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Richmond Park

April 27, 2014 in sightings

After the trip to Wisley in the previous post I went via Richmond Park – Isabella Plantation for more flowers and birds.

Jackdaw, Blackbird, Magpie,Green Woodpecker (heard only), Ring necked Parakeet, Blue Tit, Wren, Robin, Mandarin Duck, Canada Goose, Mallard, Coot, Carrion Crow, Grey Heron, Egyptian Goose, Great Tit, Chiffchaff and also a Song Thrush which was building its nest so i watched it for a while – heading in different directions to get different nest material, and also dropping down to the ground to gather some mud – was good to watch

RHS gardens at Wisley

April 27, 2014 in sightings

went to these gardens last weekend – first time for a few years. As well as plenty of flowers there was a good selection of birds as well.

Robin, Blue Tit, Blackbird, Goldfinch, Dunnock, Wren, Great Tit, Wood Pigeon, Fieldfare, Carrion Crow, Chaffinch, Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Green Woodpecker ( heard only), Starling, Magpie, Mallard, Greylag goose on its nest, Nuthatch, Moorhen, Jay, Song Thrush

Dresden Botanical Gardens

April 27, 2014 in sightings

Went to the gardens to see what flowers were about and also the birds that were abot

Chiffchaff, Chaffinch, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Blackbird, Greenfinch – which definitely had a nest in a small tree Blackcap, Carrion Crow, Wood Pigeon, Mallard, Mandarin Duck, Harlequin Duck. The Harlequin had a lady as well and was kept busy keeping the Mandarin away!, Wren, Dunnock, Robin, Black Redstart, Goldfinch, Starling, Common Buzzard – this was a superb show by a pair of Buzzards flying low over the gardens a number of times.

A trip to Dresden

April 27, 2014 in sightings

Had a trip to Dresden recently and got to see birds as always.

Train To Dresden

Ferrel Pigeon, Rook, Wood Pigeon, Carrion Crow, Common Buzzard, Blackbird, Mallard, Canada Goose, Mute Swan, 3 pairs of Black Swans on a lake, White Stork sitting on a nest on a pole provided for them to nest on.

Back from Dresden.

Ferrel Pigeon, Cormorant, Magpie, Wood Pigeon, Common Buzzard, Starling, Grey Heron, Mute Swan, Blackbird, Rook, Greylag Goose

by KiwiGav

Edinburgh warming up for Spring / Summer.

April 24, 2014 in sightings

I think I heard a common buzzard today, I looked and looked but couldn’t find it in the sky.  Can’t think what else sounds like it.

  1. Blackbird x 1
  2. Blue Tit x 1
  3. Dunnock x 1
  4. House Sparrow x 5
  5. Jackdaw x 1
  6. Magpie x 1
  7. Woodpigeon x 2

by KiwiGav

Garden Bird list for April 23rd 2014.

April 23, 2014 in sightings

Bird list for Wednesday the 23rd of April, before I went back to taking my lists I had noticed a lot of great and coal tits, but now I’m able to get on to adding the updates they’ve disappeared!

  1. Blackbird x 1
  2. Blue Tit x 2 – 1 was going into the nestbox.
  3. Dunnock x 2
  4. Feral Pigeon x 2
  5. House Sparrow x 5
  6. Jackdaw x 1
  7. Magpie x 1
  8. Woodpigeon x 1

by KiwiGav

Tuesday 22nd of April – Bird List – Edinburgh UK.

April 22, 2014 in sightings

As many of you know I’ve got bad carpal tunnel and torn ankle tendons so not been doing a lot of bird watching or computer work, over March and April I was spending a lot of time when I could use my hands working on – to help people find the top ISA interest rates, now that the peak season is over it frees my hands to get back to work on birdwatching and updating here and my Australian website which helps my Aussie friends find discounts and great savings interest rates: Saver Scene New Bargains.

Now onto the birds, I’ve come to the site a few times over the past month to check if the dates align with when I first noticed birds pairing up.  I’ve got a pair of blue tits nesting in one of my RSPB nestbox and I’ve notice a lot of pair bonding which is great!

  1. Blackbird x 1
  2. Blue Tit x 1
  3. Dunnock x 2
  4. Magpie x 1
  5. Starlings x 20 – still flying at dusk
  6. Woodpigeon x 1

by KiwiGav

Monday 14th of April 2014

April 16, 2014 in sightings

I thought I’d list the fact that I’ve seen Long-tailed tits for the first time in a while, I heard them a while before I got to see them, only 2 of them, not the normal 5 or more flocks that I’m used to seeing.

I’m still really having problems with carpal tunnel at the moment.  It’s really suffering my other work and I’ve not been able to photograph for months now.  Very sorry about this.  

Another drive out tosee steam trains plus birds

April 5, 2014 in sightings

I drove to Didcot today to see some steam trains but as usual got to see some birds onj the way there and back

Starling, Carrion Crow, Rock- including a rookery by the roadside,Jackdaw, Magpie, Wood Pigeon, Cormorant, Mallard, Collared Dove,Mute Swan,Common Pheasant, Red Kite – must have been 40+ in total including 2 groups of 8 and one of 6.I also stopped to photograph a Red Kite and also saw a Chaffinch and heard a Wren singing.


On the way back i stopped at a nature reserve)Aston Rowant) for a short time and saw Wren, Red Kite, Blue Tit, Robin, Chaffinch, Song Thrush, Carrion Crow, Blackbird, Wood Pigeon and also heard Chiffchaff

by KiwiGav

The finches are back! Greenfinch and Bullfinch.

April 3, 2014 in sightings

Although my hands are a bit too sore to be picking up a camera, bins and sadly if I’m at my computer I have to do work on ISA updates as there’s loads of changes: – due to the end of financial year.  I have been keeping an eye on the garden and the amount of nesting that’s happening looks promising, hopefully the last of the cold weather is over.

The last 2 or 3 days I’ve started to notice Greenfinches and Bullfinches which is always exciting for me!

I navigated my wife out to Falkirk today as she had to pick up tickets to Adam Ant, of course I used it as a chance to spot  a few motorway birds, sadly I spotted a dead common buzzard on the side of the road.  there were thankfully a few alive birds including Oystercatchers, Crows, Jackdaws and Pheasants.