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A personal record. Answered

First of the month plus a Saturday plus a day to myself = sixty-nine species in 11 hours.

That's a personal best (previous personal best = 73 species in two days).

I'm wrecked, but pleased.

If you're interested in the full list, check here.

I think my favourite of the day was the Little Tern.

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lemonie (author)2010-05-13

Next time look down as well as up. I bet you could count as many insect species?

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Kiteman (author)lemonie2010-05-14

I've tried moths, just not the same, somehow.

Dragonflies are pretty cool, though.


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lemonie (author)Kiteman2010-05-14

Dragon/damsel flies are really good, big beestjes.

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Kiteman (author)lemonie2010-05-14

Have you ever tried spotting them through binoculars?

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lemonie (author)Kiteman2010-05-14

No, but when I've done with birds I do look closer to my feet.

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Kiteman (author)lemonie2010-05-15

I started dragonfly spotting last summer - when it gets too hot for birds to move, the dragonflies are everywhere, and Kitewife likes dragonflies as well.

We must have looked a sight, though, because you close-focus your binoculars and trawl through bushes...


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lemonie (author)Kiteman2010-05-15

Mmm, yes I get the "looked a sight"

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AngryRedhead (author)2010-05-12
You should make a trip to the bird migration corridor in the US during late winter/early spring and see all the birds traveling from South America to North America.  I've seen a crazy amount of different birds just from my front door, but I don't think I've ever seen/noticed 69 in a day.  That's pretty crazy!  Congrats!

I've enjoyed watching the blue jays who nest around here.  I love watching them chase off cats and other birds.  They're so fierce!!
 

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Kiteman (author)AngryRedhead2010-05-13

Unfortunately for me, peak migration times are during school terms - I'd love to go to the Iberian Peninsula with a proper guide.

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AngryRedhead (author)Kiteman2010-05-13
I think I have an idea of how you'll be spending your retirement.
 

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Kiteman (author)AngryRedhead2010-05-13

Indeed - or my lottery winnings (rushes off to buy ticket - there's an £86,000,000 jackpot tomorrow...)

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Kiteman (author)caitlinsdad2010-05-02

Indeed - people forget how many birds live in urban areas.

I made six species before I got out of my home town, and another three in the harbour of the town where I had to stop off to sort out the bank.

Tower 42 (promo website) have rented access to a dedicated bird group to watch for migrants from 600 feet up.

Video of group launch by well-known UK urban birder.

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caitlinsdad (author)Kiteman2010-05-02

 Aside from pigeon watching, you do see an occasional mutation though - all white feathers, they are related to doves - and those that have been through something toxic.  Recent years I have seen the common brown sparrow being displaced by the more agressive starling.  They seem to be more crow-like and I have to take more agressive steps to keep them from roosting under the roof eaves.  I finally got some plastic bird spikes that simulate thorny bushes to keep them out.   Birds are nice but not when they destroy property.  They stuff enough nesting materials to become a fire hazard and droppings corrode pipes and of course, mess up your shiney car. Once in a while, I do see a blue jay or robin red breast and all of the seagulls that the garbage dump sites attract.

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Kiteman (author)caitlinsdad2010-05-02

So... not one of nature's birders, then?

An active bird population is a good indicator of a healthy ecosystem, especially if you get higher predators, like sparrow-hawks and peregrines.

(Personal gripe - they are just gulls.  Many of those dump-nesters will never see the sea, except in the distance.  The species' discovery of inland nesting sites (like landfills, factory roofs and piles of gravel or rubble at demolition sites) was a life-line for some UK populations of gull.  I wouldn't be surprised to see some morphs creeping in over the next three-five decades.)


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caitlinsdad (author)Kiteman2010-05-02

 Not necessarily, but I probably have issues from when my dad kept canaries in the house when I was a kid.  They made a mess tossing out birdseed from the cage and wouldn't stop singing and chirping all day and night.

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Kiteman (author)caitlinsdad2010-05-02

I sense a film-script in the making - Silence of the Canaries.

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V-Man737 (author)2010-05-02

Just this morning I saw an interesting bird and thought to ask you about it.
It was black, about the size of a robin, with red cheeks... What is that?!
I live in Colorado...

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Kiteman (author)V-Man7372010-05-02

Sorry, not a clue.

You could try browsing the "Opus" at BirdForum, or join the forums there and ask.

There is a specific forum for identifying birds - don't forget to tell them where you are as accurately as possible, and include as many of the details as you can, including the habitat and the way the bird moved or sounded.

The American Birding Association is based in Colorado Springs - they might be able to help.

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Kiteman (author)Kiteman2010-05-02

(Oh, I just remembered - American and European Robins are utterly different species, and different in size.)

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RadBear (author)2010-05-02

Last Sunday I spotted a hawk (I think it may have been a Cooper's hawk) eating another bird in our backyard. Pretty cool. Like a local National Geographic specila. No theme music though.

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Jayefuu (author)2010-05-01

Yay that's a lot of birds. I didn't spot many birds today, just a pigeon which likes to fly at next door's bird feeder to knock the seed out. Oh and I spotted this potato living under our sink:

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Wow, that potato is definitely one for you life list, lucky find.

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mollithewoodtagger (author)2010-05-02

 congratulation,  i still try to figure out the meanings of the english names in your list (thx you put  the scientific names, too... i have to lok up most.)

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