Sunday, January 27, 2013

Big Garden Birdwatch 2013

This weekend (Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 January) thousands of people around the UK took part in the world's biggest wildlife survey - the Big Garden Birdwatch organised by the RSPB (Royal Society for the Protection of Birds).
I have participated for the last three years or so and it is always great fun.
Our garden is suburban and small, but we are only a mile or two from open fields, so we sometimes get unusual visitors.

Apart from the usual suspects, the sparrows, the starlings, the jackdaws and the wood pigeons, this year our little flock of goldfinches had shrunk to only four. I only spotted one blue tit, but it was the first time I saw a great tit in our garden.
Last year we had no robin, but this year there were two (unusual, as they tend to be very territorial).
I also spotted a female chaffinch (see picture above), a song thrush, two blackbirds and a collared dove.
And - more unusually - a pair of black caps and four field fares. I expect they were drawn to our suburban garden by the harsh conditions and snow we have been having lately. They love the berries from our Cotoneaster bush.

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