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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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Quiet day in the garden, hope it gets better for RSPB garden birdwatch!

January 22, 2014 in sightings

Not a big list for today, hoping for more birds on the weekend for the RSPB big garden birdwatch.

  1. Blackbird x 3
  2. Blue Tit x 1
  3. Carrion crow x 2
  4. Dunnock x 1
  5. House Sparrow x 15+
  6. Jackdaw x 2
  7. Stock Dove x 1
  8. Woodpigeon x 3
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A few hours in the hide, great views of birds but no photos.

January 13, 2014 in sightings

Couldn’t get out with the hide until after I’d finished work today, although the house sparrows were jumping on the feeder as I was setting up the hide and didn’t seem to care I was there, once I’d settled in they hid in the dogwood at it’s thickest parts.  The blue tits showed well again and a robin very briefly, but nothing overly photogenic as the light was rubbish, was still great to be in close to the birds.  I left it out for another 2 hours after I’d got out of it, birds were wandering around very close to it, hopefully the regulars are getting used to it.  My garden bird list for today, obviously not as much time as weekend to watch, but still decent.

  1. Blackbird x 3
  2. Blue Tit x 2
  3. Carrion crow x 1
  4. Dunnock x 1
  5. Fieldfare x 1
  6. Great Tit x 1
  7. Greater Spotted Woodpecker x 1 – whist driving near Murrayfield Edinburgh
  8. House Sparrow x 15+
  9. Jackdaw x 1
  10. Robin x 1
  11. Starlings x 20+
  12. Stock Dove x 1
  13. Woodpigeon x 2
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Merry Christmas and 18 different species of birds on my list

December 25, 2013 in sightings

I had an amazing Christmas day for birds, the suburb in Edinburgh where I live was so quiet that the birds weren’t getting disturbed and I got to see a fair few!  Really happy to see so many great migrants to the garden.  I mentioned that I’d be setting up a facebook page and a few other pages for my photography the FB one is now up and running here: – If you’re on Facebook I’d really appreciate the like. Or on twitter or G+ – – I hope the photos bring enjoyment to the internet.

  1. Blackbird x 6
  2. Blackcap x 1
  3. Blue Tit x 2
  4. Carrion crow x 1 – on drive
  5. Common Buzzard x 1 – on drive.
  6. Dunnock x 2
  7. Feral Pigeon x 4 – on drive.
  8. Fieldfare x 1
  9. Great Tit x 1
  10. Greenfinch x 1
  11. House Sparrow x 10+
  12. Jackdaw x 2
  13. Magpie x 1
  14. Redwing x 3 – first for year, first time I’ve seen in my garden
  15. Robin x 1
  16. Song Thrush x 1
  17. Stock Dove x 2
  18. Woodpigeon x 2