Finally a Robin, but no blackbirds today!

Very strange not to see or hear even 1 blackbird, but there was a robin on the feeders today, that was a nice surprise!

  1. Blue Tit x 1
  2. Carrion crow x 1
  3. Dunnock x 4 – they were really into a spring fling today, as the weather was beautiful and sunny here in Edinburgh
  4. Long-tailed tit x 2
  5. Magpie x 3
  6. Robin x 1
  7. Starlings x 5
  8. Woodpigeon x 2

2 Bullfinches showed for a bit, plus the usual garden birds.

Interestingly no Long-tailed tits, that I saw today, but I did get the 3 others that visit the garden.  Once again it was a busy day of DIY and trying to get a fair bit done on other websites in particular www.saverscene.com.au (now closed as I move into gardening as a profession) that ones about bargains and finance in Australia, very similar to the UK one, a few friends asked me to set it up as it’s often hard to find info on finance, deals & bargains on websites in Oz.   Just new so taking up a fair bit of time finding resources, meaning little time for bird watching again.

I did get outside a few times to take Chewie (my dog) out and a trip to B&Q, I noticed that the crocuses are now pushing through the snow and flowering which was great to see!  There’s also 1 daffodil ready to come show, it’s sitting all bright and yellow amongst the snow.

Here’s my garden bird list for today, great to see Bullfinches back:

  1. Blackbird x 4, 3xM 1xF
  2. Black-headed Gull x 1
  3. Blue Tit x 1
  4. Bullfinch x 2 – male and female
  5. Coal Tit x 1
  6. Dunnock x 2
  7. Great Tit x 1
  8. Magpie x 1
  9. Woodpigeon x 4

2 Bullfinches showed for a bit, plus my usual garden birds.

Interestingly no Long-tailed tits, that I saw today, but I did get the 3 others that visit the garden.  Once again it was a busy day of DIY and trying to get a fair bit done on other websites in particular (UPDATE: saverscene now CLOSED due to moving to carer in horticulture hope to have my gardening website up early 2019) that ones about bargains and finance in Australia, very similar to the UK one, a few friends asked me to set it up as it’s often hard to find info on finance, deals & bargains on websites in Oz.   Just new so taking up a fair bit of time finding resources, meaning little time for bird watching again.

I did get outside a few times to take Chewie (my dog) out and a trip to B&Q, I noticed that the crocuses are now pushing through the snow and flowering which was great to see!  There’s also 1 daffodil ready to come show, it’s sitting all bright and yellow amongst the snow.

Here’s my garden bird list for today, great to see Bullfinches back:

  1. Blackbird x 4, 3xM 1xF
  2. Black-headed Gull x 1
  3. Blue Tit x 1
  4. Bullfinch x 2 – male and female
  5. Coal Tit x 1
  6. Dunnock x 2
  7. Great Tit x 1
  8. Magpie x 1
  9. Woodpigeon x 4

Where have all my house sparrows gone?

Wow the snow really came down hard over night and most of today, I only had brief chances to look outside as I was doing DIY projects trying to get a room ready for when my parents come over from Australia on Sunday!!!  Hopefully we’ll make it in time, and between DIY and watching birds I was doing the finance updates for ISAs, credit cards and saving accounts over on www.saverscene.co.uk (now closed as I move into gardening as a profession) – I try to find the best rates to help everyone, it’s tough time for savers!

I did a great list of birds even for the short time I managed to look outside, the blackbird count was fantastic, interesting to note that it was 4 male and 1 female.  I’m pretty sure there was a Black-headed gull and it looked as if the summer plumage had really come in and looked fantastic:

  1. Blackbird x 5
  2. Black-headed Gull x 1
  3. Blue Tit x 2
  4. Coal Tit x 1
  5. Dunnock x 2
  6. Greenfinch x 2
  7. Long-tailed tit x 1
  8. Magpie x 1
  9. Woodpigeon x 2

It’s weird that pretty much after I put up a RSPB terraced nestbox for house sparrows and about that time they all disappeared!  Not seen them for over 2 weeks.

Where have all my house sparrows gone?

Wow the snow really came down hard over night and most of today, I only had brief chances to look outside as I was doing DIY projects trying to get a room ready for when my parents come over from Australia on Sunday!!!  Hopefully we’ll make it in time, and between DIY and watching birds I was doing the finance updates for ISAs, credit cards and saving accounts over on (UPDATE: saverscene now CLOSED due to moving to carer in horticulture hope to have my gardening website up early 2019) – I try to find the best rates to help everyone, it’s tough time for savers!

I did a great list of birds even for the short time I managed to look outside, the blackbird count was fantastic, interesting to note that it was 4 male and 1 female.  I’m pretty sure there was a Black-headed gull and it looked as if the summer plumage had really come in and looked fantastic:

  1. Blackbird x 5
  2. Black-headed Gull x 1
  3. Blue Tit x 2
  4. Coal Tit x 1
  5. Dunnock x 2
  6. Greenfinch x 2
  7. Long-tailed tit x 1
  8. Magpie x 1
  9. Woodpigeon x 2

It’s weird that pretty much after I put up a RSPB terraced nestbox for house sparrows and about that time they all disappeared!  Not seen them for over 2 weeks.

