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2017 Edinburgh Garden Bird List

January 1, 2017 in sightings

Like 2016 I sadly won’t be getting to do a lot of walking and birding away from my house, as I’m stuck at home most days I’ve been increasing the amount of wildlife friendly plants (I’d do this anyway even if I wasn’t housebound) in the garden and hoping that over time this will attract and help more birds.

I had a good garden bird list for 2016 – 2016 Edinburgh Garden Bird List –  with the addition of the first Redstart I’ve ever seen, great to have a lifer in my garden! All up for 2016 there were 40 bird species I managed to identify.  There were geese that flew over that I didn’t manage to ID and a few warblers in the garden very briefly that I also couldn’t ID, I will be training up on warblers to see if I can get them for 2017.

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.  I am a member of the RSPB and SOC as they do great work for UK and World birds.

2017 Garden Bird List, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK:

  1. Blackbird – Jan 1st
  2. Black-headed gull – Jan 1st
  3. Blue Tit – Jan 1st
  4. Bullfinch – Jan 4th
  5. Carrion Crow – Jan 1st
  6. Chaffinch – July 25th
  7. Chiffchaff – August 13th
  8. Coal Tit – Jan 1st
  9. Collared Dove – Jan 13th
  10. Common Buzzard – Feb 19th
  11. Dunnock – Jan 1st
  12. Goldcrest – Jan 7th
  13. Goldfinch – February 19th
  14. Great Tit – Jan 1st
  15. Greenfinch – Jan 1st
  16. Grey Heron – April 13th – FO
  17. House Sparrow – Jan 1st
  18. Jackdaw – Jan 3rd
  19. Kestrel – May 31st – FO – think this is the first I’ve seen over my garden.
  20. Long-tailed tit – October 14th
  21. Magpie – Jan 2nd
  22. Oystercatcher – July 13th – FO
  23. Redwing – Jan 30th
  24. Robin – Jan 1st
  25. Rook – March 23rd
  26. Siskin – April 28th
  27. Song Thrush – Jan 4th
  28. Sparrowhawk – Jan 7th
  29. Starling – Jan 1st
  30. Stock Dove – Jan 5th
  31. Swift – June 18th – 3 days later than last year, I haven’t seen a single swallow this year.
  32. Woodpigeon – Jan 1st
  33. Wren – Jan 24th

12 Species as of January 1st 2017.
13 Species as of January 2nd 2017.
14 Species as of January 3rd 2017.
16 Species as of January 4th 2017.
17 Species as of January 5th 2017.
19 Species as of January 7th 2017.
20 Species as of January 13th 2017.
21 Species as of January 24th 2017.
22 Species as of January 30th 2017.
24 Species as of February 19th 2017.
25 Species as of March 23rd 2017.
26 Species as of April 13th 2017.
27 Species as of April 28th 2017.
28 Species as of May 31st 2017.
29 Species as of June 18th 2017.
30 Species as of July 13th 2017.
31 Species as of July 25th 2017.
32 Species as of August 13th 2017.
33 Species as of October 14th 2017.

RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch 30th of January 2017:

This year a few of the sparrows showed up, unlike in 2016: 2016 bird list and RSPB Big garden bird watch but of course more showed up just after I finished my hour.  The highlight was the Redwing and the 17 Magpies.  First Redwing of the year.

  1. Blackbird x 4
  2. Blue Tit x 2
  3. Dunnock x 3
  4. Great Tit x 2
  5. Greenfinch x 1
  6. House Sparrow x 3
  7. Magpie x 17
  8. Redwing x 1
  9. Robin x 2
  10. Woodpigeon x 2

Frost on the ground, count done between 10.20am and 11.20am.

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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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Not a bad list of garden birds for a very short viewing time.

August 29, 2014 in sightings

sorry everyone for not getting a list up yesterday; I was too sore due to all the work on the pond and the garden of late, I didn’t get outside to see birds. Very frustrating!  Today had a brief time outside and managed to time it just as a mixed flock of tits came through the back garden, a great site:

  1. Blue Tit x 2
  2. Coal Tit x 1
  3. Dunnock x 1
  4. Great Tit x 2
  5. House Sparrow x 15+
  6. Jackdaw x 2
  7. Long-tailed tit x 10
  8. Magpie x 1
  9. Oystercatcher x 2 -fly overs – calling out.
  10. Woodpigeon x 1
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A few birds from the Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh.

