Wednesday, 9 March 2016

RSPB Big Garden Bird Watch 2016


January 31st, 2016 saw me complete my 3rd Big Garden Bird Watch for one of my favorite organizations, the RSPB.
As a quick summary, the RSPB is the UKs largest wildlife conservation charity and each year since around 1979 members and supporters are asked to take an hour to count the birds they spot in their garden. By submitting the results to the RSPB it helps monitor how the different species and how each of them are doing, as well as which may be in decline and need a hand.
If you're new here, then maybe you don't know about my love of birds, wildlife, nature and all that jazz but of course, this is my type of thing hence being my 3rd year taking part. I know it's now March but as I did a post about the watch for the last 2 years I still wanted to make a record of it for my own sake this year too.


This year's final tally was as follows:
Sparrow - 24
Common Gull - 9

Crow - 1
Starling - 6
Jackdaw - 8
Black Bird - 11
Robin - 1
Feral Pigeon - 13
Blue Tit - 5
Herring Gull - 6 


I have to admit my disappointment, this time around, at the overall amount of birds as well as the variety. It may have been a little colder but overall it was better weather than the previous year but I saw a vast decline in the amount of Starlings we had and I didn't have the pleasure of seeing any Wrens or Thrushes at all! Luckily I have seen them elsewhere in my area recently :)
We'll just have to wait and see how next year pans out!

Feel free to have a nose at my post from last year and compare the results! You can find it here - RSPB's Big Garden Bird Watch 2015 Oh and the not so great first attempt from 2014 here.




10 comments:

  1. It's great you are getting involved. Sadly I don't have lots of birds in my garden as they don't have where to hide. I have some pigeons, but they are everywhere. x

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    1. Thank you! You could always pop to a local park or someone elses house if you really wanted to take part!

      xo

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  2. If I'd have took part looking out of ANY of my windows, all I would have seen was seagulls and pigeons, the joys of living in the city centre, we're covered in them! And the little buggers have started getting really noisy now the lighter mornings are coming in and waking me before my alarm haha!

    Sarah :)
    Saloca in Wonderland

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    1. Seagulls and Pigeons still count! :) I live in a coastal town so there are ample amounts of Seagulls.

      xo

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  3. It's really great that you did this and the photo of the robin is really good! We tend to get tons of birds in our garden including woodpeckers!
    acalculatedmess.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Thanks so much! Oh wow - how exciting!! I've only seen them at nature reserves. You should take part next year ;)

      xo

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  4. So great that you got involved with this again, I think it's such a good thing to do if you can! Sadly, we don't get many birds in our garden. Despite me putting out a bird table and lots of tasty treats. The odd robin/magpie/starling. But rarely. x www.aimeeraindropwrites.co.uk x

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    1. Thanks! It's so much fun too, so more than worth it. The odd one is still fab and it's worth giving it a go. Even if you see 1 bird within the hour its all part of the survey.

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  5. I think my aunt does this too, she has a great garden that lots of birds come to throughout the year. Haha, the feral pigeons, bless them, we tend to get the fatter wood pigeons at home.

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    1. Ah does she?! That's awesome! I love the pigeons and seagulls, I feel sorry for the bad rap they get haha

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