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by KiwiGav

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.

by KiwiGav

Good day for birds, calm and no rain.

January 4, 2014 in sightings

The woodpecker was back as were 2 fieldfare!  Great to see!  Strangely not a single tit:

  1. Blackbird x 4
  2. Carrion Crow x 2 – chasing the sparrowhawk – drive west Edinburgh.
  3. Dunnock x 1
  4. Fieldfare x 2
  5. Greater Spotted Woodpecker x 1
  6. Greenfinch x 2
  7. House Sparrow x 5
  8. Jackdaw x 4
  9. Magpie x 1
  10. Pied Wagtail x 1 – drive west Edinburgh
  11. Robin x 1
  12. Sparrowhawk x 1 – drive west Edinburgh
  13. Woodpigeon x 2

by KiwiGav

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: – 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

by KiwiGav

Trip to Tesco adds two species I don’t normally get.

November 13, 2013 in sightings

A trip to Tesco proved successful to add two new birds to my list for today that I don’t normally get, the Pied Wagtail and Feral Pigeons:

  1. Blue Tit x 1
  2. Dunnock x  1
  3. Feral Pigeons – Flock of 30+ at Corstorphine Tesco
  4. Greenfinch x 1
  5. House Sparrow x 20+
  6. Pied Wagtail x 1 Tesco
  7. Starlings – heard only

by KiwiGav

2 new birds for the year thanks to a walk at Cramond West Edinburgh.

October 30, 2013 in sightings

I managed to get out for a walk at Cramond west Edinburgh, took a heap of pain killers as I needed to get out and got to see a few good birds, however no bird count from my garden today:

Walk at Cramond:

  1. Blackbird
  2. Carrion Crow
  3. Starling
  4. Pied Wagtail
  5. Cormorant
  6. Ringed Plover*
  7. Dunlin*
  8. Woodpigeon
  9. Magpie

* new for this year.

by KiwiGav

Walk along the water of Leith in Edinburgh shows a Kingfisher & Grey Heron

October 5, 2013 in sightings

I’m so proud of myself and excited for the future; today I walked about 4 miles and my ankle tendons didn’t pop out of place once, I am so happy, as long as I take tomorrow easy I hope this is me finally on the mend after 5 years and up to 12 hours of physio per day.   It may finally mean a chance to get out and see more birds around Britain.  The walk was from Dean Gallery Edinburgh back to my place in Corstorphine Edinburgh, my wife dog and I walked along the Water of Leith until Roseburn then along St Johns Rd up through Corstorphine Hill behind the Zoo and then home.

The exciting thing was we got to see a Kingfisher on the water of Leith it posed on a branch for a while, it was a bit far off to get a great view, but it was my wife’s first kingfisher ever, very very exciting!  There was also a heron, still and posed and not caring about the many people and dogs that walked by, absolutely fantastic!

Ended up with not a bad list for the day:

  1. Blue Tit – seen
  2. Carrion crow – seen
  3. Dunnock – seen
  4. Grey Heron x 1
  5. House Sparrow -seen
  6. Jackdaw – Seen
  7. Kingfisher – Seen -first of the year
  8. Mallard Duck – seen
  9. Moorhen – Seen
  10. Pied Wagtail – Seen
  11. Robin – heard

by KiwiGav

Garden bird list for 15th of August, and trip to Livingston.

August 15, 2013 in sightings

Back to the hospital out at Livingston for physio and got to see a pied wagtail, a very common sight in the parks and car parks around here, sadly only few birds in the garden again, not sure what’s happened!  Also had a warbler of some sort in the garden, but couldn’t tell which type pretty sure either a Chiffchaff or Willow warbler, I won’t list it because I can’t ID it 100%.  Here’s my garden list, another very sad one:

  1. Blue Tit x heard only
  2. Carrion crow x 2
  3. Dunnock x 1
  4. Magpie x heard only
  5. Starlings x 1
  6. Swallows x 25+

On way back from Physio

  1. Dunnock x 1
  2. Pied Wagtail x 1


by KiwiGav

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

by KiwiGav

Road trip from Edinburgh to Livingston, and a few garden birds

July 24, 2013 in sightings

Hi all, had to go to the hospital again today, more physio, it does mean getting out of the house and getting to see a few extra birds, in other news I won’t be updating for a few days and new memberships will be turned off as my computer broke and I have to get it fixed and supposedly it takes 5 working days!

Here’s the bird list, includes a mix of garden birds and trips from Edinburgh to Livingston St John’s hospital and back:

  1. Blackbird x 1
  2. Blue Tit x 1 – G
  3. Carrion crow x 3
  4. Common Buzzard x 2 flying high over the roads out near Livingston
  5. Dunnock x 2 – G
  6. House Sparrow x 1
  7. Jackdaw x 3 -G
  8. Magpie x A few on sides of the road
  9. Pied Wagtail x 1
  10. Swallows x a few while being driven out to Livingston.
  11. Woodpigeon x 3 G – as well as many out and about on the trip.

G is for the ones that were in the garden

by KiwiGav

Bird list from Germany near Heidelberg on the river Neckar.

July 20, 2013 in sightings

The list from Germany for Monday 15th to 17th of July, sadly I didn’t have a great amount of time to go looking for birds, I did manage to take a trip down the Neckar for an afternoon and got to see a few birds from the boat, I was impressed by the amount of swifts and swallows there.

not in alphabetical order sorry, also sightings only not numbers:

  1. Mute Swan
  2. Egyptian Geese
  3. Swifts
  4. Swallows
  5. Common Buzzard
  6. Mallard Ducks
  7. Magpies
  8. House Sparrows
  9. Feral Pigeons
  10. Carrion Crow
  11. Black-headed Gull
  12. Shag
  13. Cormorant
  14. Chaffinch
  15. Pied Wagtail
  16. Greylag Geese
  17. Blackbird
  18. Jay*

new for the year.