100 not out…

The computer says this will be the 100th item on the Kineton wildlife blog – and to celebrate newly arrived swifts were darting over and around the Scout Hut this evening, with some swooping quite low and no doubt enjoying tasty flying morsels.

To mark the centenary, here’s a list of all the birds we have seen in our Kineton garden over the past few years. They are listed according to the recently revised systematic arrangement of families – swans and geese are now placed first, but there haven’t been many of those in the garden!

Mute Swan (overhead)
Canada Goose (overhead, but with messy evidence they may have occasionally called in!)
Mallard
Pheasant
Heron (overhead)
Red Kite (overhead, once)
Buzzard (overhead)
Sparrowhawk
Kestrel (overhead)
Moorhen (just over one winter only)
Stock Dove
Wood Pigeon
Collarded Dove
Turtle Dove (just once – I missed it myself!)
Tawny Owl
Swift
Green Woodpecker
Great Spotted Woodpecker
Swallow
House Martin
Pied Wagtail
Dunnock
Robin
Song Thrush
Mistle Thrush
Redwing
Fieldfare
Blackbird
Blackcap
Goldcrest (once only)
Wren
Spotted Flycatcher (but, sadly, not for many years now)
Great Tit
Coal Tit
Blue Tit
Marsh Tit
Long Tailed Tit
Nuthatch
Treecreeper (once only)
Magpie
Jay
Jackdaw
Carrion Crow
Starling
House Sparrow
Chaffinch
Goldfinch
Greenfinch
Bullfinch

And heard from the garden – Cuckoo and Little Owl.

And, some years ago, an expert visiting birdwatcher heard a Lesser Spotted Woodpecker in Little Kineton – one of those in the garden would do very nicely, thank you. In fact, anywhere will do – like many people, I’ve never seen one!

Warblers are clearly missing from the list – maybe we’ll get a Chiffchaff this year?

Roger

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