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It was blustery and overcast in Edinburgh today for Day 1 of 30 Days Wild. Such a contrast from yesterday’s blue skies and sunshine.
Our RSPB Bumper bird food gift box arrived yesterday and Finlay and I eagerly filled up the bird feeders, excited to see which birds would be attracted to our garden over the coming weeks.
Lunchtime today saw me sitting cross-legged on the kitchen table, peering out the window, with iPhone camera at the ready. Finlay is the bird expert in our family, but he was at school, so I had his bird identification book close by to help.
Over about half-an-hour, I saw blue tits, house sparrows and dunnocks visit the feeder. Garden warblers, magpies, wood pigeons and seagulls flew overhead or visited the garden as well. I noticed the dunnocks also looking for insects in the grass, and flitting in and out of the hedge. I wonder whether they may have a nest in there?
Looking out the window I also noticed several bumblebees buzzing about the hedge, and particularly around our fuschia plant which is just beginning to flower. I ventured outside to try and capture a photo of a bumblebee but didn’t have any luck. I’ll try again on another (less windy) day…