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These are the types of bird I’ve seen frequenting the back garden, or in the not too distant vicinity.

Blackbird

Often seen on the back lawn as well as the various trees and shrubs near the fence. Sometimes juveniles can be seen attempting to eat the honeysuckle fruits.

Blue Tit

Mostly seen in the neighbour’s bush overhanging the fuchsia, although sometimes also in the forsythia or the rose bush. Sometimes seen on the coconut feeder in the forsythia if not chased away by robins or great tits.

Collared Dove

Very occasionally seen on roofs and trees of neighbouring properties. Not yet as familiar with actually entering the garden as wood pigeons are.

Dunnock

At times seen on the fence behind the forsythia. Suspicion that it could be nesting in the nearby fir tree.

Goldcrest

On one occasion, a goldcrest knocked itself out against the french window, only to fly off once it had recovered.

Goldfinch

Only seen on one occasion, in June 2016 after a 6-week holiday in Sicily. Presumably it preferred a garden that appeared to be free from human habitation.

Great Tit

As with blue tits, mostly seen in the neighbour’s bush overhanging the fuchsia, although sometimes also in the forsythia or the rose bush. Sometimes seen on the coconut feeder in the forsythia if not chased away by robins.

Green Woodpecker

Seen twice, when it landed on the lawn, and proceeded to eat ants with gusto in a variety of places there, and again a few days later (see blog of 5 September 2017).

Grey Heron

Seen once standing on the roof of a neighbouring house, overlooking a pond in another garden (see blog of 27 August 2015).

House Sparrow

Roving around in groups of 5 to 10, moving between front and back garden, where they tend to frequent the various shrubs and bushes near the back fence. A large group of sparrows gorging on the berries of the Pyracantha bush is the topic of the blog of 10 September 2017.

Jackdaw

More often than not prefer to frequent the roof tops, although in the winter they come and investigate the coconut feeder on the forsythia bush.

Kestrel

Seen once resting on the back fence on a rainy day, but took off sharpish when it noticed that it was being observed.

Lesser Black-backed Gull

Regular inhabitants on the roof of a neighbouring house, from where they can readily be seen from our kitchen window. It appears to be their home patch when not foraging elsewhere.
The subject of blogs on 14 September 2015 and 12 January 2017.

Long-tailed Tit

Mostly seen during the winter months when they frequent the shrubs and bushes near the back fence, and visit the coconut feeder on the forsythia bush when not chased away by the resident robin (see blog of 20 February 2017).

Magpie

Frequently seen on the roofs, bushes and gardens of our and surrounding properties. Tend to inspect the back lawn, especially when freshly mown, or use it to caching tidbits. One blog shows a magpie calling from on top of the back fence, another one shows them sheltering from the rain, using the Sky dish and the overhanging roof of a neighbouring property.

Robin

Commonly seen in the bushes near the back fence, especially in the winter, when it tries to monopolise the coconut feeder in the forsythia bush. Part of the “Robins, Robins, Everywhere” blog.

Song Thrush

Usually seen in or near the back garden on the fence or in the nearby trees during the winter (see blog of 15 March 2017).

Wood Pigeon

Commonly seen in or near the back garden, either sitting on the roof tops or the fence, or inspecting the back lawn of the undergrowth further back. One blog captures a wood pigeon looking for wild strawberries, a second blog shows a pigeon building a nest in the fir tree (with a YouTube video of the pigeon flying out of the tree).

Wren

Seen scampering along the horizontal beam of the side fence near the rose bush.
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