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Message posted by Bob6130/1/2021 at 7:43pm
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Quote: Originally posted by moppetsdad on 30/1/2021

How do you know you're not counting the same birds over and over again?



You check their ID's


Message posted by Hedgehugger31/1/2021 at 3:03pm
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I'm very disappointed about my robin - usually he's all over my small garden like a rash. This weekend? nothing. Ditto the pair of collared doves who can usually be seen lurking around the feeder. I hope the robin hasn't been nabbed by a cat. All I've managed to list is: 8 house sparrows, 2 dunnocks, 2 blue tits, 2 blackbirds, 1 wood pigeon, 1 great tit, 1 coal tit. In the past I've seen long-tailed tits, chaffinches, goldfinches, an occasional wren, greenfinch and woodpecker but they chose not to oblige today!

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Message posted by Fiona W via mobile 31/1/2021 at 3:08pm
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It does need some sense. Obviously if you see one lone male chaffinch and later, one lone female chaffinch, you have 2 birds. Ditto Great Tits (male has wide black band down his chest, female has a narrow one) and Blackbirds. But Robins all look the same, so do Dunnocks, so you definitely count the maximum youíre seeing at any time.
Pleased the 4 Siskins showed up in this hour today.

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Message posted by Hedgehugger31/1/2021 at 10:26pm
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What I listed above was my 'best of three' - I've spent quite a while staring out of the window this weekend!

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Message posted by Fiona W via mobile 31/1/2021 at 11:04pm
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A dull list. 8 sparrows, 3 robins, 5 blue tits, 2 coal tits, 2 great tits, 1 dunnock (though Iím sure we have a pair), 4 Siskin, 2 blackbirds, 2 goldfinch, 4 chaffinch, 1 wood pigeon, 1 magpie (but I know we have at least 3 more of them [curse words deleted]. Chris Packham thinks they can do no wrong but I hate them.)
Itís not a rich list but the birds give us pleasure to watch them. And the cat leaves them be.

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Disappointing list here, too. Many regulars like the wrens, dunnocks, collared doves, siskins and goldfinches (we usually have 8 visiting) appeared and even the chaffinch numbers were well down. Results were 4 blackbirds, 4 coal tits, 7 blue tits, 3 robins, 2 great tits, 1 greater spotted woodpecker, 6 chaffinches, 3 sparrows, 1 song thrush, 1 greenfinch and 1 hoodie (that's the "tame" one we rescued from a cat). Did wonder if the sparrowhawk lurking was part of the problem.



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Message posted by Fiona W via mobile 02/2/2021 at 11:16am
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Darn! A flock of 8 long tailed tits have been here all morning. Itís a pity they didnít visit 2 days ago & get counted. Such beautiful birds, pink & grey. Iím guessing the colder weather brought them to the feeders.

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