I hadn’t really given any prior thought to including this particular list but, as we’re lucky enough to have a pretty good variety of birds visiting our back garden, it seemed appropriate to keep some sort of record of what we were seeing. I knew we had a reasonable amount of bird activity, but it was only after I retired at the end of 2014 that I started appreciating just how good it actually was.
Whilst we live in a semi-rural location our back garden is of no real size, but we do have the beauty that it backs onto a small paddock, which gives the illusion that it’s bigger than it actually is. The bottom of the garden is dominated by a large cherry tree where we used to hang our bird feeders, but in the summer of 2014 we started to concentrate the feeders into the corner of the garden under a rowan tree, where there’s plenty of mature shrubs that give the small birds cover and a degree of security. The birds took to this area immediately so we decided to make it into a proper little wildlife corner by adding an old tree stump, some largish branches that we’d found in the forest, and planting some wild flowers. It catches the late afternoon sun and makes a perfect bird viewing area, so the next thought I had was to build a small hide from where I could watch and photograph the birds. And then, to complete the project, in the early spring of 2015 I dug out a small shallow wildlife pond. With a bit of careful planning and planting that little pond established well and has made another mini-habitat. Within just a matter of weeks of being finished it had attracted a Pied Wagtail and had become a drinking and bathing place for many of the birds, ranging from the little Blue Tits up to the Jackdaws and Magpie.
Anyway, the purpose of this list is to try to build-up a record of the species we see and when we see them. At present the list shows everything we’ve seen since the pond was built, plus a few occasional species that we know have visited before. As time progresses I will add and update the notes to build-up a better picture of the annual life-cycle of the garden bird life. I will also include some photos within a back garden ‘Collections’ album.
The following list includes four separate, hopefully self-explanatory, categories with the different species in alphabetical order.
Current Species Total : 37