I completed my Big Garden Birdwatch for the RSPB at the weekend. Here’s what I saw during my hour.
Blue tit 1
Collared dove 2
House sparrow 2
Why does it always seem like the birds know, and therefore don’t show up? 🙂
15 individual birds, 9 species.
Last year I had 11 species, 27 individuals.
Is it the weather? My lack of buggy nibbles this time? (Fat balls, seed mix, nyjer seed and mealworms were out, hanging, at ground level, and on stumps). I know there were more birds about, I could see them in other gardens and overhead, not to mention the noise they were making – honking starlings stood out among the songs.
Some birds I feel were missing in action:
Wood pigeons – We see these lots. There were 6 at once the other day!
Wrens – I know we have two that visit regularly.
More sparrows – Again we often have a group of sparrows.
Woodpecker – We have a pair that nest nearby and they visit often.
Nuthatch – Another regular.
More blue tits – We usually get a few together, and more when the chicks fledge.
Great tit – A few regulars.
Jackdaws – A pair nest nearby and visit often.
These are a little rarer in our garden, but they still visit quite a bit:
Long tailed tits
Gold crest (this one we only had for a few days, but I’m hopeful it’ll be back)
Wren, chaffinch, a great tit, and a bunch of starlings all showed up the day after I did my count.
Did you do the birdwatch? How did it go?
2014’s birdwatch: click here.