The start of Spring, sound of lawnmowers & a common buzzard.

Many birders and others think of the sound the Cukoo makes as the first sign of spring in the UK, for me it has to be the lawnmower and today a very very sunny day in Edinburgh, in fact t-shirt weather, the suburban streets rang with the sounds of people desperate to remove that 1mm of extra grass that has grown since the final cut in October/November last year.  August for my back garden as I wanted places for insects to hide over winter and when snow lay on the lawn, it looked like an icy tundra, there’s a photo of the ice crystals below my garden bird list today.  It’ll be a few more weeks before my back garden gets mown.

Today’s bird list includes what I’m pretty sure is a new bird for the year, the common buzzard, it wasn’t in my garden but soaring high above, here’s the list for today:

  1. Blackbird x 1
  2. Blue Tit x 1
  3. Carrion crow x 1 – looked to have pale wings.
  4. Common Buzzard x 1
  5. Dunnock x 3
  6. House Sparrow x 2
  7. Magpie x 5
  8. Woodpigeon x 3