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I half heartedly did the RSPB 'Garden Watch'  My records were BH Gull, 8, Herring Gull 4, Oystercatcher 17, Redshank 11, Little Egret 1, Hooded Crow 5, Starling 11.

I won't send it in in case they send a Social Worker round to check I am not living rough.:D

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Dave Williams
On 2/1/2021 at 3:05 PM, Galana said:

I half heartedly did the RSPB 'Garden Watch'  My records were BH Gull, 8, Herring Gull 4, Oystercatcher 17, Redshank 11, Little Egret 1, Hooded Crow 5, Starling 11.

I won't send it in in case they send a Social Worker round to check I am not living rough.:D

There's been a lot of flooding recently so you might get away with it!

 

 

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Galana
2 hours ago, Dave Williams said:

There's been a lot of flooding recently

Surely a flooded island is just a sandbank? Yesterday was very wet and my Cardboard shelter got very soggy. This morning is more low cloud but at least I can't see the snow on the mountain. Lady G has gone to the Bottle Bank but I don't know if she is paying in or drawing out.

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At 14.00 the rain stopped as forecast so we were in the car and out by 14.05 but not before I had snapped a pair of Jackdaws from my window. I far prefer the bright blue eyed shots that I know will follow but it was time to move the score along if only for forms sake

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028. Eurasian Jackdaw. Mooragh Lake (not flood) Ramsey. It was as well I took these otherwise I would have drawn a blank today.

Being our first outing for three weeks, due to our successful circuit breaker lockdown, it was good to see how much things had progressed in the interval.

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Wild Snowdrops coming through nicely.

"Chaste Snowdrop, venturous harbinger of Spring,
And pensive monitor of fleeting years!"

And there were some new 'wetlands' but not a darn wader in sight.

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I hope he got away and we don't find the rusty remains of an Atco perched Ark like on a mound when the waters recede.:P

Well that's my afternoon out. Wet again tomorrow but next week is looking good. Please don't mention St.Swithin.

 

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Soukous
13 hours ago, Galana said:

And there were some new 'wetlands' but not a darn wader in sight.

 

I know the feeling. There is just too much water for them to choose from at the moment

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PeterHG

That is an amazing shot with the eleven snowy owls in the distance! :rolleyes:

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Galana

:D

2 hours ago, PeterHG said:

That is an amazing shot with the eleven snowy owls in the distance! 

Thank you. Anything that darn Tortoise can do I can do better.

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On 2/4/2021 at 2:33 PM, Galana said:

:D

Thank you. Anything that darn Tortoise can do I can do better.

 We'll see!

 

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elefromoz

Aaaah, Id love to see the Snowdrops one day....

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Galana
5 hours ago, Dave Williams said:

We'll see!

Well if you promise to buy the beer I will show you Snow Buntings

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where you don't need a scope or a vivid imagination!:P

 

@elefromozAnd so you shall. I have just been out this morning and there were banks of them along the roadside.

Despite the cold they never disappoint but you have to come to Europe in January.

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Excellent Snow Bunting! And already more or less in summer plumage. I've never seen one like that.

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Galana
59 minutes ago, PeterHG said:

And already more or less in summer plumage. I've never seen one like that.

Same offer to you too.

But THIS was in summer plumage coz it was in summer at a place I know @Dave Williamswill be close to later this year.

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To move on to my BY score.

I took advantage of bright sunshine to attend business in the south which would take me to some new birds.

 

First some old friends already seen this year as ongoing improvements.

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002.  Red-billed Chough.

 

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003. Eurasian Widgeon.

 

And roll drums....

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Just for @mvecht

Icelandic Redshank.

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13 minutes ago, Galana said:

Same offer to you too.

But THIS was in summer plumage coz it was in summer at a place I know @Dave Williamswill be close to later this year.

 

Name your beer!!! Never seen a summer plumaged one! I suspect we are talking Aviemore?

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Now to the new ones.

 

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029. Pale-bellied Brent. Feeding.

 

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Then they went for a swim...

 

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and a bit of surfing.

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030. Eurasian Curlew. Look both ways.

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031. Bar-tailed Godwit.

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mvecht

Nice Icelandic Redshank!

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Kitsafari

Nice waders and icelandic redshank! we'll never get that here for sure.

 

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Thanks. It was good to get out and about today in the sunshine despite the bitter temperatures after the coldest night for ten years. Oh how I am missing  the Ugandan sun of last February.

 

Still on we go. The day is not done.

 

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32. Common Ringed Plover.

 

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33. Ruddy Turnstone.

 

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34. Dunlin.

 

More later.

 

 

 

 

 

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Soukous

Nice additions. Good to see you've dragged yourself away from the daytime TV :P

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xelas

You are galloping ahead, @Galana

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Galana
42 minutes ago, Soukous said:

Good to see you've dragged yourself away from the daytime TV 

What's TV? Not had one for many years.

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Galana
26 minutes ago, xelas said:

You are galloping ahead, @Galana

Not quite but making progress. I have more to post as I know how dangerous it can be after a drought to drink to heavily.;)

Here are more from yesterday's excursion.

 

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035. Common Sheldduck..

 

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036. Water Meadow Pipit. ;)

 

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037. Eurasian Teal.

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1 hour ago, Galana said:

036. Water Meadow Pipit. ;)

A lifer! :rolleyes:

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