Friday, 2 January 2015

garden birds

 My house is surrounded by fields and we are situated near some countryside. Fortunately this makes it a good place to see the 'usual' garden birds, as well as some good treats!

We have had over 40 species in the garden, with 15 other species close around the area or flying over. I hope the list will increase during 2015, hopefully with Redpoll and Brambling.

The best birds which have visited the garden are; Fieldfare, Redwing, Tawny Owl, Bullfinch, Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Goldcrest and Harris' Hawk (however it was an escape, but still a good sight). I managed to find one of its tail feathers, which took quite a while to identify.

The best species found in the area are Tree Sparrow, Kingfisher, Common Tern and my favourite which I found myself in the field behind my house is Woodcock. I flushed it when I was birding and it zigzagged away.

We also have Pipestrelle Bats which fly around at dusk. I bought a camera trap two years ago and have managed to get pictures of the Fox at night. In the garden we have grey squirrels, hedgehogs, house mice, wood mice, brown rats and bank voles on a daily basis.

Back in April 2013, a Sparrowhawk had got hold of a young Collared Dove and then flew away leaving it. I looked after 'Dipsy' for a few weeks. He stayed in my treehouse until his wound had healed and then when I thought he was tough enough to fly, I let him go.
 He stayed around for a while, however because he grew his collar i cannot tell him and the others apart any more. Although there have been two collared doves visiting are garden for some time now and have nested a few times both successfully and unsuccessfully. But it is a reassuring thought that Dipsy is one of the pair.


  1. Hello Sophie.Sorry I missed you at Cockerham etc but you didn't need me to show you the way around as you appeared to do the right things. It is a quiet time of year for certain species.

    Your garden sounds really good and I'm certain that with niger feeders and a couple of frosts you could ad Brambling, Lesser Redpoll and Siskin to your gaden tally. Good luck wit the blog.

    1. Saw a few fishing on the dock basin and then down the canal and there were a lot of birders out today watching the whoopers. Cheers for the comment, I'll keep it in mind.