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by KiwiGav

A very small garden bird list today

February 28, 2015 in sightings

Had a very painful day today, so a mix of physio and relaxation meant little bird watching time.

  1. Blackbird x 2 both male.
  2. Carrion crow x 1
  3. Dunnock x 1
  4. House Sparrow x 14
  5. Magpie x 2

by KiwiGav

Over Garden Gulls, Wren & bird list, Edinburgh.

February 27, 2015 in sightings

I was outside in the garden today with my crutches, I must say thanks to my parents for putting in drainage and the pond as I can now move about my garden and not just sink into it. I’ve got off topic, the thing was there were a lot of gulls flying overhead, sadly I’m useless at gull ID, however I did notice there were at least 4 different types.  I’ve added black-headed gull to today’s list as that was a definite. The other 3 I’d have a guess were common gull, herring gull and lesser black-backed gull.

  1. Blackbird x 4 – 3m, 1f
  2. Black-headed Gull x 1
  3. Blue Tit x 1
  4. Carrion crow x 1
  5. Dunnock x 1
  6. Great Tit x 1
  7. House Sparrow x 3
  8. Jackdaw x 4
  9. Magpie x 3
  10. Woodpigeon x 1
  11. Wren x 1 – it’s been ages since I’ve seen a wren, a real highlight to my day, it was bobbing about the crocuses that are on their way up and snow drops that are out (only 27 of the 100 I planted have shown.), absolutely beautiful sight!

by KiwiGav

Bird list from Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh 26th February 2015

February 26, 2015 in sightings

On the way home from physio managed a trip to Royal Edinburgh Botanic Gardens today, they have mobility scooters you can use to get around, a great help as I really wanted to check the alpine collection out. Only problem is you get so cold using the mobility scooters instead of walking as you’re just sitting. There were a few birds I managed to see, I found it harder to watch birds as I had to keep my eyes on the path more than when walking, so the list isn’t as big as previous RBGE visits. The highlight had to be the decent views of the Kingfisher:

  1. Blackbird x 3 at Botanics
  2. Blue Tit x 1
  3. Carrion crow x 30+ flying past at dusk
  4. House Sparrow x 4
  5. Kingfisher x 1 at Botanics
  6. Magpie x 1 – 4 at Botanics
  7. Mallard ducks x 7 at Botanics
  8. Moorhen x 4 at Botanics
  9. Robin x 2 – botanics
  10. Woodpigeon x 3

by KiwiGav

Sunny and warm for February in Edinburgh!

February 25, 2015 in sightings

Managed to be outside for a bit today, lovely and sunny then off to pain clinic for help with pain management. It was t-shirt weather.  Although I’ve been doing a lot of work of other website work late I’m going to be trying a few more voice software options over next few weeks to help me get back updating and working full time 😀

  1. Blackbird x 3
  2. Blue Tit x 3
  3. Dunnock x 2
  4. Feral Pigeon x 50+ on way home from pain clinic
  5. House Sparrow x 7
  6. Jackdaw x 3
  7. Magpie x 5
  8. Woodpigeon x 3

Marsh Harrier Bowers Marsh 22nd Feb

February 22, 2015 in sightings

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RSPB Bowers Marsh 22nd Feb

February 22, 2015 in sightings

This is a site  near where I live but have not been to before as it has only recently opened to the public – should be a spot that i get to again as the year goes on  as it has mixed habitats. Got a good list there today.

Dunnock – must have seen about 10 which is unusual, Robin, Chaffinch, Blackbird, Carrion Crow, Mute Swan, Greylag Goose, Blue Tit, Magpie, Rook, Ferrel Pigeon, Wood Pigeon, Shoveler, Wigeon, Shelduck, Little Egret, Mallard, Skylark on song flight, Coot, Tufted Duck, Black Headed Gull, Canada Goose, Pied Wagtail, Moorhen, Teal, Lapwing, Wren, Kestrel, Lesser Black Backed Gull, Herring Gull, Redshank, Reed Bunting, Starling, Oystercatcher, Marsh Harrier, Grey Heron, Meadow Pippit

A few images from Minsmere 18th Feb

February 19, 2015 in sightings










RSPB Minsmere 18th Feb

February 19, 2015 in sightings

areal good day out today with clear skies

Dunnock, Wood Pigeon, Chaffinch, Great Tit, Blue Tit, House Sparrow, Common Pheasant, Goldfinch, Greenfinch, Magpie, Wren, Starling, Shoveler, Wigeon, Shelduck, Little Egret, Robin, Pied Wagtail, Carrion Crow, Lapwing, Blackbird, Song Thrush, Mallard, Cormorant, Black Headed Gull, Black Tailed Godwit, Oystercatcher, Redshank, Dunlin, Ointail, Teal, Turnstone, MuteSwan,Kingfisher, Tufted Duck, Greylag Goose, Moorhen, Smew – 2 females – first time i have seen the female smew,, Gadwall,Herring Gull, Redwing, Goldcrest -only second time i have seen a Goldcrest , and last but not least Bittern

Blue House Farm 12th Feb

February 19, 2015 in sightings

An Essex Wildlife trust site

Blackbird, Rook, House Sparrow, Dunnock, Wood Pigeon, Starling, Blue Tit, Robin, Green Woodpecker, Moorhen, Carrion Crow, Mallard, Marsh Harrier, Coot, Lapwing, Snipe, Shoveler, Mute Swan, Wigeon, Gadwall, Greylag Goose, Teal, Canada Goose, Little Grebe, Pochard, Shelduck, Grey Heron, Magpie, Black Headed Gull, Stonechat, Wren, Curlew, Great Crested Grebe, Cormorant, Lesser Black Backed Gull, Black Tailed Godwit, Redshank, Dunlin, Common Sandpiper, Oystercatcher, Brent Goose, Great Tit, Long Tailed Tit


West Canvey Marshes 11th Feb

February 19, 2015 in sightings

Blue Tit, Magpie, Carrion Crow, Wigeon, Starling, Pochard, Herring Gull, Canada Goose, wood Pigeon, Chaffinch, Redshank, Mute Swan, Greylag Goose, Dunnock, Great Tit, Coot, Shelduck, Lapwing, Marsh Harrier, Stonechat, Blackbird, Mallard, Common Sandpiper, Curlew, Grey Heron, Ketsrel, Lesser Black Backed Gull