Mating rituals of the Woodpigeon… Also very few birds again.

It’s been a slow few days, it’s got grey and cold again, the only highlight of bird watching today was getting to watch the mating behaviour of the woodpigeons, a fascinating dance that happens right under our noses and people don’t seem to even bother watching!  I added some notes as I watched the birds today.

  1. Blackbird x 1
  2. Carrion crow x 3 – one was bouncing up and down on twigs at the tops of small trees, it looked as it was trying to break off branches for nesting.
  3. Coal Tit x 1
  4. Dunnock x 1
  5. Woodpigeon x 3 – the mating rituals were funny today, a male was displaying to a female on top of some metal chimneys and the sound they were making it reminded me of tap dancers, absolutely fantastic!

Talking of mating behaviour you have to see the video footage of a Peacock spider from Australia.

I was hoping to write up a bit about the Fly On the Wall Wildlife Cameras that I mentioned yesterday, but once again it’s after 23.00 and I’ve been exhausted by a long day and very sore ankles.  Hopefully tomorrow will bring more information about these camera setups and their voucher code. 

Cold day in Edinburgh, ISA updates for new season, more DIY, and a few extra birds!

It’s Monday so that means a very busy day updating the best interest rates for ISAs, Savings Accounts and deals on Credit Cards, ISA season has started for the tax year of 2013/14 and there’s a new allowance, so do try and make the most of your ISA by getting in early, you can find the best interest rates here: saverscene.com/isa-individual-savings-accounts/ (now closed as I move into gardening as a profession) – hope that helps, if you do have any questions do feel free to ask!

Due to the changing of the tax year ISA season has been incredibly busy for me, very few birds were seen today, but I did notice that the female bullfinch was only around very briefly and that it was much skinnier (may have been a different bird) than the one I saw last week, the male continued to forage by itself.  Does anyone know; Do female’s loose a lot of body size after laying eggs?  I sure hope they’re nesting near by!

The Garden bird list was pretty much all the usual suspects, plus I saw a couple of Jackdaws from the car in Corstorphine Edinburgh, not far from the house, plus a pied wagtail when I was out at Hermiston Gait getting even more paint and other DIY tools, always feels odd when I don’t have the right tool as I had everything I needed back in Australia, but due to carpal tunnel I’ve not done as much mending as I would normally and my dad keeps asking where’s this or that and end up going to buy one, once again I’m rambling but here’s my garden bird list:

  1. Blackbird x 1
  2. Blue Tit x 3
  3. Bullfinch x 2 – the female looked a lot smaller than last week! Hope that means she’s laid some eggs somewhere.
  4. Carrion crow x 4 fly overs
  5. Coal Tit x 1
  6. Dunnock x 3 – really showing mating behaviour.
  7. Jackdaws x 2 – from car in Corstorphine
  8. Long-tailed tit x 2
  9. Magpie x 2
  10. Pied Wagtail x 1 – Car park Hermiston Gait – West Edinburgh, once again back at B&Q for more DIY gear!
  11. Woodpigeon x 1

Sunday 7th of April Garden Bird list, went to see Chris Addison last night.

Another very busy Sunday with DIY and out to comedy last night, saw Chris Addison a regular on Mock the Week, good fun!  Was exhausted when I got home so here’s yesterdays list of birds:

  1. Blackbird x 1 – singing from 5.30am today
  2. Blue Tit x 2 – getting very territorial
  3. Carrion crow x 1
  4. Coal Tit x 1
  5. Dunnock x 3 – also very territorial.
  6. Long-tailed tit x 2 – thought I was going to miss the charming couple that visit the garden, but they showed up about 5pm :D
  7. Magpie x 2
  8. Woodpigeon x 3

Festival of the Spoken Nerd, Garden Bird list & night time visitor.

This first entry was from last night on the way to an Edinburgh to see a Science Festival show – we went to see Festival of the Spoken Nerd and on the way there I spotted a common buzzard just near Murrayfield Stadium.  The show was excellent full of fun science ideas and a good amount of comedy.

  1. Common Buzzard – seen on side of road.

Today wasn’t a great day for birdwatching instead a lot more DIY and when not doing that trying to stay off my feet as my ankle tendons are popping out a little too often, all very frustrating!  On arriving home last night I took chewie out for a final visit to the garden and heard the wonderful call of a tawny owl.  Here’s my garden bird list for today:

 

  1. Blackbird x 2
  2. Blue Tit x 2
  3. Carrion crow x 2 flying over
  4. Coal Tit x 1
  5. Dunnock x 3
  6. Long-tailed tit x 2 – they were around almost every time I was outside today.
  7. Magpie x 2
  8. Tawny Owl x 1 -heard only
  9. Woodpigeon x 4

Garden bird list for the 5th of April, noticed the LTTs were getting bossed by the BTs

Finally back on form and getting my bird list up earlier today, once again it’s from my garden, I really have to get out to a few places, my ankle’s are slowly improving, here’s my Garden Bird List for April 5th:

  1. Blackbird x 1 – was singing from 4am, but I was up anyway due to Chewie my dog being very ill. Poor guy!
  2. Blue Tit x 2
  3. Coal Tit x 1
  4. Dunnock x 3
  5. Long-tailed tit x 1, it was feeding on the RSPB Suet Cakes, I also noticed that the Blue Tits were chasing it off the fat.
  6. Woodpigeon x 3

Garden Bird list for 4th of April 2013. RSPB £4 off Suet Cakes.

