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Lockdown birds and bogey bird

My lockdown bird list for spring 2021. I was hoping to see 50 different species under lockdown rules. Whilst this would include birds seen driving to/from work or whilst going about legitimate business, in the end they were all seen on walks from the door. I'm lucky that this includes moorland, river and an inland reservoir together with pine and broad leaved woodland so a fair range of habitats. I have only counted birds with a clear view and positive identification. This has excluded some birds (e.g. goldcrest, blackcap, sparrowhawk and raven) which I'm pretty sure have been seen but not positively identified.

As lockdown begins to ease on 29 March when it becomes permissible to travel to take exercise, this doesn't include a number of birds which would be expected in these places later in the year, particularly the hirundines. It helped that the skylarks and chats returned earlier than usual. I was hoping that the harsh winter in the Netherlands would push some waxwings over but no.

My bogey bird still escapes me. Green woodpecker, anyone?

Anyway here goes. Nothing too stunning but a good list nevertheless:

Greylag Goose (Anser aner)
Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)
Mallard (Anas platyrynchos)
Goosander (Mergus merganser)
Cormorant ( Phalacrocorax carbo)
Grey Heron (Ardea cinera)
Buzzard (Buteo buteo)
Kestrel(Falco tinnunculus)
Peregrine (Falco peregrinus)
Moorhen (Gallinula chloorpus)
Oystercatcher (Haematopus ostralegus)
Ringed Plover (Charadrius hiaticula)
Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus)
Black Headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Common Gull (Larus canes)
Herring Gull (Larus argentatus)
LBB Gull (Larus fuscus)
Woodpigeon (Columba palumbus)
Collared Dove (Streptopelia decaocto)
Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis)
GS Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major)
Slylark (Alauda arvensis)
Meadow Pipit (Anthus pratensis)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba)
Grey Wagtail (Motacilla cinerea)
Dipper (Cinclus cinclus)
Dunnock (Prunella modularis)
Robin (Erithacus rubella)
Wheatear (Oenanthe oenanthe)
Stonechat (Saxicola rubicola)
Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos)
Mistle Thrush (Turdus viscivorus)
Fieldfare (Turdus pilaris)
Blackbird (Turdus marula)
Willow Warbler (Phylloscopus trochilus)
Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes)
Great Tit (Parus major)
Coal Tit (Periparus ater)
Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus)
Long-Tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus)
Nuthatch (Sitta europaea)
Treecreeper (Certhia familiaris)
Magpie (Pica pica)
Jackdaw (Corvus monedula)
Rook (Corvus frugilegus)
Carrion Crow (Corvus corone)
Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)
Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs)
Linnet (Carduelis cannabina)
Goldfinch (Carduelis carduelis)
Bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula)

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