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Thank you for visiting my Garden birds page. This page is intended as a mini online field guide to help you identify the birds you are most likely to see in an average British Garden. If you are having trouble identifying a bird in your garden, please look through the following photographs and click on the links to the main species pages. I hope you find what you are looking for, but if not you can always e-mail me with a good description or ideally a photo and I will do my best to put a name to the species for you. Below is some information and a selection of photographs of birds that might be regarded as common in many British gardens depending on the time of year and location. For more pictures of some of the below species, see the index of bird photographs by clicking here. Click on the below images to go to the main species pages for more images.


You can click on the below images to go to the main species pages for more images.

Collard Dove
Collard Dove
(Streptopelia decaocto )
Blue Tit
Blue Tit
(Cyanistes caeruleus )
Common Chaffinch
Chaffinch
(Fringilla coelebs)
House Sparrow
House Sparrow
(Passer domesticus)

European Goldfinch
Goldfinch
(Carduelis carduelis)

Wood Pigeon
Wood Pigeon
(Columba palumbus
)

Great Tit
Great Tit
(Parus major)

Starling
Starling
(Sturnus vulgaris)
Robin
Robin
(Erithacus rubecula )
Blackbird
Blackbird
(
Turdus merula )

The species depicted above are the top ten birds recorded in English gardens according to the 2010 'RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch', and are therefore probably the ten most likely bird species that could be attracted to feeders and bird tables in an average British garden.


 
The following ten according to the RSPB BGBW 2010, are the next ten most likely bird species you could expect to see in an average English Garden.

Dunnock
Dunnock
(Prunella modularis )

Carrion Crow
Carrion Crow
(Corvus corone corone)
Coal Tit
Coal Tit
(
Periparus ater )
Wren
Wren
(Troglodytes troglodytes)
Song Thrush
Song Thrush
(Turdus philomelos )

Long tailed Tit
Long tailed Tit
(Aegithalos caudatus)

Magpie
Magpie
(Pica pica)

Feral Pigeon
Feral Pigeon
Columba livia (domest.)

Greenfinch
Greenfinch
(Carduelis chloris )

Jackdaw
Jackdaw
(Corvus monedula )
 

The species listed here can often be seen on or below your bird table and feeders in Britain and depending on your location can be attracted to gardens using different types of food. It is quite likely that you will see other species in or over your Garden. Swifts may often fly over and House Martin may even nest under you eaves. The sort of birds that will visit will be determine by your location in the United Kingdom, the time of year, how large and what sort of garden you have. If you live near the coast you may have regular visits from Black Headed Gulls and perhaps Herring Gulls. Pied wagtails can often find food and a place to nest near buildings. If you have a large garden in the countryside near farmland or woodland you are likely to be able to attract a larger variety of species. Garden birds are often typically woodland species. Peanuts, sunflower seeds or fatballs could well attract Great spotted woodpecker, Marsh Tit or Nuthatch to your feeders from local woodland.
 
Black Headed Gull
Black Headed Gull
(Larus ridibundus)

Great Spotted Woodpecker
Great Spotted Woodpecker
(Dendrocopos major)
Nuthatch
Nuthatch
(Sitta europaea)

Siskin
Siskin
(Carduelis spinus)
Brambling
Brambling
(
Fringilla montifringilla )

Redwing

Redwing
(Turdus iliacus )

Fieldfare

Fieldfare
(Turdus pilaris)

Marsh Tit

Marsh Tit
(Parus palustris)

Bullfinch

Bullfinch
(Pyrrhula pyrrhula)

Lesser Redpoll

Lesser Redpoll
(Carduelis cabaret )
     

In the winter you may be able to attract a wider variety of species, and in greater numbers since birds will often visit gardens in search of food at this time, when natural foods are more difficult to find. Seed eating finches often rely on bird tables and feeders in the early part of the year, when seeds are more difficult to find. You may well attract the more unusual finches in winter such as Bullfinch, Siskin, Lesser Redpoll and Brambling to your feeding station. Other Thrushes as well as Fieldfare and Redwing come to Britain in the autumn, they can be attracted to gardens if you provide them with fruit such as apples.

Richard Ford - www.digitalwildlife.co.uk - Garden Zone 2010

 


 


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