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Garden bird list and birds of Gardening Scotland

May 31, 2013 in sightings

earlier today I posted a few pictures from the Isle of May trip http://www.wbist.com/archives/2899, but a friend on twitter @RoseCottageFife wrote a much more in depth and informative piece about here trip to the Isle of May here: http://rosecottageeastneuk.blogspot.co.uk/2013/05/the-jewel-of-forth-nature-lover-day.html and there’s the Isle of May Blog from 15th of May announcing they do have puffins: http://isleofmaynnr.blogspot.co.uk/2013/05/yes-we-do-have-puffins.html – I would love to spend time out there as a scientist or conservationist, only problem is I have no degree in either!!!  Silly me for pursuing computers and photography… Maybe they need a professional photographer!?  Would love that, I’ll bring my own food!

My bird list today, there’s 2 lists as I went to Gardening Scotland and managed a few sightings there:

Garden list:

  1. Blackbird x 1 – singing very very early! My wife has started putting earplugs next to the bed so that when they start at 3.30am she can dull the sound a bit.
  2. Blue Tit x 2 – going into nest box
  3. Carrion crow x 4
  4. Coal Tit x 1
  5. Dunnock x 3
  6. Jackdaw x 2
  7. Magpie x 1
  8. Woodpigeon x 2

At Gardening Scotland:

  1. Moorhens
  2. Oystercatcher
  3. Rook
  4. Starlings
  5. Swallows – a few nests around the buildings there.
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Photos from Isle of May, 29th of May 2013. Scotland UK.

May 31, 2013 in sightings

These are the photos to go with the Isle of May post from the 29th of May: http://www.wbist.com/archives/2804 hope they give you a bit of an idea to what the trip was like:

 

Tern on Post

Tern on Post

Guillemots

Guillemots

Puffins Isle of May

Puffins Isle of May

Razor Bill

Razor Bill

Razor Bill Isle of May

Razor Bill Isle of May

Tern in flight

Tern in flight

Female Eider on nest

Female Eider on nest

Rock Pipit

Rock Pipit

Rock Pipit

Rock Pipit

Guillemot

Guillemot grooming

Razorbills

Razorbills

Puffins with the Bass Rock in background

Puffins with the Bass Rock in background

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Garden Bird List for May 30th 2013, young still in nests.

May 30, 2013 in sightings

Late night again, so have to be quick, here’s the garden bird list for today:

  1. Blackbird x 1
  2. Blue Tit x 2 – both going into the nest box and you could really hear the young.
  3. Carrion crow x 1
  4. Coal Tit x 1
  5. Dunnock x 3 – also the nest is still making a load of noise!
  6. Herring Gull x 1
  7. House Sparrow x 1 – a male this time, so glad to see at least one!
  8. Jackdaw x 2
  9. Magpie x 1
  10. Woodpigeon x 2

Not as exciting as the Isle of May list from yesterday, but I still love my garden birds and hope to see young in the garden soon.  Here’s one I saw last year, pretty sure it was 2012, 2011 at the earliest:

Blue Tit Chick in a tree

Blue Tit Chick in a tree

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Isle of May photography trip, Firth of Forth just east of Edinburgh.

May 29, 2013 in sightings

My parents are over from Australia and I wanted them to see a part of Scotland that not so many tourists do and I know they’re a fan of Coast and are enjoying the episodes of Springwatch they’ve seen so far, as I wanted them to see the Bass Rock section on the episode of the 28th of May. Although there are boats of 150+ people that turn up on the Isle of May, we went with a group of only 12 for about 3 to 4 hours.  Sadly the water was so choppy getting out there our boat had to go slow and we got less time on the island.  It was still great though and wow what a great island just near Edinburgh.  Tonight I’m listing the birds I remember and know for sure, I need to check a few photos for record shots to see exactly what others were, as not sure if I saw Greater Black Backed-Gull, definitely saw Lesser and Herring but unsure of the Greater…  I’m also unsure if I saw a Meadow pipit or a Rock Pipit, either or would be a great new one for the year list

  1. Common Eider – with chicks.
  2. Common Gull*
  3. Common Tern
  4. Cormorant
  5. Fulmar*
  6. Feral Pigeon
  7. Gannet*
  8. Greater Black Backed-Gull* – update, it was indeed, checked photo and legs were correct, first for year and first I can 100% say I’ve ever seen!
  9. Guillemot*
  10. Herring Gull
  11. House sparrow
  12. Jackdaw
  13. Kittiwake*
  14. Lesser Black Backed-Gull
  15. Magpie
  16. Oystercatcher
  17. Pied Wagtail
  18. Puffin*
  19. Razorbill*
  20. Rock Pipit*
  21. Shag*
  22. Swallow
  23. Swift
  24. Wood Pigeon

* new for 2013

Will update if I remember more and with photos, it’s great to be getting back into photography even slowly, hopefully a few shots I can sell, birds aren’t normally what I photograph commercially as I’m a landscape photographer and that’s my first photography passion and want to get back to it!  However often birds are now more accessible for me than landscapes and I love watching birds, so I am going to be pushing more into birds professionally, if I’m good enough.  For now though, ice pack pain killers and catching up on Australian finance updates – www.saverscene.com.au/finance/  and get all the top interest rates, credit cards and free bank accounts sorted.  Then I may have a quick glance over my photos and bed!  Hope everyone had a great birding day!

