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Peter Connan
5 hours ago, Kitsafari said:

beautiful shots, @janzin

 

Indeed!

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Not quite my backyard but within walking distance is a natural burial ground and nature reserve.  My retirement from medicine last year (shortly to be reversed due to Covid-19) and recent travel restr

Came acoss this rather jolly sight on our river walk

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TonyQ

@janzin a very productive outing for you, and us!

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pomkiwi

As the days get longer it is more difficult to catch up with 'our' barn owl. I was very surprised the other afternoon when he took off from a perch outside his barn and flew off. I waited under a tree away from the barn guessing he would return which he did 15 minutes later:

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TonyQ

@pomkiwi brilliant sighting and brilliant photos. Well done.

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pomkiwi

@TonyQ It was great to see the owl in good light - it doesn't happen often.

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michael-ibk

Great Barn Owl @pomkiwi, and beautiful photos from @janzin and @Soukous. But particularly pleased to see your photos again, @Peter Connan. Good to see you in action, and sincerely hope the situation will improve for you soon.

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Peter Connan

Thank you very much @michael-ibk

 

Lovely owl shots @pomkiwi

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janzin

Another day in Prospect Park, Brooklyn. Still cold and windy here but sunny. 18 species of warblers for the day! but of course, only got photos of a few...

 

I hope these shots are tempting you to come visit me in New York some May in the future :)

 

Prairie Warbler

 

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Chestnut-sided Warbler

 

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Northern Parula

 

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Yellow-rumped Warbler...female, with dragonfly which I need to ID.

 

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Black-throated Blue, female (male was posted above last week.) The females actually come in later than the males.

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Soukous

My walk this morning only produced 2 new species, which was disappointing, but I did manage to findother birds to photograph

 

Marsh Harrier (female)

Marsh Harrier

 

Marsh Harrier

 

a beautiful Oystercatcher. For some reason only 1 of my 4 shots was in focus

 

Oystercatcher

 

A hunting Kestrel

Kestrel

 

Kestrel

 

and a lot of noisy Sedge Warblers

Sedge Warbler

 

Sedge Warbler

 

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janzin

Today the Scarlet Tanagers seemed to have dropped from the sky in droves. We saw at least 7 in a few hours in our local cemetery patch. Even better, many of them seemed to be foraging quite low (its still cold and windy here!) which was a treat because normally they are mostly high in the trees. Definitely one of our most beautiful and striking migrants.

 

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Soukous

Striking indeed. Lovely photos @janzin

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Peter Connan

Beautiful @janzin!

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PeterHG

Beautiful photos of a striking bird, indeed, @janzin !

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Towlersonsafari

on  our walks along the nene, the Banded Demioselles have emerged as has this rather cute short-tailed vole in our garden!

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Soukous

I didn't see a single one last year, but this year I seem to find them everywhere I go

 

Tufted Duck, Levington, Suffolk. A lovely walk along the Orwell River

 

Tufted Duck

 

Tufted Duck

 

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Soukous

Black-tailed Godwits too...

 

Black-tailed Godwit

 

Black-tailed Godwit

 

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janzin

A few more migrants from our park and cemetery taken over the last few days.

 

Black-throated Green Warbler

 

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Bay-breasted Warbler (a female, the male would have stronger color in the chest.)

 

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Blackburnian Warbler

 

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Chestnut-sided Warbler (posted before, but this is a better photo I think.)

 

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Yellow Warbler

 

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Wilson's Warbler

 

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Brooklyn is great birding (in migration, anyway!)

 

 

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Soukous

Gorgeous warblers @janzin

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Soukous

The weather is great and we're allowed to go for walks which is also great; and there are plenty of birds around, which is great as well. The only problem is that they are all species that I've already added to my BY. 

In some cases it is nice to get better shots but I'm missing the buzz of new species. :(

 

Today's haul ....

 

Some very busy Linnets. Although they were both doing a lot of flying around, only the female was bringing nesting material, the male seemed to just be flying as an escort.

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A Redshank on a post, I guess that was at least a place I'd never seen one before

 

Redshank

 

Redshank

 

some Goldfinches

Goldfinch

 

an Oystercatcher

Oystercatcher

 

and a family of Pochard

 

Mr

Pochard

 

and Mrs, with the young ones

Pochard with chicks

 

and finally, another Reed Bunting. Plenty of these this year.

Reed Bunting

 

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Towlersonsafari

yesterday was a first- my first ever red-footed falcon-seen-and identified by a much better birder than i hawking high above a local reserve with 5 hobbies!-and then i finally caught up with a Uk first-one of the 5 cattle Egrets in Northamptonshire! last year a pair bred for the first time in Northamptonshire and raised 3 youngsters-it  seems very strange to see them in my local patch  and not on top of a buffalo!

@janzin i ,ove the idea of a Blackburnian warbler-do you have Bolton and Blackpool warblers as well?

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janzin
19 hours ago, Towlersonsafari said:

 

@janzin i ,ove the idea of a Blackburnian warbler-do you have Bolton and Blackpool warblers as well?

I'm not sure I get the reference ;) but the warbler was named after an English naturalist "This warbler is named after either Anna Blackburne (1726-1793) or her brother, Ashton Blackburne (1730-1780)." according to this page: https://web.colby.edu/mainebirds/2009/09/22/87/

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Towlersonsafari

Sorry @janzin i was of course being silly-bolten and blackpool are similar sized twons in North-West england to blackburn. the wonderful book "Whoose bird" by Bo Beolens and Michael watkins says it was  Mrs Anna Blackburn who  indeed owned a museum and it was her brother  Ashton who collected the specimen of the bird!

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Zubbie15

Clearly these are odd times, as I'm contributing to a birding thread. :P  The past couple of days we've had a big male Turkey patrolling our backyard, he hasn't been acting overly friendly so we've kept our distance, but it seemed like a good opportunity to get out a big lens.

 

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There was also Tufted Titmouse hanging out in the trees overhead.

 

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Pretty noisy photo, but still the first time I've bothered to catch one of these cute little guys.  

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janzin

@Zubbie15 we'll convert you to a birder yet :lol:

 

 

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