A grey day today, very few birds about.

Very grey and wet again today and little action in the garden, I’m wondering if maybe the Long-tailed Tits are nesting nearby as they’re around a lot of the day at the moment, they flit from my garden to the next and back, great to hear them, one of my favourites!

 

  1. Blackbird x 1
  2. Blue Tit x 1
  3. Long-tailed tit x 2
  4. Magpie x – Heard but not seen today
  5. Woodpigeon x 3

Magpies getting ready for nesting, small garden bird list.

It was grey, misty and wet here in Edinburgh today, I thought that will bring the birds to the garden searching for food, but I was wrong, a very slow day on the feeders however there were 2 magpies breaking twigs off the tree in the front garden and preparing for a nest, be great to know where they’re nesting!  Here’s my garden bird list for today:

  1. Blackbird x 2
  2. Chaffinch x 1 – female
  3. Coal Tit x 1
  4. Long-tailed tit x 2
  5. Magpie x 3 – 2 of them were collecting twigs for nesting
  6. Woodpigeon x 2

I received an email about a free packaging and postage voucher code for the RSPB shop when you spend over £25, more details can be found here:

RSPB free postage voucher code – not sure how long the voucher code goes for as there didn’t seem to be an expiry date.

A very warm day in Edinburgh and a great day of birding and gardening!

Wow what a wonderful day in Edinburgh, I actually think I got sunburnt!  It was definitely T-shirt weather, great for being out in the garden and there were a lot of birds around, finally got a full set of tits that visit my garden in one day, here’s the list:

  1. Blackbird x 1
  2. Blue Tit x 1
  3. Bullfinch x 1 Male
  4. Carrion crow x 2
  5. Coal Tit x 1
  6. Common Buzzard x 1 -flying the lowest I’ve seen it over my house.  Very awesome!
  7. Dunnock x 2
  8. Feral Pigeon x 1
  9. Great Tit x 1
  10. Long-tailed tit x 2
  11. Magpie x 2
  12. Woodpigeon x 2

Not sure where the chaffinches, robins and wrens have got to this year, the wren hasn’t even made it on the list yet and we’re over 2 months in!

I’m not sure if I’ll have internet access for the next few days, so don’t worry if I’m not here.  I will try and do the finance updates for SaverScene & Saver Scene Australia (now closed as I move into gardening as a profession) and any bird lists that I get to see if I have internet access, if not they’ll be a few days late, but will keep record.

The day became fantastically sunny in Edinburgh, Bird Guides Photo of the week.

Another busy day today, but the afternoon was glorious and sunny so I went out to cut back the Buddleia in my garden, the plant recommend on the Butterfly Conservation top 100, while doing this I was treated to the wonderful chirps of the little bobbing long-tailed tits, there were 2 feeding on the fat in the RSPB half coconuts, absolutely superb birds full of character, I’m pretty positive there were more near by but I didn’t see them, so just 2 have been added today:

  1. Blackbird x 1
  2. Blue Tit x 3
  3. Coal Tit x 1
  4. Dunnock x 4
  5. Long-tailed tit x 2
  6. Magpie x 1
  7. Woodpigeon x 2

A day of Rugby and DIY, plus got to see a few birds.

Spent most of the day doing DIY or taking glances at the rugby, didn’t have a lot of time for birdwatching only when outside with the dog, that said still got a good list and it was fantastic to see a pair of long-tailed tits, I heard them long before I saw them, they’ve got such a great call.  Here’s the list for today:

  1. Blackbird x 3
  2. Blue Tit x 1
  3. Carrion crow x 22 fly overs
  4. Coal Tit x 1
  5. Dunnock x 1
  6. House Sparrow x 6
  7. Long-tailed Tits x 2
  8. Robin x 1
  9. Woodpigeon x 4

Don’t forget the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch this weekend!

The RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch is starting tomorrow so make sure you count your birds and submit it, more here: Big Garden Birdwatch Ad and The RSPB: Big Garden Birdwatch.  I had another first for the year, an Oystercatcher, not in my garden although I have seen one in the past during the very wet July of 2012 and we live on a hill!  It was on a field on Carrington Road Edinburgh.

Here’s my Garden List:

  1. Blackbird x 1
  2. Blue Tit x 1
  3. Bullfinch x 1
  4. Coal Tit x 3
  5. Greenfinch x 4
  6. House Sparrow x 2
  7. Long-Tailed Tit x 2
  8. Woodpigeon x 3

And the 1 Oystercatcher:

  1. Oystercatcher

Snow falling in Edinburgh and my first Blackcap of the year.

The snow has started to fall again in Edinburgh and there’s been another first for the year a Blackcap – there may have been 2 as one was feeding on some fatballs and another bird flew in and knocked it off, it all happened so fast I didn’t see if it was another blackcap. Remember if you have seen any Blackcaps during January the  is currently running. Also added Feral Pigeon to the list today, I would have thought it’d be one on the list for the year by now but due to the fact I’ve been stuck at home due to injury and it’s not overly common in our garden I hadn’t seen any!

  1. Blackbird x 4
  2. Blackcap x 1 – Female.
  3. Blue Tit x 2
  4. Carrion crow x1
  5. Chaffinch x 2
  6. Coal Tit x 3
  7. Dunnock x 2
  8. Feral Pigeon  x 3
  9. Goldcrest x 2 updated 15.22 – this is another first for the year, and a first I’ve seen in my new garden! 
  10. Greenfinch x 12
  11. House Sparrow x 2
  12. Long-tailed tit x 2 updated 15.37
  13. Magpie x1
  14. Robin x 1 – good to see the Robin back!
  15. Woodpigeon x 5

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!