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by KiwiGav

Great view of starling flock in west Edinburgh and dealing with NHS!

January 31, 2014 in sightings

Was so busy with other work and trying to re-arrange RMI scans as the hospital had me down for ultra-scan, but I’ve had 2 of them already and the consultant wants a better view, but the hospital’s RMI machine is broken down!  All this meant I didn’t have time to get a good view of any birds until about 3pm when the biggest flock of starlings I’ve had locally showed, it was great and went on for 30 minutes.  I hope to film it or at least photograph it, just a lot of gear is pack away at the moment whilst we’re doing DIY which are taking forever due to my carpal tunnel and torn ankle tendons.

  1. Blackbird x 4
  2. Dunnock x 1
  3. Starlings x 60+
  4. Woodpigeon x 1

by KiwiGav

Had a busy day working, very few birds.

January 30, 2014 in sightings

Sadly didn’t get a chance to see many birds today, it’s the best interest rates updates for the Australian saver scene website and that takes a lot of time.  Hopefully it helps people make more of their money though!

  1. Blackbird x 1
  2. House Sparrow x 7
  3. Jackdaw x 12
  4. Magpie x 1

by KiwiGav

Small West Edinburgh starling murmuration over Corstorphine.

January 29, 2014 in sightings

A few days of rest did good for me and during some lovely sun hours I got outside and did a very small amount of gardening, probably a bit late as it’s for Yellow Rattle seeds to try and get a wild meadow growing.  I tried for the 2013 summer but only got 2 plants to come up everything got choked in grass.  I raked the grass over hard this year (as I did last year) and spread yellow rattle as I’ve read that it’s meant to be semi-parasitic on grass and I hope a few years of the yellow rattle will let me have a wild flower / meadow.  I’m also going to try a few wild flower mixes from tesco in other parts of the garden.  I’ve kept some seed back just in case it doesn’t grow this year, as you’re meant to plant it in Autumn and to lie in a cold wet situation, but with how mild this winter’s been it wouldn’t have got those conditions.

  1. Blackbird x 4 – 2m, 2f
  2. Blue Tit x 1
  3. Coal Tit x 1
  4. Dunnock x 1
  5. Great Tit x 1
  6. House Sparrow x 3
  7. Jackdaw x 6
  8. Magpie x 1 – It kept flying into the roost of the starlings and starting them up again.  Very interesting to watch, it made the starling murmuration last an extra 5 or so minutes.  Hope it didn’t exhaust them!
  9. Starlings x 50+ – one of the biggest flocks I’ve seen of late.
  10. Woodpigeon x 2

by KiwiGav

Sorry everyone – things are very quiet for me

January 28, 2014 in sightings

Hi everyone, not able to get out of bed again due to my legs.   I can hear a lot of house sparrows but can’t see them.  I hope to be out seeing the world again soon!

Really hope everyone had a great RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch!

by KiwiGav

Garden Bird list for Australia Day.

January 26, 2014 in sightings


Day 2 of the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch, I’ve not been so well again, I did do a full hour of watching but didn’t do any extra.

  1. Blackbird x 8 – all males
  2. Blue Tit x 2
  3. Carrion crow x 2 – flyovers
  4. Dunnock x 2
  5. House Sparrow x 3
  6. Robin x 1
  7. Woodpigeon x 2

by KiwiGav

Not a bad list for 1 hour of watching on RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch

January 25, 2014 in sightings

Day 1 of the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch, I’ll do another hour count tomorrow and see what shows, then submit the best day… Or does anyone know if we can submit both days?  Would that mess things up for them?

  1. Blackbird x 8
  2. Blue Tit x 3
  3. Carrion crow x 2 – fly over, not in the RSPB garden list.
  4. Coal Tit x 1
  5. Dunnock x 1
  6. Feral Pigeon x 1
  7. Fieldfare x 1
  8. House Sparrow x 12
  9. Jackdaw x 2
  10. Starlings x heard only – not in the RSPB hour.
  11. Woodpigeon x 1 – during the watch.  2 later in the day.

by KiwiGav

Small bird list, don’t forget the RSPB big garden birdwatch.

January 24, 2014 in sightings

Sadly a very busy day today, not a lot of time to watch birds, however I did fill feeders to make sure there’s food ready for tomorrow’s RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch, find out more here: birdwatch.

  1. Blackbird x 5
  2. Blue Tit x 1
  3. Coal Tit x 1
  4. Dunnock x 1
  5. Woodpigeon x 2

My brother, who’s in Australia, said that due to the bush fires a lot of the birds that are often further into the bush are moving into their garden and he’s started looking at the site Name That Bird – – to get help to ID certain birds.  From what he’s told me it sounds as if they’ve had a Wedge-Tailed Eagle over their garden.  That I’d love to see!

by KiwiGav

Trip to the hospital and best savings rates in Australia kept from birding.

January 23, 2014 in sightings

Trip to the hospital meant I didn’t have a lot of time for bird watching as Thursday is also the day I update the comparison charts for the highest interest rates for the Australian saver scene on: – however whilst my wife was parking at the hospital in the car park there was a rook.  Not a bad tick!

  1. Blackbird x 2
  2. Blue Tit x 1
  3. House Sparrow x 2
  4. Magpie x 4 – Drive to Livingston Hospital.
  5. Rook x 1 – Livingston Hospital.
  6. Woodpigeon x 2

by KiwiGav

Quiet day in the garden, hope it gets better for RSPB garden birdwatch!

January 22, 2014 in sightings

Not a big list for today, hoping for more birds on the weekend for the RSPB big garden birdwatch.

  1. Blackbird x 3
  2. Blue Tit x 1
  3. Carrion crow x 2
  4. Dunnock x 1
  5. House Sparrow x 15+
  6. Jackdaw x 2
  7. Stock Dove x 1
  8. Woodpigeon x 3

by KiwiGav

Sparrowhawk getting chased off by two Black-headed Gulls.

January 21, 2014 in sightings

Had a flurry of hail today, but there were still a few birds around, I’m hoping to drain parts of my back garden as when we have a few days of rain some parts become unusable and loose your boot muddy!  I’ll be draining it to try and get it to go to a pond and hope for results like Lyn gets in her ponds: Dragonfly Larvae – Recently I’ve made holes to try and soak the water away from the worst patches are already causing interest for birds to bathe in, hopefully a new pond will be great for the wildlife.

  1. Blackbird x 2
  2. Black-headed Gulls x 2 chasing off a sparrowhawk
  3. Blue Tit x 2
  4. Carrion crow x 2
  5. Dunnock x 1
  6. House Sparrow x 5+
  7. Jackdaw x 2
  8. Magpie x 1
  9. Robin x 1
  10. Sparrowhawk x 1
  11. Woodpigeon x 2