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PeterHG
1 hour ago, Zim Girl said:

total of 26 birds and 12 species. 

That is quite impressive! I had a productive time, too with 4 birds and 2 species, but you certainly beat me there ;)

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I have two brand new birds for me, from another flying visit to Leighton Moss at the weekend. But the first one is going to replace bird no 103, which I had as a Pied Flycatcher. @Galanahas since

Finally, my favourite picture of the day.  Another bird that is normally tricky to get.  I saw one first high up in a tree in the dark, but then Adrian found another low down in a different tree.

Took advantage of a small window of sunshine yesterday to walk the dog by the coast.  I was hoping for 3 species but could only find this one, so I will make the most of it .   15.  Ruddy Tu

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Tree Sparrow and Goldcrest ....very nice!

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Back to the garden for the next two.

 

13.  Dunnock

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Front garden  -  01/02/21

 

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14.  Common Blackbird

Female

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Male

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Back garden - 03/02/21

 

 

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Took advantage of a small window of sunshine yesterday to walk the dog by the coast.  I was hoping for 3 species but could only find this one, so I will make the most of it :).

 

15.  Ruddy Turnstone

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There was a small group of them on the rocks, this one didn't seem to mind the waves crashing behind him.

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Further along the prom, a large flock of them landed in front of us and stretched themselves along the path. 

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Quite impressive to see them so close, even the dog sat and watched with interest.

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Rossall Point - 04/02/21

 

 

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Soukous

Lovely Turnstone pics. Very atmospheric

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PeterHG

Great Turnstone photos and I do love your Blackbird couple. We used to get them in the garden, but not in the last few years. 

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Kitsafari

I enjoyed the ruddy turnstone shots a lot. 

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On 2/5/2021 at 5:57 PM, PeterHG said:

Great Turnstone photos and I do love your Blackbird couple. We used to get them in the garden, but not in the last few years. 

Thank you Peter, that is a shame, along with the house sparrows and goldfinches, blackbirds are our most numerous garden visitor.  Some nest very close by and we often have the youngsters hiding in nooks and crannies around the garden waiting to be fed by the parents in spring.

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elefromoz

wow so many Turnstones, quite a sight.

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Finally the weather was good enough to make a trip to the local reserve and park.

 

16.  Magpie

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Marton Mere  -  15/02/21

 

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These ducks do pose so nicely for you.

 

17.  Mallard

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Stanley Park  -  15/02/21

 

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Unlike these ones that will not come anywhere near.

 

18.  Gadwall

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Stanley Park  -  15/02/21

 

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Another friendly duck!

 

19.  Tufted Duck

Male

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Female

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Stanley Park  -  15/02/21

 

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20.  Eurasian Coot

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Stanley Park  -  15/02/21

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21.  Common Moorhen

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Stanley Park  -  15/02/21

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Nothing to see here, just in for the tick :).

 

22.  Feral Pigeon

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Stanley Park  -  15/02/21

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23.  Common Woodpigeon

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Stanley Park  -  15/02/21

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Our most numerous gull. I picked a young one just for a bit more plumage interest.

 

24.  Herring Gull

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Stanley Park  -  15/02/21

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Our second most numerous gull.

 

25.  Black-headed Gull

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Stanley Park  -  15/02/21

 

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26.  Great Cormorant

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Stanley Park  -  15/02/21

 

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PeterHG

Almost doubled the numbers in one go! Love the male and female Tufted Duck.

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Galana

A very worthwhile excursion. Strange you got the 'sinensis' race of Cormorant near you.

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Dave Williams

Love that Cormorant!

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15 hours ago, Galana said:

A very worthwhile excursion. Strange you got the 'sinensis' race of Cormorant near you.

Hi @Galana, interesting, so I looked up the 'sinensis' sub-species, are you identifying it from the shape of the yellow pouch?  I assumed the white heads meant they were getting their breeding plumage but maybe not?  Most of the cormorants there had similar plumage.

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