Very sunny day in Edinburgh but very few birds in the garden.

Lovely and sunny here in Edinburgh today, absolutely beautiful weather!  Almost summer!  However birds don’t want to show themselves again, very few about:

  1. Blackbird x – heard only
  2. Blue Tit x 1
  3. Dunnock x 3
  4. Magpie x 1
  5. Woodpigeon x 3

5 species and I was in the garden almost all day, I took my computer outside and used the wifi which has now been moved to the back of the house and works great outside, even had shorts and a t-shirt on the weather was that nice!  Maybe my ugly mug was scaring them off!

So very windy in the garden I think the birds took shelter.

Sorry to say but the wind was a bit much to be out in the garden, and I think the birds felt the same, there weren’t many around in the garden, gulls were gliding very high in the wind over south Edinburgh, I was also off at the hospital most of the day getting nerves checked, a bit more about that below, I did manage to get the ISA, credit cards and savings done on the Saverscene (now closed as I move into gardening as a profession) site, just haven’t had time to update them on the forum yet.  I will tomorrow.  My garden bird list and one from on the road back from hospital.

  1. Blackbird x 1
  2. Blue Tit x 2, 1 of them chased the long tailed tits off the half coconut feeder.
  3. Carrion crow x 2 – flyovers.
  4. Dunnock x 3
  5. Long-tailed tit x 2
  6. Magpie x 2 – flying to their nest.
  7. Woodpigeon x 9 – on the way to hospital to get electric shocks in my arms and legs to see how my nerves worked, no improvement after surgery.

What terrible weather we’re having, wind, rain and Buddleia Weyeriana, very few birds.

I was in the garden a fair bit today, between rain storms, however very few birds showed, here’s a very minimal list:

  1. Blackbird x 1
  2. Blue Tit x heard only, an alarm call and sounded like a few birds. Couldn’t see them, they were in a neighbours garden.
  3. Carrion crow x 2 – at different times but 1 had a lot of white in it’s wings, the other was very black.
  4. Dunnock x 3
  5. Long-tailed tit x 2
  6. Woodpigeon x 1

For those trying to attract wildlife to your garden, I learnt about a different very nice looking variety of Buddleia the variety Buddleia Weyeriana, thanks to a post on one of my favourite wildlife garden blogs: Buddleia Weyeriana from Butterflies and Gardens.

Blue tit is back to the RSPB nest box, Common Buzzard high overhead.

The highlights of the day was seeing a Common Buzzard flying very high over head, seeing the blue tit return to the nest box and watching a woodpigeon eat part of an apple core I left out for the birds, if you are a heavy fruit eater like myself apple cores make great bird food!  Here’s my bird list for Saturday 27th:

  1. Blackbird x 1
  2. Blue Tit x 2 – saw one going into the nest box.
  3. Carrion crow x 1
  4. Coal Tit x 1
  5. Common Buzzard x 1
  6. Dunnock x 3
  7. Long-tailed tit x 2
  8. Magpie x 1
  9. Woodpigeon x 1

RSPB Scottishbirdfair & The Scotsman 2 for 1 tickets, my bird list

I’ve added the information about the RSPB Scottishbirdfair & The Scotsman 2 for 1 tickets below my garden bird list, I hope many of you can make it!

Wow, what a crazy day weather wise, rain, sun, hail, sun, rain, sleet, hail and it’s still lying at 23.00!  I’ve just been outside burning garden waste for more carbon and I couldn’t believe how much was still on the ground!  The weather brought out a few extra birds on the feeders, here’s my garden list:

  1. Blackbird x 1 first time I’ve seen one in a few days.
  2. Blue Tit x 1
  3. Carrion crow x 1
  4. Coal Tit x 1
  5. Dunnock x 3
  6. Lesser black-backed gull x 1
  7. Long-tailed tit x 2
  8. Magpie x 1
  9. Robin x 1 first time in a while!
  10. Woodpigeon x 2

I hope to have a camera setup soon so people can watch my feeders, and I can see them when out and about too, I hope to grab one from  Fly On the Wall Wildlife Cameras you can find a voucher code for a discount on Fly on the Wall Wildlife cameras here:
Very small bird list, voucher code for Fly On The Wall wildlife cameras!

RSPB Scottishbirdfair & The Scotsman – 2 for 1 ticket offer

Get your copy of The Scotsman and Scotland on Sunday this weekend and enjoy an exclusive 2 for 1 ticket offer – treat yourself to a fun filled weekend! Simply insert the code on the ticket page at www.scottishbirdfair.org.uk, or cut out the voucher and bring it to the show.

Tickets

Adult £12 (concessions / RSPB members £10). 2-day ticket £20 (concessions / RSPB members £18) Children under 16 go free.

