RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch – Day 1.

Hi all, I’ve been busy getting ready for Australia day celebrations and I only got an hour of straight birdwatching for the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch, normally I look out the window when getting lunch, breakfast etc.  I hope to get a better count tomorrow for the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch, today’s list wasn’t as full as my usual list of garden birds:

  1. Blackbird x 1
  2. Blue Tit x 1
  3. Coal Tit x 2
  4. Fieldfare x 1 – this one was later than the hour I did, once again my dog alerted me to the fact there was a different bird that he doesn’t recognise the call.
  5. Greenfinch x 1
  6. House Sparrow x 2
  7. Magpie x 9
  8. Robin x 1

Don’t forget the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch this weekend!

The RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch is starting tomorrow so make sure you count your birds and submit it, more here: Big Garden Birdwatch Ad and The RSPB: Big Garden Birdwatch.  I had another first for the year, an Oystercatcher, not in my garden although I have seen one in the past during the very wet July of 2012 and we live on a hill!  It was on a field on Carrington Road Edinburgh.

Here’s my Garden List:

  1. Blackbird x 1
  2. Blue Tit x 1
  3. Bullfinch x 1
  4. Coal Tit x 3
  5. Greenfinch x 4
  6. House Sparrow x 2
  7. Long-Tailed Tit x 2
  8. Woodpigeon x 3

And the 1 Oystercatcher:

  1. Oystercatcher

A good list for just looking during breakfast & lunch.

Once again my listing’s a bit later than normal today, a lot on at the moment.  Still had a chance to check at breakfast & lunch for a few birds and came up with a decent list, including just one fieldfare today:

  1. Blackbird x 2
  2. Blue Tit x 1
  3. Carrion crow x 6
  4. Coal Tit x 2
  5. Dunnock x 1
  6. Fieldfare x 1
  7. Greenfinch x 2
  8. House Sparrow x 4
  9. Robin x 1
  10. Woodpigeon x 1

Hopefully have a few more photos for the site soon.

The birds I saw today were in my garden:

2 fieldfare show up, another first for the year!

Sorry my post is so late, sadly it’s not because I was out birding it was due to working from 6am till 8pm with a short break to see some birds which my dog had alerted me to due to the different calls they were making; he gets worried when there’s different noises from the garden birds as it usually means a cat or sparrowhawk is about.  Today it wasn’t due to any predatory birds or cats but instead a pair of fieldfare making a fair bit of noise, another first for the year.  Here’s the birds I’ve seen today:

  1. Blackbird x 2
  2. Blue Tit x 1
  3. Carrion crow x 2
  4. Coal Tit x 2
  5. Dunnock x 3
  6. Fieldfare x 2
  7. Greenfinch x 1
  8. House Sparrow x 2
  9. Woodpigeon x 3

I tried to get shots of the Fieldfares but they were far away in bad light, I did get some record shots which I hope to add soon.

Once again it was in my garden.

Snow clearing and more birds starting to show.

I hope everyone’s had a good day, if you’ve been out birding feel free to join the site and add your bird lists to the website and share the joy of birding with the world!  My garden was a little busier than yesterday and almost all the snow has melted here in Edinburgh, although the Pentlands still look fantastic with their white covering.  Here’s my garden bird list for today:

  1. Blackbird x 2
  2. Blue Tit x 1
  3. Coal Tit x 1
  4. Dunnock x 1
  5. Greenfinch x 5
  6. House Sparrow x 2
  7. Magpie x 2
  8. Woodpigeon x 4

My location as ever in my garden.

Snow has started again and the birds are all in hiding.

The snow started falling at about 9am today, but even before that I’d only seen 1 blackbird and since not much has changed, probably the biggest number of Blue tits I’ve had at one time in the garden but very little else:

  1. Blackbird x 3
  2. Blue Tit x 5
  3. Coal Tit x 1

I’m hoping to take a gentle stroll around a pond later today after seeing the surgeon that did my last operation which sadly hasn’t worked.  Maybe able to add a few more birds.

Great to hear 12 house sparrows in the garden.

The garden bird list today is a bit short, but I was very happy to see 12 house sparrows they’re so great to hear the noisy chatter in the garden:

  1. Blackbird x 3
  2. Blue Tit x 4
  3. Carrion crow x 1
  4. Chaffinch x 2
  5. Coal Tit x 1
  6. Greenfinch x 1
  7. House Sparrow x 12
  8. Robin x 1 added 13.20
  9. Woodpigeon x 1

The SOC Laurie Campbell nature photography exhibition and snow!

Managed to get out to Aberlady to the SOC Waterston House to see the new Laurie Campbell nature photography exhibition – find out more as with all of Laurie’s work it was fantastic! The crowd was very small, by the time it was closing only 1 other person was there, however we didn’t get there until quite late due to work and slow going on the roads due to snow.

With the snow I thought there’d be a lot more birds in the garden, especially as I was outside filling the feeders at about midnight so I knew they’d be full for the morning, hardly anything’s been touched, here’s my list so far, hopefully update later in the day:

  1. Blackbird x 4
  2. Black-headed Gull x 2 – fly overs
  3. Blue Tit x 2
  4. Bullfinch x 3
  5. Carrion crow x 1 – fly over
  6. Coal Tit x 2
  7. Dunnock x 3
  8. Greenfinch x 1
  9. House Sparrow x 9
  10. Robin x 1
  11. Woodpigeon x 3

Ground frozen solid and the garden birds not staying around.

The ground has frozen solid in my garden and the birds seem very busy flying around but not settling long enough to see what they are, they don’t seem that interested in the feeders today, I had noticed a fair few insects in the air yesterday which surprised me for such a cold winters day. Off to watch BBC Winterwatch on the iplayer and see if Chris Packham’s added any more Madness song titles to his list, here’s my very cold morning’s garden bird count:

  1. Blackbird x 4
  2. Blue Tit x 2
  3. Carrion crow x 1
  4. Chaffinch x 1
  5. Coal Tit x 2
  6. Dunnock x 1 added 11.34
  7. House Sparrow x 11 updated 11.34
  8. Magpie x 1 added 11.34
  9. Robin x 1 added 11.34
  10. Woodpigeon x 3

Chris Packham and Winterwatch Madness, my garden bird list.

Just watching BBC’s Winterwatch on the iplayer – I don’t have a TV licence so can’t watch it live – I had started noticing that Chris Packham has been adding Madness song titles, but I don’t know enough of their songs so I probably missed a few.  My garden’s been slightly quieter today, but I hope to get a bit more bird watching in later during a lunch break.  I did get lucky and spot 2 bullfinches out of the window whilst watching winterwatch:

  1. Blackbird x 2
  2. Blue Tit x 2
  3. Bullfinch x 2
  4. Coal Tit x 2
  5. House Sparrows x 5 – added 12.47
  6. Woodpigeon x 3 – updated 12.47