A New Bird for the Garden

Dear Readers, I was a bit taken aback when I looked out of the window this morning and saw this pigeon lookalike. At first (and without my glasses on) I thought that it was a young woodpigeon, but on closer inspection it was clearly a stock dove – the dark eyes, the very nice iridescent patterning on the neck and the broken bars on the wings mark it out. This is a bird that’s hiding ‘in plain sight’ – they can often be spotted in Coldfall Wood, but it’s the first time that one has visited the garden.

This brings my total number of species spotted in the garden to 36 – not too bad for a suburban garden!

  1. Grey Heron
  2. Sparrowhawk
  3. Rock Dove (feral pigeon)
  4. Woodpigeon
  5. Stock Dove
  6. Collared Dove
  7. Ring-necked parakeet
  8. Great spotted woodpecker
  9. Jay
  10. Magpie
  11. Carrion Crow
  12. Jackdaw
  13. Blackbird
  14. Song Thrush
  15. Redwing
  16. Fieldfare
  17. Long-tailed tit
  18. Great Tit
  19. Blue Tit
  20. Coal Tit
  21. Wren
  22. Dunnock
  23. Robin
  24. Blackcap
  25. Chiffchaff
  26. Goldcrest
  27. Pied Wagtail
  28. Grey Wagtail
  29. House Sparrow
  30. Brambling
  31. Chaffinch
  32. Common Redpoll
  33. Siskin
  34. Greenfinch
  35. Goldfinch
  36. Starling


3 thoughts on “A New Bird for the Garden

  1. chrisswan94

    I can add a few to that list but there are some I’ve not seen here. We regularly get green woodpeckers and occasionally, we see a red kite go overhead. Buzzards are always around too. An excellent list nonetheless.


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