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AuthorTopic: C19 Birding Project The Big Isolation Skywatch
Tom Green C19 Birding Project The Big Isolation Skywatchposted at 23/03/2020 22:00:36

While some are mostly confined 'at home' - How about committing to a daily or regular hour of 'skywatching' ?  I had 24 species in our Blakeney Garden in the hour from 1300-1400 today  With the promise of some Spring Migration this might throw up a new Garden Speces or early Cley Square record.  You will need a lounger and a sheltered spot! Look forward to seeing your results on the Recent Sightings page or here.
Mine to follow
Keep Safe....Tom Green

Tom Green Re: C19 Birding Project The Big Isolation Skywatchposted at 24/03/2020 21:39:32

Another day, another hour of free time to do a skywatch in the fantastic weather. Only 18 species today, but I did add Goldcrest, Kestrel, Oystercatcher to the home isolation list.  How is yours coming on?

David & Pat Wileman C19 Birding Project The Big Isolation Skywatch and Garden Birdsposted at 26/03/2020 10:55:36

To enable those of you who don't live in the Cley Square to take part in this and also tell others of interesting sightings seen in or from your gardens, we have created a new location called  'Outside the Square' that you can use to records birds on the Bird News page.  You don't even have to be in Norfolk! 

Just make entries as normal choosing the 'Outside the Square' location and enter your town/village in the 'Conditions' box so people know whereabouts you are.  Records for non-Square birds will not get included in the CBC database or get passed to County Records but could create some interest for us all.

If you do live in the Square then you can, of course, just enter under the normal locations.



Tom Green Re: C19 Birding Project The Big Isolation Skywatch and Garden Birdsposted at 26/03/2020 23:56:34

Thanks Pat and Dave. We all need to keep each other busy and engaged at this time. Thanks also to RPr, and RB etc for your records this week
It now seems as if you were right though to warn about advertising rare species which might encourage groups to gather. Lets hope a major rarity doesn't turn up or we will all be miffed for missing it or banged up for twitching it.  (gather this actually happened in the Cotswolds today for (your will never guess) ....a Ring Ouzel! I think they were moved on, but we don't want to be banned from going out for our one dose of birding exercise.

Tom Green Re: Re: C19 Birding Project The Big Isolation Skywatch and Garden Birdsposted at 27/03/2020 15:56:49

The media , as ever, may well have got the wires crossed somewhat. Apparently it wasn't a Ring Ouzel. Birders did gather however in double digit numbers. The fact was apparently reported to the RSPB. Not sure why, but it seems to be the fall-back position on any avian news!

Tom Green Re: Re: Re: C19 Birding Project The Big Isolation Skywatch and Garden Birdsposted at 31/03/2020 15:30:36

Had a good phone conversation yesterday with CBC member Paul who keenly watched Friary Hills while he was a Friary Farm Caravan Site staff member there and now lives in Leicestershire. This Spring he has had 6 Blackcaps in his garden. 4 male and 2 female. His secret is having peanut fragments (from a blender) available on a bird table. No sign of Blackcaps here this winter/spring. Perhaps next winter, or I suspect that go west  to warmer areas.

Kath & Mick Claydon Blackcapposted at 31/03/2020 19:56:03

A female Blackcap came to our pond for a drink and a dip this evening.  First we've seen since April last year.

Kath & Mick Claydon Blackcapposted at 31/03/2020 19:56:20

A female Blackcap came to our pond for a drink and a dip this evening.  First we've seen since April last year.

Tom Green Re: Blackcapposted at 16/04/2020 21:27:33

During this very dry spell various ways of providing water for birds has been a great success. A shallow plant pot saucer has had bathing or drinking Song Thrush, Chiffchaff, Coal Tit, Blackbird, Chaffinch, Wren and Goldfinch. Wood Pigeon and Pheasant have preferred a small bubbling water feature.

It is chilly out there at night, but rewarded by the bonus garden addition...one Whimbrel flying low and to the north calling very loudly at 21.45

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