I filled up the birdfeeders first thing this morning, made a jug of coffee, and sat in the window waiting for the birds to flock in. And very little happened. So I waited a little longer. And still nothing happened, and I put it down to the fact the sun was shining, all the snow had gone and the temperature was in double figures.
A dunnock mopping up seed scattered by great tits on the hanging feeder
Then at 9.26am a group of four long tailed tits arrived on the fat balls and from then on the birds came and went in rapid succession. So the plan was to count from 9.26 to 10.26 until at around 9.50 the dog vomited on the carpet so the next 20 minutes weren’t spent counting birds. The finish time was therefore a tad delayed, but the final counts were:
Species Total counted Maximum number at one time
Long tailed tit 18 5
Blue tit 18 3 Dunnock 3 1
Collared dove 6 2
Blackbird 13 2
Greenfinch 5 4
Wood pigeon 6 2
Robin 3 2
Starling 5 2
Great tit 3 2
Chaffinch 2 1
A female greenfinch enjoying some longed for sunshine
So all in all, what with the Vesuvian intervention from the dog, it was an entertaining hour and a half.
Posted in Birds, Garden birds, Migrants, Ornithology, Population studies, Songbirds, UK wildlife
Tagged Big Garden Birdwatch, Chloris chloris, conservation, dunnock, grønirisk, greenfinch, jernspurv, Nature, ornithology, population study, Prunella modularis, RSPB
This weekend, the 26th and 27th January 2013, is the weekend of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) annual Big Garden Birdwatch. This is a form of citizen science by which the RSPB can harness the collective spotting power of the nation to assist in compiling data on the nations bird populations.
The idea is to spend one hour noting which bird species visit a chosen area and the maximum number of each seen at any one time. This point is important because an individual can make several visits over the course of an hour, so counting total numbers will overestimate the numbers of a particular species.
A long tailed tit paying a visit to my garden this morning
If you want to make a pot of tea and sit by the window for a relaxing hour sipping and counting the details of how to take part are here on the RSPB’s website. Even if you don’t get many interesting birds in your garden, or even many birds at all, this is important and useful data too for compiling population sizes and distributions, so every participant is crucial in creating an accurate picture of the health of the nations birdlife. Which is in turn a useful indicator of the health of the natural environment in the UK as a whole.
I’m going to do my recording tomorrow morning and I’ll post my results here too.
Posted in Birds, Garden birds, Ornithology, Population studies, Songbirds, UK wildlife, Uncategorized
Tagged Aegithalos caudatus, Big Garden Birdwatch, bird populations, citizen science, halemejse, long tailed tit, Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, RSPB