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by KiwiGav

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!

by KiwiGav

Jay in an Edinburgh garden, swift and the sparrows are back.

July 10, 2015 in sightings

Sorry it’s been so long things have gotten really bad with my dystonia and my hands have stopped working a lot, now managed to get tennis elbow from the shakes, it’s meant after work I can no longer garden, very frustrating as the weeds are getting a bit much.  But hey-ho on the plus side I sit a lot more in the garden as still as someone with a tremor can, which means more birds come out of the hedges and trees.

Lately we’ve been getting bullfinches they’ve even been using the pond to wash themselves, great to witness, the sparrows are back some with young I gather they must be a different group that were nesting elsewhere as 100% sure all the nests were abandoned when my neighbour cut the hedge back.

Love to be gardening but am taking to the smaller and macro worlds of mosses, ferns and terrariums things that I hope not to need to use my arms as much and not need to turn heavy amounts of clay.  Enough about that and onto the birds!

Bird list for 10th of July 2015:

  1. Blackbird x 1 – must have young as it’s back and forth with a beak full of RSPB Coconut shell suet treats still not managed to find a vegan alternative yet.
  2. Blue Tit x 2 – one looking a bit worse for wear after a heavy breeding season!
  3. Bullfinch x 2
  4. Coal Tit x 1
  5. Common Buzzard x 1 over garden and 1 over Livingston
  6. Dunnock x 1
  7. Great Tit x 1
  8. Great Spotted Woodpecker x
  9. House Sparrow x 10+
  10. Jackdaw x 3
  11. Robin x 1
  12. Swifts x 1
  13. Woodpigeon x 1

by KiwiGav

First Swift of the year

May 29, 2015 in sightings

Sorry the updates have been so patchy, I went to London for Chelsea but didn’t see much of anything as was too sore I didn’t get any photography or writing done.

I don’t know if I listed last years first swift, very odd!  But today just one very low, great to see!

Other than that it’s pretty much all the same with extra starlings for good measure.

by KiwiGav

Swifts still around.

August 30, 2014 in sightings

Just a quick one, hands too sore:

  1. Blue Tit x 1
  2. Dunnock x 1
  3. House Sparrow x 25+
  4. Jackdaw x 2
  5. Swifts x 1 – have to check last years list to see how late I was seeing them
  6. Woodpigeon x 2

by KiwiGav

Bird list for August 9th 2013, a few young birds around.

August 9, 2013 in sightings

It’s great seeing a few young birds about the place and I gather the local flock of starlings is growing due to the young from this year, over winter it was often 20 to 30 birds, now seeing 30 to 40 birds.

  1. Bullfinch x 1 – it was a chick, I had to really look at it as it looked yellow and had very unusual markings, was also a fair bit bigger, but I’ve looked up photos and that’s what it turned out to be.  I gather it was bigger due to being fluffy with young feathers still.
  2. Blue Tit x 3 – once again there were young going very fast around the garden, 3 was most I saw at once.
  3. Carrion crow x 5
  4. Coal Tit x 2
  5. Common Buzzard x heard only
  6. Dunnock x 2
  7. Greenfinch x 3
  8. Magpie x 1
  9. Starlings x 30 to 40
  10. Swifts x 1
  11. Woodpigeon x 3

by KiwiGav

Garden bird list for August 8th 2013. There was a warbler, but not sure what type.

August 8, 2013 in sightings

This list is for August 8th, I think I pressed draft rather than publish, it was our wedding anniversary last 8/8 and I’d had a couple of glasses of bubbly.

Had a warbler of some kind, very quick view probably a chiffchaff but wasn’t singing, for my untrained eyes on warblers hard to tell.

  1. Blackbird x 3 – 2xm 1xf
  2. Blue Tit x 5 – lots of young about, was hard to try and count as they were going all over the place!
  3. Collared Dove x 2
  4. Dunnock x 2
  5. Great Tit x 1
  6. Greenfinch x 2
  7. House Sparrow x 25 roughly in a flock
  8. Jackdaw x 1
  9. Magpie x 1
  10. Swifts x 1
  11. Woodpigeon x 1

by KiwiGav

Garden Birds for 7th of August, Magpies hunting in pairs? Photos.

