Lovely sunny day in Edinburgh Scotland, great for a garden bird list.

A very sunny and beautiful day in Edinburgh which produced a decent garden bird list including the 3 main tits, only 1 of each but I was still happy with that!

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

This weeks Bird Guides photo of the week is a great pic of a crested tit – Bird Guides – Crested Tit – a fantastic shot of a very startled looking bird.

Dunnocks showing mating behaviour, my garden bird list.

Yesterday I’d forgotten to add a Robin to my list, it wasn’t in my garden and i hadn’t written it down when I saw it, so edited the post and all up to date now.  Today all seen in the garden or flying over, first time there’s been a great tit for a while and the dunnocks are displaying a lot of mating behaviour.  Here’s the list of birds I saw today:

  1. Blackbird x 3
  2. Blue Tit x 1
  3. Coal Tit x 1
  4. Dunnock x 3
  5. Great Tit x 1
  6. House Sparrow x 7
  7. Lesser black-backed gull x 3 fly overs – a new one for this year, although probably seen them at a distance they’d never been close enough to ID.
  8. Magpie x 1 – heard only
  9. Woodpigeon x 3

The Cat is back so very few birds.

Sadly the cat is back, it runs away for 5 minutes and then is back stalking in the grass, I’ve now put some wire around the bottom of the hedge to try and stop it getting in, but sadly it means the fox and badger won’t be able to use the same path, very frustrating!  I won’t be able to keep an eye on outside as much as on the weekend as today is the day I update my finance pages today: SaverScence.co.uk [closed June 2018 as I move to a career in gardening after studying horticulture at Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh] – UK finance for the best rates for savings & ISAs, hopefully there’ll be more birds tomorrow.  here’s my very meagre list:

  1. Blackbird x 2
  2. Blue Tit x 2
  3. Coal Tit x 1 update 13.55 – during my lunch break :D
  4. Great Tit x 2 update 13.55
  5. Magpie x 1 update 13.55
  6. Robin x 1 update 13.55
  7. Woodpigeon x 1

Long-tailed Tit & a mixed flock of tits in the garden today.

Thought it was going to be incredibly quiet in the garden today as there’d been very little and then a mixed flock of tits came through including 3 of my favourites the Long-tailed Tit – Know Your Tits – Long-tailed Tits – something I wrote last year as I was trying to get my hands working again and get myself excited about photography & birding – okay never lost either passion just hadn’t been doing it.  I would get a bit down when I heard of a great bird sighting or seeing a fantastic photo as I knew I couldn’t get out and see the bird or take photos!  I’ve added a photo of a Long-tailed Tit that was shot out of the bedroom window while I was recovering from my first ankle surgery.   The flock included the 3 long-tailed tits, 3 coal tits, 2 blue tits and a great tit:

  1. Blackbird x 2
  2. Blue Tit x 2
  3. Coal Tit x 3
  4. Dunnock x 2
  5. Great Tit x 1
  6. Herring Gull x 1 – I think it looked to be a juvenile
  7. House Sparrow x 2
  8. Long-tailed Tit x 3
  9. Magpie x 1
  10. Woodpigeon x 3

Long Tail Tit - Aegithalos caudatus - Scotland UK

Long-tailed tit in the rain.

My location as ever at my house, I hope this changes soon!

12 different species of birds in my garden today, plus a photo of a Coal Tit.

I was hoping to get out and see the waxwings that were near Murrayfield today, however due to the tyre blowout on Christmas Eve and not been able to get it repaired during the last week over Christmas/New Years as everything is closed, my wife can’t drive me anywhere (I can’t drive at the moment due to my ankle tendons popping out when I press the accelerator) so once again my what birds I’ve seen today comes from the garden, I’ve added a photo of a coal tit I shot a while back, hope you like it. This maybe the longest list of species for one record so far:

  1. Blackbird x 3
  2. Blue Tit x 2
  3. Bullfinch x 1 (female)
  4. Chaffinch x 1
  5. Coal Tit x 3
  6. Dunnock x 1
  7. Great Tit x 1
  8. Greenfinch x 5
  9. Herring Gull x 1
  10. House Sparrow x 3
  11. Magpie x 4
  12. Woodpigeon x 4

The photo of the coal tit on a bird seed feeder:

Coal tit

Coal tit on Garden bird feeder.

Seed and feeder supplied by the RSPB.

Very very windy here in Edinburgh

Looks like the wind has scared off a lot of the birds today, I waited and did a second count this afternoon and it was worse than this list from this morning, although was nice to see a Great Tit, they’re not a regular to my garden, the coal tits we can get up 10 at once and blue tits about 5, I think record for my garden for Long-tailed tits was 16!

  1. Blackbird x 2
  2. Blue Tit x 1
  3. Chaffinch x 1
  4. Coal Tit x 2
  5. Dunnock x 1
  6. Great Tit x 1
  7. Greenfinch x 2
  8. Herring Gull x 2 fly overs
  9. House Sparrow x 3

Here’s one of my Coal tit photos:

Coal Tit launching into flight – Gavin Hamilton

Coal Tit launching into flight – Gavin Hamilton