A page to record the different bird species that we've seen in, or from, our back garden .....

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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
Birds that are either resident or virtually guaranteed daily visitors :-
Common NameScientific NameNotes
BlackbirdTurdus merulaNearly always present, with sometimes up to six birds together at the same time.
Blue TitCyanistes caeruleusIn and out of the garden all day long. Uses nest boxes.
ChaffinchFringilla coelebsRegular birds on the feeders and also on the lawn.
Collared DoveStreptopelia decaoctoA pair always together visiting a number of times each day.
DunnockPrunella modularisA number of birds always present under the shrubs or in the flower beds
Great TitParus majorIn and out the garden all day long. Often 5/6 together at a time.
House SparrowPasser domesticusUsually a few present, particularly when the tits are around.
RobinErithacus rubeculaAlways present and wanting to know what you're doing.
StarlingSturnus vulgarisRegular visitors in small noisy gangs, particularly when with young.
Wood PigeonColumba palumbusA regular lazy pair who like gobbling up all the loose feed.
WrenTroglodytes troglodytesNever seen more than one - favours the flower beds up near the house.
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Birds that are very regular visitors, but not necessarily every day :-
Common NameScientific NameNotes
Great Spotted WoodpeckerDendrocopos majorA regular morning and afternoon visitor to the feeders.
JackdawCorvus monedulaArrive in small gangs, although we have had up to ten at a time.
JayGarrulus glandariusCurrently a pair, visiting regularly and getting slightly more bold each time.
MagpiePica picaNormally a single bird, but sometimes a pair - likes to hang around with the jackdaws.
NuthatchSitta europaeaMore than one bird making regular visits to the feeders. Have used a nest box.
Stock DoveColumba oenasCurrently three birds who usually visit together - very quite and very nervous.
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Birds that would be classed as either occasional or seasonal visitors :-
Common NameScientific NameNotes
BlackcapSylvia atricapillaUsually have a pair for a couple of weeks or so each year.
BramblingFringilla montifringillaThe rarest bird on the list as it has now been a couple of years since we last saw them.
BullfinchPyrrhula pyrrhulaAnother rarity, although we have had a pair for a short while for the past few years.
Carrion CrowCorvus coroneAlways around the paddock with occasional visits to the garden.
Coal TitParus aterThere are probably a few more around than we currently think.
GoldfinchCarduelis carduelisDaily visitors in season.
Green WoodpeckerPicus viridisVery rare visitors to the garden unfortunately, although they are around the paddock.
GreenfinchChloris chlorisNumbers have declined, but still visiting at odd times throughout the year.
Long-tailed TitAegithalos caudatusUsually have a few for a couple of weeks or so each year.
Pied WagtailMotacilla albaAs yet, have never seen more than one - likes the bird bath and the pond.
Song ThrushTurdus philomelosOne or two birds on occasions - very timid, generally keeping under the shrubs.
SparrowhawkAccipiter nisusAt times a daily 'smash and grab' visitor, but can go some weeks without seeing one.
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Birds occasionaly seen from or passing over the garden :-
Common NameScientific NameNotes
Barn SwallowHirundo rusticaRegulars in season, flying over the paddock and garden - nests in next door's stable.
Black-headed GullLarus ridibundusOften seen flying around up high.
Canada GooseBranta canadensisRegularly seen passing overhead during the winter early morning and evenings.
Common BuzzardButeo buteoRegularly seen overhead, often 3/4 birds together calling.
Grey HeronArdea cinereaAs yet not spotted in the garden, but the pond could be a draw - we will wait and see!
House MartinDelichon urbicumHave previously nested under the eaves.
KestrelFalco tinnunculusOne recent sighting over the paddock.
Mute SwanCygnus olorSimilar sightings to the Canada geese, but usually in pairs and not as regular.
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