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2016 Garden Bird List

January 18, 2016 in sightings

I was in for an operation on 30th of December 2015 and I probably won’t get to leave my house much again during 2016 (except doctor appointments).  My generalised dystonia is getting worse and causing many more injuries.  This year I figure I’ll just have a garden bird list, birds in the garden & above and only update this one post.

To attract birds to my garden, as well as gardening for wildlife when I can, I use RSPB food and feeders, find great products at their website, also great for gifts for nature lovers.

2016 Garden Bird List, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK:

  1. Blackbird
  2. Blackcap
  3. Black-headed gull – first 100% ID February 18th – was mobbing a sparrowhawk.
  4. Blue Tit
  5. Bullfinch
  6. Carrion crow
  7. Chaffinch – first sighting 28th of January – haven’t seen one in the garden since 2014.
  8. Chiffchaff – 14th of August 2016.
  9. Coal Tit
  10. Collared Dove
  11. Common Buzzard – FO March 7th.
  12. Cormorant – FO June 19th.
  13. Dunnock
  14. Feral Pigeon
  15. Fieldfare
  16. Goldcrest
  17. Goldfinch
  18. Great Tit
  19. Great Spotted Woodpecker
  20. Greenfinch
  21. Grey Heron – Flying over February 19th.
  22. Herring Gull – managed ID April 29th, landed to get the food waste bin opened by council workers.
  23. House Sparrow
  24. Jackdaw
  25. Lesser black-backed gull – managed ID April 29th, landed to get the food waste bin opened by council workers.
  26. Long-tailed Tits
  27. Magpie
  28. Oystercatcher – FO February 23rd.
  29. Redstart – 1 male – first I’ve ever seen – April 20th.
  30. Redwing – 24th of December – what a great bird for Christmas Eve!
  31. Robin
  32. Rook – April 30th.
  33. Siskin – 2 females on feeders, first time I’ve seen them in the garden for 3 years, March 21st.
  34. Song Thrush
  35. Sparrowhawk
  36. Starling
  37. Swallow – FO – 15th of May.
  38. Swift – FO – 15th of June.
  39. Woodpigeon
  40. Wren

22 (2 little ducks) bird species by the 18th of January.
23 birds as 28/01/16
24 birds as 30/01/16
26 birds as 08/02/16
27 birds as 18/02/16
28 birds as 19/02/16
29 birds as 23/02/16 – there have also been flocks of geese flying over at night and during the day, very high, not sure what type.
30 birds as 07/03/16
31 birds as 21/03/16
32 birds as 20/04/16
34 birds as 29/04/16
35 birds as 30/04/16
36 birds as 15/05/16
37 birds as 15/06/16
38 birds as 19/06/16
39 birds as 14/08/16
40 birds as 24/12/16

RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch 30th of January 2016:

  1. Blackbird x 9
  2. Blue Tit x 3
  3. Bullfinch x 1
  4. Carrion crow x 1
  5. Coal Tit x 2
  6. Dunnock x 1
  7. Greenfinch x 6
  8. Robin x 1
  9. Song Thrush x 1
  10. Sparrowhawk x1
  11. Woodpigeon x 1

Snow on the ground and occasional showers of snow.  10.20am until 11.20am.

Odd that the usual flock of house sparrows wasn’t to be seen, there’s normally up to 30 most days, any time of day.
The Sparrowhawk was after the song thrush!

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Trip right around Edinburgh.

May 12, 2014 in sightings

Was out towards Leith in Edinburgh then south along the bypass and these are the birds I managed to see, mostly from the car:

  1. Blackbird x 1
  2. Blue Tit x 1
  3. Carrion crow x 1
  4. Common Buzzard x 1 – south Edinburgh bypass
  5. Common Eider x 2 – 1m, 1f. Leith
  6. Dunnock x 3
  7. Feral Pigeon x many
  8. House Sparrow x 3
  9. Jackdaw x 2
  10. Lesser Black Backed Gull x 2
  11. Magpie x 1
  12. Woodpigeon x 4
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Garden bird list for June 14th 2013.

June 14, 2013 in sightings

I noticed a link on here the other day to: http://www.windowalert.com/ and I wondered if anyone’s tried them?  They’re meant to be better for birds to see.  I’ve found one dead robin next to my greenhouse and have started putting stickers from charities I support, RSPB, BTO, Butterfly Conservation and others on the windows to try to stop birds hitting them, so far I’ve seen nothing, but wanted to know more about the UV ones.

