We had the pleasure of looking after our Grandson this weekend so only birding to be done was going to be at home.

It started on saturday with the usual suspects visiting; Goldfinches, Greenfinches, Blackbirds, Starlings, House Sparrows, Dunnocks, a Robin, Jackdaws, the odd Chaffinch, Crows, Blue and Great Tits but then I saw two small shapes make their way along the trees bordering the school which my garden backs onto, these two shapes turned out to be the first 2 Goldcrests I had ever witnessed in my garden, not there for long mind but there never the less! A couple of photos I got before they left can be seen below ….

I thought nice one, well worth being outside with my camera at hand to catch the Goldcrest but sunday morning threw up another first for my garden, now I think the 2 birds visiting this time were Chiffchaff’s, nice garden tick eh!, but it may be a Willow Warbler, what do you think? Please do let me know :).

Chiffchaff or Willow Warbler?
Chiffchaff or Willow Warbler?
Chiffchaff or Willow Warbler?

These birds stayed around with a group of Goldies for a little while then they moved on into our street moving up and down it via the trees in the roads. I am thinking Chiffchaff for species and this is cemented by hearing the classic ‘Chiff- Chaff’ call of the bird a good few times during the morning BUT you may know better, please do let me know folks.

Now even if I am not sure on the identity of the Warbler, (Chiff or Willow?) still a nice result with 2 new ticks for you home list ain’t it?

But it got better at around 3.50pm I saw from afar what I intially felt was a Red Kite, then no maybe it was a Buzzard as it began to loop riding the thermals over what would be Belton Village or beyond, I trained my camera and got 3 shots in before the bird levelled out and disappeared into the sky!

Upon checking the last of the 3 images I had caught the bird sideways on ‘mid loop’ and it was an Osprey!! 🙂 Wow what about that from your garden, a good weekends birding from home completed on a high!

Photo below of the Osprey is from distance remember but a great sight none the less!

Was it heading back to where Trev had seen an Osprey a couple of days before?