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Old 22-01-17, 10:54 PM
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I've been aware for the past couple of weeks that a welcome addition to the ever-present song of the Robins has been the "singing" of the Dunnocks in the garden, and of the Song Thrushes in the park. The Mistle Thrushes have been at it all winter in the local woods, but now the Rooks are starting to repair their nests. Not much happening with the plants, though they're making progress, but we had daffodils in flower on New Years Day last year. "Go figure" as they say in Trumpton.

And then today I heard my first Chaffinch song of the year. Spring isn't far away .

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Old 23-01-17, 08:00 AM
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I agree Tony, even the Rooks have finished building their nests and are all now in pairs.
roll on Spring.
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Old 23-01-17, 01:31 PM
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Robins, Dunnocks and now the Great and Blue Tits are starting to be heard!

Lovely to see the sprouting bulbs, catkins and new fresh buds on a few tree species!
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Snowdrops are out in my Warrington garden and the robin's are fighting over territory.
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Old 08-03-17, 01:13 PM
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Early this morning:
A pair of Blue Tits were doing a recce on a nest box in my garden, a Bullfinch pair were eating the fresh new buds on a Lilac tree, a Wren was inspecting a roosting pouch for insects I presume and a Goldcrest returned to for a munch on a fat cake! Just before lunch I spotted a Carrion Crow taking nesting twigs to a tree not far from my garden

Spring is springing!
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Old 08-03-17, 01:43 PM
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Skylarks larking in good numbers over the dunes these days, and an optimistic birder along the front of the dunes this morning hunting for the first Wheatear of the season. I reckon he's probably no more than a week or two too early. Bumble Bee in the garden yesterday, and Dunnocks flirting with one another.

Nice to be able to delay the dog's evening walk and not take a torch with me.

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Old 09-03-17, 01:27 PM
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Jackdaws vocal, Blue Tits still investigating nest boxes, Goldcrest returned briefly to the fat cake, I might stake the feeders out later, such a lovely sunny day.

Look who I caught on camera last night! I thought the fat cake had been reducing in size very quickly.
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Had Greenfinches flight displaying this morning at 7.30 am over the works car park
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Old 12-03-17, 04:37 PM
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Dunnocks and Robins singing sweetly, Crows and Magpies making nests, Skylarks up in the air in constant song, these were a few of the sights and sounds on my walk this morning. The Wheatears and Swallows will soon be returning, heralding the return of Spring!
Oh happy days!
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Old 12-03-17, 08:29 PM
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A chiffchaff today, and a couple more signing locally are my only definite migrants so far, but there's been an increase in 'irregular' garden birds passing through (siskins, greenfinches, pied wagtails) too.
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