Garden birdwatch

Started by: i-spy (15009) 

Did anybody do it. I'm sure the birds who frequent my garden voted to stay away. All I saw were lots of fat pigeons and one robin.

Started: 3rd Feb 2021 at 21:39

Posted by: sonlyme (2856)

You can't weigh them up.One day the gardens full of birds then nothing for the next two.

Replied: 3rd Feb 2021 at 21:57

Posted by: momac (11682) 

I've had a few blackbirds,couple of sparrows and a robin..I still put food out but only a bit at a time..I don't want to encourage any rats.

Replied: 3rd Feb 2021 at 22:21

Posted by: i-spy (15009) 

The numbers are definitely down in my garden. Could have something to do with the arrival of a cat next door.

Replied: 3rd Feb 2021 at 22:23

Posted by: kathpressey (5308) 

did it on a showery day and didn't expect to see much apart from the regular goldfinches but also saw a sparrow, a robin in the fence, wood pigeon, 2 chaffinches, 1 blue tit and a great tit. Oh and I counted a blackbird which swooped into a bush

Replied: 4th Feb 2021 at 08:43

Posted by: Anne (3948) 

How is a one day count useful? It would be better over a longer period, a week. The reason I suggest this is because some birds although common and being regular visitors do not appear every day.
I recognise people cannot spend a whole week watching. However with the present covid situation it must be an ideal time for such a survey.

Replied: 4th Feb 2021 at 09:31

Posted by: berylh (2078)

In my garden I get:- pigeons, blackbirds, starlings,, sparrows by the dozen (no shortage here), a robin, a couple of jays occasionally A hawk (not sure which one) he/she sits on the fence occasionally lands on the patio to catch an unsuspecting fat pigeon , blue tits and woodpeckers - although mostly hear them only occassionally see them, Also stretching it a bit a couple of hundred metres away are the kingfisher whso resides by the brook.

Replied: 4th Feb 2021 at 13:49

Posted by: kathpressey (5308) 

I agree Anne that a one hour survey doesn't give a true picture of garden birds. I did it to pass an hour during lockdown.

Replied: 5th Feb 2021 at 09:11

Posted by: PeterP (8662)

Over a week we will see a blackbird and a fleeting glance of a robin in the garden. We will see starlings sat on the phone wires at the front of the house and also see collared doves and gulls on the roofs near us. In the distance we also see a crow flying and a buzzard hovering. So in sum total there are two birds which frequent our garden all the rest are elsewhere

Replied: 5th Feb 2021 at 09:37


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