RSPB – Big Garden Birdwatch

It’s that time of year again when the UK’s Royal Society for the Protection of Birds asks people to set aside an hour to record the birds that visit their garden.

I got cracking as I was making breakfast in the kitchen. strutting about on the lawn was the unmistakable form of a magpie. He was soon joined by a group of seven wood pigeons.  Over the course of the hour I recorded

8 Wood Pigeons

3 Blackbirds

3 Blue tits

2 Magpies

1 Robin.

Aside from the plague of wood pigeons there were far fewer birds than this time last year. Mind you yesterday we had a whole load of house sparrows, blue tits and a dunnock in the garden in the space of ten minutes. The sparrows are recent visitors, before they turned up just before Christmas I hadn’t seen any in the garden here for over 15 years, so I’m really pleased to see them making a bit of a comeback.

Yesterday's Dunnock, where were you today when I needed you?

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5 thoughts on “RSPB – Big Garden Birdwatch

  1. That sounds like a great idea, to set aside an hour and watch for birds in the garden. We don’t have a Norwegian Royal Society for the Protection of Birds asking for the same here. I am quite impressed by your list of species that visited your garden within the hour.

    • Oddly enough that’s a lower number than usual, which I think is due to the really cold weather we have been having here, just recently. We also get Chaffinches, Jackdaws, Carrion Crows, Great Tits, Long Tailed Tits, Goldfinches, Collared Doves, Pied Wagtails, Jays, Song Thrushes, a solitary Green Woodpecker and at this time of year we often get Redwings too. I think being so close to the forest and riding stables helps

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