This weekend is the RSPB's Big Garden Birdwatch: the RSPB (Royal Society for the Protection of Birds) has invited people to participate by signing up and then, for an hour, counting the birds in their garden and sending the results in. Here's the video by the RSPB:
This is the first time I've participated in the Big Garden Bird Watch and I thought I'd share my results!
Before I start, two things: firstly, all these photos are poor quality: I was hiding away in the utility room taking these pictures, so it's all through glass that is rather dirty after all the January rain! Secondly, my mother and I tried doing this yesterday but the freezing cold, rain, residual snow, and very heavy mist kept the birds away. In fact, pretty much all we saw was a lonely little chaffinch:
Happily, today was a few degrees warmer and the mist had lifted! Here are my results - 13 species!
|This is my best handwriting, unfortunately.|
What I didn't see in the hour:
- The Sparrowhawk (which is a good thing as it would have been the only thing recorded on my results!)
- The Jays: the most I've seen in one go is three, but they're rather shy birds.
- Buzzards: I've seen them flying over, but it's very rare to see them here.
- The Heron: it flies over the house most evenings, and sometimes I can see it from upstairs flying along the river.
I do have some old pictures from last year (sadly not of the Jays) from the summer (possibly spring) of three of the collared doves, a baby Woodpecker being fed, and of the dreaded sparrowhawk:
So there you have it! It was great fun, and it'll be interesting to see the entire results when the RSPB publish them. Until now, if you're on Twitter, people are posting their results and pictures with the hashtag #BigGardenBirdwatch.