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Garden Birdwatch Sunday 25th Jan

January 25, 2015 in sightings

Sunny cold day – was out from 10:35 to 11:35. Regular spotting of birds

Blackbird 2

House Sparrow 4

Bullfinch – when i went out i thought – sure would be good to see a Bullfinch and sure enough one showed after 5 minutes

Great Tit 2

Blue Tit 3





Song Thrush

Long Tailed Tit

Collared Dove 2

Fieldfare 2




Last 2 only appeared in the last few minutes of the hour


also 3 grey Squirrel

Rainham Marshes Saturday 24th Jan

January 25, 2015 in sightings

A sunny day – got along for 3 hours and got a new bird too!

Robin, Magpie, Collaed Dove, Blackbird, Great Tit, Moorhen, Wigeon, Coot, Lapwing (many), Mute Swan, Shelduck, Mallard, Shoveler, Black Headed Gull, Woodpigeon, Blue Tit, Reed Bunting, Chaffinch, Tufted Duck, Pochard, Gadwall, Grey Heron, Herring Gull, Little Grebe, Pied Wagtail, Carrion Crow, Pintail, Starling, Filedfare, Snipe, Avocet, Goldfinch  and for the very first time Water Rail

by KiwiGav

RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch Results

January 24, 2015 in sightings

I’ve just done the RSPB’s great garden bird watch and I ended up with a fantastic list, I tried to grab a shot of the Greater Spotted Woodpecker and due to tremors I got a lot of blur, I tried holding up the camera against the window and had a dystonia spasm which made a loud noise frightening it off – not being able to hold cameras for shots like this is why I became a landscape photographer, hopefully in the future camera speeds keep getting faster and I can follow my love of wildlife videography and photography. Most of the action happened in the first 20 minutes, no new birds added in last 20.

Don’t forget to submit results at RSPB Big Garden Bird Watch.

Here are my results, flyovers not submitted:

  1. Blackbird x 4 2xM, 2xF
  2. Black-headed Gull x 1 – flyover
  3. Blue Tit x 2
  4. Bullfinch x 2 1M, 1F
  5. Carrion crow x 1 – flyover not included in the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch
  6. Coal Tit x 2 – was worried none would show, then around 39 minutes the garden was quiet of birds and 2 showed.
  7. Dunnock x 1
  8. Feral Pigeon x 2
  9. Great Tit x 1
  10. Great Spotted Woodpecker x 1 – What a stunner for the Big Garden Birdwatch!
  11. House Sparrow x 14 with more in the hedge
  12. Jackdaw x 1 – flyover
  13. Magpie x 2 – flyover
  14. Robin x 2 – even had a fight it was an eventful hour!
  15. Woodpigeon x 1

My wildlife gardening must be working as compared to 2013 list: 2013 Big Garden Bird Watch and 2014 Big Garden Bird Watch – there were a few extras, but both 2013 and 2014 had Fieldfare which was missing this year.

by KiwiGav

RSPB Big Garden Bird Watch & BBC Winterwatch.

January 23, 2015 in sightings

What a great year for Winterwatch, probably the best series I’ve seen so far.  Really enjoyed it.  I can’t wait to get back out and see wildlife and get cracking with getting my pond set up for newts and frogs.

Do not forget the RSPB Big Garden Bird Watch.

I am stuck in bed and sadly my room doesn’t look out the where my feeders are. I’ve set them to be outside my office as I work from home due to not always being able to get out of the house.  I will try and get to a place where I can see them and hopefully have a result for the birdwatch. For more information head to RSPB Big Garden Bird Watch.

I hope to be back able to update my bird list soon I’ve been playing around with voice recognition software, however I sometimes have trouble with speech (I can not say latin names at all!) and my tongue gets stuck, my first attempts with voice software can be seen here: Voice Recognition Software results.

by KiwiGav

Edinburgh A720 Bypass – Grey Heron and Common Buzzard

January 20, 2015 in sightings

I’ve recently been fully diagnosed with dystonia (I had a diagnosis about 13 years ago but didn’t care much as I could handle things in my early 20s) and it’s the reason I get spasms that tear tendons off bones and cause really bad carpal tunnel.  It means loads of trips to the hospital and whilst getting an MRI scan today to take my mind off things I was thinking about the birds I’d love to see in 2015 – 1: Crossbill – either Loxia curvirostra or Loxia scotica would be great, 2: Bearded Tit (Panurus biarmicus) and Crested tit (Lophophanes cristatus) – Marsh and Willow tits would also be a great sighting.  5 birds I’ve never seen before!

Today I did get to see 2 great birds, one you’d expect on roadsides and the other I was a little more surprised at:

  1. Common Buzzard x 1
  2. Grey Heron x 1

Old Hall Marshes

January 7, 2015 in sightings

one of the remoter spots in Essex – good walk along the Sea Wall


Blackbird, Chaffinch, Carrion Crow, Wigeon, Little Egret, Teal, Herring Gull, Pochard, Curlew, Magpie, Brent Goose, Shoveler, Black Tailed Godwit, Mallard, Starling, Marsh Harrier, Lapwing, Shelduck, Golden Plover – 500+ and they all took off at once, Corn Bunting, Redshank, Common Pheasant

West Canvey Marsh

January 7, 2015 in sightings

Another newish RSPB site – got there yesterday but was a bit wet at times

Here is the link to the site

Chiffchaff, Magpie, Carrion Crow, Canada Goose, Black Headed Gull, Moorhen, Coot, Pochard, Teal, Shelduck, Lesser Black Backed Gull, Shoveler, Wigeon, Curlew, Little Grebe, Black Tailed Godwit, Herring Gull, Stonechat, Cormorant, Blackbird, Starling, Fieldfare, Lapwing, Great Crested Grebe and also  heard Green Woodpecker

Wallasea Island

January 5, 2015 in sightings

got to this site on the southern part of the River Crouch in Essex today – dull but dry.

This is a new RSPB site and a lot of work is going into it including using spoil from the London Crossrail tunnelling for landscaping

Here is a link to the site

I saw the following

Stonechat, Starling, Mallard, Skylark, Marsh Harrier, Kestrel, Black Headed Gull, Brent Goose – 500+ flying in which was quite a sight and sound. Woodpigeon 20+ Lapwing 100+ Dunlin 100+ Wigeon, Carrion Crow, Shelduck, Mute Swan, Golden Plover 50+ Herring Gull, Blackbird, Corn Bunting, Meadow Pipit

New Year’s day trip out

January 3, 2015 in sightings

I have not been out too much recently but got out on New Years day – it was dull but dry and i went to Fingeringhoe Nature reserve in Essex by the River Colne.

got a decent list

Blackbird, Magpie, Blue Tit, common Pheasant – female, Carrion Crow, Black Headed Gull, Little Egret, Brent Goose, Shelduck, Curlew ( nice views) Redshank, Dunlin, Avocet, Merganser, Black Tailed Godwit, Little Grebe – maybe 8 in total, Great Crested Grebe, Herring Gull, Lesser Black Backed Gull Mallard, Coot


January 3, 2015 in sightings

I was in Switzerland in early December and for the first time ever i saw Nutcracker – in fact saw at least 5 – i could not get a decent photo but got to see them with Binoculars and also reasonably close – the location was near Morteratsch in the Engadine – saw 3 at well over 2000 metres when i was out walking and then one when i was waiting for a train – well it was at least one doing a circuit – might have been more – also saw one from the train

Nice to see these birds for the first time