This January I registered to take part in the nationwide wildlife survey to track the numbers of particular species in your local area. The RSPB (The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds) hold this annual count and this year I saw it advertised and knew that giving an hour of my time to help was nothing!
It's only been a year and a half or so that I have been really into bird watching and I'm still working on recognizing species but the pack I was sent in the mail, along with my long lens to get a close up look at the birds, was an excellent help.
What didn't help however was the weather. It was peeing down! Usually the trees out back of ours are full of all different birds (see top photo) and just the day that I have to count them they were all keeping under the cover of better sheltered bushes and trees by the looks of things with a poor turn out.
That with the fact of not wanting to disturb the birds that did turn up, meant photographing through the window and so producing shoddy photos unlike my usual bird captures.
When I registered I was sent a pack through the mail to track my recordings, a little booklet to help identify species and a voucher for £5.00 off at the RSPB online shop! So even non-birding types have no reason not to try and get involved next year ;)
Obviously I have forwarded my findings onto the RSPB but I also thought it may be cool to list here and compare with anyone else who took part.
You could even just have a look in your garden now and see if your area attracts the same birds as mine or not - I think that could be pretty interesting to know :) Visit their website which also has a bird identifier that I find amazingly useful!
So my tally was as follows.
During the 1 hour time period I saw (in total, not all at once as the survey was):
Sparrows - 7
Blackbirds - 1
Chaffinches - 3
Blue Tits - 8
Great Tits - 3
Dunnoks - 2
Gold Finches - 13
Collared Doves - 2
Alot less than is usually in our back garden! Did you take part? If not why?!! I hope you'll consider taking part next year.