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 Blue tits
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.