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14.UK.14. Lesser Black-backed Gull  Larus fuscus  

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Swanshurst Park, Birmingham           07.01.2021

I am sure I will get better photos of this bird, but I just wanted to show one on the frozen lake (especially for those struggling with 35 degrees C :D)

(I will post better pictures of the Black-headed Gull -  the smaller gull - so won't count it yet)

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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

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15.UK.15. Goldcrest  Regulus regulus          

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Moseley Bog, Birmingham      07.01.2021

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Moseley Bog, Birmingham      07.01.2021 

Our smallest bird (weighing about 5 to 6 g). They are lovely to see, but hard to photograph! They flit about a lot, hovering briefly to feed (I put the second one in just to show a bit of hovering even though I didn't use a fast enough shutter spped)

 

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Zim Girl

Interesting you do not get house sparrows in your garden @TonyQ, we are inundated with them.

Lovely selection of birds so far!

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Galana

More lovely sightings. Is it me or have the sightings of Goldcrest increased this year or are they just more visible in the early part of the year?

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TonyQ

@Galanahard to say based on my own experience - but a few have been posted recently

I have been on Big Year a few years - this is number 6.

My Sighting (or at least my best photos) of Goldcrest are:

07.01.21

12.10.20

03.02.19

07.01.18

05.01.17

31.03.16

So all pretty much early Winter with the exception of last year with  various lockdowns and 2016 when we only just started (and I had never seen a Goldcrest before!)

Early winter could mean they are easier to see, or it could mean we are out early enthused by a new BIg Year!

 

@Zim GirlHouse Sparrows are a surprising absence on our garden list.

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Galana

I think Goldcrest keep up high in the canopy in summer but do come lower in colder months which could account for better visibility. I think some of my sightings have been in gorse under pine and this year it was on Briar/brambles.

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Peter Connan

Frozen lakes! Man am I glad i'm not there...

 

Lovely photos.

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michael-ibk

Good to see you joining the game again Tony. Lovely photos, especially love the Goldcrest. @Peter Connan, if you think that appears cold never come to Austria this time of the year. - 20 ° Celsius right now, and more snow than we´ve had in decades.

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Peter Connan

Thanks for the warning @michael-ibk . I guess I have been lucky in that all the times I have been to Europe (few though they are) have been in summer. Even so, Oslo was on the cold side for me...

I guess like most of us, I have a number of separate bucket lists, but on the "landscape photography list" one of the top items is to photograph an Aurora (be that Borealis or Australis), but I am not sure I would survive the attempt...

Sorry for taking your thread off topic Tony.

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elefromoz

That frozen lake looks pretty tempting to me at the moment... 

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PeterHG
8 hours ago, elefromoz said:

That frozen lake looks pretty tempting to me at the moment..

The grass is always colder.....;)

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16.UK.16. Tufted Duck  Aythya fuligula        

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(F) Swanshurst Park, Birmingham           12.01.2021

 

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(M) Swanshurst Park, Birmingham           12.01.2021

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17.UK.17. Pied Wagtail  Motacilla alba         

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(M) Swanshurst Park, Birmingham           12.01.2021

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(F) Swanshurst Park, Birmingham           12.01.2021

The most common of the Wagtails we are likely to see, and this park is a reliable spot.

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18.UK.18. Canada Goose  Branta canadensis         

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Swanshurst Park, Birmingham           12.01.2021

The most common goose in this area

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19.UK.19. Greylag Goose  Anser anser 

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Trittiford Pool, Birmingham     16.01.2021

The next most common goose - this one a native species (unlike the Canada!)

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20.UK.20. Bar-headed Goose  Anser indicus           

New to the UK (we did see them in India 2 years ago)

 

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Trittiford Pool, Birmingham     16.01.2021 

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Trittiford Pool, Birmingham     16.01.2021

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Trittiford Pool, Birmingham     16.01.2021

 

A surprising treat for us. As an "Anser" I presume it is relatively closely related to the Greylag. The "indicus" shows the India link.

Individuals have been seen around the Midlands for a few months. One was seen regularly at Earlswood (site of a previous visit), and it was hanging around with Canada Geese. As you see in the second photo, this one is also with a group of Canadas.

 

I think the people who run the "Official" bird list of the UK don't count them as although some breed in the UK, they are not seen as "self-sustaining". 

However, I am not part of an "official" group. I think it is a very pretty goose and we enjoyed seeing it. So I am counting it:).

 

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Soukous
54 minutes ago, TonyQ said:

I think it is a very pretty goose and we enjoyed seeing it. So I am counting it

quite right too

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Peter Connan

You sure got great shots of it, and all the others too!

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Galana
1 hour ago, Soukous said:

quite right too

Hear hear! I did the same a couple of years back when I saw one in Yorkshire. If its not dead and behind wires I count them and even if dead I may be tempted if it was still  warm.:o

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PeterHG

A great set of photos again, @TonyQ! I agree the Bar-headed is a pretty goose. We have a small self-sustaining population here, too. It is called 'Indische gans' ( Indian Goose) here.

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shazdwn

Great collection of geese photos

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Dave Williams

I agree ...count the Goose! We had one locally a few years ago, great to see a different one for a change!

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michael-ibk

Beautiful photos, you seem to have very nice weather right now.

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TonyQ

@michael-ibksnowing all day today, predicted to be -5degrees overnight 😊

But it was nice when the pictures were taken...

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TonyQ

Thank you all for your kind comments. A few more...

Starting with everyone's favourite

21.UK.21. Feral Pigeon (Rock Dove)  Columba livia

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Trittiford Pool, Birmingham     16.01.2021

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