Just finished a lovely leisurely hour sitting in the kitchen with a nice cuppa, completing the RSPB's annual 'Big Garden Birdwatch'. 'A' and I did this for the first time last year but were a little disappointed - as you might know, the second we sat down to complete our hours 'twitching' hardly any birds visited our usually busy garden! This year, however, was a different story and it was quite nice to be able to actually record something on the RSPB survey.
The RSPB 'Big Garden Birdwatch' takes place once a year normally towards the end of January. By visiting the RSPB website it's possible to print off a bird ID sheet to mark down your sitings. The basis of the birdwatch is to spend one hour noting down the maximum number at any one time, of a particular kind of bird seen in your garden and then submit your results on the RSPB website. By completing the birdwatch we are able to give the RSPB an overall view of bird numbers in the UK, and specifically from different regions. They are then able to see which birds are in decline or species that have increased in numbers.
Here's a look at our results for this year:
Blackbird - 2 Blue Tit - 1 Goldfinch - 5 Greenfinch - 1 Robin - 2 Starling - 2 Woodpigeon - 1 Wren - 1