by KiwiGav

First Swallow over my garden for the year

May 15, 2015 in sightings

4 days earlier than last year, I’ve been hearing reports for about 4 weeks from friends about swallows but today was my first.

Other than that it’s been the usual, sadly having really tough time of late.  Very sore and the shakes are getting worse.

by KiwiGav

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.

by KiwiGav

Beautiful Bullfinch shows up just before the rain.

April 24, 2015 in sightings

Weather’s starting to change, the sun has been lovely but the pond level’s been dropping about an inch per day, a mix of evaporation, dogs and birds drinking the water, and lots of splashing from both my dog and the birds. I also guess the foxes use it at night as there’s a lot of fox marking around the edges of the pond, water’s a good resource to have in a territory in these warm times.

  1. Blackbird x 1 – male
  2. Blue Tit x 2
  3. Bullfinch x 1 – male
  4. Carrion crow x 4
  5. Coal Tit x 1
  6. Common Buzzard x 2
  7. Dunnock x 2
  8. Great Tit x 1
  9. House Sparrow x 15+ loads of pond and dust bathing.
  10. Jackdaw x 4
  11. Magpie x 2
  12. Woodpigeon x 3

by KiwiGav

Crow with frog, Common Buzzards enjoy the thermals

April 22, 2015 in sightings

Just as I sat down to lunch I noticed a Carrion crow fly over head with a frog, then sit on top of my neighbours roof and devour it. Not the most pleasant thing to see whilst eating, but the crows need to live!

  1. Blue Tit x 2 – not sure if there was a young or if it was a pairing ritual, one was feeding the other.
  2. Carrion crow x 3
  3. Coal Tit x 1
  4. Common Buzzard x 2 – very high
  5. Dunnock x 2
  6. House Sparrow x 15+ – a lot using the pond, it’s so dry here in Edinburgh pond has been going down about an inch per day!
  7. Magpie x 1
  8. Woodpigeon x 3

by KiwiGav

Cat after the magpie nest.

April 20, 2015 in sightings

Not a very exciting day in the garden, 2 common buzzards over head but very far off.

  1. Blackbird x 2, 1m, 1f
  2. Blue Tit x 1 sitting in the nest box tapping away.
  3. Carrion crow x 4
  4. Coal Tit x 1
  5. Common Buzzard x 2 – a long way off
  6. Dunnock x 2
  7. House Sparrow x 15+
  8. Magpie x didn’t see any but did notice a cat trying to climb the tree where they’re nesting.
  9. Woodpigeon x 4

The cat has no collar, wondering what I should do, should I try and catch it and take it to a rescue centre?  I’ve seen it crossing the road quite dangerously and very worried for it, as well as fear for the birds.

by KiwiGav

New record for house sparrows in my garden.

April 19, 2015 in sightings

A new record for the amount of house sparrows spotted at one time today, totally 23!  Very impressed!  However they seem to be stripping all the buds off the broom, interesting they only seem interested in the Cytisus scoparius ‘Lena’ and leave the others in the garden alone.

  1. Blackbird x 3, 2 m, 1 f.
  2. Blue Tit x 1
  3. Carrion crow x heard only
  4. Collared Dove x 1 – first in a while
  5. Dunnock x 1
  6. House Sparrow x 23
  7. Jackdaw x 1
  8. Woodpigeon x 1 – strangely sitting at the window bobbing up and down looking inside.

by KiwiGav

Edinburgh Garden Birds for 18th of April 2015.

April 19, 2015 in sightings

Another great sunny day in Edinburgh and was fantastic to have a bullfinch couple arrive a few times through the day. Here’s the list:

  1. Blackbird x 2, m and f
  2. Blue Tit x 2 – including nest box.
  3. Bullfinch x 2, m and f
  4. Carrion crow x 3
  5. Coal Tit x 1
  6. Common Buzzard x heard only
  7. Dunnock x 3
  8. Feral Pigeon x 1
  9. House Sparrow x 15+
  10. Jackdaw x 2
  11. Magpie x 2
  12. Woodpigeon x 3

by KiwiGav

Great day to be outside, decent bird list.

April 16, 2015 in sightings

Been real sore, quick list for tday as was outside catching up on study/work whilst in the sun a lot:

  1. Blackbird x 2, m & f
  2. Blue Tit x 2
  3. Carrion crow x 4
  4. Coal Tit x 1
  5. Common Buzzard x 1 – mobbed by gulls not sure what type.
  6. Dunnock x 2
  7. Great Tit x 1
  8. Grey Heron x 1
  9. Greenfinch x 1 – first in a while
  10. House Sparrow x 12+
  11. Magpie x 3
  12. Woodpigeon x 5

by KiwiGav

Lots of garden work in neighbours means few birds.

April 13, 2015 in sightings

Been either sore or busy last few days, Saturday didn’t manage to see any birds then sunday spent most of the day at V Deep Indian, Leith, Edinburgh Ruairidh and Hardeep’s restaurant and only spotted a robin, wasn’t worth posting a new post for just 1 bird.

Sadly our neighbours have been clearing up their garden and the birds have been put off visiting by how much work was going on, a few small trees were removed and it looks so bare now.

  1. Blue Tit x 1 – going into nest box with nesting material
  2. Carrion crow x 2
  3. Feral Pigeon x 1
  4. House Sparrow x 6
  5. Magpie x 1
  6. Woodpigeon x 2

by KiwiGav

A very quiet day in the garden.

April 10, 2015 in sightings

Was nice and sunny in the morning, rainy and cloudy in the afternoon, not a lot birds around:

  1. Blackbird x 1, m
  2. Blue Tit x 1 – didn’t see it going into the nest box today.
  3. Carrion crow x 3
  4. Dunnock x 3
  5. Feral Pigeon x 1
  6. House Sparrow x 11
  7. Jackdaw x 2
  8. Magpie x 2
  9. Robin x 1
  10. Woodpigeon x 1