RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch

 Around 8am, frost on the ground and a frozen pond.

Around 8am, frost on the ground and a frozen pond.

We had a very frosty start to our annual birdwatch (and some of us had very frozen toes by the end). But we spotted lots of birds. Most of the time that we 'requested a bird', we saw at least one within the one hour time period (8.20 to 9.20).

 The Bird Cafe, with lots of different foodstuff in feeders.

The Bird Cafe, with lots of different foodstuff in feeders.

The final count, which is the maximum number of birds at any one time [plus ones not on the RSPB list]: 

  • Blackbird: 1
  • [Black-headed gull: 5]
  • Blue tit: 3
  • Chaffinch: 2
  • Coal tit: 1
  • Collared dove: 2
  • [Crow: 1]
  • Dunnock: 2
  • Goldfinch: 0
  • Great tit: 1
  • Greenfinch: 4
  • House sparrow: 0
  • [Jackdaws: 3]
  • Long tailed tit: 2
  • Magpie: 4
  • Robin: 2
  • Starling: 0
  • Woodpigeon: 2

And a squirrel and a black and white cat.

We will post some bird close-ups soon.

 Just to show we did get a blue sky and some sun!

Just to show we did get a blue sky and some sun!

I think next year, we will do the Count later in the day. We might get fewer birds but more people (and warmer extremities!).