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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. Magpie – Jan 2nd
  21. Oystercatcher – July 13th – FO
  22. Redwing – Jan 30th
  23. Robin – Jan 1st
  24. Rook – March 23rd
  25. Siskin – April 28th
  26. Song Thrush – Jan 4th
  27. Sparrowhawk – Jan 7th
  28. Starling – Jan 1st
  29. Stock Dove – Jan 5th
  30. Swift – June 18th – 3 days later than last year, I haven’t seen a single swallow this year.
  31. Woodpigeon – Jan 1st
  32. 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.

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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First Goldfinch in the garden for 2015!

May 9, 2015 in sightings

Sorry it’s been so long, my dystonia has been really bad of late, often can’t even hold a tooth brush and having problems with knives and forks – I could never eat soup, well not in public – making it hard to type, but I really wanted to add a few birds that have shown up of late.

Goldfinch – 1 today 9th of May 2015.
Bullfinches – male and female – turning up most days in the evening, wondering if they’re nesting in a hedge in the front garden.
Crows – very regular of late.
Starlings – getting up to 10 a few times a day.
Jackdaws – 2 to 4 most days.

Blue Tits – I know these are always regular, but I’m not sure if they’ve had a brood or not, the nest box they were using is no longer getting used and I’ve seen a pair, not sure if it’s the same pair or another pair moved into a different nest box in the garden.  I wonder if it may have been because the neighbours cut one of the trees down next to the fence about 2 weeks ago, the tree used to cast a shadow across the nest box during the afternoon sun, now it’s not as protected.  I’m hoping they already fledged and there’s young out there, but will check the nest box around September to see what’s left.

Not Birds – Newts, getting decent views of 2 newts of late in the pond – the pond has also been very popular with sparrows, starlings and wood pigeons, the wood pigeons leave quite the white chalky cover over the pond after they’ve had a bath.  Been glad of a bit of rain of late as the 3 or 4 weeks of sun through April and early May had evaporated about half the level of the water!

That’s my hands for now, hopefully new type of parkinson’s medicine that I start at the end of May might help my hands stop their shakes and spasms and I can go back to get another round of carpal tunnel surgery.

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A quiet day for birds in very rainy weather.

March 12, 2015 in sightings

A quiet day in the garden when I was out there today, a few birds on the wat too and from physio:

  1. Blackbird x 1
  2. Dunnock x 1
  3. Feral Pigeon x 6 – on a roof on the way to physio
  4. Great Tit x 1 – singing loudly
  5. House Sparrow x 5+ more in the hedge
  6. Jackdaw x 2
  7. Magpie x 1
  8. Starlings x 4 – at dusk trying to form a murmuration
  9. Woodpigeon x 2 – near the woods on way home from physio
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Sun and Snow in Edinburgh today.

March 2, 2015 in sightings

Sun and snow today in Edinburgh, one minute you could sit out in a t-shirt the next it was freezing.  bird list:

  1. Blackbird x 5 all male
  2. Blue Tit x 1
  3. Carrion crow x 1
  4. Dunnock x 1
  5. Feral Pigeon x 1
  6. House Sparrow x 6
  7. Jackdaw x 2
  8. Magpie x 1
  9. Starlings x about 10 at dusk in the snow, they went to roost very fast tonight!
  10. Woodpigeon x 1
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Trichomonosis strikes my garden. Swallows still around.

September 11, 2014 in sightings

A great day and a bad day in the garden, the good news first there were 7 that’s right 7 blackbirds in the garden, okay not my garden but 3 in my garden and 4 in the neighbours as they’ve got a brilliant hawthorn tree and the birds were eating berries from it, I’ve got 4 or 5 hawthorn bushes but they’re years away from producing much, only planted in January 2013 as part of the wildlife hedge as mentioned in here Garden Getting better for wildlife.

The Sad News: a greenfinch that looked to be suffering from Trichomonosis was spotted in the garden.  For more about this sad disease see Finches Continue to die, BTO – Trichomonosis and RSPB Trichomonosis advice – I regularly clean my feeders and as soon as I saw the bird looking in a bad state I spread the feed out on the ground over a large area and removed my feeders, gave them a big wash and will not be putting them back for a few months.  I am trying to get more in the way of natural food in the garden, but it’s a slow process growing trees and I’ve not been able to grow anything that’d be great for finches yet.  On a positive note the insect density is growing and I see more bats in the evening and a lot more spiders around the garden.

