Saturday, 18 April 2015

Approaching the Half-Century

Nothing to do with cricket, but this pair of Stock Doves in the garden yesterday morning were the 49th species to have set foot in our front or back gardens since I moved here in August 2003.

Stock Doves - cracking birds and very welcome
(Photo taken through kitchen window with Krappy Kodak
as the x-s1 was in the greenhouse)

They've been a long time coming, considering I've recorded them as flyovers regularly from practically day one, so 11 and a half years is a long time to wait for such a fairly common local species, as in that time their cousins the Wood Pigeons and Collared Doves have been frequent visitors.
Here's a complete Voous list of the species which have set foot in the garden since Aug 2003 :

Sparrowhawk
Common Pheasant
Common Gull
Black-headed Gull
Feral Pigeon
Stock Dove
Wood Pigeon
Collared Dove
G S Woodpecker
Pied Wagtail
Wren
Dunnock
Robin
Northern Wheatear
Blackbird
Fieldfare
Song Thrush
Redwing
Mistle Thrush
Common Whitethroat
Blackcap
Willow Warbler
Chiffchaff
Goldcrest
Long tailed Tit
Coal Tit
Blue Tit
Great Tit
Nuthatch
Treecreeper
Magpie
Jackdaw
Carrion Crow
Rook
Jay
Starling
House Sparrow
Tree Sparrow
Chaffinch
Brambling
Greenfinch
Goldfinch
Siskin
Linnet
Lesser Redpoll
Mealy Redpoll
Bullfinch
Yellowhammer
Reed Bunting

The 48th visitors (Four Yellowhammers in Jan 2013) were also a long time coming, as they quite regularly fly over and can be seen on farmland through gaps in the houses over the road.

But with over two years between 48 and 49 how long it will take to get number 50 is anybody's guess, or even what species it might be. I'd love it to be a Red Kite, they've been in the neighbours gardens and have flown through ours at below head height on occasions but not yet touched down.

I live in hope :-)   

4 comments:

  1. i don't do lists Alan butout of curiosity went down yours and in 10 years i worked out we've had 14 species. First ever GOLDFINCH last week !!! One of which on the list, GS Woodpecker the missus saw (not me) for the first time 2 weeks ago.

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    1. The only lists I keep are garden and life John, but having lived in town a long time I appreciate how lucky I am now to be able to do 'doorstep' birding. Never get tired of watching the red kites especially :-)

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    2. You'll be looking forward to seeing them on the dead Badger carcasses. That'll make a nice pic !!!

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    3. Not me mate, I'll leave that to the 'professionals' ;-)

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