Garden Birds

All garden bird counts (with the exception of the RSPB Garden Bird Survey) last half an hour, with only those birds actually seen within the garden being recorded (ie. birds flying over don’t count). All counts are a minimum to avoid the danger of repeat recording of individual birds, whilst where possible the sex &/or age of each bird is also recorded.

18TH FEBRUARY 2017
Time : 08:45-09:15
Weather : Dull and overcast but fairly mild. Little wind.
Bird Count / Species Count : 63 / 21
Comments : A cock Pheasant has recently taken up residence in the garden, the gamebird in question being a very handsome specimen indeed.

Blackbird x2 (2 males)
Blue Tit x4
Bullfinch x6 (3 males & 3 females)
Chaffinch x4 (1 male & 3 females)
Coal Tit x1
Dunnock x1
Goldcrest x1
Goldfinch x6
Greenfinch x8
Great Tit x1
Great Spotted Woodpecker x1
Jackdaw x2
Magpie x1
Mistle Thrush x1
Pheasant x1 (1 male)
Robin x2
Rook x2
Sparrowhawk x1 (1 female)
Starling x7
Wren x1
Wood Pigeon x10


4TH FEBRUARY 2017
Time : 13:30-14:00
Weather : Sunny and quite mild for the time of year.
Bird Count / Species Count : 32 / 13
Comments : n/a

Blackbird x1 (1 male)
Blue Tit x6
Bullfinch x3 (2 males & 1 female)
Chaffinch x2 (1 male & 1 female)
Coal Tit x1
Dunnock x1
Goldcrest x1
Goldfinch x1
Greenfinch x8
Great Tit x1
Long-tailed Tit x1
Robin x1
Wood Pigeon x5


29TH JANUARY 2017
Time : 09:30-10:30
Weather : Sunny and crisp after early frost.
Bird Count / Species Count : 49 / 18
Comments : An hour long count this time what with the annual RSPB garden bird survey taking place this weekend. Bread was also put out this time to attract corvids and gulls, this proving popular again, though as ever it is worth pointing out that feeding bread to birds should only be occasional, a bread dominated diet not being healthy for gulls or indeed any bird.

Black-headed Gull x4 (all adults)
Blackbird x2 (1 male and 1 female)
Blue Tit x4
Bullfinch x5 (3 males and 2 females)
Carrion Crow x5
Chaffinch x5 (3 males and 2 females)
Coal Tit x1
Common Gull x2 (1 adult and 1 1st winter)
Dunnock x2
Goldcrest x1
Great Tit x2
Greenfinch x4
Herring Gull x2 (both adults)
Long-tailed Tit x1
Magpie x1
Robin x2
Starling x3
Wood Pigeon x3

19TH JANUARY 2017
Time : 12:45-13:15
Weather : Dull and overcast. Mild.
Bird Count / Species Count : 41 / 15
Comments : A decent variety of species but in modest numbers today, no one species dominating. Courting behaviour amongst the garden Bullfinches was noted, the males pursuing the females, whilst a pair of Magpies were noted in last year’s nest.

Blackbird x2 (1 male & 1 female)
Blue Tit x5
Bullfinch x6 (3 males & 3 females)
Chaffinch x3 (1 male & 2 females)
Dunnock x3
Goldcrest x1
Goldfinch x2
Great Tit x2
Greenfinch x5
Jackdaw x2
Magpie x2
Redwing x1
Robin x1
Starling x3
Wood Pigeon x3


7TH JANUARY 2017
Time : 15:00-15:30
Weather : Dull and overcast. Mild.
Bird Count / Species Count : 64 / 17
Comments : A Common Pipistrelle Bat (Pipistrellus pipistrellus) was also observed flying around the garden during the half-hour count, this being one of very few January records here at Woldgarth.

Blackbird x4 (2 males & 2 females)
Blue Tit x5
Bullfinch x2 (2 males)
Chaffinch x3 (1 male & 2 females)
Crow x1
Dunnock x1
Goldcrest x1
Goldfinch c.30
Great tit x1
Greenfinch x2
Jackdaw x2
Long-tailed Tit x3
Magpie x1
Redwing x1
Robin x1
Starling x3
Wood Pigeon x3


30TH DECEMBER 2016
Time : 10:25-10:55
Weather : Sunny and clear with thawing frost.
Bird Count / Species Count : 63 / 18
Comments : Bread was put out an hour prior to the count to encourage corvids and gulls to the garden, this proving successful.

Blackbird x4 (2 males & 2 females)
Black-headed Gull c.12-15
Blue Tit x7
Bullfinch x7 (3 males & 4 females)
Chaffinch x2 (2 females)
Coal Tit x1
Common Gull x3 (2 adults & 1 juvenile)
Crow x2
Dunnock x3
Goldcrest x1
Goldfinch x2
Great Tit x3
Greenfinch x3
Jackdaw x2
Magpie x3
Mistle Thrush x1
Robin x1
Wood Pigeon x6


29TH DECEMBER 2016
Time
: 13:45-14:15
Weather : Sunny and cold with hoar frost in the shade.
Bird Count / Species Count : 46 / 17
Comments : n/a

Blackbird x2 (1 male & 1 female)
Blue Tit x5
Bullfinch x5 (3 males & 2 females)
Chaffinch x4 (2 males & 2 females)
Coal Tit x1
Crow x2
Dunnock x1
Goldcrest x1
Goldfinch x4
Great Tit x4
Greenfinch x3
Long-tailed Tit x3
Magpie x1
Mistle Thrush x2
Robin x1
Sparrowhawk x1 (male)
Wood Pigeon x7


20TH NOVEMBER 2016
Time
: 10:15-10:45
Weather : Breezy with outbreaks of rain, the rain having been heavier and more persistent early in the morning.
Bird Count / Species Count : 44 / 15
Comments : The two Bramblings counted were the first of the winter here at Woldgarth, one of which was a female and the other possibly being a juvenile male.

