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    TZ-UK Birdwatch for the Fundraiser

    A fair few of us have more time on our hands at home now. For a bit of fun, and to raise some money for the Fundraiser, I thought we could see how many different species of birds we can spot in the next week. Anything youíve seen in your garden, from your window or out on your daily exercise walk. Put those high end Swarovskis to use - no need for photos, if you claim a Purple Sandpiper we will believe you.

    Post your entries in this thread and Iíll try to update the list in this post.

    Iíll donate £1 for each different species spotted between 7am this morning and 7pm on Easter Sunday (12th April).

    The list of 96 now reads:

    Pigeon
    Goldfinch
    Bluetit
    Magpie
    Robin
    Falcon/sparrowhawk
    Sparrow
    Collared dove
    Crow
    Ostrich
    Buzzard
    Goldcrest
    Chaffinch
    Long-tailed Tit
    Coal Tit
    Great Tit
    Cormorant
    Canada Goose
    Mallard
    Common Gull
    Wren
    Nuthatch
    Bullfinch
    Red Kite
    Muscovy Duck
    Pheasant
    Red Leg Partridge
    Blackbird
    Song Thrush
    Dunnock
    Ring-necked (Green) Parakeet
    Heron
    Green Woodpecker
    Great-Spotted Woodpecker
    Jay
    Starling
    Hooded Crow
    Herring Gull
    Pied Wagtail
    Jackdaw
    Curtaís Bearded Tit
    Yellowhammer
    Tawny Owl
    Kestrel
    Grey Legged Partridge
    Fieldfare
    Chiffchaff
    Mistle Thrush
    Rook
    Mute swan
    Tufted duck
    Coot
    Moorhen
    Treecreeper
    Black-headed gull
    Goosander
    Reed bunting
    Lapwing
    Grey wagtail
    Lark
    Siskin
    Oystercatcher
    Kingfisher
    Woodcock
    Linnet
    Gadwall
    Barnacle Goose
    Lesser black-backed gull
    Little grebe
    Blue and Yellow Macaw
    Hummingbird
    Ibis
    Benchovy (sp.)
    Grey necked wood rail
    Greenfinch
    Egyptian Goose/Duck
    Emu
    Spoonbills
    Great Grey Owl
    Snowy Owl
    Vermiculated Eagle Owl
    Burrowing Owl
    Tawny Frogmouth
    Vulture
    Flamingo
    White Stork
    Raven
    House Martin
    Swallow
    Eastern Bluebird
    Willow Warbler
    ĎMassachusettsí Owl
    Peregrine Falcon
    Chicken
    Water Hen
    Marsh Harrier

    Good luck!
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    Pigeon (Next door's got a loft)
    Magpie
    Robin
    Blue tit
    Falcon (After it takes one of next door's pigeons)
    Sparrow

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    Great idea and very generous OP.

    Mine so far: -

    Wood pigeon
    Collared dove
    House sparrow
    Blue tit
    Robin
    Magpie

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    Thank you gentleman, thatís a good start.

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    Pigeons raiding the bird feeder.

    Crows pulling up my peas.

    Robin looking for a fight!
    Cuidich 'n Righ

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    Quote Originally Posted by alfat33 View Post
    Iíll donate £1 for each different species spotted between 7am this morning and 7pm on Easter Sunday (12th April).
    In the interests of saving you a few quid, I'll abstain.

    There are more birds than people in my part of rural France...........including a guy up the road who keeps ostriches - bit too far to walk though

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    From the comfort of my Parker Knoll Norton recliner, this very morning, I can add
    Buzzard
    Goldcrest
    Chaffinch
    Long-tailed Tit
    Coal Tit
    Great Tit
    Cormorant
    Canada Goose
    Mallard
    Common Gull
    and, as I type, Wren.

    I will donate the amount that I have cost you.

    Good thread idea by the way.
    Last edited by unclealec; 11th April 2020 at 09:13.

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    Quote Originally Posted by catflem View Post
    In the interests of saving you a few quid, I'll abstain.

    There are more birds than people in my part of rural France...........including a guy up the road who keeps ostriches - bit too far to walk though

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    Thatís OK, Iíll add Ostrich :). Feel free to add any more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by unclealec View Post

    I will donate the amount that I have cost you.

