Sunday, 25 January 2015

25th January - Lately I've Been....

Garden Watch this weekend but we have been away, you can get the details here.  Keep checking back as there will be two posts

Arrived back this afternoon, and took the time to count in the garden, but as is usally the way the birds have decided to stay away.  All last week it was busy, but today there has been very few.

The Woodpigeon was here though as you would expect.

While the female Blackbird was clearing up some of the food dropped from the feeders.

The maximum number of Blue Tits in the period  watched was three, a very poor turn out, the apples though were their main attraction.

Three Long-tailed Tits came through, again a very small number compared to the flocks in the teens I had in the week.

A Song Thrush was singing in a tree nearby, and two Robins squared up to each other before one backed down and flew off

So my very poor count for the afternoon was as follows:

Blue Tit - 3
Long-tailed Tit - 3
Blackbird - 4
Song Thrush -1
Woodpigeon - 2
Collared Dove -1
Goldfinch - 2
Greenfinch - 1
Chaffinch -1
House Sparrow - 4
Robin - 2
Starling - 5

Lets hope this is helpful for the RSPB, but for me it was very dissappointing

1 comment:

  1. Hello, I just discovered your very lovely blog this morning while searching for an image . As soon as I began looking at your recent posts I was immediately pulled in and now want to spend much longer looking at past entries. Such beautiful photos and it feesl as if the reader /viewer was fortunate enough to tag along after you on your walks. Just gorgeous countryside and superb flora and fauna photos. So glad I stumbled across your blog. Hope to stop by regularly now to see where your latest walk has taken you. By the way, your recent experience as far as the bird count and watch being a disappointment to you, I have read similar responses from other people who were involved in the watch and some say the lack of the variety or amount of birds this year may be due largely to the much warmer weather , therefore more food available, so many birds do not rely as much on the bird feeders. I know that instead of the usual 20 to 30 plant species in flower now in G.B. there have been up to 365 or 8 species to have been found in flower! More changes again due to warmer and milder weather in general there this year. So this could account for the poorer turn -out . Still, your photos were lovely to see.


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