Sunday, 30 January 2011

RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch

We left it late and only just managed to fit in an hour before the light went.
In our tennis court-sized, rural garden with no proper pond but a stream (that can't be called a pond) and within 300 metres of the nearest farmland, we counted:

13 Blackbirds
2 Blue Tits
2 Chaffinches
1 Coal Tit
1 Collared Dove  (these normally never fail to visit as a pair)
1 Great Tit
5 House Sparrows  (we have a large number but they are difficult to count as they hide in the hedge)
3 Long-tailed Tits  (they usually come in flocks of at least half a dozen)
2 Robins  (we thought they weren't going to turn up at all)
3 Wood Pigeons  (thankfully, because often, there are loads, scoffing all the food)
1 Wren

Of the scarcer species, we had:
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker
1 Marsh Tit  (after much study and debate, we are 99.5% certain it isn't a Willow Tit)

The Peacock didn't turn up but he wouldn't have been included in the figures anyway; and there were a couple of Starlings around earlier in the day, but they didn't come for the count. We also, sometimes, have Greenfinches and Goldfinches, but not today.


  1. Brilliant! I am quite envious of how many different varieties of birds you saw in such a short time. Never seen long-tailed tits in our garden.

    PS. I was chuffed to receive your lovely comment. Thank you. x

  2. Yes! I think it was quite a fair representation of what is normal for us, here. We live in quite a sheltered spot with a good number of trees, and a bit of scrub, round and about. We also have a stream running the length of our lane and we're close to a river. :)

  3. Hello Lucy and thanks for your comment on my new blog! Perhaps we are fortunate with our bird visitors, here. Sometimes, people come and remark on the number of birds about - I suspect we may have more than some of the folk who live in places that are completed surrounded by farmland. If that's true, then it's both sad and worrying.

    I can't remember if I've already said hello but, anyway, it's good to meet you and I enjoy your blog.


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