Tag: bird notes

House sparrow is most common garden bird

The last weekend in January 2020 was the RSPB Big Garden Bird Watch. This was the 41st year of this event. Individuals, families or groups not only took part in this survey of garden birds but some shared their results with me.

First ever surf scoter is spotted on Arran

This, the 40th year of the Arran Natural History Society annual bird report, has been an outstanding year for bird records, with three new species recorded for the first time on Arran. In February there was a long staying water pipit, in June the black-headed bunting and in November a surf scoter.

Osprey sightings are increasing on Arran

Through images on TV, the Osprey is a familiar bird plunging into water and rising with a fish in its talons. It is a fish-eating bird of prey with a cosmopolitan range. In the tropics and sub-tropics it is resident. The European population migrates to Africa after breeding.