The results from one hours birdwatching of the garden as part of the RSPB Big Garden BirdWatch this year were;
12 Blue Tits
1 Coal Tit
4 Great Tit
2 Wood Pigeon
1 Greater Spotted Woodpecker
The idea, for those not familiar, is to watch your garden for a single hour of your choosing sometime over the weekend and record the maximum number of birds from each species that visit at one time/simultaneously. The results are submitted to the RSPB website who compile them in what is purported to be the largest bird study in the world.
With so many blue tits in constant attendance, counting them can be quite difficult, but I’m not complaining. To see the honeysuckle canopy, from which our feeders hand, twitching with a flock of the little tits is always an engaging and entertaining site. The blackbirds were interesting in that none were entirely comfortable in each other’s company and that there was a male, female and 2 juveniles. The Robins too weren’t overly sociable with each other.
No sign of our Marsh Tit, the Long-tailed Tits that have been visiting recently, or any of the finches, Gold or Green. It was nice for the woodpecker and sparrowhawk to make an appearance in my allotted hour. That aside, the results, in terms of species and numbers are quite similar to 2010, with if anything a slight increase.