In the UK this weekend the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds was holding it’s Big Garden Bird Watch when we were asked to keep a count of the number of birds seen at any one time during an hour. This is to give them an idea of how different varieties of birds are surviving in different parts of the countryside, which are increasing and which decreasing and in danger of needing to be put on the “red list”. As soon as I got up this morning I filled all the bird feeders as usual, then sat back and waited. Who was first on the scene- you might have known!
Such a squawking noise coming from the back garden where he was sitting on the conservatory roof so I had to go back upstairs to photograph him through the window. My count is as follows –
Pheasant 1, Blackbird 3, Wren 1, Blue Tit 3, Nuthatch 2, Great Tit 2, Dunnock 2, Robin 1, Gt.Spotted Woodpecker 2, Chaffinch 3, Goldfinch 5, Wood Pigeon 3, Long Tailed Tits 5, Coal Tit 1. But no Sparrows or Greenfinch this time.
We didn’t count how many birds we saw in an hour as it might have been the same ones coming back again and again, just how many we saw together, so we are quite pleased with this years numbers. If you are in the UK, did you manage to take part in the RSPB survey?