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.

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

Another new species for the year, not in the garden though.

Monday’s are always busy as I do the finance updates on the best ISAs, Savings & Credit cards on www.saverscene.co.uk (now closed as I move into gardening as a profession) and everything in the Individual Savings Accounts have pretty much changed as we come to the end of the financial year.  But today I had a appointment for my carpal tunnel, then I got home to find that my mum just over from Australia had a freezing cold shower, she thought she’d done something wrong but it seems that the new boiler installed a week and a bit ago had stopped working…  My Dad an electrician decided to have a look and found one of our fuses (probably from the 1950s) had burnt out, but that wasn’t affecting the boiler.

Deciding to try and find the old style gear to fix it; we wandered into a industrial estate near The Gyle Edinburgh and saw my first Rook of the year!  We managed to find a few parts and then bodge some of the older ones together, he looked at the state of the rest of the fuse box and said it’d last another 50 years compared to the new ones in the electronic stores which he gave maybe 10.   So it’s almost all working and the boiler’s back up and going, after all this we get a letter  saying the plumbers want an extra £720 for the work took longer than they estimated, when I got the estimate I was told 5 days, it took 5 days… So hmmm not happy!  Anyway I got a good look at a rook digging around in the ground, fantastic looking birds, I guess most people probably don’t feel that way about Rooks, but I like them.

Sorry to go on, just like to keep people up to date on how much time I have to watch birds, today was very little but I still got a decent list:

  1. Blackbird x 1
  2. Blue Tit x 1
  3. Bullfinch x 2, 1xm, 1xf
  4. Carrion crow x 1
  5. Coal Tit x 1
  6. Dunnock x 3
  7. Magpie x 1
  8. Rook x 1 – not in my garden, between The Gyle Edinburgh and Corstorphine.
  9. Starlings x 11
  10. Woodpigeon x 2

A new species for the garden today! Rain, Rain, some sun, Rain!

Finally my current profile picture matches the day with my pint of Guiness and St Patrick’s Day hat, Happy St Patrick’s day!

A new bird has shown up in the garden today, 2 siskin 1 male and 1 female, very pleased with that!  Also 4 bullfinches and the males were looking superb!  Even with the rain they shone brightly in what light there was this morning.

The DIY is almost complete, a bit late as my parents arrived today, great to see them over from Australia been about 18 months since I last saw them and 5 years since they last saw my wife.   Now onto the birds:

  1. Blackbird x 1
  2. Blue Tit x 1
  3. Bullfinch x 4, 2 x m, 2 x f
  4. Coal Tit x 1
  5. Dunnock x 3
  6. Great Tit x 1
  7. Robin x 1
  8. Siskin x 2 – 1 x m, 1 x f
  9. Woodpigeon x 1

I don’t know if this will be of interest to anyone but a user on the Australian Saver Scene has put out a challenge: (UPDATE: saverscene now CLOSED due to moving to carer in horticulture hope to have my gardening website up early 2019) there’s already a few good money saving ideas, so if you have one feel free to add it over there, I always feel money saved means more bird seed and when I can walk better more money for petrol to go birding and camera gear photographing (I’m hooked on wildlife!  But hope to be back doing landscapes soon), so try hard to do a lot of the saving ideas.

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

A very warm day in Edinburgh and a great day of birding and gardening!

Wow what a wonderful day in Edinburgh, I actually think I got sunburnt!  It was definitely T-shirt weather, great for being out in the garden and there were a lot of birds around, finally got a full set of tits that visit my garden in one day, here’s the list:

  1. Blackbird x 1
  2. Blue Tit x 1
  3. Bullfinch x 1 Male
  4. Carrion crow x 2
  5. Coal Tit x 1
  6. Common Buzzard x 1 -flying the lowest I’ve seen it over my house.  Very awesome!
  7. Dunnock x 2
  8. Feral Pigeon x 1
  9. Great Tit x 1
  10. Long-tailed tit x 2
  11. Magpie x 2
  12. Woodpigeon x 2

Not sure where the chaffinches, robins and wrens have got to this year, the wren hasn’t even made it on the list yet and we’re over 2 months in!

I’m not sure if I’ll have internet access for the next few days, so don’t worry if I’m not here.  I will try and do the finance updates for SaverScene & Saver Scene Australia (now closed as I move into gardening as a profession) and any bird lists that I get to see if I have internet access, if not they’ll be a few days late, but will keep record.

Watched the Rugby, more DIY and few birds about.

What a wonderful day for Scottish Rugby!  Today started with snow, a lot of snow but a few hours later there was almost none lying, by the end of the day it was just a boggy mess.  I would have expected a lot more birds around however there’s also a lot of insects about so the birds aren’t needing the feeders as much as a few weeks ago.  It’s amazing how many moths are about, talking to others they’ve had almost none but I’m having to remove and release up to 5 a day from the house, so there should be a lot more out and about.  Here’s my list for today:

  1. Blackbird x 1
  2. Blue Tit x 2
  3. Bullfinch x 1 – female
  4. Dunnock x 1
  5. Feral Pigeon x 1
  6. Magpie x 2
  7. Woodpigeon x 4 – really showing mating behaviour today.

Garden Bird List, Scottish Birdfair 2 for 1 tickets and Wexford Starling Murmuration!

A very quiet day in the garden, a couple of magpies back and 1 female bullfinch which was a delight to see, but the weather’s turned cold again and the birds are back to feeding rapidly and not showing much in the way of breeding behaviour.

If you’re thinking of going to the Scottish Birdfair – www.scottishbirdfair.org.uk – there’s currently an offer on until the 17th of March 2013 where you can get early bird 2 for 1 tickets!  You just have to use the voucher codes: Day tickets – 241RSPBDay or Weekend tickets – 241RSPBWeekend I’m hoping to go for the weekend this year, I enjoyed last year but only got a day ticket and went on the wet Saturday where there were 2 hour lines for food, hopefully food tents are better prepared this year!

Here’s my garden bird list for today:

  1. Blackbird x 2
  2. Blue Tit x 2
  3. Bullfinch x 1 – female
  4. Coal Tit x 1
  5. Dunnock x 2
  6. Great Tit x 2
  7. House Sparrow x 3
  8. Magpie x 2
  9. Woodpigeon x 1

you may have noticed there’s still no Starlings, I’ve been watching the Monkey Puzzle tree opposite to see if they roost in there each evening and all I’ve seen in the last few 2 days is woodpigeon and magpies, however the tree does make for a great silhouette.

Monkey Puzzle tree silhouette

Monkey Puzzle tree silhouette – you can also see the silhouette of a woodpigeon just to the left.

although I’ve not seen any starlings about there’s some great scenes in Wexford Ireland:

Wexford Starling Murmuration

Thanks to BirdGuides Ireland & Edward Delaney for this video.

Starlings gathering together at at roost site in one of nature’s most amazing spectacles, a murmuration. And what makes it even more amazing is that no-one really understands why they perform these amazing aerobatics. Enjoy!

If you want to try and see a starling murmuration yourself BBC Winterwatch have put this list together: Where to experience a starling murmuration this winter.

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