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So I am a bit late starting this year, but I am in no rush!

We probably will not travel abroad this year, so numbers will be low. If we get to Scotland, I may get over 100. If not I think I will not reach 100.

I am not bothered about the numbers this year -  I just hope to get some pleasure from seeing and trying to photograph some birds!

 

I will start in our garden - there may be a few fromhere over the year.

 

1.UK.1. Blackbird  Turdus merula     

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Through the window, (m) Our Garden, Birmingham       05.01.2021

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28.UK.28. Blue Tit  Cyanistes caeruleus        Our Garden, Birmingham       23.01.2021 Probably the most common Tit that visits our garden. Very pretty and appear full of character. On

27.UK.27. Bullfinch  Pyrrhula pyrrhula           (M) Our Garden, Birmingham       21.01.2021 (F) Our Garden, Birmingham       23.01.2021 A small amount of snow visible in the

@michael-ibkthank you - it was a pretty scene @Soukous- luck plays a part as well!   So for the last few Scottish birds   116.UK.116. Black Guillemot  Uria aalge      

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2.UK.2. Robin  Erithacus rubecula    

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Our Garden, Birmingham       05.01.2021

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Earlswood, nr Birmingham     05.01.2021

We did manage to get out for an outing to Earlswood - on the day before stronger Lockdown restrictions were introduced. The first sunny day here. Very cold but a beautiful day.

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3.UK.3. Great Tit  Parus major          

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Earlswood, nr Birmingham     05.01.2021

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Earlswood, nr Birmingham     05.01.2021

A very common bird, but none the less beautiful for that.

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4.UK.4. Wren  Trogdolytes trogdolytes         

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Earlswood, nr Birmingham     05.01.2021

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Earlswood, nr Birmingham     05.01.2021

I always enjoy seeing a Wren, but they are often in shady places. Here it was enjoying a bit of warmth from the sun on a very cold morning.

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5.UK.5. Jackdaw  Corvus monedula 

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Earlswood, nr Birmingham     05.01.2021

Also enjoying the sun!

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Peter Connan

Beautiful photos to start of with Tony! I think your stretegy may be excellent.

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Galana

A good if not (Red)start.

Keep em coming. Check out the Scotland thread under trip planning.

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Kitsafari

It's still not late - and such beautiful shots of home birds. 

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elefromoz

@TonyQ, I like your relaxed MO for the year. I love the little Wren (or 'winter Wren" as @Tdgravespointed out). I had really nice views of this cute little Bird in Highgate Cemetery, just as well because we never saw it anywhere else. 

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Soukous
18 hours ago, TonyQ said:

I am not bothered about the numbers this year -  I just hope to get some pleasure from seeing and trying to photograph some birds!

 

:D

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PeterHG

Such beautiful light on all your birds! I'm glad you joined again and this year will be more about sharing than counting anyway. Well, wasn't it always, really ? ;)

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@Galana@PeterHG@Soukous@Kitsafari@Peter Connanthank you

@elefromozthank you -I think the Wren is a lovely little bird. We get them in the garden sometimes and they always bring a smile!

 

A few more from our Earlswood trip

 

6.UK.6. Marsh Tit  Poecile palustris  

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Earlswood, nr Birmingham     05.01.2021

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Earlswood, nr Birmingham     05.01.2021

I like Marsh Tit - more subtle colouration than some of the other Tits, but very pretty I think. We don't get these in the Garden (We regularly get Great Tit, Blue Tit, Coal Tit and Long-tailed Tit), but Earlswood is a very reliable place to see them.

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7.UK.7. Redwing  Turdus iliacus       

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Earlswood, nr Birmingham     05.01.2021

A winter migrant. We have seen a lot of these from the garden, but in distant trees (the distant trees are in other gardens - ours is not big enough to have "distant":D

So this was an opportunity to see them more closely.

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8.UK.8. Fieldfare  Turdus pilaris        

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Earlswood, nr Birmingham     05.01.2021

The other "Winter Thrush". We do not see this as often as the Redwing - we didn't see one at all last year.

THis was taken through tiny gaps in a hedge, sitting on the ground, struggling to find a space to focus through. The pale yellow patches are fallen apples and I presume these had attracted the birds.

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9.UK.9. Song Thrush  Turdus philomelos     

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Earlswood, nr Birmingham     05.01.2021

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Earlswood, nr Birmingham     05.01.2021

So the fourth from "Turdus" -the opening Blackbird was the first. This species is around all year.

The remaing likely one we may see during the year is the Mistle Thrush, but we didn't see one last year.

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10.UK.10. Nuthatch  Sitta europea   

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The distinctive "upside down" pose, Earlswood, nr Birmingham     05.01.2021

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Earlswood, nr Birmingham     05.01.2021

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Soukous

I didn't manage a Mistle Thrush last year either. Heard them but never saw one. Didn't get Fieldfare or Redwing either. Targets for 2021 though.

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shazdwn

That Marsh Tit is such a cutie :wub:

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PeterHG

All the thrushes but one, that's pretty good so early in the year!

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elefromoz
4 hours ago, shazdwn said:

That Marsh Tit is such a cutie :wub:

I agree, too cute for words. Yes, good going with the Thrushes too

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Dave Williams

Some nice captures there Tony.

 

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Galana

A worthwhile excursion. Well done.

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Thank you @Galana@Dave Williams@PeterHG@Soukous

@shazdwn@elefromozthank you - the Marsh Tit is cute, I agree!

 

11.UK.11. House Sparrow  Passer domesticus        

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Earlswood, nr Birmingham     05.01.2021

For some reason we never get this in our garden, even though we see it a couple of hundred meters away. It is not as common in the UK as it used to be, but this spot at Earlswood is a reliable place to see them.

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12.UK.12. Siskin  Carduelis spinus   

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Earlswood, nr Birmingham     05.01.2021

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Earlswood, nr Birmingham     05.01.2021

 

Very high up in the trees as usual for these birds

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13.UK.13. Dunnock  Prunella modularis       

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Earlswood, nr Birmingham     05.01.2021

We see these almost every day in the garden, but this one was in nice light so I may as well use it!

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