Birds 2011

Some pictures taken while feeding and watching the local wild birds. Most of my "models" are 10 quite common species, but further down the page are some other ones I occasionally run into in the woodlands or on the river. Pictures from last year can be found on the Scotland 2010 page.

Common species

Blackbird, 26 February Blackbird, 28 February Blue Tit, 26 February Blue Tit, 26 February Bullfinch, 03 January Bullfinch, 20 February Bullfinch, 28 February Chaffinch, 13 February Chaffinch, 20 February Chaffinch, 28 February Coal Tit, 26 February Coal Tit, 27 February Dunnock, 08 January Dunnock, 13 February Great Tit, 29 January Great Tit, 02 February Long-tailed Tit, 01 February Long-tailed Tit, 02 February Long-tailed Tit, 07 February Robin, 01 January Robin, 21 March Treecreeper, 09 April Treecreeper, 09 April

For more pictures of each of above species, see individual pages:

Blackbirds 2011 - Blue Tits 2011 - Bullfinches 2011 - Chaffinches 2011 - Coal Tits 2011 - Dunnocks 2011 - Great Tits 2011

Long-tailed Tits 2011 - Robins 2011 - Treecreepers 2011

 

Other bird species and various observations...

January

The birds around here don't behave quite as expected when reading the RSPB bird handbook. For example, Bullfinches are apparently very secretive, but the population I've come across (a pair of which now live in my feeding area) are surprisingly unafraid and not bothered by me and my camera - particularly the males. The Chaffinches, however, which are common in gardens, are somewhat timid and keep their distance from me. The Blackbirds are very shy and will take off with the slightest movement or sound.

February

The 10 bird species I see the most in the woodlands are, in order of population size: Great Tit and Blue Tit (countless!), Long-tailed Tit and Chaffinch (more than 6 of each, possibly twice that number), Coal Tit (hard to count but they are numerous), Robin (4 at one point, but they chase each other off), Blackbird (3, possibly 4), Dunnock (3), Bullfinch (2 - a male and a female), Treecreeper (2). Often I hear Great Spotted Woodpeckers drumming on trees, but I have only actually seen one once.

March

The four tit species are different sizes. The Great Tit is the largest, with the Blue Tit second. The Coal Tit and the Long-tailed Tit are the smallest. The bigger birds bully the smaller ones by landing where they're sitting, supplanting them. I used to feel sorry for the Coal Tits being bullied by the Great Tits and Blue Tits, until I saw a Coal Tit knocking a Long-tailed Tit off a branch!

Other species - January to March

Female Goosander, 02 January Grey Wagtail, 20 February Dipper, 28 February Male Teal, 28 February Fieldfare, 21 March Chiffchaff, 26 March Great Spotted Woodpecker (female), 29 March

See all my photos of other species taken in the January-March period here.

April

Well, the Long-tailed Tits seem to have left the feeding area, but I sometimes hear them in trees beside the river. The Fieldfares have gone north for the summer, but the Chiffchaffs have arrived from the south. The Treecreepers and Wrens are busy nesting, which is fun to watch, and the Great Spotted Woodpeckers have become a lot more bold recently. Alas, soon there will be leaves everywhere, and I probably won't be able to see much of what happens. I am reducing the amount of seeds and other offerings I scatter, with a view to stopping completely at the start of May.

Other species - April and May

Lesser Black Backed Gull, 10 April Goldfinch, 15 April Wren, 18 April Grey Heron, 24 April
Mallard, 24 April Great Spotted Woodpecker (male), 24 April

See all my photos of other species taken in April/May here.

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