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The RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch


by Richard Jones

This weekend is the RSPB's Big Garden Birdwatch, the world's largest bird survey. In last year's Birdwatch, over 400,000 people sat for an hour and noted which species visited their gardens.


RobinThis weekend is the RSPB's Big Garden Birdwatch, the world's largest bird survey. In last year's Birdwatch, over 400,000 people sat for an hour and noted which species visited their gardens; six million birds were counted. The Big Garden Birdwatch is a simple and fun way for non-specialists to collect important data. The survey provides a great boost, year-on-year, to statistics on garden birds; it shows which species are common, and those which are in decline.

I'll certainly be doing my bit this weekend. I must admit, I'll relish the opportunity to sit down for an hour, something I don't often get to do. My time in the garden today was spent checking the sore end of a recently-castrated rabbit (two minutes), putting the recycling boxes back round the side of the house (one minute) and taking the bike from yesterday's cycling proficiency exercise out of the kitchen (30 seconds).

I did notice a few birds on Peckham Rye later, though. Two-and-three-quarter-year-old needed airing so we hit the playground. He found a little chum and while they were mixing mud porridge and falling over a lot I glanced skyward. There didn't seem to be that much about, other than the usual noisy fare: crows, wood pigeons and ring-necked parakeets. No sign of the goldfinches, dunnocks or coal tits portrayed on my birdwatch handout, but hopefully I'll see some of those this weekend.

I later discovered that although I wasn't paying too much attention to the birds, they had had their eyes on me. Back at the car it looked as though someone had splattered a mug of blackberry yogurt over my windscreen. Oh yes, that'll have been the seagulls I saw up there too.



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Gardeners' World Web User 26/01/2008 at 10:55

i have an allotment on top of the law hill in dundee and on any day i have one wren two robins two blackbirds numeruos blue tits at the bird feeders we keep the bird feeders up all year long

Gardeners' World Web User 26/01/2008 at 17:55

we have got a green woodpecker,greater spotted and a lesser spotted woodpeckers. we also have greenfinches,blue tits ,long tailed tits,and cole tits and a little wren ,and four robins

Gardeners' World Web User 27/01/2008 at 08:45

Unfortunately the garden is sadly lacking in bird activity this weekend - they seem to boycott us during the RSPB Birdwatch! Whether this is due to the gale force winds of the past few days or the ever present threat of the neighbour's cats I don't know.

We've certainly seen less bird activity since the arrival of the moggies next door in spite of my gourmet treats on the feeders.

Gardeners' World Web User 27/01/2008 at 17:40

Whilst sitting down to a late Sunday lunch today through the window we were amazed to see a GOSHAWK enjoying their lunch on our lawn. It was a wonderful sight that lasted about 20 minutes but we all had a wonderful view of a magnificent bird.

Gardeners' World Web User 28/01/2008 at 17:19

After last year watching the Blue Tits bully the Robins and Sparrows away from our feeders, this year a Gang of Great Tits have established themselves at the top of the pecking order. The RAF could learn a thing or two from these dog fights.

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