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Garden Birds in April 2019

This year I am keeping a list of birds seen in or from my garden.

Here is the list for the year so far with the four extra species seen in April added to the bottom of the list.

  1. Robin
  2. House Sparrow
  3. Jackdaw
  4. Blackbird
  5. Woodpigeon
  6. Starling
  7. Black-headed Gull
  8. Great Tit
  9. Red Kite
  10. Carrion Crow
  11. Chaffinch
  12. Goldfinch
  13. Rook
  14. Collared Dove
  15. Dunnock
  16. Wren
  17. Long-tailed Tit
  18. Blue Tit
  19. Common Gull
  20. Redwing
  21. Fieldfare
  22. Reed Bunting
  23. Greenfinch
  24. Blackcap
  25. Song Thrush
  26. Herring Gull
  27. Lesser Black-backed Gull
  28. Buzzard
  29. Pied Wagtail
  30. Stock Dove
  31. Magpie
  32. Green Woodpecker
  33. Mallard
  34. Sparrowhawk

35. Coal Tit

36. Swallow

37. Cormorant

38. Yellowhammer

So that brings the 2019 garden list to 38 species, but more importantly for the little challenge I set you back in January, it adds two species onto my lifetime garden list – Cormorant and Yellowhammer. That brings the garden list to 60 species.

Cormorant feels like a species that I must, surely, have seen at some stage but I really don’t think I have. And even this one was very distant. But Yellowhammer is a stand-out first for the garden. And it was a male. I wonder what a male Yellowhammer was doing sneaking around gardens instead of defending a territory on farmland. Admittedly it is a matter of a few hundred yards to the nearest field (we townies!) but even so…

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