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How many species of bird in or over your garden?

I thought this might make an interesting thread. General rules are you have to be in your garden but the birds can be seen from, ie flyovers etc. Heard only counts as long as you can identify from call.
I'll start the ball rolling with 86 in six years in a non coastal Cheshire garden. Highlights include Mediterranean Gull, Red Kite, Black-tailed Godwit & Hobby.
Luv From Dave


  • wild edgeswild edges Posts: 9,345
    I've only been recording birds that I've seen in the garden not flying over or anything but I'm currently at 36 species with 6 or 7 of those nesting in the garden. I can hear all sorts of other birds on a quiet day though. Skylarks and meadow pipits up on the hill, green woodpeckers and cuckoos in the woods, coots and moorhens over on the pond, redwings and owls flying around at night, peregrines and ravens nesting up in the quarry.
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  • punkdocpunkdoc Posts: 13,696
    No idea of numbers, but 2 of my favourite rarities seen in the garden: Woodcock and Water Rail.
    How can you lie there and think of England
    When you don't even know who's in the team

    S.Yorkshire/Derbyshire border
  • purplerallimpurplerallim Posts: 4,831
    edited May 2021
    Two nights ago I had a large white bird fly over my head in the garden at 11pm I presume it was a barn owl, does it have to be birds as I do see bats.😁 I can only reach 30.🤔
  • BigladBiglad Posts: 2,893
    Flippin' echium @dave125, I couldn't name 86 different bird species never mind see them in my garden ;)
    East Lancs
  • steephillsteephill Posts: 2,673
    33 positive I.D.'s in or directly above the garden. Rarest is a goshawk and hoping for a red kite sighting soon as they are established in the area now.
  • bertrand-mabelbertrand-mabel Posts: 2,177
    46 since January this year and we are still waiting for some birds that we have had in the garden in previous years. chance but a red kite has been over in other years.
  • FireFire Posts: 17,116
    edited May 2021
    A paltry twenty from me in a small north London terrace garden. Most interesting is a heron on the shed roof. A few times in nine years I've seen on the bird feeders yaffle, greater spotted woodpecker and long tailed tits, but v few visits. We have a good population of blackcaps, whose song is glorious. I've never seen or heard a thrush here. I can hear tawny owls, but they are in the park near by, so I can't claim them. It's all a bit of a wildlife desert, few big trees, all high fences flush to the ground and lots of concrete. It's all rather depressing.

  • TerryannTerryann Posts: 38
    Not many in my little east London garden.  Pigeons, starlings, sparrow, magpie, great tits and have seen a robin, but none so far this year.  My local park has little green parrots but they have never visited my garden which is only 200 yards from park.  I have also had some dog fur hanging from a tree from my dog, and only this year have noticed that a great tit taking it for their nest, after 4 years.   I work near Canary Wharf we have a peregrine Falcon, which nests here every year, very noisy sometimes and a joy to watch it flying.  
  • BenCottoBenCotto Posts: 4,274
    In South Rutland/north Northants red kites are as common as Priti Patel’s dropped letter Gs. We occasionally see the Rutland Water ospreys over the garden.
    Rutland, England
  • BijdezeeBijdezee Posts: 1,484
    Lost count. We are close to the sea with arable fields behind us. We get a lot of birds of prey. We get ducks, swans, geese, herons. Partridge and pheasant (they shoot here in the season). Then the usual garden birds, great, blue and long tailed tits, finches, sparrows, blackbirds, song thrushes, blackcaps, goldcrest, wrens and lots of warblers. Also green and spotted woodpeckers, the usual collered doves, wood pigeons, jackdaws and crows. It's a busy area. 
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