Bird Watch

with Amanda Skull

Red crested pochard in the wild

New Year – No Garden!

We have recently moved. Whilst we were sad to say goodbye to our garden and all its visitors, we were excited to see what birds would visit us in our new home. Unfortunately, there is no garden, which somewhat restricts the birds that come to the bird table and windowsill. In the past week, I’ve not recorded any visitors, which is more than a little frustrating. However, in the previous five weeks I recorded three familiar species Magpie, Great Tit and House Sparrow (in fact more commonly seen than in our Swansea garden).

Red squirrel

From my home-office window I regularly see the elegant Red Kite, Heron, Green Woodpecker, Carion Crow, Blue Tit, Marsh/Willow Tit (haven’t worked out which it is yet!), Woodpigeon and Collared Dove. Nearby there is a large lake and areas of woodland, which expands my list to include Coot, Mallard, Black-headed Gull, Great Crested Grebe, Little Grebe, Mute Swan, Coal Tit, Goldcrest, Buzzard and Kestrel. But the highlights so far have been Red-crested Pochard and Red Squirrel!

With colder weather around the corner, and hopefully snow, I’m looking forward to seeing how my list will grow and to continuing to explore the local area. Whilst I can’t submit my sightings to Garden BirdWatch, I will be regularly using BirdTrack instead.

Have you worked out from my species list where our new home is? Switzerland! Our apartment looks out over Lake Zurich and today I can see some fresh snow on the neighbouring hills. Hopefully, with a drop-in temperature, I might again see birds on our windowsill!

If, unlike me, you have a garden and enjoy watching the birds and Make Your Garden Count! other creatures that come to it, the BTO Garden BirdWatch survey could be perfect for you. If your New Year’s Resolution is to do more for British wildlife, then join! Please visit for more information.

Happy Garden Bird Watching!

Amanda Skull – Follow me on Twitter @amanda_skull

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