Posted: 31/01/2016 at 10:47
Lyn and flowersintherain, I can see where you're coming from with your comments above, but you are mistaking the point of the count. It's not a competition to see as many species as possible in your local area. The methodology is designed to achieve information about garden birds which is comparable from year to year - it's as simple as that - and while the RSPB accepts that some people will not stick to the system, the best way to do this survey is to do exactly what they ask.
I was going to do the count yesterday, but got dragged away halfway through the hour by which time I'd seen a Dunnock. The fine but windy morning seemed to have sent all the birds into hiding. So I did 8 till 9 today and there was quite a lot of activity. The slight drizzle with windless conditions suited the birds much better.