Sunday 31 January 2010

Quick Reminder

As posted back a couple of days ago, this weekend is the RSPB Big Garden Bird Watch.

I just submitted my results from first thing, total of 12 species with the scarcer species of Great Spotted Woodpecker and Mistle Thrush.

Let us know what you recorded



  1. Not much my way, just the usual sparrows, starlings, collared doves, blackbirds and robins. Then, with just 3 minutes to go a surprise vistor popped in - a wren. It came back briefly in the afternoon too so hopefully I'll be seeing more of it.

  2. Did mine Sunday. Little concerned as milder weather during week meant that the quantity and variety of species seen during seen in the harsher first half of Jan was dropping as food was sufficent away from the gardens. Forecast sub-zero night temps over weekend saw me topping up feeders and table with broken fat balls and mealworms in readiness for the weekend. Sure enough Saturday saw a return to recent form, to such an extent that my wife remarked that the birds can predict a cold snap with more certainty than the Met Office!

    Sunday am came soon enough and together with the kids we spotted 14 species to include all the typical Top Ten plus a pair of LTT, 1 Pied Wagtail, a pair of Wood Pigeon, 1 Wren & 8 (yes max of eight eventually!)Song Thrushes - beautiful bird!

    The wren was a pleasanr surprise but last year's Goldcrest was absent this year. I was pleased that the 8 Songies last tempted in in early Jan made the effort as they were amply rewarded with lots of food! Along with the sparrows, starlings and chaffinches the nearby trees were reminiscent of a "jet stack" at Heathrow with some kind of "queueing" pattern going on. Alas, no sign of the pair of Reed Buntings seen earlier in the month, but a population of 29 birds over 14 species was pleasing for our semi-rural garden.

    Good fun - kids had a great time.