August 26, 2014 in sightings

A fairly decent list of birds today, I decided to go to the Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh as I needed a bit of a break from everything due to pain.  Sadly didn’t see a lot of birds and needed to sit a lot, but still a very nice day to be in the gardens!   The highlight were 2 blackcaps and being able to point them out to my mum.   Iv’e been looking at studying horticulture and botany as these have been a big part of my life for many years, and with the injuries I figure now’s the time to get a few formal accreditations under my belt and hopefully be able to work in the field professionally, so checked out the up coming courses and hope to start a short course in April 2015.  Although I enjoy helping people save money by running Saver Scene Australia & Saver Scene best saving accounts not currently living in Australia makes it hard to find all the voucher codes, discount coupons and bargains is often very hard, as is the work with my hands.  Which I hope will be fixed in the future!

Now onto the list, the birds seen at Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh are listed with RBGE – strangely first time I’ve been there and not seen a moorhen.

  1. Blackcap x 2 – RBGE
  2. Blue Tit x 3
  3. Coal Tit x 1
  4. Dunnock x 3
  5. Feral Pigeon x 2 – RBGE
  6. Great Tit x 2
  7. Long-tailed tit x 3
  8. Magpie x 1 – at RBGE and 1 @ home garden
  9. Robin x 1 – RBGE
  10. Woodpigeon x 2
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Some nice views of birds, the pond finally finished!

August 25, 2014 in sightings

My mum also a keen gardener has been helping out with my garden and clearing a lot of the problem grasses that have taken over the borders and embedded themselves amongst the roses and other plants, it’s tough work in the clay that our garden earth consists of making it very hard for someone with bad carpal tunnel to deal with.  She’s done a lot of it and since then I notice the dunnocks more and the robin has been going about the looser soil, it’s a very nice little bird!

The Pond:
Today was a big day, we finally got to concrete the pond after the debacle with the pond liner from http://www.pondkeeper.co.uk/ and how badly it leaked, even though we took great care when handling etc, I was not impressed.  7 bags of cement and about 400Kg of sand later and we now have a decent looking pond, not as cheap and nasty as I thought it may look being concrete and why I went for the liner in the first place.  The pond will look even better after I get a chance to plant it up with bog plants and surround the tops with rocks and logs it should all look great and offer great hiding for the wildlife.

  1. Blue Tit x 2
  2. Carrion crow x 3
  3. Dunnock x 3
  4. House Sparrow x 15+
  5. Long-tailed tit x 3
  6. Magpie x 1
  7. Robin x 1 – Juvenile
  8. Woodpigeon x 2
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A few garden birds and a small frog.

August 24, 2014 in sightings

Not a great list of birds today, but I did see a frog in the garden, the pond isn’t completed yet hopefully tomorrow as the mess with the pond liner has put us back a few weeks, now finally ready to concrete it.  Cement is not as environmentally friendly and sadly concrete ponds as wildlife ponds are not as nice looking as using a pond liner, however after trying the liner and finding it leaked I don’t really want to go through all that mess again, I still want a pond to help the wildlife around my garden which sadly means it has to be a concrete one.

  1. Blue Tit x 3
  2. Carrion crow x 1
  3. Dunnock x 2
  4. House Sparrow x 10+
  5. Long-tailed tit x 3
  6. Woodpigeon x 2

I was reading some good news in The Economist – page 54 August 23rd -29th 2014 – about the re-growth of tropical forests, I’ve not had a chance to read the entire article but it sounds promising as a wildlife lover and someone that cares for the world I hope it’s true!

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A mixed flock came through the garden plus a rook.

