Sorry the update didn’t happen yesterday, once again the free wifi was down at night, I’ve posted a video: http://www.saverscene.com.au/general-chat/7811-bloemencorso-2013-holland-flower-festival-youtube-video.html (now closed as I move into gardening as a profession) of the Bloemencorso 2013 Holland Flower Festival parade youtube video. Sadly I didn’t get to see it and I didn’t get out to Keukenhof gardens yesterday due to my torn ankle tendons, my bird list for yesterday is all from the Schiphol airport as that’s where I’m staying at the moment.
- Grey Heron
- Jackdaw – I noticed at the airport these acted more like the pigeons you’d find at many other airports around the world, very interesting to watch. People must’ve thought I was crazy as I noticed food rubbish in a few bins so I would grab it off the top and scatter it for the Jackdaws, they loved it.
I’m heading back to the gardens today, I’m going to update the UK finance pages first, including the best ISA rates, credit card offers and savings interest rates, you can find them here: http://www.saverscene.co.uk/ (now closed as I move into gardening as a profession) . Hopefully I’ll have another bumper day watching birds whilst doing my work of photographing flowers!
Had a bumper day today and added a few life birds, Great Crested Grebe (bit slow on that one!), yellow and pied wagtails. Once again internet has been down most of the evening so just a quick note of the birds in the hope the net stays up long enough. Most from Keukenhof or on bus journey there.
- Carrion crow
- Chiffchaff – heard and seen
- Common Buzzard
- Feral Pigeon
- Great crested grebe
- Greylag goose
- Grey Heron
- House Sparrow
- Pied Wagtail
- Mallard Duck
- Mute Swans
- Skylark – seen and heard
- Tufted duck
- Yellow wagtail
The Keukenhof gardens are great, but don’t go on parade day, it’s so busy! I was hoping to go to Haarlem to see the parade at the end of the day but my ankles were worn out again and I couldn’t face another bus ride. Hopefully one year I’ll get back over here to see the festival! I also managed to update the best interest rates for instant access ISAs tonight as I was informed Coventry have changed their best interest rate to a 1 year and no longer instant access, you can see the best instant access ISA here: http://www.saverscene.co.uk/isa/highest-interest-rate-for-instant-access-isa.html (now closed as I move into gardening as a profession) – Gardening, birds, saving money and pensions my friends call me middle aged Gav, I’m 34, I sure hope to live to over 68!!! I’ve been interested in most of these things since my teen years, just I lived in Australia and haven’t seen a lot of European birds and there wasn’t wonderful tax free savings accounts like ISAs there! Sorry rambling again, had pain killers and beer! whoops! – Gav out!
Update, thought I’d list this as a friend asked me what a lapwing looked like, there’s photos on here from when I lived at Musselburgh
After saying how great it was to have free internet the hotel’s internet has been down all evening this will just be a quick one, with my bird list, pretty short today:
- Greylag geese
- Mallard Duck
- Mute Swan
* new for this year
I’ll hopefully be back out at the gardens for the tulip festivals tomorrow, my ankles couldn’t handle the pace of the city and getting bumped a lot at the central train station, I’ve decided to try and get more good photos from the tulip gardens.
Hope others are getting to see a lot of great birds!
I couldn’t believe how windy it was here, I saw very few small birds at all today, and only heard a blue tit briefly, hope Spring starts properly soon!
My garden bird list for today, and I was outside a lot, although windy it was pretty sunny in the afternoon:
- Blue Tit x 1 – heard only
- Dunnock x 2
- Greenfinch x 1
Not in my garden, but on a walk around Corstorphine Edinburgh:
- Jackdaw x 6
- Magpie x 1 – collecting nesting material
- Rook x 1
- Starlings x 2
- Woodpigeon x 1
If you happen to be in Edinburgh over the next few days/week The Royal Yacht is celebrating her 60th birthday, even for non-royal fans it’s worth having a look, I wasn’t sure when I went, but the engine room is a great museum piece and the tearoom is lovely, also at this time of year there’s often Eiders off the side, as well as a few different divers, shags and cormorants. Find out more about the 60th birthday here: 60 years of Britannia.
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:
- Blackbird x 1
- Blue Tit x 3
- Bullfinch x 2 – the female looked a lot smaller than last week! Hope that means she’s laid some eggs somewhere.
- Carrion crow x 4 fly overs
- Coal Tit x 1
- Dunnock x 3 – really showing mating behaviour.
- Jackdaws x 2 – from car in Corstorphine
- Long-tailed tit x 2
- Magpie x 2
- Pied Wagtail x 1 – Car park Hermiston Gait – West Edinburgh, once again back at B&Q for more DIY gear!
- Woodpigeon x 1
I witnessed wood pigeons mating today, as well as very frisky dunnocks, also added another bird to the year list a Jackdaw, shocked it’s taken this long but first I’ve seen so far, here’s today’s garden bird list:
- Blackbird x 3
- Black-headed gull x 1
- Blue Tit x 2
- Carrion crow x 2
- Chaffinch x 1
- Coal Tit x 1
- Dunnock x 3
- Herring Gull x 1
- House Sparrow x 4
- Jackdaw x 1
- Magpie x 1
- Woodpigeon x 2
Only one that’s missing for the year so far that I thought I would have seen by now in the garden is the wren.