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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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My first Water rail – videos from Inverleith Pond Edinburgh

February 5, 2015 in sightings

As I can no longer hold a heavy DSLR I’m trying out a lightweight video camera and currently I’m enjoying it.  First up a few birds I saw today, all but the common buzzard and fieldfare are firsts for the year as I’ve hardly left the house.  There were many other birds seen but these in the list were the new ones for the year and/or rarities for me:

  1. Common Buzzard x 2
  2. Coot
  3. Fieldfare
  4. Moorhen
  5. Mute Swan
  6. Oystercatchers x 7
  7. Pied wagtail
  8. Redshank x 2
  9. Redwing
  10. Song Thrush
  11. Water rail – first time ever!

The 4 videos I’ve currently uploaded, my favourite first – less sounds of my crutches and my dodgy zooms and pans.  Lot for me to learn and see if my dystonia spasms and shakes are ok with video work.

Water Rail preening 2 – Inverleith Pond – Edinburgh – 5th of February 2015. 

Water Rail – Inverleith Pond – Edinburgh – 5th of February 2015 – WBIST 

Water Rail – Inverleith Pond – Edinburgh – 5th of February 2015 – WBIST 

Water Rail preening – Inverleith Pond – Edinburgh – 5th of February 2015.
I do like the splashing about near the start of this video.

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Musselburgh and Aberlady, East Lothian, Scotland

October 6, 2014 in sightings

Managed a pretty good day out today seeing a fair few birds:

  1. Sparrowhawk
  2. Greylag geese
  3. Pink Footed Geese – first since being on the site.
  4. Canada Geese
  5. What looked to be a hybrid Canda Goose and White Fronted Goose – hopefully photos to come.
  6. Redshank
  7. Oystercatchers
  8. Lapwings
  9. Little Egret
  10. Little Grebe
  11. Grey Herons
  12. Wigeon – first since being on the site.
  13. Teal – first since being on the site.
  14. Snipe – first since being on the site.
  15. Rook
  16. Carrion Crow
  17. Robin
  18. Curlew
  19. Ruff – first since being on the site.
  20. Dunlin
  21. Black-headed Gull.

My hands have still been quite rubbish, but I have been getting a little bit done for the money pages on Saver Scene Australia – Comparing best savings accounts and in the UK as Vegan month comes up in November I’m helping my wife a vegan get a new website organised called Vegans.UK which will have vegan restaurant reviews, as well as restaurants that cater for vegans but aren’t actually vegan, things like Toby Carvery and the Wetherspoon pubs are often great haunts if in an area where you’re unsure of restaurant choice for vegans. The restaurant reviews will be listed here Restaurants that cater for vegans and there’ll also be a social area with Vegan Forums and Vegan Social Network,this keeps me very busy when my hands are able to do it.  Hopefully be all ready for November 1st with loads of updates through Vegan Month.

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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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The finches are back! Greenfinch and Bullfinch.

April 3, 2014 in sightings

Although my hands are a bit too sore to be picking up a camera, bins and sadly if I’m at my computer I have to do work on ISA updates as there’s loads of changes: http://www.saverscene.co.uk/isa/ – due to the end of financial year.  I have been keeping an eye on the garden and the amount of nesting that’s happening looks promising, hopefully the last of the cold weather is over.

The last 2 or 3 days I’ve started to notice Greenfinches and Bullfinches which is always exciting for me!

I navigated my wife out to Falkirk today as she had to pick up tickets to Adam Ant, of course I used it as a chance to spot  a few motorway birds, sadly I spotted a dead common buzzard on the side of the road.  there were thankfully a few alive birds including Oystercatchers, Crows, Jackdaws and Pheasants.

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Car trip to North Berwick.

March 22, 2014 in sightings

I had to go out to North Berewick for a work meeting today and on the car trip out there I managed to see:

  1. Common Buzzard  x 2
  2. Curlew x 3
  3. Oystercatcher x 1
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Short walk in Corstorphine Edinburgh adds a few extra birds.

November 18, 2013 in sightings

Managed to get out for a walk today, but been very hectic with click frenzy preparation, so many sales so little time, I hope it’s worth it for all my aussie mates to get a great bargain!  If there ever is any deal you want and can’t find it do feel free to ask in the Help find a deal forum: http://www.saverscene.com.au/help-find-deal/ – currently Australia only.

Now onto the birds, the ones with w next to them are birds I saw on the walk, rest are from the garden:

  1. Blackbird x 1 w
  2. Blue Tit x 1
  3. Carrion crow x 2 w
  4. Dunnock x 1
  5. House Sparrow x 20+
  6. Jackdaw x 2 w
  7. Magpie x 2 w
  8. Oystercatcher x 5 w
  9. Pied Wagtail x 1 w
  10. Woodpigeon x 2
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A good day in the garden today with the first Wren in 5 months, September 8th 2013.

September 8, 2013 in sightings

After seeing a Robin yesterday there was one in my garden or singing from the neighbours all day today, it sounded amazing.  Today also saw the first wren I’ve seen in the garden since March 27th this year, and an oyster catcher fly over head, fantastic day for birds!

  1. Blackbird x 1
  2. Coal Tit x 1
  3. Common Buzzard x heard only
  4. Dunnock x 4
  5. Great Tit x 1
  6. House Sparrow x 6
  7. Jackdaw x 2
  8. Magpie x 1
  9. Oyster Catcher x 1 – flying over and could make it out clearly.
  10. Woodpigeon x 3
  11. Wren x 1

there was also a flock of roughly 30 geese flying that were going South, then turned towards the east, however not sure what type they were.

For those from Australia that may know to check here for info when my other sites aren’t showing, Saver Scene Australia: http://www.saverscene.com.au/ is currently offline due to technical issues moving the server to an Australian company.

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Bird list for July 26th until August 1st

August 1, 2013 in sightings

I didn’t have my laptop and these are the birds I saw over the time without laptop, I did take this note as it was very amazing:

A flock of mixed tits came through on Saturday the 27th, there were maybe 30 birds of long-tailed tits, blue tits and great tits, I didn’t notice any coal tits amongst the group, but was amazing to see and hear.

All the different birds I’ve seen for the last few days:

  1. Blackbird
  2. Blue Tit
  3. Carrion crow
  4. Coal Tit
  5. Dunnock
  6. Feral Pigeon
  7. Great Tit
  8. Greenfinch
  9. House Sparrow
  10. Jackdaw
  11. Long-tailed tit
  12. Magpie
  13. Oystercatcher – Linlithgow
  14. Pied Wagtail
  15. Robin
  16. Starlings
  17. Swifts
  18. Swallows
  19. Woodpigeon