August 23, 2014 in sightings

was up early due to pain and not being able to sleep, but I was very glad that I was!  A decent sized mixed flock of tits came through the garden, decent for my garden at least.  The very first bird of the day was a rook perched high on the telephone pole at the back of my garden.  It seems to be it’s favourite place, after that I was sitting reading White Beach Rain Forest as previously mentioned by Germaine Greer and occasionally staring out my front window when the plum tree came alive with 7 long-tailed tits and more to follow in the hedge trees between my house and the neighbours.  A count of 17 blue tits is I think the most I’ve ever seen in the garden at once.  Why can’t I get a good count like that for the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch?

  1. Blue Tit x 17
  2. Carrion crow x 1
  3. Coal Tit x 1 – not in the flock.
  4. Dunnock x 2
  5. Great Tit x 2
  6. House Sparrow x 3
  7. Jackdaw x 1 – on the slopes up to Edinburgh castle.
  8. Long-tailed tit x 7
  9. Magpie x 1
  10. Rook x 1
  11. Woodpigeon x 2

I was out the rest of the day for a friend stag do, meaning did get the Jackdaw to add to the list all others were in my garden.  Before the stag do I managed to get to this talk at the Edinburgh Book Festival:

Patrick Barkham & Laurie Campbell
Sat 23 Aug 11:00am – 12:00pm
Royal Bank of Scotland Garden Theatre

Dangerous or Endangered?

The badger and the otter: crucial to a diverse British fauna, or jointly responsible for the spread of bovine TB? Patrick Barkham, author of Badgerlands, and Laurie Campbell, whose photos feature in Otters: Return to the River, are firmly on the side of the animals. In their books they reveal and celebrate the magnificent contribution made by badgers and otters to our countryside.

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Juvenile Robin in the garden, young birds still about!

August 22, 2014 in sightings

Had a few nice birds in the garden, a juvenile robin may have been the highlight as Robins are not birds I get often in the garden – the sightings of robins. I do have 2 open nest boxes up, actually at the moment it’s 1 open nest box up the other was knocked down by neighbour whilst he was cutting his hedge and fell through the hedge, thankfully nothing was in the nest box at the time and I’ll try moving it to another location as nothing used it.  There’s still young birds about and my hedges are looking very messy but I know there’s birds in them so I want to keep from tidying up until I’m sure the birds have all fledged.

  1. Blue Tit x 2
  2. Carrion crow x 2
  3. Long-tailed tit x 3 – the other highlight of the day.
  4. Magpie x 1
  5. Robin x 1 – juvenile
  6. Woodpigeon x 2
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Day of the tits, racing pigeons, raspberries and pond liners.

August 19, 2014 in sightings

It really was a day of the tits today, had great tit, blue tits and long-tailed tits.

Also after all the mess with the pond liner (see this post pond liner leaks) I managed to get a refund on the liner that was more like a sieve than a waterproof membrane, sadly pondkeeper – http://www.pondkeeper.co.uk/ – would only give me a refund on the faulty liner and not the Pond Fleece Underlay; I’m not sure what I’m going to do now as I’m out about £60 and can’t afford a different pond liner, but thinking may have to either fill the hole or possibly even create concrete walls, but that doesn’t look as nice.

Garden bird list for the day. There were also a few flocks of racing pigeons going over head.

  1. Blue Tit x 6
  2. Dunnock x 2 – noticed I had raspberries as they were eating them, when clearing my gardden had moved the plants to a pot as I thought they may be raspberries but wasn’t sure.
  3. Great Tit x 1
  4. House Sparrow x 20+
  5. Jackdaw x 2
  6. Long-tailed tit x 2
  7. Woodpigeon x 4
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Great sunny day and then a thunder storm!

May 14, 2014 in sightings

First time I’ve seen a long-tailed tit in a while and strangely it was just one flying along from tree to tree, sadly they don’t stop long in my garden as we don’t have many trees, a couple of apples, I’m on to it with 2 small rowans been planted and a wildlife friendly hedge plus a few more.  Great sunny day turned to giant thunder storms in the afternoon, birds seen:

  1. Blackbird x 2
  2. Blue Tit x 1
  3. Carrion crow x 2
  4. Dunnock x 4
  5. House Sparrow x 3
  6. Jackdaw x 2
  7. Long-tailed tit x 1
  8. Magpie x 1
  9. Woodpigeon x 4