Monday, 2 February 2015

RSPB's Big Garden Bird Watch 2015


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.



19 comments:

  1. Love this :) Unfortunately we don't have a garden but my parents back in Norfolk have a beautiful one full of bird feeders, my Dad is a very keen bird spotter :)

    Chloe x
    newgirlintoon.co.uk

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    1. Thanks! Your Dad sounds like one cool guy!! One day I'll have a detached little cottage in the middle of nowhere with ample amounts of trees for birds!

      xo

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  2. Oh my god look at you with your beautiful photos and having the cheek to apologise for them being 'bad' - hahaha! They're so good! I love these - You've gotten some great shots!

    Jem xx

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    1. Eee shush man haha! I'm not even being modest or whatever, they really are awful! I've got photos so much better. But thank you anyways :P

      xo

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  3. I love a good old bird watch! We currently have a beautiful green wood Pecker and a massive colourful jay visiting us! We are very lucky to live right by a disused quarry which harbours some beautiful birds including peregrine (I may have spelt that wrong!!) falcons and red kites! Xx

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    1. Oh my gosh - wow!! I'm pretty jealous right now. You'll have to try grab some photos of them, thats so amazing.

      xo

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  4. These are bad photos according to you? They are freaking outstanding. Oh man, I can't wait to get home and show my dad these photos. He feeds birds more than he feeds me haha. He knows so much about birds, and has the biggest patience for them. I miss him now!

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    1. They really aren't great at all, especially compared to others I've taken, but thank you!
      You sound so sweet and close to your dad :) And he sounds pretty amazing with birds.

      xo

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    2. Actually we always had a strained relationship, it wasn't until I spent the summer in America that I really started to appreciate him and everything he does for us.

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  5. I did this one year! Love the photos, love the robin! Abi :)
    MyW0rldMyView

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  6. I love this post! Your photos are amazing and you saw a really decent variety of bids - I love the fact you saw so many Starlings too as they were one of the most threatened species I looked at in my dissertation! I'm glad you liked the header! I've had to change it as it was too large for the width of the blog, but thank you! :D - Tasha

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    1. Thank you Tasha! My Mam and I can never believe that Starlings are threatened as we literally have sooo many here! I'll actually tag you in a photo on Facebook from a while ago with loads of them in my back yard.

      xo

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  7. Just seen your photos....and thought Wow....these are amazing. :) I would have loved to do this...but having a tiny back yard which seems to be on all the local kitty's commutes, I gave it a miss. I got my Mum to do it last year. She lives in Cumbria near penrith and her garden is home to a Great Spotted Woodpecker family and a pheasant amongst others. She's even had a Hawfinch. Super jealous!

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    1. Ah bless you! You are too nice! I was really embarrassed putting them up as they are so bad!
      You can also take a walk and do it in a park or anywhere, so you could join in next year :) I have to say I'm like 174% jealous of your Mam!!! Uh, I'd love to live somewhere surrounded with w=such amazing species. Maybe one day.

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  8. I think my aunt would have taken part in the survey, I'm sure she did last year too. There's nothing bad about these photos! I love them, the one with the bin is quite cute!

    I don't think I have ever seen a bird near our house! But I live on the main road so that probably doesn't help.

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    1. Good to hear! And ah, compared to some I've got their proper poo haha. I have no idea why there is an old wheelie bin in the allotments but they were loving having a bath in it haha

      Yeah when we lived in a busy place we only got the odd Sparrow, it was sad :( lol

      xo

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  9. I've always wanted to take part in this, but being that I have two of those naughty cats we don't get too many birds in our garden. A couple, but not many. :'( Anyway! I really liked your photos. :)

    Sara Bloo xo
    bloonstuff.com

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    1. Ahaha! The birds are clever like and stay away from where they know cats to be. There is a house across the road from us and they have a big bird house/table thing in their tree but the cat sits in it all the time!!

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