Wednesday, 22 February 2017

RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch 2017

It's a little bit later this year, but here is this year's RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch round up!
The RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch is an annual survey where people all over the UK can spend an hour counting the different species of birds who visit their garden, over a particular named weekend.
Sunday, January 29th was the day I ended up completing my survey this year - the 4th year of me taking part (yay!) - because the Saturday was such awful weather that all the birds were hiding. We also had the issue of Jake being on night shift and so he was in bed during the light hours in the room in which the best window for watching the birds is in. That being the case Baker and I took a walk to my parent's house to borrow their kitchen window...these were our findings :)

This year's final tally was as follows:
House Sparrow - 35
Starling - 18
Herring Gull - 4
Jackdaw - 3
Blackbird - 2
Robin - 2
Chaffinch - 1

So if you click the links below and see my results from the previous years, you'll see this year's range of birds and the overall numbers are rather disappointing which is sad. Of course I was expecting a difference due to the change in location, but it's still not great overall. I'm looking forward to the complete survey results coming out to see if there have been many changes since last year!
Apologies for the photos by the way, just like every other year they were taken from a distance, behind a window so as not to disturb them in the yeah. haha
Do you take part in the RSPB BGBW??? How were your findings?

Check out previous year's posts below -
RSPB Big Garden Bird Watch 2014
RSPB Big Garden Bird Watch 2015
RSPB Big Garden Bird Watch 2016


  1. You have so many birds in the garden, well in your parent's garden. I have only magpies and black birds and not a lot of those. I think I'll have to plant a bush, so small birds have somewhere to hide. Who knows.

    1. Oh you think?! This was a bad turn out for us haha!! Goes to show how it differs all over. The bush really is a good help. We've had them nest and stuff in there before and it's a great shelter to put food in so that the bigger birds don't scare them away.


  2. Beautiful photos here Danielle, and you got some nice findings here too, always lovely to see other people's results and you had some gorgeous blue skies for it too! I had a disappointing turn out for this year too, but you got some good results here. Love the shots of the starlings there altogether, they're so lovely. I love the shot of the gull too with the blue skies behind, stunning photo! - Tasha

    1. Thank you :)
      Bit sad that there wasn't as much of a range but maybe it was due to the weather :/ I hope next year picks up!


  3. Wow, you saw so many lovely birds - I can't believe this was a bad year for you! My street is a bit of a cat haven though so I guess not the best place for birds to be hanging out! x

    1. Haha yeah, it was! There wasn't a huge shortage, but just limited species compared to normal. Oooh no, cats are great at bird security. :P