Most evenings I am privileged to hear a lovely bird singing in our communal garden.  Here's a short video - sorry about the sound of the traffic, but I think you'll still agree, it's lovely.  Is it a blackbird?




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Comment by Nell Riches on October 2, 2011 at 20:00
We think it's definitely a robin! They're so cute. I love the way they appear just after you've done some gardening to snaffle all the bugs! Thanks for sharing this - it really is lovely.
Comment by Kathleen Duffy on October 2, 2011 at 21:03
Thanks for your comment Nell.  I too love Robins - well, who doesn't?  Maybe its a reward for all my work in our communal garden!
Comment by Kari Koonin on October 5, 2011 at 14:31

Beautiful! Yes, I'd go with robin. We are lucky enough to get anything up to 5 goldfinches at once on our feeders. It's great to see such lovely birds in the middle of an urban environment. Also spotted at various times: a goldcrest and a coal tit (besides the usual blue tits and great tits etc).


What has anyone else seen in their garden?

Comment by Mat Riches on October 10, 2011 at 8:35

Kathleen - I can confirm my wife, on this occasion, is correct and that is a robin. Kari, the birdlife in Bowes Park is indeed thriving, quite amazing considering our proximity to the north circular. We once saw a rather majestic sparrowhawk hunting in a front garden on Palmerston Road, luckily for the nearby birds we managed to distrub it.

Other notable spots in our garden include a woodpecker, a gaggle of long tailed tits, a jay and the tiniest little wren you could ever imagine. The Bowes Park swifts in summer are also really quite something.

Goodness me, I can hear my 18-year-old self howling with laughter at me writing this....I never imagined I'd become quite the little twitcher!

Comment by Kathleen Duffy on October 10, 2011 at 10:36

Kari and Mat - Thanks so much for your comments!!  I too am amazed that I have become quite interested in the birdlife around my tiny balcony and the garden behond!  Just hope I don't hear a nightingale or a one-footed speckled Russian plover, else there'll be blokes with binoculars queuing up around the block....  

Comment by Kathleen Duffy on October 13, 2011 at 18:08

Oooh, I just saw a heron or a similar type of bird fly past from my window!!



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