It’s a warm, sunny day and I’m a furlough worker, so what better way to spend some time than birding in the backyard at home. If you’re following live – as per the reference in the video just uploaded to YouTube – welcome.
12.00 noon. Great start, as I heard a chiffchaff calling from a tree two gardens away. Taking a closer look with the binoculars, there were a pair of birds. Lived here since the 1980s and the first I’ve seen. Thrilled with that.
12.10 p.m. Robin, blackbird and wood pigeon all seen so far.
12.15 p.m. Five house sparrow (3m, 2f) in a bush in a neighbouring garden. It’s a regular spot for the species.
12.20 p.m. A peacock butterfly landed briefly on blossom just a couple of metres from where I’m sitting. Birds, butterflies, fungi, wild flowers, I love them all. It’s all part of the big great outdoors package.
12.25 p.m. A couple of hundred metres away, a carrion crow in flight.
12.30 p.m. I heard it calling first and it took me a couple of minutes to find it. There’s a blue tit in the silver bitch tree. I found the tree in my early 20s uprooted and dumped to die. I took it home, planted it and it’s now a mature specimen.
12.35 p.m. Another butterfly, this time a small tortoiseshell passing through the garden in gentle flight, with no care in the world.
12.50 p.m. Although my ground view is quite limited, I have plenty of sky to observe. It’s very quiet though, a wood pigeon is just the second bird to be seen.
12.55 p.m. Two blue tit in the silver birch tree. Both feeding on the early buds.
1.00 p.m. Seven house sparrow in the bush. I can also hear noisy birds some distance away. Thought I briefly heard a chiffchaff in song but can’t be sure. Enjoyed my hour in the garden though, will definitely do this again.