Tuesday 3 February 2015

Big Garden Birdwatch 2015 – The results

I feared that rain would spoil my birdwatching count for the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch. Thankfully the Saturday turned out sunny albeit cold. As soon I pulled the curtains in the morning I spotted the collared dove on the suet block and a robin on a search for a tasty morning treat.
Sparrows are the most frequent visitors to my garden. Most of the time they seem quite happy to share a fatball feeder. They perch on some nearby bushes together before deciding it's safe to fly over.
The blue tit is a recent visitor to the garden. I've seen it checking out a nest box on the side of the garage. There only seems to be one about so it needs to find a mate to make use of that nest box!
I'm always pleased to see a wren. The cold weather can do major damage to their numbers. This one has been hopping about on the ground picking up scraps from fallen food. I also saw on the ground for the first this year a dunnock but it proved rather camera shy! As before I took all these photographs through my patio and kitchen window. It's far too cold at the moment to leave the door open for an hour!

So this is what I saw in my hour:

4 Sparrows (2 males, 2 females)
4 Blackbirds (2 males 2 females)
1 Blue tit
1 Collared dove
1 Robin
1 Wren
1 Dunnock

Since I also had two cats on the prowl during this hour I don't think that's a bad tally.

Did you take part in the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch?

Linking up with Rosie from Eco-Gites of Lenault and Animal Tales.


  1. Bearing in mind you have cats I'd say that's a good tally. I love your wren and you are right - apparently in the hard winter of 1963 numbers were massively reduced. Perhaps temperatures need to fall much lower to adversely affect populations.

    Thank you so much for joining in with #AnimalTales (of a feathered type).

  2. We also took part in the Big Garden Birdwatch and had our regular robin, blackbird, blue tits, great tits, doves, magpies and a pheasant who comes every day to peck on the ground underneath. One unexpected visitor who we started whistling back and forth with was a cockatiel!

  3. I find it's the dogs that scare off the birds far more then the cats do. What a lovely array of little twitterers you have visit your yard.

  4. Lovely photos of your feathered visitors.

  5. This year's birdwatch was dominated by goldfinches. We counted 18 of them for sure but there were probably more - they just won't stay still and allow for sedate counting. That's the largest number of a single species we've ever seen in a RSPB birdwatch.

  6. Grace says - What a great post and you were so lucky to see all these birds. I love Robins as they're so cheeky :) #animaltales

  7. Wow you've captured lots of birds. We have put out food but do not seem to attract them. I may be because there are a few cats and dogs around x #AnimalTales


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