This weekend I did my bit for the RSPB's Big Garden Birdwatch and enjoyed a pleasant hour just watching for a change.
Male siskin on a feeder in the garden.
- Blackbird (3)
- Blue tit (2)
- Chaffinch (3)
- Dunnock (1)
- Great tit (1)
- Greenfinch (2)
- House Sparrow (3)
- Magpie (2)
- Robin (1)
- Rook (1)
- Starling (1)
- Goldcrest (1)
- Black-headed gull (1)
- Siskin (3)
It always amazes me how many gardeners spend so much time worrying or fussing about their gardens that they seldom take time to just enjoy them. I sometimes fall into that trap myself as I was reminded this afternoon when I spent time watching the birds in my garden for the RSPB's Big Garden Birdwatch
. For an hour I did nothing but watch the birds in my garden from the kitchen window - noting down the maximum numbers, of each species, seen together at any one time. Although the birds did not put on a great show (they rarely do on cue), I was nevertheless entertained for an hour by 14 species. I suppose that goldcrest (Regulus regulus
) and siskin (Carduelis spinus
) were the most unusual visitors, though I did suspect that these would show since they have both been around the garden for a few weeks.
It can be frustrating when birds that you see in the garden 'all the time' fail to turn up for the survey hour! This year robin (Erithacus rubecula
) only just made the cut-off and goldfinches (Carduelis carduelis
) didn't show at all. For garden birdwatchers who wish to contribute more comprehensive counts of their garden birds, the BTO's
Garden Birdwatch (see our feature article Counting garden birds
) may be of interest.