    Good thread idea by the way.
    Good list! And generous of you. Why donít you do that and Iíll add mine in anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alfat33 View Post
    Thatís OK, Iíll add Ostrich :). Feel free to add any more.
    Chicken and turkey in the freezer!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kingstepper View Post
    Chicken and turkey in the freezer!
    Mmm...maybe I should have specified that they had to be alive

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    Adding Nuthatch and Bullfinch (pair) seen this morning.

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    Just saw a Red Kite out of the window, and been visited by a Muscovy duck this morning.

    The latter must have escaped and gone Ďferalí!

    The other things Iíve seen are already on the list.

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    Pheasant and red leg partridge on the South Downs this morning.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alfat33 View Post
    Good list! And generous of you. Why donít you do that and Iíll add mine in anyway.
    Yeah, that is the plan - and while I'm on, no-one has mentioned Blackbird and Song Thrush yet, regulars on my estate, and Dunnocks.

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    Saw a couple of seagulls wheeling over the house before.

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    Quote Originally Posted by unclealec View Post
    ...Dunnocks.
    Isnít that a kind of teacake?

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    Plenty of green parakeets,i kid you not..Does a herd of deer count as wildfowl?

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    Birds

    May be on the lists but canít spot one, Heron.

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    Bombay Duck spotted here.

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    Green Woodpecker
    Spotted Woodpecker

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    The Spotted one....

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    Feeding....

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    Very generous Alfat.

    I have seen today in the garden and out with Dot.

    Pigeon

    Goldfinch
    Blue tit
    Magpie
    Robin
    Sparrow
    Collared dove
    Crow
    Long-tailed Tit
    Great Tit
    Wren
    Bullfinch

    I'll also add a Jay and some of those screeching green parakeets but they are not on the list.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Neil.C View Post
    [COLOR=#333333]I'll also add a Jay and some of those screeching green parakeets but they are not on the list.
    Thanks for those two, added to the list.

    I might have misunderstood your post, but you can just post any not on the list
    and Iíll add them at the top. You donít have to tick off the ones already on the list although you are very welcome to :).

    Thanks again for two more!

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    Quote Originally Posted by manganr View Post
    Feeding....
    Nice pictures!

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    Quote Originally Posted by alfat33 View Post
    Thanks for those two, added to the list.

    I might have misunderstood your post, but you can just post any not on the list
    and Iíll add them at the top. You donít have to tick off the ones already on the list although you are very welcome to :).

    Thanks again for two more!
    Ah right.

    I was a bit dim there!
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    Starlings
    Hooded Crow
    Herring Gull

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    Quote Originally Posted by alfat33 View Post
    Mmm...maybe I should have specified that they had to be alive
    I suppose that rules out the Norwegian Blue?

    Have a pied wagtail and jackdaw instead.

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    I saw a bearded tit, but that was in the bathroom mirror rather than the garden.
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    Pied wagtail on the lawn earlier

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    TZ-UK Birdwatch for the Fundraiser

    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Curta View Post
    I saw a bearded tit, but that was in the bathroom mirror rather than the garden.
    They all count Matthew

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    From this mornings walk...

    Bullfinch

    Yellowhammer

    Tawny owl ( can be spotted roosting in a hole in a tree most mornings )

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    I live opposite a tiny nature reserve in Crystal Palace SE London and can see the last slither of it opposite my lounge window. 2 days ago there was a pair of copulating greater spotted woodpeckers, I heard them hammering early the next morning, yesterday I had a glimpse of a wren out the back window.

    Despite being urban London there is a fair bit of woodland near me and the remains of the Great North Wood/Dulwich wood/Sydenham hill wood. In the summer I sometimes hear an owl late at night.

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    TZ-UK Birdwatch for the Fundraiser

    Iím not very good at identifying birds, but definitely in the back garden today:

    Goldfinch
    Robin
    Jay
    Magpie
    Pigeon
    Ring-necked Parakeet.

    There must be loads more because the birdsong at the moment is fantastic.

    Jackdaw
    Coal Tit
    Great Tit
    Black Bird

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    In addition to many of those listed I can add Heron, Cormorant, (On the lakes), Kestrel, Grey Legged Partridge, Wren. We also have at least Barn Owl in the village, but I haven’t seen it this week.
    Last edited by Andyg; 4th April 2020 at 20:25.