I’m pretty sure the blue tits have fledged and I hope for good things for them:

  1. Blackbird x 2
  2. Blue Tit x heard only, also seems to be young chirping from a hawthorn tree in neighbours garden, hope it’s the ones from the box.
  3. Carrion crow x 1
  4. Coal Tit x 1 once again catching food mid flight. Fantastic to watch.
  5. Dunnock x 2
  6. Lesser Black-backed Gull x 1
  7. Magpie x 1 – the one without the tail, magpie also about this morning while trying to sleep and the blackbirds were going crazy!
  8. Woodpigeon x 1
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Isle of May photography trip, Firth of Forth just east of Edinburgh.

May 29, 2013 in sightings

My parents are over from Australia and I wanted them to see a part of Scotland that not so many tourists do and I know they’re a fan of Coast and are enjoying the episodes of Springwatch they’ve seen so far, as I wanted them to see the Bass Rock section on the episode of the 28th of May. Although there are boats of 150+ people that turn up on the Isle of May, we went with a group of only 12 for about 3 to 4 hours.  Sadly the water was so choppy getting out there our boat had to go slow and we got less time on the island.  It was still great though and wow what a great island just near Edinburgh.  Tonight I’m listing the birds I remember and know for sure, I need to check a few photos for record shots to see exactly what others were, as not sure if I saw Greater Black Backed-Gull, definitely saw Lesser and Herring but unsure of the Greater…  I’m also unsure if I saw a Meadow pipit or a Rock Pipit, either or would be a great new one for the year list

  1. Common Eider – with chicks.
  2. Common Gull*
  3. Common Tern
  4. Cormorant
  5. Fulmar*
  6. Feral Pigeon
  7. Gannet*
  8. Greater Black Backed-Gull* – update, it was indeed, checked photo and legs were correct, first for year and first I can 100% say I’ve ever seen!
  9. Guillemot*
  10. Herring Gull
  11. House sparrow
  12. Jackdaw
  13. Kittiwake*
  14. Lesser Black Backed-Gull
  15. Magpie
  16. Oystercatcher
  17. Pied Wagtail
  18. Puffin*
  19. Razorbill*
  20. Rock Pipit*
  21. Shag*
  22. Swallow
  23. Swift
  24. Wood Pigeon

* new for 2013

Will update if I remember more and with photos, it’s great to be getting back into photography even slowly, hopefully a few shots I can sell, birds aren’t normally what I photograph commercially as I’m a landscape photographer and that’s my first photography passion and want to get back to it!  However often birds are now more accessible for me than landscapes and I love watching birds, so I am going to be pushing more into birds professionally, if I’m good enough.  For now though, ice pack pain killers and catching up on Australian finance updates – www.saverscene.com.au/finance/  and get all the top interest rates, credit cards and free bank accounts sorted.  Then I may have a quick glance over my photos and bed!  Hope everyone had a great birding day!

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The Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh, The Royal Yacht Britannia bird lists.

May 9, 2013 in sightings

Once again I took off to watch birds instead of working on my websites, I’ll be posting over on www.saverscene.com.au late into the night the freebies section www.saverscene.com.au/freebies-no-spend-required/ has become very popular over the last few days.

The Marsh/Willow Tit:

Okay after talking to a few people that know a lot more about birds than me, it’s 99% probable I didn’t see a marsh or willow tit.  Although I still think it looked a lot like it I take their word on this matter and am always happy to admit when I’m wrong, it was in poor light at a distance and after spending a few hours near the area I saw Great Tits, Coal Tits and Blackcaps so I’ll put it down to poor IDing on my behalf.

My bird lists for the day: 

In my garden while I was home today:

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

The Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh

I went back to see if I had

  1. Blackbird – Watched as one filled it’s beak with worms, didn’t see where it flew off to, but did notice it worked it’s way back towards the location of it’s nest, with the collection getting ever bigger and even placing them on the ground occasionally.  Photos below.
  2. Blackcap – look to be breeding
  3. Blue Tit – first birds I saw when arriving and they were mating
  4. Bullfinch – Male bathing, great to watch, got very bad photos in the gloom.
  5. Carrion crow – attacking a magpie
  6. Chaffinch
  7. Chiffchaff – heard only
  8. Coal Tit
  9. Dunnock
  10. Feral Pigeon, one of these landed on my hand as I was watching the nesting hole of the Woodpecker. Gave me a bit of a surprise as I was looking through the camera at the time!
  11. Great Tit
  12. Greater Spotted Woodpecker
  13. Greenfinch
  14. Lesser Black-backed Gull
  15. Magpie
  16. Mallard Duck
  17. Moorhen
  18. Robin – these guys keep popping up next to me
  19. Siskin
  20. Song Thrush
  21. Swallow – first of the year for me.
  22. Treecreaper
  23. Wood Warbler – a first for me, I got to see and hear it, of course it flew away the second my camera started focusing! I had to check the RSPB calls page and then check here: Willow, Wood Warbler and ChiffChaff to make sure I listed the correct warbler.  I paid a lot of attention to the call as I knew this was the way to tell them apart.

