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:
- Blackbird – Jan 1st
- Black-headed gull – Jan 1st
- Blue Tit – Jan 1st
- Bullfinch – Jan 4th
- Carrion Crow – Jan 1st
- Chaffinch – July 25th
- Chiffchaff – August 13th
- Coal Tit – Jan 1st
- Collared Dove – Jan 13th
- Common Buzzard – Feb 19th
- Dunnock – Jan 1st
- Fieldfare – Dec 29th
- Goldcrest – Jan 7th
- Goldfinch – February 19th
- Great Tit – Jan 1st
- Greenfinch – Jan 1st
- Grey Heron – April 13th – FO
- House Sparrow – Jan 1st
- Jackdaw – Jan 3rd
- Kestrel – May 31st – FO – think this is the first I’ve seen over my garden.
- Long-tailed tit – October 14th
- Magpie – Jan 2nd
- Oystercatcher – July 13th – FO
- Redwing – Jan 30th
- Robin – Jan 1st
- Rook – March 23rd
- Siskin – April 28th
- Song Thrush – Jan 4th
- Sparrowhawk – Jan 7th
- Starling – Jan 1st
- Stock Dove – Jan 5th
- Swift – June 18th – 3 days later than last year, I haven’t seen a single swallow this year.
- Woodpigeon – Jan 1st
- 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.
33 Species as of October 14th 2017.
34 Species as of December 29th 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.
- Blackbird x 4
- Blue Tit x 2
- Dunnock x 3
- Great Tit x 2
- Greenfinch x 1
- House Sparrow x 3
- Magpie x 17
- Redwing x 1
- Robin x 2
- Woodpigeon x 2
Frost on the ground, count done between 10.20am and 11.20am.