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.

Garden Bird List, what do you do with your RSPB Coconut halves?

It was a lovely sunny day here in Edinburgh but I was inside most of the day doing updates for the finance site about ISA, Savings and Credit Cards over on www.saverscene.co.uk (now closed as I move into gardening as a profession) I still managed to be out with Chewie (my dog) as 2 Long-tailed Tits flew into the garden, heard them a long time before we saw them, as always fantastic birds, happy to be very close to me as they fed on the coconut fat halves from RSPB – Box of ten Coconut halves.  The birds love them, when they’re finished and taken as much as they can I put them on the ground and the fox cleans them out.  I then face them down onto the ground under compost heaps and let them sit; the amount of wildlife that gets under them is amazing, worms, woodlice, slugs, and many other grubs – turn the soil into lovely fertile soil and help with the rest of the compost, you just have to remember where they are before putting a fork into the ground!

Here’s my diminutive bird list for today:

  1. Blackbird x 1 – heard only
  2. Blue Tit x 2
  3. Carrion crow x 13+ flying over at dusk
  4. Dunnock x 2
  5. Long-tailed tit x 2
  6. Woodpigeon x 1

Been Hectic – very few birds been seen :(

Edinburgh Science festival is on and a couple of trips to Glasgow in the past 3 days have kept me busy, so the only birds I really got to see were

2 x long tailed tits – flying down the street where I live as I got into the car

on the M8 between Edinburgh and Glasgow, there were other birds but I couldn’t get a great ID.

  1. 3 x common buzzards
  2. 2 x Magpies

Edinburgh Garden bird list for 29th of March 2013

My list for my garden in Edinburgh for Friday 29th of March 2013:

  1. Blackbird x 2
  2. Blue Tit x 1
  3. Carrion crow x 20+ flying over at dusk
  4. Dunnock x 2 – think there’s a fair few more as I can see movement in the hedge, hope they’re building nests.
  5. Feral Pigeon x 1
  6. Long-tailed tit x 2
  7. Magpie x 2
  8. Woodpigeon x 3

Nice and sunny in Edinburgh today, birds were out enjoying it!

Had a good chance to be in the garden today, nice and sunny, although snow was on the ground to start it thawed very quickly and there was actually some warmth in the sun!  Flying high over head I could hear geese and got a short glimpse of 6, but not sure what type and once again a common buzzard being mobbed by gulls, I wish I could identify the gulls better as there’s been a few overhead of late, look like herring, common or lesser black backed, but not 100% sure, the black-headed ones are thankfully easy to identify!  Will get my bins out soon to get a better view, I’ve let my neighbours know that I’m a keen birder in case they wonder what I’m up to ;)

Here’s my garden bird list for today:

  1. Blackbird x 2
  2. Blue Tit x 1
  3. Bullfinch x 1, male – hoping the female’s sitting on eggs somewhere!
  4. Carrion crow x 1 in garden – about 15 flying over.
  5. Common Buzzard x 1 – flying high!
  6. Dunnock x 2
  7. Long-tailed tit x 1 – pretty sure I could hear more flying past.
  8. Magpie x 1
  9. Starlings x 6
  10. Woodpigeon x 2