Added Collared Dove to my list today :D

Well done to England in the Rugby, probably the more exciting game of the weekend, got a bit worried about the scrums and ref at the start but things settled.  English defence is amazing!  Now onto the birds, I managed to add another first for the garden a collared dove, very happy to see one show up in the garden, although it’s the one bird my dog doesn’t seem to like due to the noise they make.

The day started with heavy snow showers, it was quickly burnt off by the sun, then returned intermittently throughout the day and as dusk rolled in was quite heavy again and is lying out there now. It was the first day the feeders were heavily used in a few weeks and were almost cleared out.  The Long Tailed Tits were back and was great to see 2 birds together inside a RSPB half coconut eating the fat, it seems to be their favourite as they dash to branches near by have a feed then back to the coconut.

Here’s my list for today:

  1. Blackbird x 1
  2. Blue Tit x 2
  3. Carrion crow x 4 fly over
  4. Coal Tit x 1
  5. Collared Dove x 1
  6. Dunnock x 1
  7. Feral Pigeon x 1
  8. Long-tailed tit x 2
  9. Magpie x 2
  10. Woodpigeon x 1

I wonder where all my house sparrows have gone?  Not seen any since February 23rd

Added Collared Dove to my list today.

Well done to England in the Rugby, probably the more exciting game of the weekend, got a bit worried about the scrums and ref at the start but things settled.  English defence is amazing!  Now onto the birds, I managed to add another first for the garden a collared dove, very happy to see one show up in the garden, although it’s the one bird my dog doesn’t seem to like due to the noise they make.

The day started with heavy snow showers, it was quickly burnt off by the sun, then returned intermittently throughout the day and as dusk rolled in was quite heavy again and is lying out there now. It was the first day the feeders were heavily used in a few weeks and were almost cleared out.  The Long Tailed Tits were back and was great to see 2 birds together inside a RSPB half coconut eating the fat, it seems to be their favourite as they dash to branches near by have a feed then back to the coconut.

Here’s my list for today:

  1. Blackbird x 1
  2. Blue Tit x 2
  3. Carrion crow x 4 fly over
  4. Coal Tit x 1
  5. Collared Dove x 1
  6. Dunnock x 1
  7. Feral Pigeon x 1
  8. Long-tailed tit x 2
  9. Magpie x 2
  10. Woodpigeon x 1

I wonder where all my house sparrows have gone?  Not seen any since February 23rd

A very grey day today in Edinburgh, spent inside playing Halo on the Xbox

I didn’t get a lot of bird watching today, just when I was outside with Chewie (my dog) as there’s a free Xbox 360 Live Gold weekend in the UK  Free Xbox LIVE Gold Weekend March 8th to 10th 2013 in the UK and because I can’t afford a gold membership I’ve been taking advantage of it (not good for my carpal tunnel!).  And of course the Rugby was on today, bit disappointed with the Scottish game today, but 18 points, all penalty kicks, was still decent for Scotland.

However I did get out a few times and managed to spot a few birds and I saw the Long-tailed tits every time I was outside today, hopefully it means they’re sticking around the garden somewhere.  That’d be great, they’re also very happy with me being 2 meters away from them, very happy with that, my have to get my camera out soon!

Here’s my bird list for day.

  1. Blackbird x – I think there was singing at about 4.30am, however not 100% sure if it was a blackbird, anyone got a good recording?
  2. Carrion crow x 4 – fly overs
  3. Coal Tit x 1
  4. Long-tailed tit x 2
  5. Magpie x 1
  6. Starlings x 9 – flyovers
  7. Woodpigeon x 1

A grey day today, very few birds about.

Very grey and wet again today and little action in the garden, I’m wondering if maybe the Long-tailed Tits are nesting nearby as they’re around a lot of the day at the moment, they flit from my garden to the next and back, great to hear them, one of my favourites!

 

  1. Blackbird x 1
  2. Blue Tit x 1
  3. Long-tailed tit x 2
  4. Magpie x – Heard but not seen today
  5. Woodpigeon x 3

Magpies getting ready for nesting, small garden bird list.

It was grey, misty and wet here in Edinburgh today, I thought that will bring the birds to the garden searching for food, but I was wrong, a very slow day on the feeders however there were 2 magpies breaking twigs off the tree in the front garden and preparing for a nest, be great to know where they’re nesting!  Here’s my garden bird list for today:

  1. Blackbird x 2
  2. Chaffinch x 1 – female
  3. Coal Tit x 1
  4. Long-tailed tit x 2
  5. Magpie x 3 – 2 of them were collecting twigs for nesting
  6. Woodpigeon x 2

I received an email about a free packaging and postage voucher code for the RSPB shop when you spend over £25, more details can be found here:

RSPB free postage voucher code – not sure how long the voucher code goes for as there didn’t seem to be an expiry date.