Welcome to 2022! Hopefully this year will be a great year for birds! Once again injury and recovery from operations including an operation of the heart are taking their toll.
The House Sparrows have really taken up home in the garden, as the garden is transformed from a place where pesticides and weed killers were used for 40+ years into an organic garden and hopefully wonderland the amount of insects and soil life has increased. I have been removing the showy plants that had no wildlife value and replacing with plants that benefit bees, butterflies and birds. There’s a list of plants I have put together over here: Plants to help bees, butterflies and birds.
Feijoas: I have had to scale my feijoa growing back from the farm we rented to a few surviving plants at a mates garden nursery and I now have over 250 plants in pots in my own garden. The House Sparrows, Wrens, Blackbirds and Robbins spend a lot of time amongst them. More about the feijoa farm closure here: Feijoa Farm Closed 😡😢 – Feijoas UK – hoping as my health improves I will start back up in the future and am gearing up to grow at least another 1,000 seedlings from Scottish grown feijoas this year.
Once again I am using Garden Birds* food due to the great price and excellent service, the most popular in my garden is now the Ultiva® Wheat Free Seed Mix* the basic: Ultiva® Everyday Seed Mix* is also popular with almost every bird that visits the garden especially the house sparrows.
2022 Edinburgh Garden Bird List:
- Blackbird – Jan 1st
- Blackcap – Jan 7th
- Blue Tit – Jan 1st
- Carrion Crow – Jan 1st
- Chaffinch- Jan 4th
- Coal Tit – Jan 1st
- Collared Dove – Jan 1st
- Common Buzzard – Jan 11th – FO
- Dunnock – Jan 1st
- Great Tit – Jan 1st
- Herring Gull – Jan 9th
- House Sparrow – Jan 1st – First Bird of the Year.
- Jackdaw – Jan 1st
- Long-tailed Tit – Jan 9th
- Magpie – Jan 1st
- Robin – Jan 1st
- Sparrowhawk – Jan 4th
- Woodpigeon – Jan 1st
- Wren – Jan 1st
2022 Year total:
- 13 Species as of January 1st.
- 15 Species as of January 4th.
- 16 Species as of January 7th.
- 18 Species as of January 9th.
- 19 Species as of January 11th.