Garden birds July 2019

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

July was a month of warmth, heat and rain – like most months of the year really. Everything was growing like mad in the garden though. More a month for butterflies than birds with Meadow Browns, Gatekeepers and Ringlets joining the earlier species this month. On 31 July I recorded the garden’s first Painted Lady of the year, even though I have seen them all over the place for a couple of months outside of this little plot. The Painted Lady was on one of the two buddleia bushes – both of which are just coming into flower and promise to be butterfly-catchers throughout August.

As Roderick Leslie pointed out, I actually ended June on 40 bird species for the year having omitted Swift from the list, and July added three more species, none of which was a garden-lifer.

Those three new species were Kestrel, early in the month, a Raven flying over and calling (only the fourth record for the garden but increasingly seen locally) and a Hobby just squeezing in to July yesterday evening.

Here is the list, so far, for 2019;

  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
  31. Magpie
  32. Green Woodpecker
  33. Mallard
  34. Sparrowhawk
  35. Coal Tit
  36. Swallow
  37. Cormorant
  38. Yellowhammer
  39. Swift
  40. House Martin
  41. Kestrel
  42. Raven
  43. Hobby

The Fiedfares and Redwings of January feel a long way away.

Past Augusts have produced four species which would be new for this year: Goshawk, Peregrine, Sand Martin and Bullfinch. I think it is about time for an Osprey to fly over.


2 Replies to “Garden birds July 2019”

  1. Good to see red kite featuring in your list.

    Today (August 1st) EXACTLY marks the thirtieth anniversary of these wonderful birds being reintroduced to England (in the Chilterns). South Buckinghamshire, large parts of Oxfordshire and large parts Berkshire are thick with kites now. The masters of the skies (when the swifts aren’t around!), west of London.

    The Black Isle in Scotland came a few weeks later in 1989 and the midlands of England six years later (1995) I think… which may be the relatives of the birds you’re seeing now?

    A remarkable success story and one that’s exactly thirty years old today.

  2. Given the proximity of Stanwick lakes it seems surprising there are not a few more water birds amongst your fly-overs. No geese, no waders, no grey heron for example.

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