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!)
Red Kite (overhead, once)
Moorhen (just over one winter only)
Turtle Dove (just once – I missed it myself!)
Great Spotted Woodpecker
Goldcrest (once only)
Spotted Flycatcher (but, sadly, not for many years now)
Long Tailed Tit
Treecreeper (once only)
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?