Boids

May. 17th, 2010 02:00 pm
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Wot I have seen in my garden or near to it (including vertically above it):

  • Feral pigeon
  • Wood pigeon
  • Collared dove
  • Swan
  • Canada goose
  • Grey heron
  • Great tit
  • Blue tit
  • Long-tailed tit
  • Coal tit
  • Crow
  • Rook
  • Magpie
  • Jay
  • Blackbird
  • Song thrush
  • Robin
  • Dunnock
  • Goldfinch
  • Redpoll
  • Greenfinch
  • Starling
  • Red kite
  • Buzzard
  • Herring gull
  • One of the black-backed gulls- probably lesser
  • Black-headed gull
  • Swallow
  • Swift
  • Housemartin
  • Greater spotted woodpecker
  • Nuthatch
I think that's it, for now anyway. Come the summer I expect I'll be able to add swallows and swifts but that remains to be seen. The swifts around here love the old Victorian terraces; our new road is newer than that, but I expect we'll still see them.

Edited to add- since last entry I've added swifts, swallows and housemartins, black-headed gull, woodpecker and nuthatch, and buzzard. Not bad going, I think! Currently on 29 species. I wonder what the 30th will be! Probably sparrow, seeing as I've seen them in the road and generally around, but not specifically in our garden as yet.

Edited again to add- I completely forgot about the swans (I've seen two or three pairs), Canada geese and single grey heron. Make that 32!

For the purposes of this highly unscientific survey, "our garden" is defined as the plot of ground that we own but also the big trees in the garden next door, and anything sitting on fences around other gardens for any length of time. It's my survey so I can define it how I like :D 
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 My friend lent me the lens again:



My precious! I'm sure that using it is extremely good for my biceps as it's pretty heavy!

Yesterday was a splendid day. We woke terrifyingly early (6:50am!!) but both feeling surprisingly awake, so we didn't bother going back to sleep. We ended up spending pretty much the whole day outside. I'd suggested to Tom first thing that at some point we could get rid of the slightly pointless fence and gate halfway down the garden; the previous owners had a dog and we assume that they used it to keep her in one or other half. When I suggested it I wasn't expecting it to be done by the end of the day, though! It's going to look much nicer, I think; we had to take down a rosebush, but I have five others so it's not the end of the world and the garden looks a lot more open. We've extended the lawn by a foot on one side of the garden and more of the flowerbed on the other side is accessible so I think it was really worth doing.

I did lots of other bits and pieces in the garden too; I got some weeds out of the drive, weeded some of the front garden, sorted out some seedlings in the greenhouse, took two (quite possibly pointless) cuttings of the rosebush that we took down, and watered a lot of my tubs. And of course, on a day like yesterday (spookily quiet with no planes going over) I had my camera out.

Bird porn... )

Today I got up early (I'm clearly going mad) and went for a run; I'm now sitting here sorting photos with my camera at my side, and watching the F1. Apparently they are worried about the Spanish Grand Prix in a couple of weeks because of the #ashtag; it takes six 747s to transport the entire F1 setup and they are naturally worried about getting to Spain on time to set up. I'm actually surprised it doesn't take more than six planes, but that's not including personnel who fly on commercial airlines.

Later on I intend to do not much, apart from prowl with my camera and enjoy the sunshine.

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