My garden birds – February 2019

This year I am keeping a list of birds seen in or from my garden.

Well, I’m on a respectable but not very impressive 30 species so far, 24 in January with an additional 6 this month:

  1. Robin
  2. House Sparrow
  3. Jackdaw
  4. Blackbird
  5. Woodpigeon
  6. Starling
  7. Black-headed Gull
  8. Great Tit
  9. Red Kite
  10. Carrion Crow
  11. Chaffinch
  12. Goldfinch
  13. Rook
  14. Collared Dove
  15. Dunnock
  16. Wren
  17. Long-tailed Tit
  18. Blue Tit
  19. Common Gull
  20. Redwing
  21. Fieldfare
  22. Reed Bunting
  23. Greenfinch
  24. Blackcap

25. Song Thrush

26. Herring Gull

27. Lesser Black-backed Gull

28. Buzzard

29. Pied Wagtail

30. Stock Dove

So that brings the 2019 garden list to 30 species, but more importantly for the little challenge I set you back in January, it adds a species onto my lifetime garden list – Herring Gull. This species is seen regularly over my garden, but I’ve probably never bothered to record it before. But nonetheless it is a newly recorded species. That brings the garden list to 57 species.

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3 Replies to “My garden birds – February 2019”

  1. What a fantastic list - I'm envious!
    Living right on the South coast, my garden sightings amount to lots of gulls flying over, 2 pigeons in regular attendance (too noisily early am for my liking), and the odd sparrow and Robin. But it makes trips inland and to RSPB Pulborough Brooks such a joy!

  2. This reminded me that I thought only last week that I should add up the cumulative garden list for all the gardens I've had. I'll do it and let you know - and yes I know, it's a bloke thing!

  3. Over 30 years at my current house I've seen almost as many species as have been recorded over a 19 year period at my 'local patch' two miles away which has lakes, woods and parkland and part of which is an SSSI...with two thirds of the garden species 'using' the garden as opposed to just flying high over it.
    I wonder what that means? Probably that I have spent much more time looking out of the kitchen window and 'looking up' in the garden than I have at the patch over that time frame.

    Ps I'm loathe to quote numbers for fear of being regarded as a (competitive) bloke into one-up-manship! And anyway, garden size, management and location all play a big part in what species you will see so it isn't a level playing field....


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