It’s time now for the start of my 2018 Garden bird list 2017 showed most of the common British garden birds with a total of 34 birds, unlike 2016 where I had a few more unusual birds for a city garden and a total of 40.
Sadly Dystonia will mainly have me stuck at home again, update August 2018 I was studying horticulture at the Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh to learn more about making my garden wildlife friendly sadly I broke my ribs and tore my oblique muscles in February and then broke a couple of vertebrae in May it means my studies are on hold again. I may try and do a separate RBGE bird list as the gardens have a great diversity of bird species there and are fantastic to watch.
Once again for 2018 I’ll be using bird food from RSPB.
The 2018 Edinburgh, Scotland garden bird list:
- Blackbird – Jan 1st – first bird of the year
- Black-headed gull – March 4th – FO
- Blackcap – Jan 2nd
- Blue Tit – Jan 1st
- Bullfinch – Feb 3rd
- Carrion Crow – Jan 1st
- Chaffinch – March 3rd
- ChiffChaff – edited from Willow Warbler – August 30th – due to: emargination on the sixth primary, thanks to all those that helped ID the bird on the twitter post ID help please
- Coal Tit – Jan 2nd
- Collared Dove – Jan 3rd
- Common Buzzard – March 7th – FO
- Dunnock – Jan 1st
- Feral Pigeon – Jan 25th
- Fieldfare – Jan 18th
- Goldcrest – Jan 13th
- Goldfinch – Jan 3rd
- Great Spotted Woodpecker – Sept 8th
- Great Tit – Jan 1st
- Grey Heron – March 2nd – FO, lots of snow.
- Greenfinch – Jan 16th
- House Sparrow – Jan 1st
- Jackdaw – Jan – 8th
- Kestrel – Feb 22nd – FOx2, only second time I’ve seen Kestrels over the garden.
- Lesser black-backed gull – March 4th
- Long-tailed Tit – Jan 2nd
- Magpie – Jan 2nd
- Oystercatcher – Jan 19th – FO
- Redwing – March 3rd – snow on the ground.
- Robin – Jan 1st
- Rook – April 21st
- Song Thrush – March 4th – snow still on ground.
- Sparrowhawk – Jan 13th
- Starlings – Jan 7th
- Swift – June 12th
- Woodpigeon – Jan 1st
- Wren – Jan 10th
8 Species as of January 1st 2018.
12 Species as of January 2nd 2018.
14 Species as of January 3rd 2018.
15 Species as of January 7th 2018.
16 Species as of January 8th 2018.
17 Species as of January 10th 2018.
19 Species as of January 13th 2018.
20 Species as of January 16th 2018.
21 Species as of January 18th 2018.
22 Species as of January 19th 2018.
23 Species as of January 25th 2018.
24 Species as of February 3rd 2018.
25 Species as of February 22nd 2018.
26 Species as of March 2nd 2018.
28 Species as of March 3rd 2018.
31 Species as of March 4th 2018.
32 Species as of March 7th 2018.
33 Species as of April 21st 2018.
34 Species as of June 12th 2018.
35 Species as of August 30th 2018.
36 Species as of September 8th 2018.
Green Woodpecker Edinburgh.
Not in my garden but I had to mention a life first and that is seeing a European green woodpecker Picus viridis in Corstorphine Edinburgh, Lothians, Scotland on 28th of December 2018.
I’m currently working on a gardening website that will hopefully be up and running later in 2018, it will obviously have a fair bit about wildlife, and the book Sammy The Shrew for sale which is raising money for charities.
2018 RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch results, Saturday 27th of January.
A very windy day, grey and over cast, yet warm. The first crocus of the year started showing today.
- Blackbird x 7
- Blue Tit x 1
- Coal tit x 2
- Collared Doves x 2
- Dunnock x 1
- Great tit x 3
- House Sparrow x 17
- Woodpigeon x 1