Fairlie Organic Garden - Wildlife



The pictures below show some of the wildlife in the garden. The oystercatcher picture was taken by Alex Hohan - Well Done!
The 3 chicks are swallows taken 2 days before they fledged. The nest was in the rafters of our barn and the parents would fly around our heads as they fed their offspring.
The third picture is definitely someone we want to encourage to keep down the slugs.





A dunnock has built a nest at the back of the garden and four chicks were hatched  in May.
 An Oystercatcher has laid three eggs in the woodchip beside the road (pictured above after a lot of patience!) and another oystercatcher egg laid in a bed disappeared mysteriously.
 Previously a wren had built a nest with four eggs in the horsebox but it was overturned and the eggs went cold. Nobody knew there were birds nesting in there but perhaps an animal overturned the nest.
Now there is a sign asking people not to disturb nesting birds in the horsebox.
 A blackbird is sitting on eggs in there and there is another nest which appears to be empty at the moment.


On Saturday January 29th. a survey was done in the garden as part of the Big Garden Birdwatch. This was done by recording the species and numbers of each over a one hour period. The following table shows the species and numbers observed.

 Chaffiinches  9 (2 males)
 Backbirds  2
 Greenfinches  4
 Goldfinch  5
 Thrush  2
 Robins  2
 Wren  1
 Dunnock  2
 Redwings  3
 Magpies  2
 Bluetit  2
 Collared Dove
 Waxwings  4
 Pied Wagtail
 Sparrow  1


During the winter the birds in the garden have been fed everyday with seeds scattered on the ground and via bird feeders.

This winter was a wonderful time for looking at birds at the garden. There is a stunning array of birds who are thriving on the insects, seeds, berries, compost and food in the birdfeeders. There is a feeder on a tree at the back of the garden filled with niger seeds and flocks of beautiful goldfinches have been seen feeding from it. As well as that we have blue tits, coal tits, great tits, greenfinches, chaffinches, blackbirds, robins, wrens, thrushes, collared doves, crows and pied wagtails.

The seabirds that come into the garden are oystercatchers, ringed plovers, eiders, mergansors, redshanks and sandlings.

Again this year we have seen pigeons on the beach looking for food..

A redwing was spotted feeding in a bed. It is slightly smaller than a thrush but has a spotted breast like a thrush. It is different in that it has a bold white stripe above the eye and a smaller one below the cheek. It also has a reddish colour under the wing. It eats insects and mostly berries in the winter. The redwings in Scotland come from Iceland in the winter. They are a nomadic bird that travels over long distances in search of food.T

There was also a pair of waxwings at the garden. They come from Scandinavia in the winter and go to the east coast of England but every two years or so come to Scotland. They are a beautiful bird that was seen feeding on berries. They are a about the size of a starling with a pinkish breast and a distinctive crest on their head with a black throat and mask around the eyes. The wings are a greyish blue and with black and white stripes and when they fly you can see two yellow stripes on each side of the wing and the yellow tip at the bottom of the wing which are quite stunning.

There have been deer in the garden again judging by their footprints in the snow. They seem to have had a good look around and eaten some of the vegetables in the beds by the road. The fence around the garden is quite high and we suspect that they are coming along the beach where they were seen last year.


Fairlie Organic Garden - Wildlife
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