January 30, 2011

The Big Garden Birdwatch

This weekend families all over the country took part in the RSPB's Big Garden Birdwatch. I spent an hour this afternoon recording the maximum numbers of each species in the garden at any one time, scoring three blackbirds, a blue tit, two feral pigeons, two great tits, two long-tailed tits, two sparrows and two magpies.

I was disappointed not to be able to record any coal tits, which are regular visitors now, and no robins, woodpigeons, starlings or wrens. We're lucky to have the sparrows, though: they are in such steep decline all over the country; starlings, too, are at their lowest ever levels - in gardens, at least - since 1998.