It’s Birdwatch Weekend!
I did my RSPB birdwatch today 🙂 Have you done yours? How did it go? If not, make sure to do it tomorrow 😉 https://www.rspb.org.uk/birdwatch/ It’s easy to do, only takes 1 hour and it really helps the RSPB see what is happening with our birds, the results over the years can be seen on the website.
It’s silly but it seemed the birds knew I was counting and I didn’t see as many as I hoped for!
I did the count at 9am and I had lots of food out as usual (mealworms, buggy nibbles, seed mix, nuts, nyjer seed) in a range of feeders. It was a bit gloomy but not raining, which was OK. The idea was to count how many of each species seen at once, you only count 5 Sparrows if you see all 5 together for example, so you don’t count the same bird more than once.
My results were:
House Sparrow 3
Robin 2 (fingers crossed they’ll nest in our box)
Blue tit 2
Collard dove 2
Tree Sparrow 1
Great tit 1
Song Thrush 1
Total 27 individual birds 🙂
I saw 5 Goldfinches at once only yesterday! And there were several Collared Doves in the tree next door but they didn’t come and land in my garden during the hour, typical 😉 Never mind, it’s all useful data.
I’m glad the Thrush came to be counted because it’s only been visiting us for a while, I haven’t really seen them in the garden before that. The Thrush and the Blackbirds are loving the bushes our neighbours have, I think there is Ivy.
I have also seen a Pied Wagtail recently and I haven’t seen one of those in the garden for years. Goldfinches, Chaffinches and Greenfinches have been visiting for maybe a year now, since we started changing our garden and I put out nyjer seed.
I had a record sighting at the end of November; within 20 minutes I saw more species than I have ever seen so quickly. I saw blackbirds, our local Woodpecker, our Nuthatch, Collared Doves, Blue Tits, Coal Tits, Great Tits, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Greenfinch and a Magpie! All that was missing was the Wood Pigeons, Starlings, the Wagtail, Jackdaws, Crows and Long Tailed Tits and I think that would have been every bird I’ve ever seen in the garden.
How many species do you get?
Anyone know how I can encourage more Wagtails?