Blackbird x1
Blue Tit x4
Brambling x2
Bullfinch x2 (1 male & 1 female)
Chaffinch x6 (2 males & 4 females)
Coal Tit x1
Dunnock x1
Goldcrest x1
Goldfinch x12
Great Tit x2
Greenfinch x8
Magpie x1
Robin x1
Sparrowhawk x1 (male)
Wood Pigeon x1


GARDEN BIRD LIST
The following list includes all of the bird recorded within the confines of our garden since I started keeping records back in 2006. It does not include fly-over only records (see below) and only includes those birds actually seen in the garden. The number of birds recorded at Woldgarth currently stands at 55 species.

BLACKBIRD (Turdus merula)
BLACKCAP (Sylvia atricapilla)
BLACK-HEADED GULL (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
BLUE TIT (Cyanistes caeruleus)
BRAMBLING (Fringilla montifringilla)
BULLFINCH (Pyrrhula pyrrhula)
CARRION CROW (Corvus corone)
CHAFFINCH (Fringilla coelebs)
CHIFFCHAFF (Phylloscopus collybita)
COAL TIT (Periparus ater)
COLLARED DOVE (Streptopelia decaocto)
COMMON GULL (Larus canus)
CUCKOO (Cuculus canorus)
DUNNOCK (Prunella modularis)
ROCK/FERAL DOVE (Columba livia)
FIELDFARE (Turdus pilaris)
GARDEN WARBLER (Sylvia borin)
GOLDCREST (Regulus regulus)
GOLDFINCH (Carduelis carduelis)
GREAT-SPOTTED WOODPECKER (Dendrocopos major)
GREAT TIT (Parus major)
GREENFINCH (Carduelis chloris)
GREEN SANDPIPER (Tringa ochropus)
GREEN WOODPECKER (Picus viridis)
HAWFINCH (Coccothraustes coccothraustes)
HERRING GULL (Larus argentatus)
HOUSE SPARROW (Passer domesticus)
JACKDAW (Corvus monedula)
JAY (Garrulus glandarius)
LONG-TAILED TIT (Aegithalos caudatus)
MAGPIE (Pica pica)
MALLARD (Anas platyrhynchos)
MISTLE THRUSH (Turdus viscivorus)
PHEASANT (Phasianus colchicus)
PIED WAGTAIL (Motacilla alba)
REDPOLL, LESSER (Carduelis cabaret)
REDWING (Turdus iliacus)
ROBIN (Erithacus rubecula)
ROOK (Corvus frugilegus)
SISKIN (Carduelis spinus)
SONG THRUSH (Turdus philomelos)
SPARROWHAWK (Accipiter nisus)
SPOTTED FLYCATCHER (Muscicapa striata)
STARLING (Sturnus vulgaris)
STOCK DOVE (Columba oenas)
SWALLOW (Hirundo rustica)
TAWNY OWL (Strix aluco)
TREECREEPER (Certhia familiaris)
TREE SPARROW (Passer montanus)
WHITETHROAT, COMMON (Sylvia communis)
WHITETHROAT, LESSER (Sylvia curruca)
WILLOW WARBLER (Phylloscopus trochilus)
WOODCOCK (Scolopax rusticola)
WOOD PIGEON (Columba palumbus)
WREN (Troglodytes troglodytes)

FLY-OVER ONLY RECORDS
The following birds have been recorded flying over the garden or homestead but have never actually been observed within the confines of the garden itself. The list currently contains 32 species of bird, which when combined with the above list gives a total of 87 species of bird recorded at, or from our home.

BUZZARD (Buteo buteo)
CANADA GOOSE (Branta canadensis)
CORMORANT (Phalacrocorax carbo)
CURLEW (Numenius arquata)
BLACK-BACKED GULL, LESSER (Larus fuscus)
BLACK-BACKED GULL, GREAT (Larus marinus)
GOLDEN PLOVER (Pluvialis apricaria)
GREYLAG GOOSE (Anser anser)
GREY HERON (Ardea cinerea)
GREY WAGTAIL (Motacilla cinerea)
HOBBY (Falco subbuteo)
HOUSE MARTIN (Delichon urbica)
KESTREL (Falco tinnunculus)
LAPWING (Vanellus vanellus)
MARSH HARRIER (Circus aeruginosus)
MEADOW PIPIT (Anthus pratensis)
MUTE SWAN (Cygnus olor)
OYSTERCATCHER (Haematopus ostralegus)
PEREGRINE FALCON (Falco peregrinus)
PINK-FOOTED GOOSE (Anser brachyrhynchus)
RAVEN (Corvus corax)
RED KITE (Milvus milvus)
REDSHANK (Tringa totanus)
SAND MARTIN (Riparia riparia)
SHELDUCK (Tadorna tadorna)
SKYLARK (Alauda arvensis)
SWIFT (Apus apus)
TEAL (Anas crecca)
WAXWING (Bombycilla garrulus)
WHOOPER SWAN (Cygnus cygnus)
WIGEON (Anas penelope)
YELLOW WAGTAIL (Motacilla flava)