Monday, January 30, 2017

Big Garden Birdwatch 2017

It's been quiet this year, over the Winter and in the run up to the weekend's Big Garden Birdwatch. Not seeing many of the regular species that used to turn up at the feeders - particularly chaffinch, greenfinch and goldfinch.

Perhaps because we've had milder winters or they're put off by the neighbour cats visiting the garden far too frequently or more worrying because of their decline in species numbers. I rarely see a greenfinch these days and goldfinches are certainly less frequent visitors. I used to see them almost daily.

On a positive note, perhaps more people are feeding their garden birds so they have more choice.

Feeder contains fat balls, fatty nibbles, sunflower hearts (saves the mess), dried mealworms and a bird table mix.

Species count:

House sparrow 8
Starling 3
Blackbird 1
Blue Tit 2
Robin 1
Dunnock 1
Magpie 1
Goldcrest 1

Total species 8

Won't count the wood pigeon feathers I found the following day. Yet another cat attack. No corpse found this time, so it may have got away with a few feathers missing.

Good to see the house sparrow family turning up. They're the most consistent these days along with visiting blue tits - usually 2-3 and the starlings demolish the fat balls pretty quickly.





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