I’ve been incredibly busy, the Edinburgh Science festival is on and a few friends have been up from England for it and keeping me out late at night when I normally get my bird updates done.  I had great sightings of the Long-tailed tits, I’m pretty sure they’re nesting in the hedge, or in the neighbours garden, I saw them collecting nesting materials and were back and forth through the hedge very quickly!  If you do have Long-tailed tits visiting they love RSPB suet cakes, there’s currently £4 off them for the next few days, I’ve done a post about them here: RSPB £4 off Suet cakes – check the latest RSPB Sales they just love them!

Also had much better views of a Common Buzzard, one was much lower today, still getting mobbed by gulls, also pretty sure blackbirds are nesting in the garden!  Nothing’s taken up the nest box I’ve put up yet.

In sadder news I was getting the greenhouse ready for some plants, was left by previous owner of the house, very helpful for salad growth over the winter!  However as I was looking around I found a frog had baked in there from the heat, I have started checking it every time I’m outside and going to try and find a way to get a bit of regular water in there!

Now for the Garden bird list for the 4th of April – sorry it’s a bit late, again!

  1. Blackbird x 1
  2. Blue Tit x 2
  3. Carrion crow x 2 – flyovers.
  4. Coal Tit x 1
  5. Common Buzzard x 1
  6. Dunnock x 3
  7. Long-tailed tit x 2
  8. Magpie x 2
  9. Woodpigeon x 3

Bird list for April 3rd 2013, and British Bees need help!

Sorry my bird list is a day late, been very hectic with my parents over from Australia, they’ve been wanting to see a fair few things, and  get a lot done around the house, also with UK ISA season happening at the moment I’ve been answering a lot of emails trying to help people save and make the most they can out of ISAs (it’s not great out there at the moment!), as well as keeping up to date with the Australian finance pages: Saver Scene Australia: Finance (now closed as I move into gardening as a profession) so far just got the savings done for this week, but about to start on credit cards and best bank accounts.  These websites will hopefully only be something I run while I’m injured, as I really want  to  get back to photography, but had to do something to earn money as I couldn’t get into any jobs with my ankle tendons and the carpal tunnel strikes bad at times, I wouldn’t feel right asking an employer to pay me when I knew I couldn’t do the work at 100%!

My parents are enjoying the UK, have already ducked off to Paris where they said it was freezing cold, worse than Edinburgh! They’re looking forward to more travel and I’ve been trying to teach them the UK birds that visit my garden, thankfully a few of them have been very obliging and 2 long-tailed tits landed less than a foot away from my dad’s face while he was in the garden yesterday, they sang for a bit and then moved on quickly, as LTTs always do!

Garden Bird list for April 3rd:

  1. Blackbird x 1
  2. Blue Tit x 1
  3. Bullfinch x 1, 1xF
  4. Carrion crow x 2
  5. Coal Tit x 1
  6. Common Buzzard x 1 – very high overhead, once again gulls mobbing it
  7. Dunnock x 1
  8. Long-tailed tit x 2
  9. Magpie x 2, looks to be the same pair collecting twigs off the front trees for their nest, they’ve pretty much stripped the top of one tree of it’s leaves.
  10. Robin x 1 – great to see the robin back!
  11. Woodpigeon x 1

This was posting on the Lothian Birds News yahoo group:

British Bees need help:
“There’s mounting evidence that some pesticides are killing bees. But the UK Environment Minister recently refused to support a European vote to stop the pesticides being used” There is just a few weeks to change the Ministers mind before he votes again

85,000 people have already signed a petition to demand that he protects our bees. The target is to reach 100,000 signatories. You can get involved @ https://secure.38degrees.org.uk/save-our-bees.

Bees and other insects pollinate about three quarters of our food so are incredibly important. Bees are dying in great numbers.

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.

Garden:

  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.

Woodpigeons mobbing magpies & Long-tailed tit back!

The magpies are still building their nest in the monkey puzzle tree opposite, however I noticed that the woodpigeons are mobbing the magpies, anyone else seen this behaviour?

  1. Blackbird x 1
  2. Blue Tit x 1
  3. Carrion crow x 2 – fly over
  4. Coal Tit x 1
  5. Dunnock x 2
  6. Long-tailed tit x 1
  7. Magpie x 2
  8. Woodpigeon x 3 – I noticed one of these was mobbing the magpies as they were making their nest. Anyone know if this is normal? I’ve seen it in song birds before but not woodpigeons.