Wednesday, 1 February 2012

RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch

I spent an hour doing the Big Garden Birdwatch on Sunday afternoon. I wasn't too hopeful as the birds have been a bit on the quiet side recently and visits to the garden have been sporadic.

In the end I got 9 species down from 12 last year. The numbers were down too. I was bolstered by the appearance of a female Blackcap in the last five minutes of the hour. It's only the second time i've seen one in the garden, the last time it was a male.

3 Blackbirds
1 Blackcap
2 Blue Tits
2 Collared Doves
1 Dunnock
4 Goldfinch
6 House Sparrows
1 Robin
2 Starlings

A couple of bad pictures of the Blackcap taken through the window, by the time i'd grabbed the camera it had flown off into next doors garden.


  1. Hi Pam, congratulations on the Blackcap! I usually see them in my garden in the Winter but so far this time, I haven't seen one at all. This year my RSPB count was very unrepresentative of what I usually see and surprisingly Greenfinches were highest on my list this time.

  2. you pulled a blinder out of the bag right at the death Pam

    I will post my results this week

  3. Thanks all! I was really chuffed with the Blackcap! Managed another rarity to the garden this past weekend - a Goldcrest!

  4. Pam, It is fun for me here on the other side of the ocean to see what turns up in other blogger's gardens. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I'll be going back through yours today.

  5. Hi Pam, hope your still getting to bird watch now and again.... regards
    Dave (Bfb)

    1. Hi Dave, thanks for the message, I haven't checked in for a while, life has caught up with me in a big way. I've still been doing a little bird watching. Hoping to start posting again too. I need to catch up on some blogs I think! Pam