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by KiwiGav

Been Hectic – very few birds been seen :(

March 31, 2013 in sightings

Edinburgh Science festival is on and a couple of trips to Glasgow in the past 3 days have kept me busy, so the only birds I really got to see were

2 x long tailed tits – flying down the street where I live as I got into the car

on the M8 between Edinburgh and Glasgow, there were other birds but I couldn’t

  1. 3 x common buzzards
  2. 2 x Magpies

by KiwiGav

Edinburgh Garden bird list for 29th of March 2013

March 30, 2013 in sightings

Was busy last night and didn’t get a chance to put my bird list up yesterday, here’s my list for my garden in Edinburgh for Friday 29th of March 2013:

  1. Blackbird x 2
  2. Blue Tit x 1
  3. Carrion crow x 20+ flying over at dusk
  4. Dunnock x 2 – think there’s a fair few more as I can see movement in the hedge, hope they’re building nests.
  5. Feral Pigeon x 1
  6. Long-tailed tit x 2
  7. Magpie x 2
  8. Woodpigeon x 3

by KiwiGav

Nice and sunny in Edinburgh today, birds were out enjoying it!

March 28, 2013 in sightings

Had a good chance to be in the garden today, nice and sunny, although snow was on the ground to start it thawed very quickly and there was actually some warmth in the sun!  Flying high over head I could hear geese and got a short glimpse of 6, but not sure what type and once again a common buzzard being mobbed by gulls, I wish I could identify the gulls better as there’s been a few overhead of late, look like herring, common or lesser black backed, but not 100% sure, the black-headed ones are thankfully easy to identify!  Will get my bins out soon to get a better view, I’ve let my neighbours know that I’m a keen birder in case they wonder what I’m up to 😉

Here’s my garden bird list for today:

  1. Blackbird x 2
  2. Blue Tit x 1
  3. Bullfinch x 1, male – hoping the female’s sitting on eggs somewhere!
  4. Carrion crow x 1 in garden – about 15 flying over.
  5. Common Buzzard x 1 – flying high!
  6. Dunnock x 2
  7. Long-tailed tit x 1 – pretty sure I could hear more flying past.
  8. Magpie x 1
  9. Starlings x 6
  10. Woodpigeon x 2

Easter Weekend

March 28, 2013 in sightings

All the best for a good Easter weekend

I am off up to Suffolk tomorrow morning and then off to Norfolk later in the day – will be staying up there on Saturday and hoping to visit a couple of sites along the North Norfolk coast. On Sunday back to Suffolk and hoping to get to Minsmere in the Afternoon – will of course be an extra hour of daylight in the evening.


Monday afternoon should be able to get to Rainham marshes

Mid week

March 28, 2013 in sightings

Went on a different route to work yesterday – drove to Epping and got central line all the way in – saw some good birds on the way to Epping

By home

Starling Herring Gull Magpie Blackbird

On the way to Epping

Grey Herron Black Headed Gull Woodpigeon Sparrowhawk Kestrel – also female Roe deer

Near work

Blue tit


by KiwiGav

Another new bird for the year! More snow!

March 27, 2013 in sightings

Woohoo finally saw a wren, I’d been missing them for my year list and I know they visit my garden, but today finally in the snow I spotted one.  All my tits seem to have disappeared though, really do wonder where they’ve gone off to, that said I was working on the Saver Scene Australian finance pages, although I’m KiwiGav I was brought up in Australia and that’s why I know more about Aussie deals, savings, bank accounts and credit cards than I do about NZ ones.  I’ve actually spent more time in the UK now than the country I was born in!  All 3 places have fantastic birds, you just have to pay a little more attention to the UK ones to see their beauty!

Here’s my garden bird list:

  1. Blackbird x 1
  2. Bullfinch x 2, 1xm, 1xf they were eating the buds of new growth on the trees.
  3. Carrion crow x 4 – flyovers
  4. Dunnock x 1
  5. Magpie x 1
  6. Woodpigeon x 2
  7. Wren x 1

I should say I kept an eye out for the gold crest but sadly no show today, it was the weather I’d seen it in before, I’ll try and get my 1 and only photo I’ve ever managed to take of a goldcrest tomorrow.

by KiwiGav

Garden Birds, Walk in Corstorphine, Bus ride back from centre of Edinburgh

March 26, 2013 in sightings

Not a great day today, a few different birds as I was out of the house again today, but my ankles are bad again and now will have to stay indoors for a few days.  Really enjoyed a few days of being able to walk!  Here’s my Bird lists:

Garden Birds:

  1. Blackbird x 2
  2. Dunnock x 3
  3. Woodpigeon x 1

On a walk to St Margaret’s Park Corstorphine.

  1. Dunnock x 1
  2. Pied Wagtail x 1
  3. House Sparrows x 6

On the Bus from centre of Edinburgh

  1. Mallard Ducks x 4 – all males on water of Leith

Tuesday Still cold and just a few today

March 26, 2013 in sightings

Only a few species today but nice ones

Blackbird Dunnock Woodpigeon Common Pheasant -looking colourful on a patch of snow, and Kestral

by KiwiGav

New birds for the year and the cold takes it’s toll.

March 25, 2013 in sightings

I awoke to look out the window and see that a poor wood pigeon hadn’t made it through the night, a real shame.  I’d put out a fair bit of fat and apple cores and things like that to try and help the birds through the cold snap but it was just too much for this poor bird.  I hope it wasn’t one that was mating yesterday, be a real shame to loose a partner so early in the breeding season!

In other news added two new birds to my year list, mallards and goosanders that were on the water of Lieth when I was out of the house for a bit.


  1. Blackbird x 2
  2. Blue Tit x 1
  3. Carrion crow x 3 – flyovers
  4. Coal Tit x 1
  5. Dunnock x 3
  6. Magpie x 1
  7. Woodpigeon x 1, and sadly one dead in the tree.

Water of Leith:

  1. Mallard x 5, 3 male, 2 female
  2. Goosander x 5, 4 male, 1 female.

The Goosanders were beautiful it was on slow dark water with sun hitting their white breasts and wow they were vibrant and reflected off the dark water!

It was of course Monday; there were many updates for the finance pages and don’t forget if you haven’t used your ISA limit for the year over on Saver Scene I’ve got the latest best interest rates.

A cold start to the week

March 25, 2013 in sightings

Cold but no more snow – at least a few species seen to make things more cheerful

Near Chelmsford station

Blue Tit Ferrel Pigeon, black headed gull and also heard Robin and Goldfinch ( unfortunately didnt see them )

Near work Long tailed tit in morning and evening Magpie Carrion Crow Woodpigeon