Saturday, January 24, 2015

RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch 2015

Another year of counting birds in the garden for the Big Garden Birdwatch.

Usually birds immediately head for the bushes and keep a low profile on this particular weekend - they definitely know when it's happening!  But this year it wasn't too bad and I actually had a good count.

Ready for viewing once I'd chased the local neighbourhood cats out of the garden.  At least most species obliged by turning up within the allotted hour.

The final count was 9 species:

Robin 1
Blue tit 2
Starling 1
Dunnock 1
House Sparrow 2
Woodpigeon 2
Collared Dove 2
Chaffinch 1
Great Tit 1

and Squirrel 1

I did miss the wren and goldfinches which are only occasional visitors but they did put in a late appearance.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

The Urbanbirder Talks

House Sparrow, a bird of urban areas which was...
The local RSPB group was lucky enough to arrange a talk from David Lindo the @Urbanbirder at their group meeting.

Birds are all around us and just because you live in a town or city doesn't mean you can't watch birds.

The popularity of the RSPB's Big Garden Birdwatch shows the variety and different species of birds you can see in your own garden.

Birds see our green and brown spaces and abandoned buildings as habitat where they can rest and refuel while on migration, feed and even nest and breed.

David has travelled around the world and in all the urban areas he's visited he manages to find surprising birds in the most unusual places - anything from raptors to waders.

The majority of people, especially in urban areas, are totally oblivious to the wildlife right on their doorstep.

#Look Up
(Photo credit: Wikipedia)