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May 16 Bird list   Leave a comment

May 2016 bird species in and around our garden:

  • Blackbird;
  • Collared Dove;
  • Siskin;
  • Jackdaw;
  • Crow;
  • House Sparrow;
  • Chaffinch;
  • Robin;
  • Red Kite;
  • Coal Tit;
  • Goldfinch;
  • Greenfinch;
  • Swallow;
  • Blue Tit;
  • Great Tit;
  • Oyster Catcher;
  • Song Thrush;
  • Geese;
  • Buzzard;
  • Swift;
  • Bullfinch;
  • Gull;
  • Wood Pigeon

Posted June 17, 2016 by Alan Clark in Bird, Dumfries and Galloway, Garden, Nature, Village

April 2016 Bird List   Leave a comment

The month of April saw the following birds in or above our back garden:

  • Blackbird
  • Siskin
  • Chaffinch
  • House Sparrow
  • Red Kite
  • Collared Dove
  • Robin
  • Jackdaw
  • Goldfinch
  • Nuthatch
  • Coal Tit
  • Redpoll
  • Great Tit
  • Song Thrush
  • Sparrow Hawk
  • Dunnock
  • Crow
  • Hen (from our neighbour’s again!)
  • Blue Tit
  • Heron
  • Gull (not sure which variety)
  • Greenfinch
  • Swallow

The first of the swallows came in during the last week of the month, days before a late cold blast of snow and frost. Hopefully they found enough insects to keep them going through that unseasonal weather.


Posted May 3, 2016 by Alan Clark in Bird, Garden, Village

Bird by Bird   Leave a comment

I’m reading Anne Lamott’s “Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life” which I picked up second hand from Amazon, and am loving every minute of it.

This is a humorous look at how to write well, with an accessible delivery that makes it easy to take in.

Two lessons have stood out for me so far:

  1. That when writing, it’s a good idea to imagine holding a one inch picture frame up to the scene you are writing about, and only describe what you see within that frame; and
  2. When faced with a large project such as a novel writing, the best thing to do is break it down into small pieces. This is where the ‘Bird by Bird’ idea comes from (and I paraphrase): A boy was confronted with a deadline on a school  project about birds, and daunted by the looming deadline. Seeing this, his father was clever enough to realise that the work would be easier to complete if his son wrote about one bird at a time rather than trying to do the whole project in one go. Clever, hey?

If you enjoy writing then go pick up a copy of this book for yourself. You’ll love it as much as I do.


Posted April 19, 2016 by Alan Clark in Bird, Book, Learn, Poetry, Project, School, Story, Write, Writer, Writing

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March 2016 Birdlist   Leave a comment

Here’s the second in the occasional series of birds we have spotted in our garden during the last month.

Just like a talent show’s results, the list is in no particular order:

  1. Chaffinch
  2. Blue Tit
  3. Siskin
  4. Sparrow
  5. Blackbird
  6. Goldfinch
  7. Coal Tit
  8. Red Kite
  9. Collared Dove
  10. Robin
  11. Jackdaw
  12. Crow
  13. Great Tit
  14. Nut Hatch
  15. Barnacle Goose
  16. Greenfinch
  17. Long tailed Tit
  18. Starling
  19. Heron
  20. Thrush
  21. Dunnet
  22. Woodpecker
  23. Wren
  24. Pheasant
  25. Gull

Yes, we had a pheasant in the garden. It popped in one day and helped itself to the feed under the bird table. One of our neighbour’s hens did likewise, but I’m not listing that cheeky little girl, since she is domesticated. It’s a good sized collection of species for one month, all the same.


Posted April 1, 2016 by Alan Clark in Bird, Garden, Nature

Feb 16 Birds   Leave a comment

February brings all the birds to our yard, so to speak. It’s a good month for spotting some more unusual visitors to our back garden, as well as noting our regular visitors.

This month we have spotted (excluding our neighbour’s hens who had found their way into our driveway!):

  • Chaffinch
  • House sparrow
  • Robin
  • Red kite
  • Siskin
  • Jackdaw
  • Dunnet
  • Thrush
  • Great Tit
  • Coal Tit
  • Blue Tit
  • Collared Dove
  • Goldfinch
  • Blackbird
  • Yellowhammer
  • Woodpecker
  • Greenfinch
  • Starling
  • Long Tailed Tit
  • Nuthatch
  • Redpoll
  • Crow

Not too bad a catch 🙂


Posted February 29, 2016 by Alan Clark in Bird, Garden, Uncategorized