Since around August 2012, when we took this trip, my passion for bird and wildlife watching has only grown. I was always an animal lover (I even wanted to be a vet or a marine biologist as a child, goodness knows where I learnt what that even was!) but now more than ever I am really into doing what I can for our wild animals hence taking part in the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch for the 2nd year, this January.
The purpose of us all having a good old bird watching session on the same weekend is to conduct a survey so the scientists can collate everyones findings and use them to find out which species are doing well or maybe not as well, and from there take steps to do what we can to help them so no species disappear!
As I did a post last year I thought I'd do one again, more so for my own record and to perhaps compare with anyone else who took part. You can check out last years post here and see how different my results were seeing as I lived in a city then and live less than 500m from farmland now!
(Also be sure to check out my friend Natasha's post all about this years survey too!)
Just like last year, my photos are shockingly bad - I do apologise...they were taken through a window and from a distance (directly behind my house is an allotment so I conducted my survey from the spare bedroom!) in poor light. I know excuses, excuses. I can hear you saying! :P
Here's my final tally of all the birds I saw over an hour period:
Blackbird - 19
Blue Tit - 2
Coal Tit - 1
Crow - 3
House Sparrow - 31
Pigeon - 1
Robin - 4
Starling - 14
Thrush - 4
Wren - 1
Unwanted naughty cats - 2 (I opened the window and kindly shooed them away. Go home for food, don't take my birds!)
Did you take part then? If you did let me know how it went in the comments! If not you should for sure next year, not only are you helping your wildlife, it's really nice to take some out to spend appreciating how many little birds actually surround your home. To check out last years results in a super interesting graphic please pop over here.