Having registered for my pack back in December, I once again took part in the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch on 26th January.
This is the third year that I’ve done so, and this year was quite a bit quieter.
- Blue Tit: 3 (-1)
- Starling: 2 (-3)
- Great Tit: 3 (+1)
- Sparrow: 1 (-11)
- Collard Dove: 2 (+2)
- Dunnock: 1 (+1)
That’s 12 birds in my garden in an hour, that’s down from 23 birds in 2019.
This time, it was quite mild, and therefore I think that this impacts on the number of birds that visited my garden looking for food – simply, they were off out having fun in the sunshine rather than hunting for food.
In mid-December last year, I was being visited by a Great Spotted Woodpecker, who was enjoying eating the peanuts that were otherwise being hogged by the Blue Tits, but sadly it didn’t decide to return for the 1 hour watch time. It has been back since and is a semi-regular visitor to my feeders.
I also have a regularly patrolling Robin (who didn’t appear this year).
The counting doesn’t stop with birds, as the RSPB also ask for data on other wildlife visitors (sorry Ruby, you don’t count). I do get a regular thieving grey Squirrel who steals peanuts from the feeders. I also have a couple of hedgehogs that appear during the warmer months to feast on my slugs. It’s an enclosed garden, so apart from cats, there’s no other creatures that make it in.
Did you participate in their campaign? Don’t forget to submit your results online or via mail by 11th February 2020!