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Members Self Isolating Bird Sightings - April 5th (1 Viewer)

delia todd

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Blairgowrie, Perthshire

Upstairs flat, country town, minimal garden space, but view into neighbouring properties with trees.

1: 3 Whooper Swans (house tick) flying NE to SW
2: 1 Blue Tit
3: Flock of Starlings
4: 1 Herring Gull
5: 1 Male Blackbird
6: 1 Wood Pigeon
7: 1 Carrion Crow
8: 1 Robin (on my window sill)
9: 1 House Sparrow (in window feeder)

9-10.30 (after putting out feed)
10: 1 Jackdaw
11: 2 Collared Dove (pair - occasional visitors)
12: 1 Chaffinch Male
13: 1 Dunnock

Sadly my walk round the block, even including a field, didn't give me anything new.

Had a pair of Coal Tits at the feeders yesterday, but of course they've gone walkabout today.

At last... 5-6 pm

14: 2 Coal Tits

6 April

A trip to Tesco during OAP hour included a short walk along the river. My expected and hoped for species not around; however, new for my lock-down list are

15: 2 flyover Oystercatchers
16: Chiffchaff heard (unknown here a few years ago)
17: Wren heard (nearly deafened me but I couldn't see him)

7 April

Exercise walk

18: No new birds, but saw two bumblebees. on my exercise walk.

19: Hawthorn leaves are popping out, so hopefully there will be some May blossom to see next month.

8 April

20: Pink-footed Geese (a skein flew over as I left the house). Couldn't see them due to the sun and house roofs.

Tesco River walk

Song Thrush
Wren (seen at last - right in the place where I heard one the time before!)

21: 2 Grey Wagtails (briefly sat on a log in the middle of the river

10 April
As I crossed the supermarket car park a large skein (approx 50) of Pinkfooted Geese flew across in formation, this time heading NE.

A wander along the river finally produced one of my targets there:

22: 2 male Mallards

13 April

The river wander produced nothing new for my list.

However, unpacking my shopping from the car back at home two new ones:

23: Greenfinch singing away in a tree. I've not seen/heard one round here for at least 5 years!
24: Common Buzzard - been expecting this one, though I usually only hear them but today got good views

After feeding the birds, I noticed a male Blackbird collecting a beakful of the mealworms. So he's either feeding his missis who's on a nest or he's already got nestlings to feed.

14 April

25: Great Tit - only an occasional visitor to my garden and window feeders. Had one pretty often through January. One returned this morning.

15 April

26: 2 Goosander - At last, one of the expected species for my river walk

20 April

No new birds along the river today, though I heard a second Greenfinch for the town, and saw a Wood Pigeon sitting on a nest (that's actually a very first for me LOL)

A flower day though, a single pretty little Violet, and a clump of Dandelions
Now I've managed to download my pics from the first week; a few pictures from the 5th.

22 April

Again no new birds seen. However, a wander along the river showed Blackbirds very busy hunting for food, so think they have young in the nest. Also some Robins appear to have fledged and the adults were busy feeding them.

However, I did hear:

27: 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers drumming. One on the other side of the river and the other somewhere in the trees around/near the industrial units.

24 April

The river walk produced another couple of newbies for my list

28: Pied Wagtail
29: Willow Warbler heard (other side of the river of course!

13 May
Felt the car battery was getting sluggish; rather cold this morning. So after the shopping run, drove round the town and spotted my ....

30: First House Martins of the year flying round the houses in a different part of town

15 May

31: First Barn Swallow and close to my premises.

17 May

First fledglings found, still being fed by adults: House Sparrow and Blackbird

1: Wood Pigeon on neighbour's roof
2: Herring Gull flying past my window
then 3 from my afternoon exercise walk
3: Male House Sparrow in someone's back garden
4: Male Chaffinch in a bush beside the road
5: Two Wood Pigeons observing Social Distancing Rules:-O

25 May
Meadow Sweet smelling lovely along the river.

26 May
Brimstone Moth. My first ever and it was on the wall beside the front door of my upstairs flat.

27 May
Local Starling nest emptied. Hoards of noisy youngsters in my garden

8 June
Hedgehog. The first I've seen here for about 2 years. He was cleaning up some spilled seeds from the feeder by the looks of it.

27 June
We're still pretty restricted here, though some things easing off from next week. Appointment for hair cut booked for 15 July, first day they're allowed to start.

Found a feeding station on the edge of town. So can now get regular sightings of Great Tit (as opposed to very rare visits to my window feeder). Coal and Blue Tits in numbers, also Chaffinch.

Red Squirrel is a new sighting for me this year. He's found the peanuts there, so I'll ensure that keeps topped up.

Around it I'm hearing Willow Warbler (actually got some pictures), Chiffchaff, Wrens

32: Yellowhammer
33: Pheasant

Looking forward to finding out what else may come to it.


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Brian Stone

A Stone chatting
Full day from flat windows in suburb of Banbury, UK. Fairly mundane stuff but did get an amazing and totally unexpected Badger at around 10pm just wandering around the edge of the estate.

