This weekend is the Great British Birdwatch when we note down which varieties of birds are coming to our gardens and making a note of the number of each species we see at any one time. Sparrows and starlings used to be among some of our most common birds, but now they are on the red list, sadly neither put in an appearance in the garden here. After filling the feeders up, we sat back and waited.
Our number of birds of each species, seen at any one time, in the hour, is as follows –
Coal Tit 1, Greenfinch 2, Goldfinch 5, Blackbird 7, Robin 1, Chaffinch 6, Wood Pigeon 3, Blue Tit 5, Gt. Tit 3, Nuthatch 1, Dunnock 1, Bullfinch 1, Long Tailed Tit 1, Jackdaw 3.
Our Great Spotted Woodpeckers didn’t turn up, too busy drumming on the trees and neither did our little wren which is usually busy searching the wall for spiders and flies. Mr. P. was absent, thank goodness, I don’t want to encourage him into the garden with all the extra food!
But look what turned up yesterday…….
They fly around in flocks, feed madly for a couple of minutes, chattering all the time to each other, and then suddenly, they are gone. I was so lucky to catch them! But why only one today, where are all it’s friends – am I allowed to include them in today’s count do you think?
Are you watching the birds in your garden this weekend?