Watching the birds
Research earlier this year showed that watching garden birds is good for your mental health. We certainly find it a relaxing break from the hurly-burly of modern life, whether it’s while sipping a coffee in the conservatory or out on the hills.
Here is a list of our sightings over a few days in late June…
Garden: Wren, Blue tit, Great tit, Coal tit, Chaffinch, Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Siskin, Dunnock, House sparrow, Tree sparrow, Robin, Blackbird, Song thrush, Mistle thrush, Starling, Wood pigeon, Collared dove, Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Willow warbler, Pied Wagtail, Nuthatch, Swift, Swallow, Greater spotted woodpecker, Pheasant
Within a few hundred yards of the cottage: Mallard, Little grebe, Moorhen, Crow, Rook, Jackdaw, Heron, Oyster catcher, Curlew, Snipe, Lapwing, Buzzard, Red grouse, Red legged partridge, Skylark, Meadow pipit
Within a mile of the house: Whitethroat, Stonechat, Wheatear, Gold crest, Spotted flycatcher, Sand martin, Grey wagtail
Think this sounds soothing but don’t know where to start? The RSPB have made a handy introduction to birdwatching.