15/01/20

 

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