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Zvezda & Alex BY2022: Back on track


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After a disastrous 2 years of limited birding (BY 2020 was saved only by luck going to Uganda just in time to beat the world pandemic), we are really hoping to get back on track this year. Although there are no firm travel plans yet (apart of possible autumn birding in India), at least the situation in Europe  is improving, and there are good chances to visit some of the EU birding locations, and maybe even the UK.

 

The 2021 was indeed a "Limited Edition", with only local birding and not that good count of 134 birds; target for this year is to improve both the overall score and the local score. I will try to add more birds in flight. To add some fresh wind into our birding sails I have changed the font of the watermark. 

 

 

Our first bird of the year is the one featured on Tanja's New Year card:

 

BY 001 / SI 001

European Robin - Erithacus rubecula

 

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Škocjanski zatok, 23-Jan-2022

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Glad to see you taking off, Alex! Both the photo and the watermark are classy!

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Welcome back! Here’s hoping you have a productive year! 

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Great to see you back with a beautiful bird and classy new watermark

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14 hours ago, xelas said:

there are good chances to visit some of the EU birding locations, and maybe even the UK.

 

come on over. You have accommodation

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Welcome back. I thought you had taken off on your new toy.

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Welcome back, and lovely to start with a Robin!

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Great that you have come back for another year Alex, and a beautiful Robin from Zvezda!

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Thank you all for your warm welcome! Yes, we will participate also this year, and hopefully with a few more birds. My new toy is not new anymore, and it will surely see less of an action as in the previous year.


 

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I'm sure the birds will come, I'm expecting you to pull a few rabbits out of the hat Alex!

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The opening of this season will be very much the same as it was in the BY 2021; same birds and same birding locations.

 

Dunnock is a regular in our backyard. I can see (her or him) foraging on the ground always close to the safety of the hedge. Not more then 2 birds were seen at the same time so I think there is a couple living somewhere inside that hedge.

 

BY 002 / SI 002

Dunnock - Prunella modularis

 

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Ljubljansko Barje, 7-Jan-2022

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Another regular, yet while feeding mostly from the ground it prefers the safety of the tree branches. Male and female.

 

BY 003 / SI 003

Common Chaffinch - Fringilla coelebs

 

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Ljubljansko Barje, 7-Jan-2022

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What's that funny white stuff you seem to have sprayed on your lawn?

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On 2/8/2022 at 11:48 PM, Galana said:

What's that funny white stuff you seem to have sprayed on your lawn?

Something you will not find on your next trip :D!

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wonderful results! here's a better and bigger big year for you!

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The bird feeding station in our garden has become very popular among locals. Mostly return guests with occasional surprise. Tit family Paridae is well represented by five members.

 

BY 004 / SI 004

Great Tit - Parus major

 

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BY 005 / SI 005

Marsh Tit - Poecile palustris

 

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BY 006 / SI 006

European Blue Tit - Cyanistes caeruleus

 

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BY 007 / SI 007

Coal Tit - Periparus ater

 

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BY 008 / SI 008

Long-tailed Tit - Aeghitalos caudatus

 

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Ljubljansko Barje, 7-Jan-2022

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Last autumn we have added a new addition to our bird station: ma bird bath. It took quite a while for birds to start using it. This year some smaller ones are using it for drinking while only one is brave enough to also use it for bathing, despite cold winter temperatures (but still above water freezing point).

 

BY 009 / SI 009

Common Blackbird - Turdus merula

 

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Ljubljansko Barje, 3-Jan-2022

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it's so fun watching the birds taking baths in the water!

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A great selection visiting your feeders (and bath!)

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A sunny day on the weekend during the winter is when we head toward the coast, and Škocjanski zatok is the place we visit a lot. While air is warm, much of the water was frozen and water birds were kept far from the shore. Smaller birds were Zvezda's target.

 

BY 010 / SI 010

Water Pipit - Anthus spinoletta

 

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BY 011 / SI 011

Chiffchaff - Phylloscopus collbita

 

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BY 012 / SI 012

Common Reed Bunting - Emberiza schoeniclus

 

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Škocjanski zatok , 8-Jan-2022

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On our way home we have stopped at Zbiljsko jezero where two things are guaranteed: plenty of ducks and a great cake&coffee. We have found both. As this is the birding forum I will only show the duck :D.

 

BY 013 / SI 013

Tufted Duck - Aythya fuligula

 

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Zbiljsko jezero, 8-Jan-2022

 

 

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Very good results from your trip.

Apart from that how confident are you with your Chiff chaff?

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16 hours ago, Galana said:

Apart from that how confident are you with your Chiff chaff?

Well, it does have dark legs ...

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1 hour ago, xelas said:

Well, it does have dark legs ...

So does Emmy.

I am not saying it is not a chiff chaff but am puzzled by some features. Does anyone else have an observation?

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Here are more photos of the same bird (only cropped from original). @Galana which features are puzzling?

 

 

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