RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch

This weekend, the 30th and 31st of January, is the RSPB's annual Big Garden Birdwatch, in which people from all over the country spend an hour counting the birds that visit their garden. Hundreds of thousands of people have already submitted their results this year and I'm sure there'll be many more to come.

I was in Wiltshire for the weekend, so did my Garden Birdwatch out in the countryside and, being so close to farmland, got some interesting visitors. Unfortunately, the weather wasn't ideal - very windy and bucketing it down with rain, but the birds still came. Here are my results:

  • 1 Nuthatch
  • 4 Coal Tit
  • 4 Great Tit
  • 5 Blue Tit
  • 8 Wood Pigeon
  • 1 Dunnock
  • 1 Magpie
  • 1 Robin
  • 3 Rook
  • 2 Blackbird
  • 1 Pheasant
  • 1 Sparrowhawk
  • 2 Mistle Thrush
  • 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker

total count: 14 species, 35 individual birds.

The birdwatch itself went well. Coal Tits, Blue Tits and Great Tits arrived almost immediately, and were quickly joined by a Dunnock and a Nuthatch. At one point, we had 8 Wood Pigeons on the lawn and in the trees surrounding the garden, and 2 Mistle Thrush on the wires running alongside the garden. We then had a very quiet spell when a Sparrowhawk visited for a minute or so, sending all the smaller birds deep into the hedge. It was certainly very interesting watching life unfold in the garden for an hour.

Pheasant
Sparrowhawk
Sparrowhawk
Blue Tit + Coal Tit sharing the feeder 
Great Spotted Woodpecker


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