  1. Blackbird x 7
  2. Blue Tit x 2
  3. Carrion crow x 2
  4. Coal Tit x 1
  5. Dunnock x 2
  6. Greenfinch x 1 – sadly diseased.
  7. House Sparrow x 5
  8. Jackdaw x 1
  9. Magpie x 2
  10. Robin x 3 – 2 heard only
  11. Starlings x 3
  12. Swallows x 2
  13. Woodpigeon x 1
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A short stop at Aberlady Bay for 2 little egrets + Swallows still about.

September 8, 2014 in sightings

Managed a short stop in at Aberlady Bay on the way home from North Berwick, got to see 2 very distant little egrets and a grey heron, rest of the bird list:

  1. Blackbird x 1
  2. Black-headed gull – AB
  3. Blue Tit x 1
  4. Common Buzzard x 1
  5. Dunlin – AB
  6. Dunnock x 2
  7. Great Tit x 1
  8. Grey Heron – AB
  9. House Sparrow x numerous in garden and at NB
  10. Jackdaw – AB
  11. Little Egret – AB my first recording since starting the website
  12. Magpie NB
  13. Redshank – AB
  14. Robin x 1
  15. Starlings x 7
  16. Swallows x 1
  17. Woodpigeon x 2
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Garden bird list for September 6th 2014, WordPress 4.0 Benny.

September 6, 2014 in sightings

Sorry it’s been a few days since I’ve posted, I’ve seen very birds as I’ve once again been laid up in bed due to pain.  I managed to spend some time in the garden and plant up some plugs and retrieve the few tomatoes that hadn’t been spoilt this year due to my lack of being able to tend them.  I picked almost all the green ones too so they could ripen on a windowsill as I don’t know if how I’ll be from day to day and don’t want them lost.

A good list for today with a strangely rare sighting of a blackbird.  Not sure where they’ve all gone, I’ve talked to others in the area and they get 2 or 3 most days, sadly must be the amount of cats that come through the garden scaring them off.

  1. Blackbird x 1
  2. Blue Tit x 1
  3. Dunnock x 1
  4. House Sparrow x 15+
  5. Robin x 1
  6. Starlings x 10

On a plus note I found the lost feeder, the fox had deposited it in a hedge at the side of the garden.

Not happy with wordpress 4.0 benny, the numbered list doesn’t work the same way as it used to!

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More wildlife in the garden for 2 years of organic gardening.

September 1, 2014 in sightings

I’ve not been posting much on my personal blog of late, or ever in fact, but I did update today on organic gardening and wildlife – one of the big differences I’ve noticed is the amount of spiders, therefore there must be a lot of smaller insects for the spiders to feed on and hopefully birds as well.  I do see the occasional bat at night too.

My bird list today includes a few birds that are listed as nimg which is Not In My Garden – they’re ones I spotted whilst on a trip to the Edinburgh west council recycle centre to take out rocks and concrete that were dug up during the making of the pond.  Here’s today’s list:

  1. Blue Tit x 1
  2. Dunnock x 1
  3. Great Tit x 1
  4. House Sparrow x 15+
  5. Jackdaw x 2 nimg
  6. Magpie x 2 nimg
  7. Starlings x 8
  8. Woodpigeon x 2

No swifts or swallows today.

I wish I had of started this blog from when I moved in so that I could see the difference in bird numbers after 2 years.

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Carpal Tunnel’s getting worse, may not be here for next week.

May 31, 2014 in sightings

Very sore – just the list:

  1. Blackbird x 2
  2. Blue Tit x 2
  3. Bullfinch x 1 – male
  4. Carrion crow x 1 in my garden, +50 or more – not in my garden
  5. Coal Tit x 1 – not in my garden
  6. Common Buzzard x 1 + 1 not in my garden
  7. Dunnock x 1
  8. Great Tit x 1 – not in my garden
  9. Greenfinch x 2
  10. House Sparrow x 2
  11. Jackdaw x 1 – not in my garden
  12. Magpie x 1
  13. Robin x 1 – not in my garden
  14. Starlings x 3
  15. Swallows x 1
  16. Woodpigeon x 2