At the end of March I moved home, still in the same town but now in a first-floor apartment with a view over a small park so at least there’s still some green space and natural habitat. Things got off to a good start when I picked up the bins on day one while moving in to check out a bird perched on top of a cypress tree and lo and behold, a nice Hawfinch ! In the following few weeks I added all the usual species plus Green Woodpecker and White Stork then in April a Hoopoe spent several minutes feeding not far from the lounge window. Black Kite a short while later, then a Cuckoo bumped the list up nicely and it’s continued to grow slowly but surely since.

Hoopoe (Upupa epops)

Common Cuckoo (Cuculus canorus)

Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs)

Eurasian Magpie (Pica pica)

New home, new garden list