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Old 5th January 2010, 10:00 PM   #101
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The cold weather continues and another three inches of snow overnight. Snipe (2) still present in wetland bog together with Lapwaing (1) and Grey Wagtail. Just about the only running water in the area - even the river has frozen over!

Collard Dove (2) plus large number of Chaffinches at woodland feedingarea but still no signs of the elusive Bramblings yet. Several Fieldfare and increased number of Redwing in surrounding lanes.
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Old 6th January 2010, 12:58 PM   #102
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Snow and sub zero temperatures continue ... Now up to six Snipe plus three Lapwing and a single Pied Wagtail in wetland.

Also, Long-Tailed Tit (12+) in back lane.

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Old 9th January 2010, 01:34 PM   #103
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We finally have Bramblings feeding in wooded area together with quite a large number of Chaffinch.

There is also two male Bullfinches in hedgrow on approach road this lunchtime.
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Old 31st January 2010, 04:33 PM   #104
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I thought it was about time I supplied a quick up-date of all thats going on:

Great, Blue, Coal and Marsh Tits are daily visitors to garden feeding station. They were joined by several Long-Tailed Tits late in the past week. Mixed flocks of Chaffinch and Goldfinch together with small number of Greenfinch and several Brambling on daily basis (mainly in wooded area). No further signs of recent Bullfinches in lane or Snipe and Lapwing in wet area now that the weather has returned to normal.

Several Robin (3+), Wren, Dunnock, House Sparrow, Tree Sparrow and Blackbird are recorded daily in both areas.

No signs of additional thrush species including Fieldfare and Redwing.
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Old 26th February 2010, 02:12 PM   #105
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The recent unsettled weather hasn't had any effect on birds in the area. Still large number of visitors to feeding stations including Great, Blue and Coal Tits which were joined yesterday by single Long-Tailed Tit, House and Tree Sparrow, Chaffinch, Greenfinch and Goldfinch. Yesterday a single Siskin appeared which was joined today by another two - perhaps the feeling of spring really is in the air! Nuthatch and Great-Spotted Woodpecker appear from time to time. Other regular visitors include Robin (3+), Dunnock, Blackbird, Wren and occasional Song Thrush. A flock of Jackdaws and Rooks make daily raid on wooded area (usually in mid afternoon). We eventually realised the fat balls were the main attraction so we have now opted to keep them in their original netting in the hope they actually last a little longer. No signs of Marsh Tits in recent days but a flock of 16+ Fieldfare passed overhead yesterday heading east (again, perhaps heading back to Scandinavia).

We have quite a lot of Coal Tits at present and they are already starting to get very territorial, casing each other around the gardens. Likewise, Great and Blue Tits are showing a lot of attention to the various nestboxes we put up in the garden and wooded area in autumn of last year.

Elsewhere locally, Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel and Barn Owl have all been recorded (the latter giving me a bit of a fright late one evening whilst driving along the approach road).
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Old 26th February 2010, 05:03 PM   #106
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All I have to say is "Lucky old you" how delighful to live in such a wonderful location.
look forward to the pic's.
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Old 2nd March 2010, 12:55 PM   #107
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Errrrrr, less of the "old" thank you very much!
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Old 25th March 2010, 11:31 PM   #108
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Chaffinch and Greenfinch numbers starting to drop off as spring makes a welcome return. Likewise, small number of Great, Blue and Coal Tits still present and we hope will take advantage of the nestboxes. Robins are now very territorial and only appear for short periods when we're in the garden (sadly, still no signs of nest-building in open-front nestbox but it is still early in the season and we live in hope). Small flocks of winter thrushes are still passing overhead. Nuthatch puts in an appearance from time to time as does Greater Spotted Woodpecker.
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Hi all and delighted to say I'm back online and back in north Cumbria! Moved back into cottage a week ago and already amazed at number of nesting species.

Song Thrush and Chaffinch (both in beech hedge along car part)
Blue Tit (nest box above summer house door - chicks fledged earlier this week)
Robin (nest box on ivy-covered tree stump)
House Sparrow (nest box on greenhouse)

I look forward to keeping you up-dated as season moves on.
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Old 8th June 2011, 08:06 AM   #110
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All sounds good banks, I think a huge difference in the latest weather from north-south, has affected which birds have had a successful breeding season.
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