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Song Thrush, Goldcrest and Great Spotted Woodpecker

December 26, 2015 in sightings

Merry Christmas everyone!  I had 3 great birds in my garden today on top of all the other fantastic birds that usually grace the garden.  Christmas day has often been a great time for birds in my garden as all the roads are quiet around here and more birds venture into the garden.  Over the last 4 Christmases in this house it’s been getting better and better.  no Blackcaps, redwings or fieldfares this year, but the 3 listed are pretty good in my opinion!

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Wren and Song Thrush

December 24, 2015 in sightings

As I get ready to go in for another operation to end the year I’ve been trying to do a small amount of birdwatching when I can, I finally managed to add Wren and Song Thrush to my garden bird list this year.

The last few days we’ve had a wren around a fair bit and then today the Song Thrush showed up, very very happy with this bird being in the garden as it was drinking from the pond and moving around under plants that I’ve been trying to grow to encourage wildlife.  The pond has been a great success for wildlife and draining parts of the garden, very happy after the dramas of making the pond.  I also hope that the pond has helped prevent lower ground being flooded!

Greenfinches are also becoming a more common in my garden.  After 3 and a half years in this spot in Edinburgh from having a few woodpigeons and the very occasional blackbird we now have blue, coal and great tits every day, a roost of house sparrows which get up to 30 in the garden at one time and woodpeckers and greenfinches at least weekly.  We are also attracting predatory birds, I’ve seen a sparrowhawk and a kestrel in the last week.