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Are you taking part in the big garden bird watch?

on this weekend 25th and 26th January 2014 here is the link to register

I am taking part I enjoy seeing what birds are in the garden and how many I can count

I will put my bird count results from the garden on here for you all to see how many birds I counted and the species


Ggirl - i will definitely be counting - have done it every year for a decade and it always amazes me how much more you see when you stop and watch the feeders for a full hour, rather than the usual glance out of the window now and then !


We don't seem to have as many birds on the feeders this year - as was said on Winterwatch, the milder weather means the birds aren't as desperate for high-energy food - however, we have had a few more goldfinches and tits around in the past few days.  

I find that we get the most birds on the feeders between 9 and 10ish, after a frosty night, so that's the time I'll be doing my count. 

After a frosty night the peanut feeder is visited by Greater Spotted woodpeckers, but not at other times.


I was going to do the 'count' on Saturday as the weather forecast for Sunday is heavy rain.



Saturday looks best here as well.

Singing Gardener

I'm going for Saturday as well. Last year I watched from 2pm to 3pm and the number of birds was way less than in the morning so this year it will definitely be earlier on.


Unfortunately we'll be making the most of the daylight hours with much needed foundation for ManShed laying / 5 ton gravel moving / slab shifting / pond tidying up / bird box installing oh my the list goes on so I fear we'll scare the birds off. Mind you we seemed to get more when we were moving all that soil (fresh worms - the robin was fighting us off the roller so that it could peel off the ones that we'd "caught" and "tenderised") so maybe we'll prove lucky!

Heather Michaels

Glad I saw this thread, wasn't aware of the bird count this weekend. Will definitely be taking part.


Yes, we always do the bird watch. Will probably be Saturday.


I always do the bird watch, really enjoy it every year.


Huh!  Our birds are nowhere to be seen today, feeders almost untouched and windfall apples not eaten, same for wild bird seed for groundfeeders.  Think they've all gone to try the new take aways that will only be here for a couple of days.

Said in a a huffy voice " Who goes out in her dressing gown to break the ice of your water in winter? "


They take us for granted KEF   I've put some rolled oats out there for the ground feeders, but no one's been interested today 


Just had one robin. She / he is now my favourite and will in future get priority treatment the rest get a la carte meals.  



I'm doing the bird count again this year, but am getting a bit fed up with both snail mail and emails from RSPB, which mainly seem aimed at me buying overpriced bird feeders and food. If they are so desperate for cash, why are they posting me stuff when they have my email address? Also they rang me asking if I wanted to join for £6.00 per month. When I said 'you must be joking', the price immediately dropped to £3.00 per month!


Yes I get very annoyed with all the mail coming through the door, we are members of RSPB and I don't like the money we pay each year wasted on this sort of thing.


Lots of birds about today they are all liking the cut branch I cut down in a big pile from the trees, Just hope they are around on the weekend 


The weather lots awful for down here in North Somerset and the Somerset levels are on amber flood alert again!

I shall be doing the great bird watch as I do every year and looking forward to it as usual!


Maybe you'll be counting waders Higgy