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Blue tits still nesting! Dunnock chicks getting a lot of food.

May 28, 2013 in sightings

I sadly haven’t had a chance to see either of the Springwatch episodes that have been, life has been hectic, and then I went and rolled my ankle again meaning I can’t put weight on it, I hope it’s okay for tomorrow as I’m off birdwatching!  I’ll hopefully have photos to go with my birdwatching.  At least it may mean some sofa time to catch up on Springwatch!

The blue tit was going back and forth to the nestbox, not as frantic as it had been 2 days ago when it was sunny, there must’ve been a lot more food around, I did notice it was going to the fat balls between visits to the nest box, obviously still looking for live food for it’s young.

  1. Blackbird x 1 – singing incredibly early today
  2. Blue Tit x 1
  3. Carrion crow x 2
  4. Coal Tit x 2, not sure if it was a bonding ritual or if it was an adult showing it’s young where to get seeds from the feeder, a lot of chirping going on.
  5. Dunnock x 2 earlier in the day one popped up right next to me while I was putting out the compost.  Didn’t seem to mind, they’re still making a lot of noise in the hedge and I saw a big fight between two of them.
  6. Magpie x 1
  7. Woodpigeon x 2
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A day inside. Very few birds.

May 27, 2013 in sightings

Another day inside working on www.saverscene.co.uk and www.saverscene.com.au very very busy, all bird watching was done out the window.

  1. Blackbird x 2
  2. Blue Tit x heard only
  3. Dunnock x 3
  4. Magpie x 1
  5. Starlings x 4
  6. Woodpigeon x 2

Male Reed Bunting

May 27, 2013 in sightings

Saw this one yesterday at Lakenheath RSPB – also saw the female but didn’t get a shot of the lady

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My Garden list, the blue tits chicks have hatched, dunnocks with young!

May 26, 2013 in sightings

After thinking the blue tits had abandoned their nest. they started entering it about 15th of April and it was very brief for the next 5 weeks then today it was back and forth constantly, absolutely frantic, am so happy to know they’re in there, I really thought they’d given up. It’s not the most sheltered spot but I didn’t have anywhere else to put the nest box earlier in the year. Still working on finding locations for others for next year.

The Dunnock chicks are making a lot of noise, you see the dunnocks enter the hedge then a barrage of tweeting hits the airwaves, fantastic to hear! The parents seem to be very busy, a mix of getting seed, checking under leaf litter and catching insects on the wing, a cracking bird to watch that often gets over looked.

Birds I saw today:

  1. Blackbird x 2
  2. Blue Tit x 2
  3. Carrion crow x 2
  4. Coal Tit x 1
  5. Dunnock x 3
  6. Great Tit x 1
  7. House Sparrow x 1 -another one worth looking at, the one that was visiting the garden was a beautiful female, very striking like the one on the wikipedia page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:House_Sparrow,_England_-_May_09.jpg
  8. Magpie x 1
  9. Starlings x 7
  10. Woodpigeon x 3

I wonder if the house sparrow I saw today was the beauty in this photo from November 2012:

House Sparrows

House Sparrows on my shed, Corstorphine, Edinburgh, Scotland UK. Photo taken 4th of November 2012

Birds at Lakenheath Fen RSPB site

May 26, 2013 in sightings

Made it there this afternoon and had a good walk round – didn’t get to see all of those i thought i might see – so unfortunately no sight or sound of Golder Oriole and also no Bearded Tit

Here is the list ( * = new this year)

Tufted Duck, Coot with young, Moorhen, Grey Heron, Reed Bunting – male and female,  Reed Warbler,Cuckoo (*) seen and heard and saw male and female, Carrion Crow

Rook, Mallard, Great Tit, Chiffchaff, Hobby(*) Jay, Greater spotted woodpecker – a pair with a nest in a dead tree, Marsh Harrier, Cormorant, Tree Creeper (*)

Green Woodpecker(* previously only heard), Magpie, Mute Swan, Marsh Warbler(*), Cetti’s Warbler,Goldfinch, Blackbird, Lapwing

Red footed Falcon – a first ever.

Also heard Common Pheasant, Grasshopper Warbler ( 1st time ever) and Bittern – at least 2 booming – first time heard this year

My long tailed tit image

May 26, 2013 in sightings

OK I think I have cracked the reason why my long tailed tit was unusual and not one normally seen – the reason i think is that it is leucistic – in other words it has patches of white instead of its normal markings – here is a link

http://www.wildlifeextra.com/go/news/leucism.html#cr

note that this differs from albinism where the eyes would be red and most of it white – unlike the one i got.