Birds from Royal Yacht Britannia that haven’t been listed previously today:

  1. Common Eider – new for the year
  2. Cormorant – new for the year

On the way home

  1. Starlings

Total of 26 different species of birds.

A few photos from today:

Male Blackcap Female Blackcap Black Bird and worms Black Bird and worms Black Bird and worms

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Birds around Edinburgh mainly from buses and in Edinburgh city gardens.

May 1, 2013 in sightings

I was out today, didn’t get to really count the birds, but I did take a list of the birds I saw today:

  1. Blackbird
  2. Blue Tit
  3. Carrion crow
  4. Chaffinch
  5. Dunnock
  6. Lesser black-backed gull
  7. Magpie
  8. Woodpigeon

I had to spend the day sitting in Edinburgh council buildings trying to get a reduction on my council tax due to low earnings, due to a mix of injuries including tearing my ankle tendon on road work in Edinburgh being carried out by Edinburgh council!  However the council made a mistake due to the fact they forgot to send a piece of paper work out to me and then cancelled the application forcing me to try and get another one in.

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RSPB Scottishbirdfair & The Scotsman 2 for 1 tickets, my bird list

April 26, 2013 in sightings

I’ve added the information about the RSPB Scottishbirdfair & The Scotsman 2 for 1 tickets below my garden bird list, I hope many of you can make it!

Wow, what a crazy day weather wise, rain, sun, hail, sun, rain, sleet, hail and it’s still lying at 23.00!  I’ve just been outside burning garden waste for more carbon and I couldn’t believe how much was still on the ground!  The weather brought out a few extra birds on the feeders, here’s my garden list:

  1. Blackbird x 1 first time I’ve seen one in a few days.
  2. Blue Tit x 1
  3. Carrion crow x 1
  4. Coal Tit x 1
  5. Dunnock x 3
  6. Lesser black-backed gull x 1
  7. Long-tailed tit x 2
  8. Magpie x 1
  9. Robin x 1 first time in a while!
  10. Woodpigeon x 2

I hope to have a camera setup soon so people can watch my feeders, and I can see them when out and about too, I hope to grab one from  Fly On the Wall Wildlife Cameras you can find a voucher code for a discount on Fly on the Wall Wildlife cameras here:
Very small bird list, voucher code for Fly On The Wall wildlife cameras!

RSPB Scottishbirdfair & The Scotsman – 2 for 1 ticket offer

Get your copy of The Scotsman and Scotland on Sunday this weekend and enjoy an exclusive 2 for 1 ticket offer – treat yourself to a fun filled weekend! Simply insert the code on the ticket page at www.scottishbirdfair.org.uk, or cut out the voucher and bring it to the show.

Tickets

Adult £12 (concessions / RSPB members £10). 2-day ticket £20 (concessions / RSPB members £18) Children under 16 go free.

Opening times

Saturday 9.30am-5.30pm (food, bar & entertainment until 9pm). Sunday 9.30am-5.30pm (seabird cruise & BBQ 6pm-9pm).

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Dunnocks showing mating behaviour, my garden bird list.

February 7, 2013 in sightings

Yesterday I’d forgotten to add a Robin to my list, it wasn’t in my garden and i hadn’t written it down when I saw it, so edited the post and all up to date now.  Today all seen in the garden or flying over, first time there’s been a great tit for a while and the dunnocks are displaying a lot of mating behaviour.  Here’s the list of birds I saw today:

  1. Blackbird x 3
  2. Blue Tit x 1
  3. Coal Tit x 1
  4. Dunnock x 3
  5. Great Tit x 1
  6. House Sparrow x 7
  7. Lesser black-backed gull x 3 fly overs – a new one for this year, although probably seen them at a distance they’d never been close enough to ID.
  8. Magpie x 1 – heard only
  9. Woodpigeon x 3