Opening times

Saturday 9.30am-5.30pm (food, bar & entertainment until 9pm). Sunday 9.30am-5.30pm (seabird cruise & BBQ 6pm-9pm).

Gardening, burning to get carbon and a very small bird list.

After being away and having internet problems in the hotel, I get home and I try to do a post and my net’s down.  A bit annoying, back now so I can get my very small garden bird list up for the day, I was outside a fair bit today trying to get rid of horsetail weed and due to the internet being down in the afternoon, managed a few updates on saverscene UK and the Australian version such as a very helpful one for people that travel: travel insurance check that your credit card doesn’t already offer it: You may already have travel insurance on your credit card, no point paying an insurance company (now closed as I move into gardening as a profession) .  Also spent the evening trying to burn cuttings from the garden due to getting rid of a lot of old wood and the council missing my green waste bin twice in the past month.  I’d prefer to have the carbon back in the soil anyway, I would normally leave piles of branches to rot down naturally, however there were far too many due to the garden being neglected for years before we moved in.  We’ve also not set up a good open compost for garden waste and only have a closed one for food scraps, once I’ve got that setup I hope not to need the council green collection and to get all the goodness back into the garden without resorting to burning it.

Anyway. Here’s my bird list for the day, sadly a bit short, but great to see the LTTs and the Bullfinch back:

  1. Blue Tit x 1
  2. Bullfinch x 1 – Male
  3. Carrion crow x 2
  4. Coal Tit x 2
  5. Dunnock x 3
  6. Long-tailed tit x 2
  7. Magpie x 1
  8. Woodpigeon x 1

Back at home watching my garden birds.

It is nice to be back to see the changes that have occurred in just one week of being away, shocked by the amount of Daffodils in my garden, which can be great for attracting finches and I encourage to grow in the right spots in the garden.
This is the first spring I’ve been in the garden and I’m impressed by what’s coming up so far.  As for the birds, not a great deal around, I did see 2 Coal Tits mating, but not sure if the blue tit has continued with the nest at the end of the garden, didn’t see any activity about it at all today.  However that was the same last year in the previous garden, frantic activity for about 4 to 5 days, then nothing for almost 2 weeks, time to sit on eggs maybe?  Then frantic activity for about 16 days, and 4 young eventually fledged.

Here’s the list for today:

  1. Blackbird x 1 – heard only
  2. Blue Tit x 1 – think it’s the one nesting in the nest box, but haven’t seen any birds in the box.
  3. Carrion crow x 1
  4. Coal Tit x 2 – saw them mating.
  5. Dunnock x 3
  6. Greenfinch x 2 – my mum who is visiting from Australia felt these looked like Budgies!  Guess she doesn’t notice the parrot beak to the finch beak, she was a little away from them, so I’ll forgive her.
  7. Magpie x 2
  8. Woodpigeon x 2

Away for a few days. Not sure if I’ll have net access

I’m off for a few days, not sure if I’ll be getting my bird lists done, hopefully my family will keep a record for the garden while I’m away.

What birds I’ve seen today:

  1. Blackbird x 1
  2. Blue Tit x 2 – one going to the RSPB nest box
  3. Carrion crow x 2
  4. Magpie x 1

So sore went back to bed! Very few birds.

I had a shocker today, after a tough night of pain I didn’t get enough sleep, so I went back to bed and all of a sudden it was dusk!

Birds I saw today:

  1. Blackbird – heard only
  2. Carrion Crow x 7 – flying over at dusk.

I did have dreams of starlings flocking to the garden, but that obviously doesn’t count!

Also for those interested there’s now a RSPB voucher code listed here: RSPB voucher code for free delivery, voucher expired, but check the latest RSPB Sales.

Bird List for Monday 15th of April 2013

Great news everyone!  The RSPB Sparrow Terrace Nest Box that I put up earlier in the year is now in use!  Not by sparrows, but a blue tit has started using the middle box, was a bit worried nothing was going to, but very excited to see a blue tit bringing nesting material into the box yesterday!

Sorry my bird list is a day late again, a lot happening with my parents being here!  I also was updating all the finance pages for www.SaverScene.co.uk yesterday, which during ISA season takes a bit longer due to a lot of changes. If you haven’t taken advantage of the tax free cash ISA you can find the best ISA rates here: SaverScene: Highest ISA interest rates (now closed as I move into gardening as a profession), obviously if you have any questions about that feel free to ask on the forums or drop me an email.

  1. Blackbird x 1
  2. Blue Tit x 1 – I only saw one going in and out of the nest box.
  3. Bullfinch x 1 – Male
  4. Carrion crow x 2
  5. Coal Tit x 1
  6. Dunnock x 3
  7. Greenfinch x 1
  8. Kestrel x 3 – 1 was chasing another one off, a couple seemed to be creating a territory.
  9. Magpie x 2
  10. Woodpigeon x 1