A good sighting of woodpigeons, and another new species for the year!

Another trip back and forth to Glasgow today, sadly not a lot seen on the road except for about 25 woodpigeons feeding on a roundabout just near the airport.  I did see a bird of prey briefly, it was resting on a tree on the side of the road, but it was soaking wet, looking the other way and I couldn’t identify it.

In the garden there was however some great news as a Curlew flew overhead, a first for the year:

  1. Blackbird x 2, 1xm, 1xf
  2. Blue Tit x 2 – not in my garden, but another garden in Corstorphine Edinburgh
  3. Carrion crow x 10 – fly overs
  4. Curlew x 1 – fly over, bit of a shock!
  5. Dunnock x 2
  6. Magpie x 2 – had a great time watching them preen and share a bond, one was passing leaves to the other then grooming the one holding the leaf. Very Interesting!
  7. Woodpigeon x 2 x in Garden and 25+ – just outside Glasgow airport.  Glad to see so many, as the woodpigeon is this week’s species of the week for SpeciesofUK on twitter, a twitter account very worth checking out if you’ve got an interest in UK wildlife.

Garden Bird List, what do you do with your RSPB Coconut halves?

It was a lovely sunny day here in Edinburgh but I was inside most of the day doing updates for the finance site about ISA, Savings and Credit Cards over on www.saverscene.co.uk (now closed as I move into gardening as a profession) I still managed to be out with Chewie (my dog) as 2 Long-tailed Tits flew into the garden, heard them a long time before we saw them, as always fantastic birds, happy to be very close to me as they fed on the coconut fat halves from RSPB – Box of ten Coconut halves.  The birds love them, when they’re finished and taken as much as they can I put them on the ground and the fox cleans them out.  I then face them down onto the ground under compost heaps and let them sit; the amount of wildlife that gets under them is amazing, worms, woodlice, slugs, and many other grubs – turn the soil into lovely fertile soil and help with the rest of the compost, you just have to remember where they are before putting a fork into the ground!

Here’s my diminutive bird list for today:

  1. Blackbird x 1 – heard only
  2. Blue Tit x 2
  3. Carrion crow x 13+ flying over at dusk
  4. Dunnock x 2
  5. Long-tailed tit x 2
  6. Woodpigeon x 1

Been Hectic – very few birds been seen :(

Edinburgh Science festival is on and a couple of trips to Glasgow in the past 3 days have kept me busy, so the only birds I really got to see were

2 x long tailed tits – flying down the street where I live as I got into the car

on the M8 between Edinburgh and Glasgow, there were other birds but I couldn’t get a great ID.

  1. 3 x common buzzards
  2. 2 x Magpies

Edinburgh Garden bird list for 29th of March 2013

My list for my garden in Edinburgh for Friday 29th of March 2013:

  1. Blackbird x 2
  2. Blue Tit x 1
  3. Carrion crow x 20+ flying over at dusk
  4. Dunnock x 2 – think there’s a fair few more as I can see movement in the hedge, hope they’re building nests.
  5. Feral Pigeon x 1
  6. Long-tailed tit x 2
  7. Magpie x 2
  8. Woodpigeon x 3

Nice and sunny in Edinburgh today, birds were out enjoying it!

Had a good chance to be in the garden today, nice and sunny, although snow was on the ground to start it thawed very quickly and there was actually some warmth in the sun!  Flying high over head I could hear geese and got a short glimpse of 6, but not sure what type and once again a common buzzard being mobbed by gulls, I wish I could identify the gulls better as there’s been a few overhead of late, look like herring, common or lesser black backed, but not 100% sure, the black-headed ones are thankfully easy to identify!  Will get my bins out soon to get a better view, I’ve let my neighbours know that I’m a keen birder in case they wonder what I’m up to ;)

Here’s my garden bird list for today:

  1. Blackbird x 2
  2. Blue Tit x 1
  3. Bullfinch x 1, male – hoping the female’s sitting on eggs somewhere!
  4. Carrion crow x 1 in garden – about 15 flying over.
  5. Common Buzzard x 1 – flying high!
  6. Dunnock x 2
  7. Long-tailed tit x 1 – pretty sure I could hear more flying past.
  8. Magpie x 1
  9. Starlings x 6
  10. Woodpigeon x 2

Another new bird for the year! More snow!

