Busywork

Finding work for idle hands: making, baking and more.

Bird watching January 31, 2010

Filed under: Nature and wildlife — lauravw @ 3:27 pm

This morning saw us sitting in our kitchen in our pyjamas, staring out at the garden and looking for birds, while eating our breakfast. We’ve taken part in the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch for as long as we’ve had a garden – although even if you don’t have your own garden, you can participate by bird-watching in a park. In our designated hour, we saw:

  • 4 blackbirds
  • 2 blue tits
  • 1 chaffinch (male – we’ve seen a female one out there this afternoon)
  • 1 collared dove
  • 2 dunnocks
  • 2 goldfinches
  • 5 magpies
  • 3 robins
  • 6 starlings
  • 6 woodpigeons
  • 1 jackdaw

…but then this afternoon the long-tailed tits arrived – they’ve visited our garden a few times already this week, and I love to see them. We also had a visit from some great tits. And on Friday, a female sparrowhawk landed on our shed – we often see one circling overhead, but it’s rare to see one actually in the garden.

This year I’ve also enjoyed following the garden bird watch on Twitter – I’ve seen a lot of people having the same experience that we’ve often had: unusual birds landing in the garden once you’ve already submitted your results. My results from previous years are here: 2007, 2008, 2009.

Advertisements
 

4 Responses to “Bird watching”

  1. Ali Says:

    Each year I mean to get involved with this and fail. Perhaps it’s just as well, given my dismal bird identification prowess.

  2. knatter76 Says:

    Wow – I love watching birds but have never gotten round to actual ‘birdwatching’. We usually have quite alot of sparrows, and collared doves. But one we saw a waxwing sheltering in our tree during a bad storm. Beautiful bird!

  3. lauravw Says:

    I don’t think I’ve ever seen a waxwing in real life. They really do look beautiful – hard to believe they are real!

  4. […] turned up in your garden to be counted. Here are our results from previous years: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010.   Leave a Comment LikeBe the first to like this […]


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s