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Few pairs of Chaffinches up in the big wood today at a squirrel feeder which were nice to see, along with some Goldfinch's on the woods edge.

Plus the roe were roaring and barking which sounded rather spooky. 

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Pair of goldfinch in our orchard this afternoon and my local farmer says he has a pair of Red Kites nesting in one of his woods.  Seen them about, nice to have them nesting locally.  Most of the small birds keeping their heads down in this very cold wet spell.

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I missed my first really big bird of the year today. A pair of black winged stilts spent yesterday 15 minutes away from my house, but I only caught up with birdy news in the evening. I was on the reedbeds at 6am, but alas, they appear to have flown. But if you're anywhere between here and Seart Marshes in North Somerset, then keep your eyes and ears open. I'm wondering whether this pair is the one that bred on Steart last year and they stopped off at Lodmoor for a bite to eat before heading up north. 

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19 minutes ago, JTaylor91 said:

I’m not a bird enthusiast but noticed a bird on the telephone line that looked like a skinny sparrow with a red head. A bit of a google tells me it could of been a redpoll, looks exactly the same as what I saw. 

There have been huge flocks of 200 to 300 Lesser Redpoll here all winter. They are just breaking up now.

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I heard a Cuckoo on 21st April this year,slap bang on time to when I usually hear them.Did not see it though.

Saw a pair of gold finches at my parents house on Sat past which delighted them as they had been absent all winter but sadly I had a grey wagtail fly into my kitchen window and kill itself,they are a very  pretty bird when observed up close.

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13 hours ago, gmm243 said:

I heard a Cuckoo on 21st April this year,slap bang on time to when I usually hear them.Did not see it though.

Saw a pair of gold finches at my parents house on Sat past which delighted them as they had been absent all winter but sadly I had a grey wagtail fly into my kitchen window and kill itself,they are a very  pretty bird when observed up close.

I love a grey wagtail, they're so smart. Bright yellow and grey feels like a weird combination, but they pull it off so well.

 

In other news, I saw my first ever Whiskered Tern today. There's a very obliging bird down at Abbotsbury Swannery right now. If you haven't seen one, forget any excitement you may have over the name (I see no whiskers) and concentrate on a very elegant, dainty bird skimming low over marshes suddenly swooping down onto invertebrates on the floor, plucking them up with their bills and moving on without landing. A charming if badly named bird. Four species in one day today: Whiskered, Common, Little and Sandwich. I'll take that!

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A Spoonbill and a Cattle egret at WWT Slimbridge yesterday.

A Little Tern at Cotswold water park as well, for anyone in the vicinity.

4 Common Scoters on the River Severn incoming tide, at Purton (Slimbridge) Yesterday.

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