Woohoo finally saw a wren, I’d been missing them for my year list and I know they visit my garden, but today finally in the snow I spotted one.  All my tits seem to have disappeared though, really do wonder where they’ve gone off to, that said I was working on the Saver Scene Australian finance (now closed as I move into gardening as a profession) pages, although I’m KiwiGav I was brought up in Australia and that’s why I know more about Aussie deals, savings, bank accounts and credit cards than I do about NZ ones.  I’ve actually spent more time in the UK now than the country I was born in!  All 3 places have fantastic birds, you just have to pay a little more attention to the UK ones to see their beauty!

Here’s my garden bird list:

  1. Blackbird x 1
  2. Bullfinch x 2, 1xm, 1xf they were eating the buds of new growth on the trees.
  3. Carrion crow x 4 – flyovers
  4. Dunnock x 1
  5. Magpie x 1
  6. Woodpigeon x 2
  7. Wren x 1

I should say I kept an eye out for the gold crest but sadly no show today, it was the weather I’d seen it in before, I’ll try and get my 1 and only photo I’ve ever managed to take of a goldcrest tomorrow.

Garden Birds, Walk in Corstorphine, Bus ride back from centre of Edinburgh

Not a great day today, a few different birds as I was out of the house again today, but my ankles are bad again and now will have to stay indoors for a few days.  Really enjoyed a few days of being able to walk!  Here’s my Bird lists:

Garden Birds:

  1. Blackbird x 2
  2. Dunnock x 3
  3. Woodpigeon x 1

On a walk to St Margaret’s Park Corstorphine.

  1. Dunnock x 1
  2. Pied Wagtail x 1
  3. House Sparrows x 6

On the Bus from centre of Edinburgh

  1. Mallard Ducks x 4 – all males on water of Leith

New birds for the year and the cold takes it’s toll.

As I looked out the window this morning I saw that a poor wood pigeon hadn’t made it through the night, a real shame.  I’d put out a fair bit of fat and apple cores to try and help the birds through the cold snap.  Sadly the weather was just too much for this poor bird.  I hope it wasn’t one that was mating yesterday, be a real shame to loose a partner so early in the breeding season!

In other news added two new birds to my year list, mallards and goosanders that were on the water of Lieth when I was out of the house for a bit.


  1. Blackbird x 2
  2. Blue Tit x 1
  3. Carrion crow x 3 – flyovers
  4. Coal Tit x 1
  5. Dunnock x 3
  6. Magpie x 1
  7. Woodpigeon x 1, and sadly one dead in the tree.

Water of Leith:

  1. Mallard x 5, 3 male, 2 female
  2. Goosander x 5, 4 male, 1 female.

The Goosanders were beautiful it was on slow dark water with sun hitting their white breasts and wow they were vibrant and reflected off the dark water!

It was of course Monday; there were many updates for the finance pages and don’t forget if you haven’t used your ISA limit for the year over on Saver Scene I’ve got the latest best interest rates.

Spring finally on the way in Edinburgh?

The Long-tailed tits were so close to me today, it was fantastic!  Maybe less than a foot away, great views for a few seconds, then they were on their way again.  The Magpie I did see was once again collecting nesting material, this time it looked like moss so maybe close to finishing their nest.  2 of the woodpigeons were mating, another great sign of spring, we’ve missed most of the snow, hope for a few fine days soon!  My garden bird list and 1 feral pigeon that I spotted from the car:

  1. Black-headed Gull x 3 – flyovers.
  2. Bullfinch x 2, 1xm, 1xf
  3. Dunnock x 2
  4. Feral Pigeon x 1 – not in my garden, on Ballgreen Road.
  5. Long-tailed tit x 2
  6. Magpie x 1
  7. Starlings x 9
  8. Woodpigeon x 3