August 7, 2013 in sightings

Had a good day watching birds, had to take a break from the computer due to the carpal tunnel and stupidly picked up the camera! Even worse than the computer, but there were birds being very trusting in the garden.  I also noticed a few things, one was about 50 gulls in the sky, can’t tell what they were, but they were making a lot of noise, think mainly lesser black-backed gulls, I also saw what looked to be 8 eider ducks flying north high over the earth, looked to be 3 males and 5 females, but I can’t be 100% sure so won’t list them.

The next interesting thing was watching 2 magpies hunt small song birds, I’m normally very protective of the birds in my garden, however the 2 birds tried this on a few occasions, 1 bird say on the hedge and waited the other flew into our apple tree at great speed and flushed the songbirds towards the hedge where the bird waiting tried to grab them…  It didn’t work, but I’d never seen magpies hunt in teamwork before.  Found it fascinating!  Anyone know more about this?

I also saw what I think were 3 small white butterflies, but I’m terrible at my butterfly ID!  Need a lot of practice.

  1. Blue Tit x 2
  2. Carrion crow x 1
  3. Coal Tit x 1
  4. Common Buzzard x heard – must’ve been very high.
  5. Dunnock x 1
  6. Great Tit x 1
  7. Greenfinch x
  8. Long-tailed tit x 3
  9. Magpie x 2
  10. Starlings x 8
  11. Swifts x 1
  12. Woodpigeon x 3

A couple of photos I managed to get, there’s plenty more, but don’t want to bore you with them!

dunnock coaltit

by KiwiGav

August 6th, no dunnocks!

August 6, 2013 in sightings

Strange day today, not a single dunnock and I was in the garden for a little bit at dusk and no starlings coming over, however there were 5 greenfinches on the tops of the trees, I think waiting for me to go inside so they could get to the feeders, one was constantly calling, the others were quiet.

  1. Greenfinch x 5
  2. Jackdaw x 1
  3. Magpie x 2
  4. Starlings x 3 – Out at Seafield east Edinburgh where the Edinburgh Dog and Cat home is. Was out there dropping off a few donations after finally taking a sample of what maybe asbestos to the Edinburgh testing centre, hoping not as it has to be removed.
  5. Swifts x 1
  6. Woodpigeon x 3

by KiwiGav

Good garden list, and the skies above for 5th of August 2013

August 6, 2013 in sightings

I had a great list for today, very impressed, I still got a lot of work on the websites done, including the UK finance updates and a put a few new calculators on the aussie site , The Starlings are doing great displays at dusk with more than 30 birds in the sunset.  Here’s my list:

  1. Blackbird x 2
  2. Black-headed Gull x 1
  3. Blue Tit x 3
  4. Dunnock x 1
  5. Great Tit x 1
  6. Greenfinch x 2
  7. House Sparrow x 1
  8. Magpie x 1
  9. Robin x 1 – first in a while!
  10. Starlings x 30+
  11. Swifts x – a few about today
  12. Swallows x 8
  13. Woodpigeon x 2

by KiwiGav

Garden Bird list for 4th of August 2013, thought I wasn’t going to see a Dunnock

August 4, 2013 in sightings

For a long time today I didn’t see a single Dunnock and I was surprised, then one turned up at the same time as house sparrow, also had a common buzzard high overhead, wish I could get better at telling my gulls from the ground!

  1. Blue Tit x 1
  2. Carrion crow x 5 fly over
  3. Common Buzzard x 1 once again getting mobbed by gulls, not sure on the sorts of gulls.
  4. Dunnock x 1
  5. Greenfinch x 2
  6. House Sparrow x 1
  7. Jackdaw x 1
  8. Magpie x 1
  9. Swifts x a fair few flying over, maybe 15 to 20.
  10. Swallows x 1 flying quite low to the ground
  11. Woodpigeon x 2