Posted: 05/02/2012 at 13:14
I was lucky enough to see 6 house sparrows, 5 greenfinches, 5 chaffinches, 4 wood pigeons, 3 blue tits and then 1 or 2 of the following - robin, blackbird, dunnock, great tit, magpie, collared dove, carrion crow and goldfinch. A good haul I'm sure you'll admit but all the more amazing as halfway through the watch, the sparrowhawk whizzed through the garden. Usually when he races through, the little birds take to the evergreens to hide for the rest of the day. They were obviously feeling brave on this occasion as they returned after a few minutes (or maybe they just didn't see him!?). Mine isn't a rural garden but a suburban one so I appreciate the luck I had with the variety of birds I spotted.