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Soukous

Lovely Bar-headed Goose. I've never seen one.

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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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Galana

Excellent KIngfisher. Yes, they do seem to thrive in towns.

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PeterHG

A beautiful collection @TonyQ! Those kingfisher photos are wonderful. I do hope the period of severe frost we are having now will not have too great an impact on the Kingfisher population here, but they are facing hard times, I'm afraid.

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michael-ibk

Love the Shoveller, and wonderful photo of Ms. KF of course.

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Kitsafari

Ms CKF looks divine in that light. and  the wood pigeon is very pretty, even if it is common.

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elefromoz

Those little Kingfishers should be easy to spot when they're around, such dazzling colours. Not to say they're easy to photograph.

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Zim Girl

Fabulous kingfisher!

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Dave Williams

Steady progress here Tony. Interesting that we have the same problems with the likes of the Coal Tit's habits!

 

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TonyQ

@Soukous@Dave Williams@elefromoz@Kitsafari@Zim Girl@PeterHG@michael-ibk@Galanathank you!

Pretty quiet at the moment - very windy

 

A couple of finches from the garden

35.UK.35. Greenfinch  Carduelis chloris       

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Our Garden, Birmingham       30.01.2021

Dark, snowing, through double glazing, on a feeder - perfect conditions!

The Greenfinch is an infrequent visitor to the garden

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36.UK.36. Goldfinch  Carduelis carduelis     

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Our Garden, Birmingham       08.02.2021

A very common garden visitor - usually arrives in small flocks. It still provides us with a treat to see it.

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37.UK.37. Carrion Crow  Corvus corone      

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Swanshurst Park, Birmingham           18.02.2021

Very common - we see/hear them every day

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38.UK.38. Stock Dove  Columba oenas       

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Swanshurst Park, Birmingham           18.02.2021

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Swanshurst Park, Birmingham           18.02.2021

Not as common as the Woodpigeon cousin, but this park is a reliable spot. I read that in the UK they don't stray very far from the place they were born. I think these are pretty much in the same tree where I photographed them last year!

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39.UK.39. Great Crested Grebe  Podiceps cristatus

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Swanshurst Park, Birmingham           18.02.2021

Not yet in full breeding finery, but a lovely bird, I think

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40.UK.40. Great Spotted Woodpecker  Dendrocopos major

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Swanshurst Park, Birmingham           18.02.2021

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Galana
5 hours ago, TonyQ said:

Dark, snowing, through double glazing, on a feeder - perfect conditions!

I agree but you don't get any more points.:)

Nice collection though.

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elefromoz
On 2/25/2021 at 1:02 AM, TonyQ said:

Dark, snowing, through double glazing, on a feeder

and then the bright cheery Goldfinch photo, such a smart little bird

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michael-ibk

Agree, always love Goldfinches! Ah, the Stock Dove - I remember from previous years you have a park for them. I find them awfully difficult and was not able to get one in several BYs myself.

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@Galana@elefromozthank you

@michael-ibkthank you - you have a good memory!

 

We have had a few days with good weather. On Friday went for a walk along a stretch of river that had been productive before. No new birds - but some nice ones (I think)

Kingfisher - already counted

 

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 About 400m from last place we saw it - so probably the same individual female, Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham 26.01.2021

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It flew off and landed in a place where we coulld get a bit closer, Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham 26.01.2021

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We were also delighted to see a male (black beak) along the same stretch of river, Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham 26.01.2021

Hopefully some babies a little later in the year

 

We didn't see a Kingfisher in the UK until November last year, so we are doing well this year. And all very close to home!

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michael-ibk

A beautiful couple!

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Galana
44 minutes ago, michael-ibk said:

A beautiful couple!

I agree. Looking good for breeding.

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PeterHG

Beautiful kingfishers! I am a little worried about the population here after the frost period. I know that at least the local kingfisher in the polder I usually visit did not make it.

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Dave Williams

I must get out, everyone is leaving me behind!

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@michael-ibk@Galanathank you

@PeterHGthat is sad

@Dave Williamsthere is no race -but it is good to get out!

 

A few new ones- though this one is from January

 

41.UK.41. Jay  Garrulus glandarius  

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Moseley Bog, Birmingham      07.01.2021

 

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A few new ones from a local outing on Saturday. I have posted birds from Trittiford Pool earlier in this thread, but there is also a section of adjoining land with a river/stream running through it which makes a nice walk

 

42.UK.42. Little Egret  Egretta garzetta        

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Trittiford Park/Dingles, Birmingham    27.02.2021

Hiding amongst branches, but still nice to see.

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43.UK.43. Lesser Redpoll  Carduelis cabaret           

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Trittiford Park/Dingles, Birmingham    27.02.2021

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Trittiford Park/Dingles, Birmingham    27.02.2021

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Trittiford Park/Dingles, Birmingham    27.02.2021

High in the trees but very enjoyable to watch them eating

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