RE: Bird Sightings in Generalin Birds & Birding Sun Dec 11, 2011 6:22 pm
by Brian.G • | 475 Posts
My garden feeders have been very busy this weekend so in between the last minute decorating I have managed a bit of bird watching. Plenty of greenfinches and goldfinches with a male chaffinch making an appearance this morning. Also plenty of blue and great tits with a long tailed tit visiting the fatballs today. I think the LTT is a first for me in the garden.
One other bird of note was a wren which busily checked each shrub for signs of a meal.
Many years ago my son planted a Gala apple seed which grew and the tree is now producing fruit. The fruit has stayed on the tree, despite the recent gales, and the birds are thoroughly enjoying the feast.
Good night out on Friday again with the usual good crack and good company.
RE: Bird Sightings in Generalin Birds & Birding Sun Dec 11, 2011 9:16 pm
by degsy_safc • | 458 Posts
If anyone wants to get some pretty close sightings of SEO's, then Prestwick Carr is definitely worth a visit, plus the chance of a sighting of the resident Great Grey Shrike.
Couple of pictures from today of the SEO's;
RE: Bird Sightings in Generalin Birds & Birding Mon Dec 12, 2011 1:51 am
by degsy_safc • | 458 Posts
Sid / John - many thanks lads, its pretty hard to fail over
there at the min, they are putting on a pretty good show - very close to the fence line :-)
RE: Bird Sightings in Generalin Birds & Birding Tue Dec 13, 2011 10:17 am
by johnsulli • | 719 Posts
Cheers Rob, I haven't been to the cemetery for a while now as I seem to get most of the inhabitants visiting the garden now.
Grey Squirrel is a daily visitor now its found the nut store that I put out for the birds and I had a Stock Dove a few weeks ago which I presume came from ther also.
And before anyone asks about the other inhabitants of the Cem visiting the garden well not to my knowledge (Brian).
RE: Bird Sightings in Generalin Birds & Birding Thu Dec 15, 2011 4:27 pm
by keithmc • | 318 Posts
i was driving past saxon way estate this morning and noticed about a dozen distinctive silouettes in a tree top near the playground, waxwing. a text from steve confirmed my suspisions as a report "50 of the beauties near the shop on the jarra estate" was displayed on my phone. i only managed to see 3 of the birds when i returned after dropping the kids off at school, so with the sun shining i decided to go on a bit of a mission and see how many species of bird i could see around the doors. i started off at bede monastry,
birds seen; redwing, moorhen, heron, eider, curlew, redshank, reed bunting, collared dove, teal, blackbird, redpoll, goldfinch, greenfinch, dunnock, robin, mallard, crrion crow, black headed gull, song thrush, blue tit, great tit, wren, little grebe.
saxon way; fieldfare, waxwing, jackdaw, magpie, mistle thrush, starling, house sparrow, herring gull, woodpigeon, pied wagtail.
cock crow inn; mute swan, pochard, tufted duck, siskin, bullfinch, canada goose, coot, goldcrest(heard).
drive through west pastures; kestrel, partridge, pheasant.
colliery woods; sparrowhawk, chaffinch.
tilesheds; long tailed tit.
boldon flats; greylag, wigeon, lapwing, tree sparrow, stock dove, peregrine.
whitburn; oystercatcher, ringed plover, dunlin, sanderling, purple sandpiper, bar tailed godwit, turnstone, rock pipit, meadow pipit, rook(rifle range).
trow; cormorant, red throated diver, common gull.
groyne;greater black backed gull, shag.
69 species if you include the goldcrest, not a bad days birding.