The Big Garden Birdwatch – results now in!

the blue tit - the most common bird in my garden by a long shot.

the blue tit – the most common bird in my garden by a long shot.

This weekend the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB for short) recruited hundreds of thousands of volunteers all across the UK to take part in the annual Big Garden Birdwatch. The birdwatch is just like a census, but for birds. Basically everyone who volunteers sits in their garden for an hour over the weekend and counts how many birds pass through. It’s a great way to keep the kids occupied over the weekend and you might just find that the grown ups have a lot of fun too, particularly when friends and family do their own surveys and an element of competitiveness creeps in!

I feed the birds all year round because I love to see them in the garden and watch them flying free. I find this very entertaining and uplifting when working from home, and I would recommend it to anyone. When I did the Big Garden Birdwatch yesterday afternoon, I was really surprised at just how much bird activity there was in the garden that I had previously never really noticed. There was at least one bird passing through at any one time, and a larger range of species visiting within an hour than I would have otherwise thought.

If you did the birdwatch over the weekend or today, then please remember to send in your results to the RSPB. All the results are really important, as it helps the conservationists get an idea of which species are in decline and in which areas, as well as giving them an idea of how many people feed the birds. I sent my results in yesterday evening, and here they are for all my readers:

  • blue tit = 28
  • woodpigeon = 11
  • goldfinch = 6
  • magpie = 4
  • great tit = 2
  • stock dove = 2
  • blackbird = 2
  • coal tit = 1
  • dunnock = 1
  • collared dove = 1
  • robin = 1
the stock dove - a suprise visitor to my garden, and a species on the decline.

the stock dove – a suprise visitor to my garden, and a species on the decline.

I was pleasantly surprised to get 11 species, as the national average is 5.5 species in your back garden. My personal favourite were the goldfinches, who are very dapper chaps indeed:

the goldfinch - perfection.

the goldfinch – perfection.

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