Feral Pigeon
Stock Dove
Common Woodpigeon
Collared Dove
Herring Gull
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Eurasian Sparrowhawk
Red Kite
Common Buzzard
Great Spotted Woodpecker
Eurasian Green Woodpecker
Common Magpie
Eurasian Jackdaw
Carrion Crow
Common Raven
Eurasian Blue Tit
Great Tit
Common Chiffchaff
Eurasian Wren
Common Starling
Eurasian Blackbird
European Robin
House Sparrow

Chosun Juan

Given to Fly
Australia - Aboriginal
Parramatta region, NSW (in transit)

The am of the 6th April here so technically your 5th.
(I was going to go out yesterday closer to home, but I was too sore, and it was blowing a gale with a very - stay at home and go through half a box of choc chip cookies - fresh edge to it. This list, sighted or heard, was from the start of the day to in transit to treatment via car/train/bus/shanks pony ! ~ say about 2 hours all up - suburbia + city)

1. Powerful Owl (heard)
2. Kookaburra (heard)
3. Eastern Whipbird (heard)
4. Crimson Rosella (heard)
5. Satin Bowerbird (heard)
6. Eastern Spinebill (heard)
7. Red Wattlebird (seen from bed) - finally opened my eyes - lol.
8. Whistling Kite (seen from bed)
9. Crested Pigeon (walking)
10. Australian Magpie (by car)
11. Sulphur Crested Cockatoo (by car)
12. Rainbow Lorikeet (walking)
13. Willie Wagtail (walking)
14. White-faced Heron (by train)
15. Australian Wood Duck (by train)
16. Noisy Miner(s) - keeping tabs on a Black Cat (walking)
17. Galah (walking)
18. Corella (walking)
19. White Ibis (walking)
20. Australian Raven (walking)
21. Peewee - Magpie Lark (bus)
22. Masked Lapwing Plover (bus)
23. Pied Cormorant (bus)
24. Intermediate Egret (bus)
25. Seagull (bus) - chip eating kind.
* Feral
26. Rock Pigeon
27. Indian Mynah

Have a feeling I've forgotten something really basic .... ?

I had a small (8 sec) video of the hundreds of Rainbow Lorikeets that like to roost in 3 planted eucalypts near the station going absolutely ballistic (honestly I could happily listen to them for hours :) , but it was mp4 format out of the phone and the attachment manager didn't like it ..... :-C

Chosun :gh:

Deb Burhinus

Used to be well known! 😎
Mainly cottage type garden (below) semi-rural, near river: (inc flyover - do we count those?)

Sunday 5th April

So just looking out of backdoor onto garden off and on throughout the day, tally is:

House Sparrow
Blue Tit
Coal Tit
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Collared Dove
Wood Pigeon

edit; well after sundown, Song Thrush singing vespers

21hrs - Hedgehog came a snuffling :eat:

Quick non-stop 20 mins circular bike ride along (semi-urban) river bank at the back of the house (for the exercise) added a few more:

Canada Goose
Herring Gull
Pied Wagtail
Mute Swan
Egyptian Goose
Chiffchaff (heard)
Nuthatch (heard)
Great Tit (heard)
Carrion Crow
Stock Dove
Wren (heard)

Other things in garden and on bike ride
Large White

Grey Squirrel

Garden Monday 6 April - sp to add on



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The 24 hour editing bar has been lifted here, you should now be able to edit your posts, to add birds you see until the isolation period has been lifted.


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Small sub-urban garden, 1 apple tree, small pond (requiring attention), flower bed with spring flowers.

Wood Pigeon
Blue Tit
House Sparrow

Peacock Butterfly

Chiffchaff - heard
Herring Gull - flyover
Bumblebee - rescued from pond, revived and flew off!

6th April 2020 Update

Great Tit - garden
Goldfinch - flyover
Sparrowhawk - flyover
Common Buzzard - 3 mobbing above Sparrowhawk over garden
Wren - heard on daily exercise walk near house
Woodcock - flyover at end of daily exercise walk near house


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Suburban garden with various trees, flower/wildflower beds and a fish pond!

Sparrowhawk ....flyover
Grey Heron ....flyover
Great Tit
Blue Tit
Bullfinch (m)
Carrion Crow


Coal Tit
Common Buzzard ...flyover

Fox x2 (caught on Camera trap)
Seven-spot Ladybird x7
1 each of Peacock and Comma butterflies.

The highlight today has been watching a Great Tit taking nesting material into the Swift box that was put in place last Autumn!

Time will tell Delia!;)

Coal Tits began nesting in a box later in the afternoon! It was a pleasure to watch the pair toing and froing in the garden. I managed a phone scoped image.

A question for Steve. Did you edit your post to add Kookaburra as I am sure I did not see that species as I speed read the posts before adding my own post.?:h?:

6th April.
11 7-spot Ladybirds
2 Dark-edged Bee Flies
1 Greenfinch (f)

8th April update:

In my garden today along with numerous Hoverflies!
Orange-tip butterfly (female)
Grey Mining Bee

9th April update:

In my garden today.
Grey Heron

My first sighting of a House Martin as it flew over the house.


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Small sub-urban garden, 1 apple tree, small pond (requiring attention), flower bed with spring flowers.

Wood Pigeon
Blue Tit
House Sparrow

Peacock Butterfly

Chiffchaff - heard
Herring Gull - flyover
Bumblebee - rescued from pond, revived and flew off!

6th April 2020 Update

Great Tit - garden
Goldfinch - flyover
Sparrowhawk - flyover
Common Buzzard - 3 mobbing above Sparrowhawk over garden
Wren - heard on daily exercise walk near house
Woodcock - flyover at end of daily exercise walk near house

8th April 2020 Update

Brimstone butterfly - garden
Frog & Tadpoles - garden pond
Tawny Owl - heard from garden at 21:15 tonight, also heard 30 mins earlier on daily exercise walk near house.
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11th April.

1 each of Orange-tip (male) and Holly Blue butterflies.


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Dave Cox

Not actually a sighting but one of my favourite sounds this morning (07:35) from my bedroom window - the lovely "seven-whistler" passing by.

Keith Dickinson

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Opus Editor
34. Green shieldbug, mating pair in the garden.
35. Red mason bee again in the garden
36. Red tailed bumblebee

37. Eristalis arbustorum, seen a couple of days ago but only just had species confirmed from this photo


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