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    Iíve been watching a flock of Fieldfares this week - I saw them again this morning.

    Do you have those yet?


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    Quote Originally Posted by willie_gunn View Post
    Iíve been watching a flock of Fieldfares this week - I saw them again this morning.

    Do you have those yet?


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    I do now WG, thanks. Iíll add them to the list in the first post.

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    Plenty of Chiffchaffs out and about this morning.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wimm View Post
    Plenty of Chiffchaffs out and about this morning.
    I wish you hadnít mentioned that.

    It reminded me that I have a chiffchaff in one of the freezers - not to have as a very small roast, clearly, but to send to the taxidermist. It sadly flew into our kitchen window. Holding the chiffchaff in your hand you realise what tiny, fragile, but beautiful bids they are, with the flash of yellow above the eye.

    Itís there alongside a green woodpecker and a barn owl, both victims of the busy A road nearby.

    I have a Tawny Owl that I found in similar circumstances a few years ago. I had it stuffed by the great taxidermist Colin Dunton, and it now sits under a glass dome on our bookcase, watching over us.

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    Cool idea, really interested what people see.

    From our garden and walks

    Blue, great, coal, long-tailed tits
    Blackbird
    Bullfinch
    Chaffinch
    Mistle thrush
    Song thrush
    Field fare
    Jackdaw
    House sparrow
    Magpie
    Carrion crow
    Rook
    Woodpigeon
    Mute swan
    Little grebe
    Tufted duck
    Coot
    Mallard
    Moorhen
    Robin
    Dunnock
    Great-spotted woodpecker
    Goldcrest
    Treecreeper
    Black-headed gull
    Herring gull
    Lesser black-backed gull
    Goosander
    Cormorant
    Wren
    Kestrel
    Common buzzard
    Reed bunting
    Chiffchaff

    Will add more if we see them. Some around here I haven’t seen for a while, like redwing, but will add those if we see them (they’ve probably headed north by now).
    Last edited by Senninha; 5th April 2020 at 09:42. Reason: Added last two which I forgot

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    Lapwings , grey wagtails and larks this morning.

    Could hear woodpeckers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by adam164 View Post
    Pigeon (Next door's got a loft)
    Magpie
    Robin
    Blue tit
    Falcon (After it takes one of next door's pigeons)
    Sparrow
    I guess falcon will be a sparrowhawk? Excellent bird to see (not for the pigeon of course....!)

    Edit; Or maybe peregrine?
    Last edited by Senninha; 5th April 2020 at 12:43.

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    Forgot, we had starling in the garden, Siskin at our feeders, and oystercatcher, kingfisher and woodcock on daily walk
    Last edited by Senninha; 5th April 2020 at 10:06.

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    Sitting in the garden this morning, I donít think Iíve ever heard so many birds (and we get quite a few). And a clear blue sky with not a contrail in sight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alfat33 View Post
    Sitting in the garden this morning, I donít think Iíve ever heard so many birds (and we get quite a few). And a clear blue sky with not a contrail in sight.
    We get quite a bit of traffic from Brize and Benson, which has suddenly become a lot more obvious without the incessant background noise from commercial air traffic.

    The dawn chorus has certainly become much more audible, helped by the significant reduction in nearby road traffic.

    My wife pointed out the lack of contrails to me the other day and which I hadnít appreciated, which is odd given I normally spend so much time flying for work.

    I am now at the point where withdrawal symptoms have kicked in, so Iím asking my wife to serve all my meals wrapped in tin foil and on a small tray. I have to use plastic cutlery. If I want to pretend Iím flying BA Iím forced to pay for it too!

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    Quote Originally Posted by willie_gunn View Post
    If I want to pretend Iím flying BA Iím forced to pay for it too!
    I'm pretty sure you're already paying for it.
    Die Zeit verwandelt uns nicht, sie entfaltet uns nur.

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    From my dog walk can add
    Skylark
    Linnet
    Gadwall
    Barnacle Geese (feral flock)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Carlton-Browne View Post
    I'm pretty sure you're already paying for it.
    And I expect that your first choice may not be available pretty soon as well.

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