As expected, both Robin and Blackbird turned out to be very early visitors to garden feeding stations in the recent 'Early Bird' survey.
Over five and a half thousand people took part in the survey organised by BBC Radio 4's Today Program and the BTO
. The blackbird (Turdus merula
) and the robin (Erithacus rubecula
) arrived at feeding stations at 13 and 16 minutes respectively after first light. Great spotted woodpeckers (Dendrocopos major
) were among the latest arrivals at 32 minutes after first light. The BTO is still analysing the results to see if there was a difference between the north and the south of the country.